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in thinking that a bookshelf on which the books are arranged by the colour of their spines

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Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Fri 28-Sep-12 21:38:15

...is one of the ponciest and twattiest things EVER?

I saw a pic of this in a magazine today - it looked lovely but WHY WHY WHY would you do that?

It screams pretentiousness and poncetwatickness. Or AIBU?

purplehouse Fri 28-Sep-12 21:39:48

I've seen this in a friends house. It actually looked very nice!

AgentZigzag Fri 28-Sep-12 21:41:14

Was it just a staged photo though?

Doesn't sound like they read them if they were.

Mine were ordered a bit in size to start with, now they're just a jumble with books stacked wherever there's room grin (and that's after a clean up of them)

SuperTressy Fri 28-Sep-12 21:42:25

They probably got the idea from Silent Witness.

AgentZigzag Fri 28-Sep-12 21:42:28

Would you buy them to fit in with a specific theme or just make patterns with what you've got? <overthinking it>

Who would have the time or motivation though?

Raspberryandorangesorbet Fri 28-Sep-12 21:43:28

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BrianButterfield Fri 28-Sep-12 21:43:34

I did it once with mine. It was easy and very pleasing to do.

trixymalixy Fri 28-Sep-12 21:43:35

I quite like it too. A couple of friends have done this. I'd like to, but my books aren't poncy enough.

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Fri 28-Sep-12 21:43:50

Sorry... it was not in a photo. A friend told me that her friend had done this. Said how lovely it looked, but I thought it sounded fucking ridiculous.

Stupidly said I saw it in a magazine in case I outed myself.

(AZZ, I've not read your thread for a day or two - hope all's well.)

Mine are arranged by type - kids, cook books, job related, novels and all other shit. Works well.

BestIsWest Fri 28-Sep-12 21:44:45

I sorted all our CDs by colour once <bored>. It looked lovely but it was a bugger to find anything!

PatsysPyjamas Fri 28-Sep-12 21:44:52

Hmm... I do love an orange Penguin spine. To be fair, mine are a complete jumble (how I like it) so any kind of colour coding wouldn't make any difference.

SuperTressy Fri 28-Sep-12 21:45:18

I do think it looks good if you have enough books to cover a whole wall. Not sure how you'd go about finding a particular book though!

Celticlassie Fri 28-Sep-12 21:46:28

That's rubbish - a well loved bookshelf should be haphazard. My sister arranged mine according to author - I was very upset. angry grin

BestIsWest Fri 28-Sep-12 21:47:06

I'm trying to remember who it is on here that has a photo on her profile with all her books sorted by colour. It looks bloody lovely too.

lashingsofbingeinghere Fri 28-Sep-12 21:47:25

I do this with my Penguins and Persephones <strokes spines>.

I am not poncey but I do like an orderly book shelf <flicks duster at the David Lodge ledge>.

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Fri 28-Sep-12 21:47:41

My hallway books are arranged in tone rather than actual colour, just a spurt of whimsy I had one afternoon brought on by fretting while waiting in for an important phone call. I have an unsightly gap in the blue section though, and am ever so tempted to go into waterstone's and ask if they have anything in a nice azure.

BrianButterfield Fri 28-Sep-12 21:47:59

I always had a vague idea of the colour of the book I was looking for anyway, so I never struggled to find it. And unless your books are arranged alphabetically, which is just as time-consuming an arrangement, you'd still find it hard to find one, surely?

PatsysPyjamas Fri 28-Sep-12 21:48:23

Maybe it makes it easier to find the books, if you can remember the publisher? I guess it's fine so long as all the colour sections don't have to be the same size (ie you have to go out and buy books with a pink spine)

Viewofthehills Fri 28-Sep-12 21:48:28

Fiction/non-fiction, alphabetical order or history in chronological order, but colour of spines? Arghhh.

AgentZigzag Fri 28-Sep-12 21:50:05

'I did it once with mine. It was easy and very pleasing to do. '

How long did it stay sorted Brian?

It does look really nice, but there's no way my second hand eclectic collection would look anywhere near as attractive grin

(just playing the waiting game Alliwant, thanks for asking smile)

BestIsWest Fri 28-Sep-12 21:50:07

All our CDs are now arranged alphabetically..the books are all over the house. I would love one huge bookcase so I could sort them

Iggly Fri 28-Sep-12 21:50:23

I like this idea myself. Might try it. We've got the silver penguin classics altogether so may as well do the rest.

TBH I rarely read "real" books now (have a kindle) - they're more for show grin

TraineeBabyCatcher Fri 28-Sep-12 21:51:43

Mine are like this. As are my DVDs. The Wii games. All CDs. DVDs are in order of picture colour, in categories of box colour.

PatsysPyjamas Fri 28-Sep-12 21:53:17

Oh, I dream of a wall of shelves, lined with books. Colour-coded or whatever.

FriedSprout Fri 28-Sep-12 21:53:40

Dewey library system for non-fiction, alphabetically for fiction. There is no other way grin

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