The girlfriend reads "Style at Home", a Canadian interior design magazine. In this month's issue one of the regular sections, "Styling Secrets", looks at bookshelves. Prime quotes include (Styling secrets 2003)
A mix of hardcover, softcover, dust-jacketed and leather-bound books is visually interesting, more realistic, and ultimately more revealing of your personality, so don't hesitate to combine them.
Books don't have to be arranged from tallest to shortest. Try shelving them so that the tops of the spines form a pleasing, gradually curved line.
My girlfriend suggested that I had corrupted her, since her immediate reaction to this was horror and the question, "But how would you find anything?!?"
Styling secrets. 2003. Style at Home, October, 100.