Turn Your Pile of Books into Something Special!

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Step 3: All About That Base

This is one of the most important parts of your tree — the base is the thing that will keep your stack sturdy and straight. You’ll want to use the largest, thickest books (because gravity). If you’ve got any hardcovers, now is the time to use them!

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(Note: I went with the three-book triangle formation because I only had about seventy-five-or-so books… if you’re a more experienced book collector, don’t be afraid of using a wider circumference.)

Make sure to stack them spine-out so that your friends and family can admire your wonderful reading choices too.

 Step 4: Stack ad Finitum

Start adding layers to your tree — largest books to smallest. If you find that you aren’t as good at sorting by thickness as you thought, you can use some of your thinner books (assuming you have some…) to sort of even out your layers and prevent a disastrous collapse.

Keep stacking until you start to run short on books (I stopped with about a dozen books left). You’ll want to use the remainder for your magnificent peak!

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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.
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