Yea or Nay?

5.31.2013


I've been seeing this for a couple of years now.  I'm noticing that I'm seeing it more and more lately.  I have my own opinion, but I'd love to hear what you think.  I'd also be so appreciative if you'd share the title of a great book you've read recently.  We're headed to the bookstore this weekend, and I want to pick up some summer reading.  And, YAY it's Friday!

Addendum:  I'm so enjoying hearing what everyone has to say on this book color blocking trend.  I'm noticing that readers are misinterpreting my intentions. I write above that I already have an opinion. So, I'm not on the fence and trying to decide whether I want to try this or not.  I'm just wanting to hear what you think about it.  

Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts!  Have a great weekend!


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37 comments :

Belle on Heels said...

Not a fan. a) I don't find it that aesthetically pleasing. b) I just have issues with using books as "props" or styling items. I love to read and I love books and this just doesn't make any sense unless you never plan to read your books. Would make much more sense (for a reader) to organize by author or subject or genre. Books are so beautiful on their own; they don't need any help :)

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

Nay!! I wrote a post on this last summer I think...Books are too valuable to me and dividing them by color is not respecting the content...in my modest opinion :) Some good reads...I'm always reading the classics....there are so many that I still haven't read or that I want to revisit. I recently read Jane Eyre and am almost done with the great gatsby. I want to read it before the movie comes out.

Kathleen said...

I think its pretty looking. I'm not sure how practical it is for someone who really reads their books. During my last move I donated all my books except for maybe a dozen treasures. Now when I want to read I head to the library!

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Hi Jennifer! I love how those shelves look but could never do it myself - my books are all organized by author so I can find what I am looking for!

A great recommendation for a perfect summer weekend read - Beth Hoffman's new book "Looking for Me"...I just finished it and loved it. Very light reading...perfect for summer relaxation!

Have a great weekend! xoxo

Mrs. B said...

I think it's fun! I have TONS of books, but my husband and I are in a very small space. We have to be mindful of every square inch, and when our books are organized this way it is a playful decorative element. Someday, when I have more space, I'd like to have a proper library, but for now I enjoy my novels and coffee table books in a ROYGBIV fashion.

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

Not so much. It just looks so contrived. If I had a spare moment to catch my breath I would have a book title for you but I have none.

Nancy said...

I don't think it's necessary There's plenty of ways to style books so that you can find your titles. I, on the other hand, have not made time to read for myself in a long time. Way overdue. I'm on on alot of magazines though, does that count? Have a great weekend.
xo Nancy
Powellbrowerhome.com

Leslie said...

I have stacks of books that need to be organized. It's not easy to style them on shelves .. as for categorized etc.. not sure that would work or that I'd have the time to organize like that:)

I featured your blue and white phone case on my blog today:) Love it and always receive compliments on it.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I've tried it and I can tell you I'm not a fan. Books are great on their own, they don't need to be color coordinated. Also, it just makes me think of someone who doesn't read any of those books but just has them for show. As for good books right now, all I've gotten to read is books about using the potty and big girl underwear. Probably not what you are after. :) Happy weekend my friend!

tiffany jones said...

Not a fan... too "jumbled" for me! I am just starting the book " the Dud Avocado" by Elaine Dundy. It is an old book - i think originally published in 1958. So far it is a hoot... a young american girl in paris. What's not to love about that?

Linda Pakravan said...

I think it makes for a great photo. Wouldn't do it my home though.

Anna said...

I say nay. I like using my books all over my house and not all together. A good book is Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler.

Kathysue said...

Hmmmm? I like the look but I am not sure I would do it, However I do like when books are covered and labeled in the same covering,but I do love a beautifully bound book, can you tell I am on the fence about it. For a photo shoot I like it!
Happy Friday,
Kathysue

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

My own books are somewhat color coordinated. I have them arranged by subject matter (garden, decor, art, travel, etc) first and then by color, but not always. So I guess I'm 50 / 50 :)

Beverly said...

When this trend first started, I thought it was a bit contrived. Using books just as styling props. But then I tried it. It is very restful. Maybe because I am a visual person, but I have no trouble finding a particular book.

Good summer reads -- Where'd You Go, Bernadette, The List, Seating Arrangements

Junell said...

Love it ~ fresh, fun & fotogenic:)
This particular one to me looks pretty & not too staged.
As for books to read I just finished American Brutus- weird, I know but after seeing Lincoln I wanted to know more on John Wilkes Booth. Great information & fascinating to know more then I learned in 7th grade history.
Also intriqued by list over @ http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2013/05/a-totally-random-monday-post-and-happy.html

Now reading The Last Original Wife by Dorthea Benton Frank - great beach read; light, fun, Southern.

Another list I use is Amazon Summer Reading Listhttp://www.amazon.com/b/ref=SumRdgAdult_HQP?ie=UTF8&node=5298578011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=hero-quick-promo&pf_rd_r=0EHAACGZJD1BQSAYBG4R&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_p=1546773542&pf_rd_i=0375759743

Love Summer Reading!

Gretchen said...

I find it asinine...for people who buy books for show, not reading. A true reader would never do something so silly.

Kimberly Lemmon said...

Wow, such a controversial topic! It's a nay for me. Really? Too contrived for sure.

Happy weekend,Jennifer!

The Tasty Fashionista said...

I say Yay! I like the color blocking effect. But I'm a Virgo and weird like that. I am currently reading To Kill a Mockingbird, trying to catch up on my classic lit! Is pretty good so far...

Patti-Ann said...

I just checked my bookcases and I don't have a single book in any of those colors! I say they are NOT for reading but styling in this picture.

I arrange my books typically by size taller to smaller and fatter to skinnier [tall and fat to small and skinny]. Occasionally I have a series of books that absolutely has to go together and thus I have a break in the balance or balance the other with a break :)

So if you want to have pretty color blocks in your bookcase go for it.

So I guess I am a yea and nay :)

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

I sat nay....its to distracting and contrived...

The enchanted home said...

Honestly..not a fan. I just feel like it will date itself, feels way too trendy and a little contrived. Its fun, yes and eye catching but it does not feel classic and I can see outgrowing it really fast. Hope you don't mind my honesty:)

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

High Maintenance. I would probably find myself trying to by books of a certain color to fill in the areas, and that is just stupid.

Susan said...

I am a VERY visual person, with a big lean toward clean and simple...not quite minimalist, but almost, so I love this way of sorting books. I've read-and re-read-all my books, so they are not props.

I grouped my books like this when we moved into this house in 2010.
At first I thought it would be trendy and maybe a tad impossible to find a specific book when I needed/wanted too...but it's just the opposite!

If you notice, most gardening books have green covers...a lot of spiritual/astrophysical/space related things are blue, red is predominate on my Feng Shui and home books...I don't know if I ever would have noticed those subtleties had I not grouped my books by color.

I like it-it's more practical than I ever thought it would be.

My latest reads:

Star Trek and Philosophy
( a birthday gift from those who know me well)

The Burgess Boys

A Week in Winter

...and with school ending, I'll have a longer library list to go through :)

home before dark said...

No, no, a thousand times no. I hate the contrivance. I just hate everything about this trend. I don't arrange my friends my color and books are my friends.

Reading now: Cooked by Michael Pollan, Cabinets of Curiosities by Patrick Mauries, Inferno by Dan Brown,The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates and A Lovesong for India by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

So nice meeting you yesterday. The last book I read was called "The Language of Flowers" and I loved it. Happy weekend.

Renée Finberg said...

it's a cutsy look.
i think it belongs in areas of display .

have a great weekend
and i hope you find the right book.
oxo

Junell said...

WOW- so did not see the books as not being ones that the owner would have collected & read... they all seemed like books that were collected based on a person who loves style & design, never did I think a person would just buy these just for staging or that they were possibly "asinine" people & really shocked by all the negativity .... Geez.....So be it- have fun with your own style & design & I will have fun with mine.

A said...

You know, for a guest room or summer home, this would be fantastic! Something pretty to look at, enjoyable to peruse, and a thoughtful touch for your guests. I say why not?!

Kim said...

Nope. Made me nervous. I kept re-looking at it to see what was going on. it is completely dis-jointed to me!! Love to see what you have to say! xo

Tracy F. said...

Wasn't a big fan the first time I saw it, but I think it's kind of fun for a change. I probably wouldn't leave it that way long-term. Love your blog and FB page.

Karen Albert said...

Jennifer I like the color blocking for books; I have so many that is looks too confusing or erratic to put them in Alpha or author order.

Just read The Language of Flowers for Book Club; excellent!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Katie Clooney said...

I love it! And I'm surprised I love it! Great summer read... Blue Bistro by Elin Hildebrand. Oldie but goodie.

Ruth Rosenblum said...

Have had bookcases for forty years. Tried color blocking once and did not like it. Too contrived.

Andrea said...

This is a nay for me... I would never be able to find the book I was looking for!!

XOXO,
The Glam Pad

LiveLaughDecorate said...

Team nay all the way here. Sure it's cool to style your book shelves, but by color? Makes no sense since you'll be mixing all kinds of genres/authors just to achieve some color blocking? I read the Alchemist recently and it is hands down a favorite. Changed my life. Literally. Good luck collecting your summer reads

onlinephduk said...

It looks pretty but I am not completely impressed. When I organize my books I like to have them in alphabetical order so that I can immediately find the book that I am looking for. I would just get too confused with all the color coding.


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