I wish I had the space to display my books properly. I would love nothing better than to sit and rearrange them. It's the geek in me (or anal retentive depending on how you look at it). I have thought about how I would display them when I do have the space (my ultimate goal). First of all I have so many they will need a room to themselves. Would I alphabetise them a-z by author? Or would I split them into genre and then alphabetise? I have a pile of precious signed books, would I keep them separate? Would I keep my craft books (of which I have over 60) separate? I can't decide. I would probably play about with them and change it several times before I am happy. I have a friend who has floor to ceiling bookcases round two walls of her living room and they are displayed in alpha order. I would have thought it would make her living room cluttered but it doesn't. I must have sat admiring them for a good twenty minutes. My books are piled everywhere. My bookcases are doubled up. I have one space especially for my signed and limited edition books and that's full. I have stacks in wardrobes, piled up anywhere out the road. They are tidy and in some kind of order and done in a way so that the house doesn't look cluttered and the books won't be damaged. Every so often I do a cull but there are some books I just can't part with.
If you love book displays you should go to a website called Bookshelf Porn. It's not how it sounds. There are some amazing photo's of different ways books are displayed. One of my favourites at the moment (which seems to be fairly popular just now) is to display them in order of colour. Looks quite effective. The image below isn't the best I've seen but it gives you the idea (was also taken from the above website). Honestly, go check it out.