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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Stacking the Shelves Or Restacking the Piles

So, sometimes when I get an idea in my head, I can't get it out until I do something about it. As an example, I might realize after I have gone to bed that I need to take something to work with me the next day. I will chant over and over in my head to try to remember, but usually I end up getting up some time later and putting it with my stuff so I won't forget.

Well, Friday, I came up with a brainstorm. But in order to explain it, I need to lay out my room for you. On my nightstand, I have 5 stacks of books at least 10 books each. The cabinet under the nightstand has about 15 - 20 books. I have a stack on my dresser of about 6. Next to the dresser, I have 6 stacks at least 20 books high, 3 of which are manga. That is only what I have in the bedroom. Anyway, the stacks next to my dresser are also under the window where the air conditioner goes and I realized, even though the air conditioner is not in yet. I don't want my books below it. I needed to move them. So I ended up moving those 6 stacks from under the window, caddy corner to the current location and stacked them between hubby's book case and my dresser.

It would seem a simple enough task, you would think. Move items from spot A and place them in spot B. Believe me, though, it turned out to be anything but simple. I sat on the idea for two days and finally moved the books this morning, but the task was much more complex, requiring decisions to be made. The manga was an easy move. I moved them in basically the same order they were already stacked in. I just made sure they were in numeric order. The problem was the books.

I should say that this was a compound issue. I had also brought down my tub of shorts out of the attic yesterday. The problem is they do not all fit in my pants drawer. So, Part 2 of my dilemma was what to do with the extra shorts. My brilliant idea was to put the rest of the shorts in the cabinet of my nightstand, but what to do with those books?

I had to line them all up and make decisions about which books would be in the back, which in the middle and which in front. The books being in front being much more likely to be read sooner than later as I could actually see the books. So, it was really hard because I have books I had forgotten about and as I read the inside flaps of the dust jackets thought they sounded interesting. It was a nearly impossible task because not all books could be in front, but I wanted them to be.

As I was sorting, I found some books I had gotten on Kindle and some books that are part of series, but I am not up to that volume yet. Well, these books had to go into my Niece, Brianna's room. But now, I got stacks there, so that meant I had to restack in there as well. I had a book case with some of my favorites, but they are books I already read. The other read books are stacked in the corner of the room. So I emptied the shelf and added those books to the pile. I then placed on the now empty shelves other books that were stacked on the floor and some from the other book shelf. I was then able to shelve the books I brought in from the bedroom. So now other than the read books stacked in the corner, the rest of the books are on shelves. But the bedroom still needed restacking.

I looked at the stacks of books on my nightstand and figured I couldn't restack the books on the floor without perhaps shifting some from the nightstand, so I moved all those books onto the bed. In the end, I added an extra stack to the top of the nightstand which is my #1 TBR pile. I ended up with fewer books on the floor which is my #2 TBR pile and the book cases in Brianna's room are #'s 3, 4 and 5 of my TBR pile.

This is what kept me up all night all weekend, but in the end I got it all sorted out...for now.

Which leads us to...

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

In books:
A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker - I picked up this one after reading her book 7 Clues to Winning You.
Celeb Next Door 1 (Camden Town Tales) by Hilary Freeman - This is first in a series I had to order from the UK. I really wanted to pick up another volume int he series, The Boy from France, but I figured I should start from the beginning.
Blogging for Dummies by Susannah Gardner - I admit it. I am a dummy and figured I could use all the help I can get.
Until I Die by Amy Plum - This I actually purchased at the local book store, but just realized tonight that I ordered it from Amazon, so now I have to take my copy back to the store.
Adorkable by Sarra Manning - I picked up this one when I picked up Until I Die. Sarra Manning is a British author and I do love my Young Brit Chick Lit.

For Kindle:
Apollyon by Jennifer L Armentrout - Couldn't wait to get my hands on it, or rather to download a copy, but have I started reading it yet??? Noooo. Well, actually, yes, a couple pages, but not so as you'd notice. I started reading another book first.
Shipwrecked Summer by Carly Syms - I downloaded this after reading a sample. I am currently reading her book Cinderella in Skates. I figured I should before hockey season was over.

So that's it for this installment. TTFN!!!


  1. I met and love Kristin Walker and that was a great book. Hope you enjoy all your books this week!

    The Monster Report

    1. Yeah. I already read A Match Made in High School and I really did enjoy it. It didn't take long to read it. I think I liked 7 Clues to Winning You a little more, but I would pick up other books by her.

  2. I want to grab DH and make him read this, as he doesn't understand why unpacking and shelving my books is taking me so long! It's not easy deciding what goes where! And then I read the rest of your post and now want to add Apollyon to my stacks. Darn you woman! *shakes fist* ;)

    1. And why is it that sometime I confuse myself and instead of replying, I post a new comment.
      See post below in response.
      I'm a mess.

  3. Well, it's not like it's really a book if you download digitally. I mean, it's not like anyone but you will see it, or know how many books exactly you have squirreled away on your device.
    I'm visual though. I like my stacks, but I really want to see the title of each. If they get stuck behind I forget all about them.
    As DH is not what I would call a book aficionado, I just don't think he'd get the logistics of prioritizing the books piles.