Bookshelf Makeover, aka Rainbow Bookshelves

I’ve officially gone mad. I have four (or is it five already? I honestly lost count) reviews to write, emails to respond to and job applications to send in and what do I spend my entire morning with? Yes, that’s right. None of the above. Instead, I voluntarily spend three hours rearranging my bookshelf. I’m exhausted and feel a bit dizzy but it was worth every second.

Up until now, I organized my books by the authors’ last name, which was a pretty good solution and made it really easy for me to find whatever I was looking for at a given time. But it was nothing special. And it definitely didn’t look as cheerful as some of the “rainbow bookshelf” photos I’ve seen around the blogosphere in the past year. So I decided to give it a try and create my very own book rainbow this morning. And… well, I love it.

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I don’t know how practical it is but at the moment, I couldn’t care less. :D I mean, look at all these colours! *flails*

How do you guys organize your bookshelves? Does it bother you if parts of a series or works of the same author are not in order or would you try something like this?

49 Responses to “Bookshelf Makeover, aka Rainbow Bookshelves”

  1. Looks so pretty! I’ve always wanted to do something like this. I organize by series/author/genre, depending on how many I have of one series. I would love to do colors one day!
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  2. Tina says:

    This does look good! But it would drive me crazy if the books weren’t alphabetical by author – plus I would go crazy if the series wasn’t all together. Yep, my bf thinks I’m a little OCD, but thats ok :) And I probably wouldn’t be able to find anything. Cute idea though! I hope it works well for you!
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    • Vicky says:

      That’s exactly what I’m worried about! I’m a bit OCD when it comes to my books too and I loved the fact that all the series were together. We’ll see how much it bothers me or if I manage to get used to this arrangement. :)

  3. Trish says:

    Looks awesome! I use to organize by size of the book

  4. Bonnie says:

    hahaha! I love it! Totally makes me want to do something fun like this but my current piles somehow have a method of organization and if I move anything I’d never find it. lol
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  5. SOOOOO PRETTY!!! I’d love to organize my books like that but it seems impossible… But you never know maybe I’ll try it too. Although I do like having books by the same author together.
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  6. I love the rainbow bookshelf, it may not be practical but it sure looks pretty :D

    I organise my shelf by size and Authors.
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  7. Jessica@a GREAT read says:

    OOh very pretty! I don’t think I could ever go that route, I’m too OCD–or CDO (lol)–to arrange my books in anything but alphabetical order by author’s last name! Still, very pretty! I can admire yours to make up for mine! :D

  8. Priya says:

    Wow, that looks SO good. I’m going to try it on my bookshelf@
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  9. Ellie says:

    Well done! I started this last year and managed one shelf of yellow and lots of other books all over the floor and never found the time/energy to finish it off. I love how it looks.
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    • Vicky says:

      Thanks! Yeah, I know, I almost gave up halfway through the blue ones – it just seemed to take ages. It was worth it, though. :)

  10. Looks gorgeous. I organised by surname of author, although I have books in front of my books, so they’re just organised in clumps by series. It works for me…
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  11. I organized mine by genre.

  12. Charlie says:

    It looks awesome! But i know that i’d be really frustrated with mine! Thats my OCD coming out :P

    Charlie xx

  13. Wendy says:

    I arange my books by the authors last names. Maybe not too special, but it’s more practical. But this looks really nice haha!
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  14. It looks awesome, but I don’t think I could work with it. I have all the books from authors together and I need my series to stick together :p
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  15. Celine says:

    Ho-ly crap. That look AWESOME! I’m so jealous of your shelf right now, it’s not even funny. Seriously *grabby hands*
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  16. Ha ha … I saw your picture on Twitter and tried to do it. I did two shelves and was done! I did think about practicality, though, while doing it … it would be a lot harder to find something! Of course, my books are a mess right now anyway, so I’ll live with it for a while. Good job! That must’ve taken forever!
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  17. Megan says:

    I tried this once because it was so pretty. But then I couldn’t handle it because some series have different colours and I needed them to be together. But it sure does look pretty!
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  18. Book Bunny says:

    Your bookshelf looks amazing! I’d arrange mine too but almost all of my books are in my kindle :P
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    • Vicky says:

      See? That’s the most space-efficient solution. :) I know I should start using my Kindle more but I can’t resist a nice paperback :(

  19. Kendra says:

    This looks awesome! so fun!

  20. Jenna says:

    Cool! i actually organize my bookshelf according to author’s last name and the last part of my shelf is for the books that I haven’t read yet but yours really looks cool and definitely colorful!

  21. Oh man, I want to do that with my bookshelf! But then I’d have to put it back so I could FIND things. Although that’s then double the re-organising fun….
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  22. LOVE IT! Mine are rainbow too, but you have so many more colours to work with! :)
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  23. Woah, that looks so cool! I would never do that with my books because as pretty as it looks I’m scared they will be a mess, but I always envy people who do it. It looks so pretty!
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  24. Pauline says:

    Oh, pretty! I organize my books by colour as well but I don’t have as many of them so my bookshelf doesn’t look as good as yours!
    But I think it’s so much fun to organize books, even if it’s a waste of time, so sometimes I will change it up, by genre, author’s name, or something else – just for fun.
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    • Vicky says:

      Aw, I’m sure it looks nice. I actually wish I had less white and black ones myself!
      And yes, I agree – although it’s very exhausting too!

  25. It’s so pretty! Personally, I couldn’t do this because I like to have all my authors and series together. It would also take me a lot of time to do because I always have a habit of stopping something when I’m in the middle.
    I love your shelves though! That’s a lot of books!
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    • Vicky says:

      I know! One of my friends asked me to count them the other day and it turns out I have 318 or something like that. I had no idea I had so many. o.O It’s definitely a good reminder that I don’t need any more books…

  26. Belle Read says:

    This is such funny timing. I just recently moved my bookshelves (that alone was a huge undertaking), and had considered arranging them by color. I opted for genre, but I may have to rethink that. What you have done looks lovely.
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    • Vicky says:

      I can imagine! I don’t know how many books you have but it took me hours to take these down and put them back again. Judging by the comments lots of people choose to organize theirs by genre and I’ve no idea why I haven’t thought of that before. Although I still prefer this solution, it looks so much more cheerful :)

  27. Beautiful Rainbow Makeover! I seriously need to reorganize my shelve, but until then thanks for inspiring me Vicky. :)
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  28. Simona says:

    Wow!! This looks so awesome! Congrats :D! I love the rainbow colours arrangement! Wish that I can do this one day haha xD!

  29. That looks so pretty…but I’d never be able to find anythng….I sort of organize my genre and then it just gets messy from there.
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  30. So pretty! I’ve wanted to do a rainbow bookshelf for a while but my OCD tendencies will not settle at the idea of having my series all muddled up! I hope this works for you, it looks so bright and cheerful. :)
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  31. It is pretty but it would never work for me. I have my books organized by genre then author then series. I can find any book quickly. It isn’t the most aesthetic method but it is practical.

  32. Zoe @ Bookhi says:

    Wow! So pretty! I’m tempted to do this but I’m not sure how I would feel about splitting up series. I’m definitely considering it though, even though I’ll probably distract myself all the time by staring at them ;)
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    • Vicky says:

      That’s how I felt too :) I’ve a bit of an OCD when it comes to books and book series but it was soooo pretty I couldn’t resist giving it a try. Let’s hope it works out :D

  33. Ellie says:

    I LOVE IT! We’re moving house in three weeks and I’m already casting around for bookshelf organisation ideas and cool bookcase styles and all that stuff. Pfft, who needs to be thinking about prosaic things like wall colours and flooring when you could think about ORGANISING BOOKS?! I might have to try this, I like having my books a bit mixed up (makes me more likely to pick up something at random instead of always veering to the same sections) but still pretty, so it might just be perfect for me! :)
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  34. Nice new books, Vicky. Enjoy!
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