Confessions of an Addict [32]: Shelving Read Books


Let me guess. You arrived at this post thinking I have some helpful tips for you on how to shelve your books, right? That I can tell you that the most effective way of shelving your read books is by alphabetizing them according to author’s name. Am I correct? Or maybe, you’ve come here expecting me tell you to go ahead, unleash your creative side and arrange it by colour?

You will be wrong.

I have no words of wisdom for you, unfortunately. I don’t have tricks on how to make some room on your shelves.

Perhaps, now you’re staring at your monitor, and wondering ifย I would be asking your opinion on how to save space?

Again, you will be wrong.

Today, I want to relish in that euphoric feeling of shelving read books. Regardless of how awful the book was, nothing couldย dispel my bad mojoย better than putting that book away. My house could be in a state, and I would be fine. As long as my books are neatly piled – doesn’t matter where – I get a tantric feeling of contentment seeing them all together. It’s like how my grandma feels seeing all her grandkids in her house. Even if her house is taken over by 30 or so kids, she’s happy, no matter how chaotic we are.

If displayed correctly, books are also a wonderful form of house decor. And provided that you have an answer when someone asks you what they’re about, they’re also great ice breakers.

So you’re out of space?


Who cares? Stack them. Stack them to your heart’s content. Stack them until the only thing that’s holding your middle shelf are books.


Either way, do what makes you happy. That’s the only organizational tip I have.


  • Haha I love putting books on my shelf as well :3 I don’t let myself put a book on my shelf until I have read it myself so that means I feel even more successful when I put it on my shelf. You also have a lot of books!

    • Oh I do. Like you wouldn’t even believe. Lol. I do shelve them read. Most of my unread books are in my bedroom. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Naomi @ Nomiโ€™s Paranormal Palace

    haha!! Mine are stacked randomly too… I just don’t care!! lol

    Naomi @ Nomiโ€™s Paranormal Palace

  • That is the best organisation tip ever! And I’m really jealous of all your gorgeous bookshelves.

    I used to stack my books in alphabetical order but have since had to change my ways. Now they are stacked wherever they fit. I have to be logical about it because I only have two big book shelves/cases and too much weight on one particular shelf could break it… Every time I finish a book and go to place it on my read shelves it’s like a fun game of Tetris.

  • My favorite post of all time!
    I have no advice either! I shelve my books to my own little hearts content ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have my own method of organization for my bookshelves, for books piled in my room and throughout the house. I know where each and every book is… I’m just now accepting that my boys have a love of books and now want to take possession of their own books to create their own shelves, lol! I’m trying to let them create their own “system”… but, I may have to go in there and “dust” every now and then!

  • I love this post Joy. <3 Thank you so much for sharing about it ๐Ÿ˜€ I also just stack books the way I want them to be ;p which, to me, is the prettiest. <3 I love seeing all the pictures you share about your books ๐Ÿ˜€ You are awesome. <3

  • Yeah, I was hoping you have organizational tips and tricks up your sleeve but lol. Last month I color-coded my books. But I’ve been buying more books and now I don’t think I can continue color-coding. I will probably just follow your advice and stack away.

  • LOL mine are a little like that too and I agree I love to add the books reading on the shelves. Well otherwise they’re in a bag if I don’t keep them. I’ll have to find a solution soon because no space anymore… terrible.

  • Wonderful! Stacking is great! you reminded me of one book that I have that I dislike and want to toss. It is sitting on my shelf and I hate it. what do you do when you don’t like a book? I don’t like it and now i’m thinking about it. lol thanks for your visit to my blog. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • I don’t have much space now so for the meantime I put read books in boxes. I used to have this bookshelf with glass panels and I swear I dust it more often than the rest of the house. LOL. Love your approach to shelving them

    • That’s a good idea! I bet you’ve got those boxes labeled. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I’m like you in that I don’t have tips and tricks for shelving books, especially because I live in a little studio and I already don’t have enough space. Shelving books does make me all happy though. I like organizing and cleaning stuff!

    • Right? I just like looking at them…like rows upon rows of colourful macarons. Lol.

  • I’m actually one of the few book bloggers who is not a book hoarder. I almost never re-read and in general I hate to keep things around just for the sake of keeping them around – even things that I love (like books). At the same time, I have to confess that I completely salivate over other people’s overflowing bookshelves!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    • Gasps! You’re one in a million. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This is such a great post Joy! I’ve actually got to the point where I have no room for stacking either lol but I know that great feeling you talked about once you’ve finished a book, it’s always great to bring the tbr pile even a smidge!

    • Yes! It’s why I prefer physical books. When i see the pages ticked by, and eventually when I have to go and shelve them, read. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love this post because it is so true! Books in general just make me happy that I don’t even care how they are shelved or if they are on tables. Nothing makes me happier than having a good book to read or seeing my children with books all over their room.

    • Right? I’m instantly relieved when I see them babies all lined up!

  • I love the way you stack them in neat piles! I was wondering why you were posting the pictures because they don’t seem out of place at all. I also see so many books I want to steal from you lol. I don’t have problem with stacking my books yet since I don’t have a ton of physical books but I’m definitely heading in that direction. Especially since I loveeee hard cover books ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Heh. It does look deceptively organized…until I have to look for a certain title. Lol.

  • Yeah, just put the books wherever there is space. That is my motto. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I am wary of stacks, unless they are the artful kind on a styled bookshelf. Having the teetering, too-high, wedged in stacks in my house makes me anxious. I am trying to get away from them. My community has a big book drive in March and I am looking forward to weeding out my books and giving away some that weren’t for me.
    Fun post ๐Ÿ™‚
    Jen @ YA Romantics

    • Awesome! I’m thinking about “unhauling” some books soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love this! I also loved peaking at all the books you own. It’s my version of creeping a peak into someone’s medicine cabinet. Also, I adopt your method of organization. I stack books — there’s no other option!

  • My bookshelves got out of control, so I ended up mostly buying ebooks. I only buy the hard copy if I really love the book and want to have it in case of an apocalypse. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I do this too. I wished for a kindle for christmas last year, and now I don’t have this problem anymore! ๐Ÿ˜€ Okay, I do… Seriously, how did a kindle NOT solve this problem?

      • Man. Wrong reply! Boo. Lol. Anyway, I have a Kindle, too. But I just can’t resist the call of physical copies. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I think I’m already at that point…out of control, that is. Lol.

  • I don’t have tips and tricks when shelving my books too. I’m the type of person who’s lazy to clean up her room. My dresser is the most chaotic one but when it comes with my books and bookshelves, it’s the only neat thing in my room. I even wrap my books in plastic to keep the dust away.

    • Gasps! Really?! I do own one that’s already wrapped in plastic when I bought it. It makes me wonder why. Lol.