Sales of print books have soared in the past year, up by 5.5% to over 200 million, and whilst we have ordered them in piles from our local bookshops, it has also been a good opportunity to actually read some the books we’ve stockpiled, but never got around to reading.
However, nothing can replace the pleasure of spending an unhurried hour in your local bookshop perusing the latest titles (and we deplore those who use this facility and then run home to order on-line, to save a few pence).
In preparation for a spree, you might want to sort out and re-file your library. There are many ways to shelve books, by subject, by author, by alphabet, by type and by colour. A colour arranged bookshelf looks like an artwork, but may make finding what you want more challenging. What to do if the author has written a travel book, and a cookery book; or a novel and a historical biography?
This is where you need to think about how you use your books, which ones you are likely to refer to more often, which are your favourites, or new volumes to keep at eye level as a reminder. There are also books which you might never read, but beautifully bound and previously owned by your great grandmother. Height is another consideration and we like to arrange our books both vertically and, the larger tombs, horizonally.
Books may be like friends, but sometimes you need to weed out those that will never be re-read, so donate or loan these. But, like money, don’t necessarily expect them to be returned.
Take care of your books, keep them dusted and not too rammed together, obviously in a dry even temperature and not exposed to sunlight. And pull them out by their sides rather than try to lever them out at the top.
E.books and audio books are another story for another day. Here are some of the books we’ve enjoyed recently:
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