Thursday, February 10, 2011

Do you hate bookshelves? I need to hear from you.

I'm taking a break from this week's Thursday Tabletop for a very important message. I L.O.V.E. bookshelves. I feel the need to make such a strong declaration because I naively thought that everyone shared my deep rooted passion for all things library-like. Last night at bookclub we got on the discussion, and my shelf-lovin' bubble was popped like bubble-yum.

Kindles now outnumber paperbacks in our club (I'm a strong hold out), which lead us to a discussion of missing the stacks of books left over from our months of reading. Not only was I outnumbered in those who longed for their actual books, I was shocked that people are actually getting RID of their bookshelves. My entire ideal life takes place in my imaginary future library! So this is my ode to you, bookshelves. May you always be stacked high and organized by color in my life:

Book sorting preference was also a hot topic of discussion. I am the lone wolf on the color scheme theory. Maybe a better preference would be a monochromatic clean look:

When I grilled people about what they would put in place of their discarded shelves, art was the number one response. May I suggest a compromise for both: Art on Shelves.

Ok, you don't like shelves. I'm fine with super cool stacks as well. And putting things on top of stacks is also cool in my book. Efficiency and organization be dammed.

And some more, just because I want to say it again. I love bookshelves.
Is this an epidemic trend? Are you all tossing out your shelves in favor of a nice excel listing instead? Do I need a bookshelves endangered species nonprofit fund? I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the entire conversation from last night. I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject.


  1. We have a library in our house, and let me tell you, it is awesome, and is hands down our favorite room in our entire house. Love going in there and seeing all the books encased in the bookshelves.

  2. NOOOOOOOOOO! I want more book shelves! I don't have a kindle, but I also don't have an objection to them, but there's nothing better than curling up with a great book, leafing back and forth between pages, devouring the glorious photography in some of the design books, feeling the luxe paper... I have stacks of books all around.

    I am looking at buying a house that has the most perfect space for some built-in bookshelves! WOO!

  3. The house I live in (built 1954) has NO bookshelves or built-ins. I think it makes it SO hard to decorate, even if you don't have a ton of books. I've had to buy lots more furniture, because there's nowhere to put my pretties.

  4. I love books and bookshelves...we just moved into a new home that we designed and built and we included floating shelves for books and pottery in two room and the hallway outside my kids room is devoted to a "library" 4 shelves that line the hallway filled with books, I still need to organize it and "style" it better, but I am soo happy to have such an amazing place to house all my kids' and my books. The world would be such a sad place w/o books!

  5. Since I'm pretty sure I'm the one who started The Great Book Club Bookshelf Debate of 2011, I feel I must clarify...I don't hate bookshelves! I appreciate that bookshelves can be inspiring to some people in their disorganization, but if I'm going to have a featured bookshelf, I want everything to be perfectly organized and sized appropriately - and I want every book to be an engaging conversation starter that has a purpose on the shelf. I made a change because the tall bookshelf was dwarfing my current space and stressing me out. I wasn't reading the books and it just didn't seem like an efficient use of space. I've replaced it with a shorter shelf that features the beautiful things I want to display and actually use (cookbooks, photo albums), with space for a reading lamp (goal: cozy reading corner). And I've added shelves in the guest room, a much more appropriate venue for my collection of paperbacks (of varying color, shape, and size), with space for the really ugly books in lovely storage boxes organized by topic. The Kindle actually has very little to do with the bookshelf change, but it is helping me organize my own approach to reading and I'm reading a lot more than than I used to, so I think it will deepen my relationship with books long-term. You know what that means - more bookshelves. All is not lost!

  6. Ack! I loooooove bookshelves. I might want a nook or kindle one day, but only for the instant gratification of finishing a book and getting a new one at midnight. My books are organized by color, to which my MIL said "how do you find anything?" but their mine, and I'm a visual person, I know what color they are.
    My dream is wall to wall shelving in our library.

  7. Books and bookshelves for me! I just completed a reno and added a library with shelves and magazine rack. I love it. Still haven't unpacked my books,but I posted a pic on my blog -

    Love all your images!

  8. Have you seen this video yet? It's called "Organizing the Bookcase." I think it's right up your alley.

  9. Stephanie! That is by far the most awesome video ever. Color coding the books for sure now. Thanks for sending it!

  10. The yellow bookshelf was my favorite one. I dunno what it is but the yellow caught my eye.

    -Zane of ontario honey