This weekend I started a new (and minor) organization project, with my one and only goal being to make the shelves look as pretty as possible. With that in mind, I pulled off all the book jackets and set to organizing the books loosely by color and size.
This is just one bookshelf, and it’s still very much in progress. But so far I’ve realized two things: I love the way this looks, and, were I to stick to this method, I might not be able to find anything ever again. I have a great memory for what a book cover looks like, but when the actual book color is across the color wheel from the jacket cover … I can’t keep up!
I have a longstanding love/hate relationship with dust jackets, and I appreciated this excuse to pull them off, at least temporarily. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.
Cracking open each book for a minute has also been fun. I had no idea how many notes and cards were tucked into the books on my shelves!
And sometimes the endpapers themselves have surprised me. Isn’t the inside of Anna Kendrick’s book adorable?
And I have always loved the design of A Window Opens, even if my feelings about the book itself are decidedly more ambivalent.
I also discovered where all my book darts were hiding. At least a hundred were tucked into Everyone Brave Is Forgiven.
Back to dust jackets. When I was a kid, I used to pull them off and throw them away. Now, I prefer the look of my books without them, but only when they’re on my personal home bookshelves. I definitely don’t want publishers and booksellers to do away with them—I love that part of book design!
(I have some friends—who shall remain innocent—who use book jackets to disguise what they’re really reading in the waiting room, so they can cloak their embarrassing reads in respectability. Ha!)
Readers, I’d love to hear: how do you feel about dust jackets? Do you keep them on your books, or not? Why? And if you pull them off but don’t want to recycle them, how on earth do you store them?
And if you have any tips for beautifying these shelves, please share those in comments as well.