Chaotic arrangement of books and shelves

Pile of old books
[image by bunhill]

Rands wrote an article describing his love of books. (No, Rands isn’t his real name, and I respect his privacy if he chooses to use a handle.) He talked about the Amazon Kindle, and he also mentioned that he still liked to hold a physical book when he reads. Same here.

I’m going to answer the 3 phases of his book stalking process:

Phase 1: Where are they?

They are everywhere. Alright, only in the living room and my room. Of course I managed to find a couple of books hiding in a kitchen cabinet…

I don’t really have matching bookshelves to hold my books. It’s a cabinet here, a glass shelf there. The majority of my material possessions are books, so they sort of have a life of their own in my house. My father even built a bookshelf for me because he couldn’t stand some of the books just being stacked on the floor…

Phase 2: How are they arranged?

I think the only rule is: put the book(s) where there’s a space. This also means books are vertically and horizontally placed. Sometimes the shelf is too high, and the vertically placed books have some extra space above them, but not enough to place more books vertically. But I can lay books on their side on top of the existing books. Shove, shove, shove…

I’d make a terrible librarian… It goes with my messy nature

Phase 3: And what do you read?

I love fantasy fiction by David Eddings and Terry Brooks. There’s a couple of others, such as the Death Gate Novels by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, and the science fiction ones by Michael Crichton.

There are also comic books, on the legendary kung fu master Chen Min, or Q in Detective Dan’s school or the Kindaichi chronicles.

I also have some books on business, self-help, and marketing. These are the non-technical books to complement the math and programming textbooks lurking… somewhere in those shelves…

And currently, the Dungeons and Dragons books command my attention. The fact that there are people who want to play tabletop RPGs with me helps with my interest.

Last thoughts

I think for an electronic version of books to be appealing to me, it has to be very “futuristic”. I don’t want to swipe from one end of the screen to the other to “flip” a page. I want to see a page being flipped, even if it’s holographically produced.

I don’t want to select a book from a list of titles on the screen. I want to see books in front of me, again holographically produced, for me to pick and choose.

It’s not just the book content I’m after. It’s the whole experience of reading.