Oh, I've clearly always been on the cutting edge of style.
Decorating With Books, by Marie Proeller Hueston, contributing editor at Country Living magazine, is reviewed today at Publishers' Weekly: it "demonstrates how a display or library of books can enhance the look of almost every room in your home ... and add color and texture to a space."
Hueston encourages readers to keep books "stacked on an ottoman, piled on the floor, lined up on a bench, or ... draped over a ladder," in addition to keeping books "confined to shelves and tabletops ..."
You see? It's not an obsession, or even absent-mindedness - it's style.
The review goes on to discuss Hueston's methods of "judging books by their covers, as it were - as objet d'art, without regard to content."
I might spend the next week rearranging the house. I see the error of my ways. Rather than organise books by genre and then alphabetically, I should have them sorted by colour.
(Yes, you may sneer, I hear you say, but you'd love that book and will snap it up at the next Dymock's sale.)