They are finished and in, the shelves up, boxes and boxes of books out and the alphabetization process is well under way. Our books will soon be shelved! Great!
You see, there were quite a few boxes of hardcover books, but then this is a big wall of shelves. But books take a lot of space on shelves. There were a lot more oversized (larger than normal shelf height) books to go into the bottom two rows, so no regular books could go there. The largest category of books is hardcover mystery so those were alphabetized by author and readied first. The second largest is SF-F, then general fiction, then non-fiction, then poetry, then children’s, reference and so on.
Here are some photos (sorry some are a little blurry, the camera seems to be acting up), I’ll explain them and the rest of this below.
Okay, so as you can see, there were books everywhere, waiting to be sorted. We spent a lot of time doing that because when books were packed, in order to completely fill every box some things got mixed. So we set out all the boxes and opened them, then every box was gone through and the books sorted into piles by genre and alpha. The mysteries were on a large table (in rear of 7th photo) ready to go first, the shot shows A-P, the rest still boxed.
We got a lot of that work done, with the help of the cats, you can see our Grand Old Man, Powder, supervising. in the 2nd photo.
After the guys came with the shelves and we got them up, we started with the mysteries. Turned out the top shelf was too short, the carpenter thought we wanted a different height there (we didn’t) but it was kinda too late, so paperbacks and short stuff will go there. Anyway, we got up a couple of vertical sections worth of mysteries and it was obvious we had a space problem as that only got us into the J’s (picture 1). Uh oh. Turned out the mysteries took 4 vertical sections plus two of the fifth (picture 12). That’s where we stopped, at 7:00 p.m. last night. The SF-F, which I dearly wanted to have out, especially all the NESFA books, won’t fit by any stretch of imagination, they would take at least 4 sections, maybe more. Maybe the general fiction will fit in the space that’s left, or the non-fiction.
Meanwhile today I put away as many of the oversized books as I could get in. It’s most of them (last photo) but some will have to go back in boxes and to the downstairs storage room. Drat. We’ll have to figure out where more bookcases can be located in the house, but unfortunately, at this time we’re going to have to re-box a ton of books and put them back downstairs into storage. Bummer!!
[LATER…] My dear Wife offered the shelves in her home office for the SF-F which should just fit. We finished sorting them (that’s them in photo 9) and by golly they DID fit. Not a lot of room for growth, maybe two or three books, but at this point that’s just fine with me. After yesterday and today, I’m sure not in the mood to buy any more books!
We still have fiction, non-fiction, poetry (a huge box full), children’s etc. There are five shelves still empty, but none of those, maybe the poetry, will fit in total. I may pick favorites from those genres for now, it’s obvious more shelves will be needed. The next possible room is the “art studio”, a room for painting, sketching and such that is still embryonic in it’s development. I may be able to design something to store art supplies: canvases, large sketch pads, paint tubes, chalks, pens and pencils, etc. and combine it with a bunch of bookshelves. We’ll also be putting a sofa bed in there for guests who are not comfortable or able to go down and up stairs. More photos tomorrow, of the final version of the bookwall plus the SF-F in the home office, but for now, this is all I have for you. I had hoped it would all fit, but I was overly optimistic. What a surprise.
My back hurts.