I like the idea of the stacked books. It looks kind of like a book store. It is also very functional, because I feel like I usually have a few books "out" at all times that I want access to. Why not just accept this natural process, and ALL your books out so you can pick at them as you choose. The simple chair next to the table encourages a quick sit to poke through some books, while you choose one you want to take over to a more comfortable chair and settle down with.