We are inundated with books.
Of course “inundated” might not be the right word since they have only come from upstairs, but our living room is rather overrun right now. We haven’t made a huge amount of progress putting them on the shelves yet …
… although I’m working on it.
We’re still in the sorting out stage, which I think is tied (for me) for difficulty with the trying-to-decide-shelf-order one. In Austin, we had our favorite books on one little set of shelves, and then the rest by genre/topic/author. Right now, they’re going into strict piles: fiction, and a stack (or two) for each letter (authors’ last initials); anthologies; poetry; light/consumer non-fiction; coursework non-fiction/textbooks sorted by topic.
We have quite a lot in the first and last categories, as most of our books are either gifts, or textbooks. John and I have 31 years of high school, college, and graduate education between the two of us – and even eliminating 8 years of strictly research, that’s still 23 years of coursework! Of course we haven’t kept all of our books from that time, but quite a good number of them….
After we finish unloading and sorting the boxes (of which we have around 25 total, I think) we’re planning a secondary sorting: keep and display, keep but don’t display, sell/give away. By that point, hopefully deciding on our display scheme will seem less daunting.
This might take a while.
P.S.: Do you like John’s stack of boxes in the corner? It’s more than 12 boxes high, I think. Here is the best shot I have of the Tower: