Investigated – Uniform Book Sizes

Posted May 26, 2015 by Emily in Investigated / 4 Comments


Normally, I’m not a huge fan of having everything be the same size – I like diversity. But when it comes to books, I feel like there should be some kind of standard that’s enforced. With all regular fiction books, at least.

I wish all books had the same height and width. When I say width, I don’t mean how long the book is – requiring a standard about how many pages a book can have is absurd, but instead, how the wide the cover is. It would not only make my shelves look better, but make my OCD self feel better too.

I have a few books on my bookshelves that just stand out and look so weird on my bookshelves. I don’t mean it in a bad way but they just look so out of place. I get that paperbacks and hardcovers might have different heights, but I really don’t understand why some books have to be taller than others. I have considered pulling my copy of The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis off my shelf and just sticking it somewhere else because it looks so out of place and it bothers me. (Also, by removing it, I should be able to move the shelf above it down a peg and make room for an extra shelf).

I really wish I wasn’t so picky. The funny thing is, I don’t really mind too much when books are shorter than the rest, just when they’re taller. Maybe it’s just me. My favorite shelf out of all the ones of my bookcases is not the one with most of my favorite books, but the one that is all hardcovers of the same height. Maybe jealously of tall people is just being projected on to books, I don’t know. Either way, I still wish books are ALL THE SAME SIZE.

What do you think?
Do you like uniform book sizes?
Do you mind when books stick out because of their size?



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4 responses to “Investigated – Uniform Book Sizes

  1. Oh, man. I don’t care so much if all books are the same height, I’d LOVE if there was a uniform agreed-upon width. I hate when I try to arrange my bookshelf and some books are pushed further in and others stick out super far. The smaller books get swallowed up!

  2. I’m okay with varying heights, but I hate when they switch it up in the middle of a series. That bothers me so much.

    I do like how most YA books are the same size, and then adult fiction books stand taller. It lets me know which is which when I quickly glance at my shelves.

  3. I would love to have uniform book sizes, my shelves would look SO PRETTY then, but alas, hardcover and paperbacks don’t mix and that’ll never happen, but I also confess to liking the different heights, you know, they look pretty. I’m liking how mismatched my shelves are right now in colour with different heights everywhere – it’s quirky and fun, but I used to feel so different. Great post Emz! 🙂