"Classifying one’s books," Patel writes, "is not done to arrange them in some cosy intellectual order. The point is to be able to find a volume when it is required, and to know what books you have on a particular subject."
I feel about this because I have spent considerable time developing a system which achieves these two ends.
And then Patel, who owns 5,000 books, proceeds to elaborate on his classification system:
Read the column in its entirety here: "Bibliophilia needs smart shelving".
|MY BELOVED BOOKS AND BOOKSHELVES STARRED IN A MAGAZINE ARTICLE IN 2011.|
Bibliophiles will especially love, and identify with, what Patel writes in the penultimate paragraph:
Few things are as pleasurable to me as opening a package of new books in the mail. Living amid them is very heaven. Perhaps expensive paintings are also like that, but I doubt it. All of your other possessions, your cars and watches and homes, are about how the world sees you. Your books influence how you see the world.
- Additional reading: "Why you must read".