Friday, August 25, 2017

Bookish Musings and Ponderings: Reorganizing Bookshelf Distractions

Welcome back to another one of my Bookish Musing and Ponderings posts! These are posts where I discuss book-related things.

Today's topic: reorganizing bookshelf distractions!

So, if the title isn't obvious, I recently reorganized my bookshelf.

I love reorganizing my bookshelf. It's therapeutic, you know? With so many new books, it's always nice to rearrange everything, to include the newest editions to my growing collection. And if you're a book hoarder like me, it's a great way to actually take the time to strategically figure a way out to fit more books onto the bookshelf instead of having to put them elsewhere due to lack of space.

Except it takes me forever. Not because I'm a terribly indecisive person (well, that too) and want to make my bookshelf as aesthetically pleasing as possible, but because I always get distracted. It's not because I don't want to reorganize them--I very much do--but it's just that the books themselves become a distraction. So it takes me ages!

So, I figured it would be fun (and funny) for to me to create a list of all these distractions. Can you relate to any of these, or is it just me?

Rereading Books

I don't know about you, but a major problem that occurs to me when in the process of re-organizing my bookshelf is that I get distracted by my books. I'll be reaching to move a book, when suddenly my mind becomes flooded with memories of a great line or scene in that book. And what happens? I find myself flipping through the pages to find that one line/scene. And while I'm flipping through the pages, I'll be reminded of the various other great scenes in the book that I had forgotten about, and then somehow I'll end up sitting on my floor reading the entire book.

And that's just for one book. The same thing ends up happening again and again for literally half of my book collection. I swear, there's some voice in my head saying "what book thou touches, thou must relive its enjoyment this very instant!" 

Obsession over the Collected Covers of a Series

Has anyone seen the covers of Claudia Gray's A Thousand Pieces of You series? They are gorgeous individually. But when you put them side by side with the rest of the books of the series? Absolute perfection. How can anyone not marvel at their combined beauty?

There are also other series where the covers evolve from the last one. Ally Condie's Matched series is a good example of that: in the first cover: Cassia is in a bubble, and by the last book, she's completely free. The covers themselves tell a story, which you can only see if you have them all side-by-side!

And lastly, you have covers that are actually connected to the previous one. Like, you put all the books together, and they make one big picture. The new covers of the Percy Jackson series is a great example. Or the spines of the new editions of Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series.

How awesome is that? How could anyone not take a moment (or two or twenty) to just put them all together?

Buying or Borrowing the Rest of an Unfinished Series

It's been ages since you've read this one book. And you haven't actually read the rest of the series. Everything gets put on hold while you try to find how you can acquire the next book, either through buying it or borrowing it. Everything gets put on hold while you hunt down the next book...including reorganizing your bookshelf!

Sheer Time Restraints

Okay, so with everything considered, we are only human and after a while, our body demands things from us. Food! Sleep! And so we get up...and leave the bookshelf until after we meet our body's demands. Sheesh, why can't our bodies just live off of books and the nourishment it gives our minds?

There are a definitely a bunch of other distractions that can keep a bookworm from reorganizing their bookshelf. What are some others that you can think of? Have you ever suffered from these distractions yourself? Let me know!

Happy reading!


  1. I rearranged my shelves a few weeks ago, and it took forever. It needed to be done because I ran out of space. I had to decide which books to keep and which to donate. After many hours of rearranging, I got it all figured out.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. That's the issue I'm running into right now! I have no space, and I need to start weeding out which books can go...but it's hard! I'm happy you were able to get it all sorted out in the end, though! :)

  2. I LOVE when the spines of books show an overall illustration. Unfortunately I do not own one of those series yet, but I hope to once I get a house and a nice bookshelf! :)

    1. Aren't the gorgeous? Not to worry, I don't own any of those books either! I actually have all the old ones, and I don't quite plan to get the new ones with the matching spines quite yet, or at least until l get more book space!

  3. I also love reorganizing! It seems stressful but when we're doing it, it actually very theraupetic. Unfortunately, I also got easily distracted with all the old series and ended up rereading them! :)

    1. I could spend days rearranging my bookshelf! Like you said, it's very therapeutic. Who wouldn't want to be surrounded by books and have to power to arrange them as they see fit? Of course, the lack of books pace is always what gets me the most haha "^.^

  4. I have ebooks more than physical books, mainly because its cheaper, and because I have very little bookshelf space! Once I get my own place I'm going to have bookshelves everywhere and try and acquire more books, but for now, I have to settle for ebooks. I never realised that book covers could tell a story, that's awesome! I love that with the mortal instruments series, now those books getting so many new covers actually makes sense! Great post!

    1. Thanks, Sinead! Ebooks definitely are a huge space saver, for sure. I unfortunately don't have an e-reader anymore (really should invest in one), but there's just something about physical books that's so soothing to me. Also, I'm one of those people who can't read e-readers in cars or trains without getting a bit nauseated, so I tend to stick to real books, as heavy and bulky as they are haha