I find myself reorganizing my bookshelves with the seasons or with my moods, and because of this, they're all mixed together now, and I don't have a running list of what I still need to read. And I daresay that at least a third of the books on my shelves are unread. I'm a spontaneous book buyer. If I see it and I want it, I usually buy it, funds willing.
I also can't say no to a good sale. Or Half Price Books. Or review copies. But I digress.
I really want to make my dream library a reality. And being the organized person I am, I want to catalog ALL THE BOOKS. Looking at my shelves, I can tell you what I haven't read at a glance. But when I'm trying to decide on my next read, I want to have choices...I want to know all my options. I'd also like to know which books I've passed on more than a few times so I can find a better home for them.
This also means I'll be reorganizing my bookshelves again in the very near future. I keep changing it up...alphabetical order, favorites, read vs. not read. I sort of want to color-code my shelves, but then I'd never be able to find anything. Okay, that's not entirely true. I kind of have a photographic memory and can easily recall the covers of books I've read or am at least somewhat familiar with. But still. That's not really organized, and it would end up peeving me rather quickly, resulting in another weekend spent organizing.
I want to get all of this done in the next few weeks -- at least the reorganizing part -- because I want to show off my shelves. I've had a request or two for a bookshelf tour, and though I doubt I could ever gather enough courage to appear in such a video, I'd be more than happy to share my shelves with you guys. Also, I've never counted my books, so I'll finally know just how many books I own. (I'm currently giving away three boxes - which equates to 22 books -- if you're interested.)
This is kind of a big undertaking, and I probably should have made it one of my resolutions so that when I finish, I can say I've accomplished something off that list. Either way, I'm pretty excited about this endeavor. And if nothing else, it'll help me with Resolution #1, which was to read more for pleasure. Which, for me, means hitting up some of those books that are sitting on my shelf collecting dust and feeling unloved. :( And all books need a little love...