Book Rainbow

bookshelf rainbow

Rainbow shelves seem to be all the rage at the moment and I have to admit that I love looking at carefully-curated shelfies as much as the next person.

At the moment my book collection is in stacks around our one bedroom apartment, tucked into all the nooks and crannies, piled behind doors and balanced precariously on bookshelves. To fit them in, they are mostly stacked by size rather than genre although I do like to keep series together where possible. This is why I feel that rainbow shelving wouldn’t work for me, even though it would look pretty!

When (if ever!) we move into our own place I am hoping to fulfil the ultimate bookworm’s dream by getting shelves fitted and creating a library – although there is no way the books will be confined to just one room! I like to organise my books by content, which may lead to non-fiction being shelved with fiction because they’re both about Japan, etc. Yet, looking at all these lovely book rainbows made me curious – which colour is the most popular? Which is the least? How would it work if you have to split up a series?

I decided to choose ~20 books of each colour from my shelves and share them with you. Admit it, who doesn’t like to have a good nosy at someone else’s bookshelves when you visit? I decided to select the books based simply on the first 20 or so I could find of that colour, excluding the ones which are my boyfriend’s and not shared. You will probably be able to see that my choice of books is quite eclectic!

The most predominant colour by far is black, then white, then red. I decided to look at black and white books separately. Pink was the most difficult to gather and I was only able to get my total up by including some of my Japanese manga/novels which often have a pastel spine.

bookshelf rainbow

I will do a separate post looking at the books in each stack – can you see any favourites?

What do you think of rainbow shelves?

How do you organise your books?

12 Comments Add yours

  1. I think rainbows are very pretty to look at, but would probably be very impractical. I store my books in storage boxes and my only rule is to try and keep series together. I’d like to get them more organised somehow though
    Amy xx

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    1. Mine are just in stacks everywhere! It’s hard to get organised without a magically-expanding library…

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  2. That’s so pretty! I’m way too OCD to do that. I have to keep sets and series and author books together.

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    1. Yes, I agree!
      While I would remember where the books were I would find it annoying to have a trilogy split up because the spines are different colours.
      Still, thought it might be an interesting way to look at exactly what I have on my shelves (and piles!) because I love looking at people’s bookshelves when I visit their homes πŸ™‚


  3. AJ says:

    Oh gosh, maybe I shouldn’t have read this post as I now have another way to sort and organize my books!

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    1. :o) Rainbow shelves do look great but I think I still prefer having my series and genres together. At the moment we don’t have many shelves so most books are just in stacks in the various nooks and crannies an old house offers – was recently doing a bit of re-stabilizing of piles threatening to topple and thought it would be fun to pull out the first 20 I found of each colour!

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      1. AJ says:

        I just like to sort things so my book organization changes regularly:)
        I hope you get your library soon!

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  4. This looks so gorgeous all together 😁😁

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    1. I do like how it looks, but don’t think it would work for all of my books – prefer to keep series and genres together!

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      1. hehe yes, that makes complete sense to me! I’m the same πŸ™‚

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  5. kingdylbag13 says:

    That looks real cool


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