What else would it be – its a bookcase after all. There ought to be a lot of books in there, right? The ones that are most loved, read again and again and most referred to. And how lovely they look being arranged in a pretty shelf and styled with the most amazing things collected over the years; and the details!
I once read somewhere that a home without books is like a body without soul. How true, indeed. They are surely a person’s best friend. Telling stories, creating images and developing an understanding of day to day things that go about in our surroundings. It is always so wonderful to listen to someone else’s words, their thoughts, their views, their perceptions and interpretations, and above all, seeing the world from their eyes and reading through their minds – making similarities and comparisons in theirs and our own…
The ones who love books usually do have a lot of them in their home, hidden away somewhere safely. So, there could be a fair chance of making a selection of which books to be displayed and which ones should wait for their turn. It could be a fun practice to change your selection from time to time for it will be an equal enjoyment for your friends in admiring your taste.
It’s important to “leave room for other characters to come into play” — most obviously, when you’re arranging your books. So, they should be arranged in a way so as to leave room for accessories and styling, of course because these accessories and artwork actually work as the main + supporting characters of the whole story who drop in to fill in the details!
I always find it wonderful and easy to group the favorite ones on basis of genre. It makes each book so very accessible. My favorite bookstores that I visit often have organized their books that way. So, I instantly single out the spot that I want to go to find a book. And I love to organize a bookcase same way as well.
That being said, when it comes to arrangement; I believe the books should be placed in an evenly scattered manner along the whole bookcase. Like a few books in every shelf placed both vertically and horizontally to give more visual interest. And that could be as interesting as arranging artwork, one can go on and on until it looks fine to the eye.
Color also plays its part and it even becomes more alive when accessories join in too. So, it could also be taken into account when deciding on which books are displayed. Though, it is only the words that matter the most, book covers could also do their job in making a bookcase look more graceful and happier.