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message 1: by RandomAnthony (last edited Feb 16, 2010 05:55AM) (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Question...do you display books you haven't read as if you've read them? Does placing a book on your bookcase imply you've read the book? If so, do the "unread" books go in their own category/space? Thoughts?


message 2: by Gus (new)

Gus Sanchez (gussanchez) My bookshelves are completely unorganized. There are stacks and stacks of books that have gone unread. Someday I'll get to them.


message 3: by janine (new)

janine | 7715 comments there are only five unread books in my bookcase, those are all the unread books i have. they share a shelf with the library books.


message 4: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments i don't think i have any books on my shelves that are unread. i do buy boxes of books at the library sales but keep those in boxes stored until i read them. never really thought about it until now


message 5: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11549 comments Books I haven't read are on a shelf in my bedroom. Those I've finished are on the bookshelves in the family room. If I combined them, I would forget which titles were in which category. Yes, my memory is that bad.


message 6: by Catalina (new)

Catalina | 268 comments I don't know how I would display them as read or unread. I own a huge library, the majority of which is unread. I love being surrounded by my books (though most are in storage right now). All of that knowledge and all of those ideas, even when as-of-yet unread by me, inspire and comfort me.


message 7: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17319 comments Mod
What in the world RA? All books go on my bookshelves, in whatever order. Where else would I put the ones I haven't yet read? In a cupboard?


message 8: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Sure. Or segregated into a "haven't read yet" section.

I like the idea of a "not read" cupboard.


message 9: by Chris (new)

Chris | 13 comments I like keeping most of my unread books on the bookshelves in my TV room. I'll find myself staring off at them while watching a TV show and it's like they're all taunting me. You could be reading one of us right now if you weren't such a lazy bastard!


message 10: by Heather (new)

Heather (heatherjoy) | 384 comments I only shelve read books in my book cases, and I sort those alphabetically, according to genre. All un-read books sit on the bottom shelves of my coffee table and end tables and currently reading goes on top of my coffee table and end tables.


message 11: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17319 comments Mod
Seriously?

I'm boggled by you people.


message 12: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments i don't sort anything except by size on each shelf. i have all sorts of books and lots of reference books (The Annotated Arch: A Crash Course in the History Of Architecture)as well as other kooky stuff. my wife took the dust covers off of all my books on bookcases in our bedroom in a deal where that is the only way i could keep them in there. she thinks they look more in the flow of a booksy classic look without the multi-colored slick dust covers. i cringed when i got home and she had it all done. she did keep the covers in a box for me though


message 13: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Can I boggle too? I have a ton of books I haven't read. If I didn't shelve them I would be in big trouble. Plus, they would be out of sight and I'd have even less chance of reading them. I do have a shelf upstairs that I like to believe is my to-read-SOON shelf, but that doesn't mean there aren't others.


message 14: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Heather wrote: "I only shelve read books in my book cases, and I sort those alphabetically, according to genre. All un-read books sit on the bottom shelves of my coffee table and end tables and currently reading g..."

I approve. I have a lower bookshelf I tend to use for unread books.

high-fives Heather




message 15: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments I'm sensing a poll...:)


message 16: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments me too bun.


message 17: by Jaime (new)

Jaime | 158 comments The majority of my books are ones I haven't read yet. They go on the shelves w/ the ones that I have read. And until you asked this question RA, I wouldn't have even thought that people only shelve books that they have read.


message 18: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments I hope you feel properly guilty, Jaime:)

I use the library a lot too, now that I think of it...so my "haven't read" shelf stays pretty small.


message 19: by smetchie (new)

smetchie | 4034 comments BunWat wrote: "Actually I shelve most of my unread books (and quite a few of the read ones) at the library.

They've been quite resistant to adopting a shelving system based on whether or not I've read the boo..."


HAHAH! me too.

But to answer the question: I have one bookshelf and it's full of books. I need another one. They aren't shelved in any order.


message 20: by Heather (new)

Heather (heatherjoy) | 384 comments I have come to view my read shelves as badges of honor, books I haven't read simply don't belong there. To put them there would make a mockery of my system. Books I haven't read yet don’t deserve mention until I know how to properly evaluate them. If they’re crap, they get sold.

Weird, I know.



message 21: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments I like the idea that your shelving method is based on intellectual honesty. Wouldn't want to deceive the houseguests! Unlike those frauds Sally and Sarah, lying with their shelves to all passersby.


message 22: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17319 comments Mod
Bun, #22 is shockingly similar to what I just posted over on the poll thread.


message 23: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Weird, I know.

Not weird! Not weird! I agree completely!


message 24: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17319 comments Mod
Weird.


message 25: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) *links arms with Sally, BunWat, Jaime, Sarah Pi and Catalina*

I have no idea what you people are talking about with your shelving only books that have been read, like unread books are somehow less deserving of being shelved just because they've yet to be enjoyed. *boggles*


message 26: by smetchie (new)

smetchie | 4034 comments They're still MY books even if I haven't read them.


message 27: by Mandy (new)

Mandy (mandypants) Books belong on bookshelves regardless of their read/unread status. I like putting things where they belong. I even commingle my books with my husband's books too. *gasp* Shocking I know.


message 28: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) I like to organize my books aesthetically - similar sizes, shapes and colors grouped together.


message 29: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments i like books stacked on my nightstand, beside my chair in the living room and some in the back seat of my truck along with my bookshelves full. i have some odd size (tall reference ones) that are odd to put on a shelf.

oh man, my wife would totally go for color groupings of books. i collect old books and she decorates with them because they look so cool and vintage. she lets the zane grey ones stay on the fireplace


message 30: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa (Buckythecat) I've never heard the term "boggleating," but I LIKE it!


message 31: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17319 comments Mod
::waits for someone to Google "boggleating" and post the results here::


message 32: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa (Buckythecat) I'm among those who just have books any and everywhere. Shelved. Stacked in my unused firplace. Piled on the coffee table. On the stereo. On the tv stand. I have a friend who often refers to herself as a book snob, meaning she keeps hers pristine. Hell, mine are usually not pristine when I buy them.


message 33: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments like subconscious word nicking bun?


message 34: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11549 comments Google had three hits for "boggleation," but nothing for "boggleating."

Bing said, "We did not find any results for boggleating."


message 35: by RandomAnthony (last edited Feb 16, 2010 12:59PM) (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Will google now find this page for "boggleating" searches?


message 36: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17319 comments Mod
It usually does work like that.

PS: When I type "usually" my fingers automatically make ususally and I have to go back to remove the extraneous 's'.


message 37: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) RandomAnthony wrote: "Will google now find this page for "boggleating" searches?"

Not yet. I have to say the idea of someone finding one of our threads in a google search weirds me out a little. I know it's a public group and anyone can browse it, but it weirds me out nonetheless.


message 38: by smetchie (new)

smetchie | 4034 comments Just don't think about it Misha. That's what I don't do.


message 39: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) I normally put it out of my mind, unless someone brings it up and I get jolted back to reality for a minute.


message 40: by smetchie (new)

smetchie | 4034 comments here are the questions that jump into my head:

1)will someone I know randomly come across my posts?

then right after that:

2)why do I use my real name?


message 41: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments Gretchen wrote: "Just don't think about it Misha. That's what I don't do."

i think this is my fav comment of the day. thanks gretchen (if that is your real name)




message 42: by smetchie (new)

smetchie | 4034 comments you're welcome. (thanks for starting that rumor. now i don't have to change it.)


message 43: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments no prob. whenever i address you i will say your name and be doing the finger quoty mark things with my hands and have a sarcastic look on my face. will that help?


message 44: by smetchie (last edited Feb 17, 2010 12:06PM) (new)

smetchie | 4034 comments Yes, "El Liso Grande." it will. tons.


message 45: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 23889 comments Mod
RandomAnthony wrote: "Question...do you display books you haven't read as if you've read them? Does placing a book on your bookcase imply you've read the book? If so, do the "unread" books go in their own category/spa..."

Funny! I love the question. How would one display unread books as if they had been read? Perhaps the read books could be turned spines inward.



All my books are shelved by subject matter, read and unread all in there together, at least until I've run out of space (which I have) and the excess books are kind of stacked in front of the others.

Most of the books I own I haven't read.


message 46: by [deleted user] (new)

LG you are ace at digging up an old thread.

I read books as I buy them and rarely have any books on hand that haven't been read. The ones I haven't read tend to sit on my bedside table glaring at me.

I do have one or two books I haven't been able to get through. I will get back to them eventually. Maybe. Those ones are festering.


message 47: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Lopez | 4728 comments Many books that I read and enjoy, I immediately give to someone else, saying, "You have to read this." As a result, my shelves contain mostly those books that I absolutely need for reference and cannot give away, books that I have read and would not really recommend to anybody, library books that I have to return at some point, and books that I haven't gotten around to reading yet. The last category is a pretty big one.


message 48: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) I have several unread books stored in the drawers of my nightstand.


message 49: by janine (new)

janine | 7715 comments having too many unread books overwhelms me. i get reader's anxiety. i own 7 unread books and have 1 unread book from the library.


message 50: by Jammies (new)

Jammies Zombie thread re-animates itself with no visible new posts!

*makes woooooo noises and waves arms in a spooky fashion*


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