Meet the NPR Bookshelves!
Ever wonder how we keep track of all the different books that come out? With a lot of help from interns, that’s how.
Twice a month, superinterns Annalisa and Jordan clean out the books that have already published and replace them with upcoming releases. (Above, they’re swapping late February books for late March titles).
Where do all those new books come from? Behold our backlog (er, forwardlog?):
All that quality time with the NPR Bookshelves keeps the superinterns super informed. Here are their picks for most, uh, notable upcoming releases:
Jordan: James Franco’s debut poetry collection, Directing Herbert White: Poems (April), because JAMES FRANCO.
Annalisa: Rich Kids Of Instagram (July)by Maya Sloan, a novelization of this tumblr. The press release describes it as “a juicy page-turner full of sex, drugs, and intrigue.”
(HUGE thanks to Meredith Rizzo and Jim Tuttle of NPR’s multimedia team, aka nprradiopictures, for putting these gifs together.)
Relevant to our interests!
The books in my office — I have about 500 — are arranged by color. It’s quite aesthetically pleasing. It’s not all that convenient, however, when I have to track down a book. I have to remember its color, or I have to scan through every row and column of the shelf. The color-coding system is perhaps a little better as an organizational method than shelving the books at random, but not a lot better. Still, with 500 books, it’s a manageable problem. In the worst case, I might spend a few minutes looking for a book. I’m willing to make that trade in exchange for having a prettier bookshelf.
But what if instead of having 500 books, I had 50,000, or 50 million? At that point, I’d need a more rigorous approach toward classifying the books — alphabetical order, or the Dewey decimal system, or whatever else. Otherwise, I might spend hours trying to find my copy of “What It Takes.”
A composite image of the several bookshelves in my current home.
Photo starting from the left: three shelves in the basement (Japanese literature, fantasy, adventure, and magical realism, poetry, fiction, anthologies, Economics, Canadian literature, non-fiction, Philippine literature, humour, graphic novels and manga, references, various YAs that I do not claim ownership of, and Psychology textbooks)
Then there’s the photography book pile which ironically is not properly exposed (heh) and a stack of books in my bedroom: my Human Resources textbooks surrounded by more manga, my own stack of 2014 reading list, and my Murakami Haruki books.
Books are arranged by genre. In theory. In reality, as soon as I finished organizing the shelves, I ended up accumulating more books.
My books are possibly getting new shelves (and home) next year but don’t tell them yet as they might get too excited. ;)
The books in the back are read, the ones in front are eagerly waiting for their reading turn. I have them piled on: Romanian authors, books in English, books from my list with reading one book from each country of the world, easy books (to be read on the metro) and difficult books (to be read at home).
Bikes & Books. Love it!
Unfortunately I don’t have the space to display all my books. Here are some of them. I organize them by genre but i’m not too strict about it. I’m not sure what they say about me. Perhaps you can tell me what you think?
Very clever! We love it. Great job putting it all together. Thanks for submitting.