I would like to argue that organizing books by colour is the best way to organise books. We humans are very visual (I’m totally graphic designing out my ass here (yes I did just make up a word)). When we look at a book the first thing we notice is the colour and design of the cover. Don’t give me that shit about “I don’t judge a book by its cover”, yes you do. We all do. The cover is the most important part of the book.
Anyway, organising books by colour is the best way, you can see instantly that it is organised in a logical way, even before you have to look closely to see the names of the books. I argue that organising books alphabetically may fulfill some OCD like desire for everything to be in order but when you actually look at a bookshelf sorted in alphabetical order it (usually) looks like a total mess.
But the only problem with sorting by colour, is that the publishers and the people who designed the cover make it so difficult. First we have brown and pink books, brown and pink isn’t even in the colour spectrum, what am I supposed to do with them? Make a little shelf just for brown and pink books? Nope. Actually I worked out that I was more likely to donate a book if it was brown or pink just because it doesn’t fit into the rainbow.
And then we have the blue books. Blue books are seriously a nightmare to organise. You have the greenish blue books, the purpley blue books and then you have the books where you can’t tell if they are actually blue or if you’re a bit colour blind. I mean really My Heart and Other Black Holes? Its almost like the designer couldn’t decide between blue or white, now we have this weirdly coloured book that doesn’t quite fit into the rainbow and yet sticks out like a sore thumb with the white books.
And honestly I’m not even going to get into those nightmare books where half the spine is red and half the spine is blue. Have you ever tried to sort the Harry Potter series into rainbow order? Its better if you don’t try.