This is the first in a series of “Explain Your Shelf” posts. During the month of May, some Cossack Review editors, readers, and contributors will show and tell you how they organize their books.
This is where some of the books normally live in our house, a handsome barrister’s bookcase we found in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Now they are staying here in preparation for loading into a moving truck. Since my husband and I merged our book collection, we have moved it three times. We try to pack the books by genre and also alphabetically by author, so that we can unpack them in some kind of order.
People who don’t have big book collections always mention moving all the books as the most daunting part of our relocations, but I don’t think it’s so bad. The books are heavy, but if you keep the boxes small and uniform, it’s kind of satisfying to pack and stack them all. Much less complicated than moving a television.
Stefanie Wortman is poetry editor for The Cossack Review.