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All right, I can't decide - how should I organise my bookshelves?

Poll #1159958 Ask LJ

Fiction books

by author, alphabetical
by genre
by publisher
by colour
by Dewey (or LCC) classification

Non-fiction books

by author, alphabetical
by topic
by publisher
by colour
by Dewey (or LCC) classification

I'm moving towards doing the fiction by colour, because it would (probably) look great on the fully shelved wall there, and the non-fiction by either Dewey or LC classification, or if I can't be arsed with that, by topic.



( 16 comments — Comment )
Mar. 25th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
I read something recently about someone who had the books they liked on the bottom shelf, the books they loved on the middle, and the books they couldn't live without on the top. :-) Mine are, unfortunately, organized by height, as required by the dimensions of my bookshelves.
Mar. 26th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
Heh, I think mine work out a bit like that if I leave them to it. Except the "can't live without" tend to be in piles on the floor.
Mar. 25th, 2008 06:09 am (UTC)
I organise mine by publication date, within author, within genre (usually alphabetically but not neccesarily), by love (ie the previous suggestion) this also includes positioning with the room, either close to hand - reread most often, opposite where I sit - most loved.

I also have a shelf/area or so for the not read yets so they're easy to find or I forget if I've read them

Edited at 2008-03-25 06:12 am (UTC)
Mar. 26th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
Wow, that sounds way more organised than I could manage - or at least keep up :D
Mar. 26th, 2008 07:31 am (UTC)
the unread shelf is a necessity because otherwise i end up with extra copies of the same book

around the time we were flooded (I won't say the time of the flood cos that was a very lon g time ago) I ended up with 3 coies of the same book, all from Amazon too d'oh
Mar. 26th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Heh, I do that. I got rid of a load of duplicates when I moved, but I've found more now...
Mar. 25th, 2008 09:13 am (UTC)
you organise your bookshelves? how organised!

Mine are piled on any available surface. Occasionally (when I've been feeling vaguely organised), you get books by the same author together. I have a Pratchett shelf, and a Fforde bit. But the groups aren't organised. Large books go *there*, together. Old books (like properly old) go *there*, together, cos they look nice. Travel books and maps go on that shelf, but that shelf has fiction above and below.

It's more fun that way. You find books you weren't expecting.
Mar. 26th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm always in favour of serendipitous book finding. I tend to organise my books occasionally, and then they'll slowly disorganise themselves for a couple of years until I take it into my head to re-do it.
Mar. 25th, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)
Anyone who has the time or space to organise bookshelves hasn't got enough books.

Vaguely</b> - motorsport, literary and crime fiction, science (smaller than quarto) biography, history and some art and architecture books live in the front room along with a few 'favourite authors' who really belong elsewhere; railways, reference books, humour and larger science books live in my bedroom; science fiction and periodicals live in the spare room, technical books live in the hall (or at work!). But it's all subject to space, time, where I last left particular books...
Mar. 26th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
Or possibly has too much time :D

I don't know what books to put in the bedroom, now - it was mostly my fantasy and kids' books before. Hmm. Philosophy in the bedroom would just be pretentious, I think...
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Mar. 26th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
Yeah I had to take that into consideration when I did this, but I have a nice variety of shelf sizes.
Mar. 25th, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
As far as classifications go, I far prefer LCC to Dewey. Dewey ends up with far too much lumped in the zeroes because a lot of newer subjects only fit in the "generalities" category. LCC has gaps and better main categories.
Mar. 26th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
I'd never really looked at them before, but from what I saw last night, I agree with you! I might well do my non-fiction in LCC.
Mar. 25th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
Not that any of my bookshelves are organized - actually, they're organized by size right now because our shelves are different sizes - but I would do by genre/topic and then author within genre/topic if that were me :)
Mar. 26th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
I'll probably do a mix of that and size for the non-fiction, unless I get keen and do LCC!
Mar. 26th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
Oooh, LCC is neat! And your rainbow-book wall is just awesome!
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