I wanted the shelves to look as neat as possible as this is my thinking room which I like as uncluttered and restful as possible. So a system like alphabetical which leaves books all higgledly piggeldy to look at was not going to do it. Yet both my left and right brain wanted a say in the process.
So I went for categories:
Top shelf: magazine and unread books
Second: Embroidery and design
Third and fourth : Quilts
Fifth: Other textile products and general inspirational art books
And within categories by colour of the spine and within colour by height. Makes sense to me but what do you do with yours?
If, like me you love to browse other people's shelves, you can see all my books in closer pictures in this Picassa Album.