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Booking Through Thursday - Order from Chaos

Deb at Booking Through Thursday asks:

“How do you arrange your books on your shelves? Is it by author, by genre, or you just put it where it falls on?”
I am a Virgo. But I must have been off reading a book when the Virgo traits were handed out, because when it comes to arranging my bookshelves? Unique is a word I would use. Chaos is a word my partner would use.

In my Terri Branch Library (which I don't have to arrange with partner in mind) right now I have it organized thusly (and the term "organized" is used very loosely):
  • Far left few shelves: nonfiction, anthologies, a few miscellaneous novels I probably won't get to for awhile.
  • Middle left: all fiction. One shelf is devoted to Booker award books; one shelf is mostly Orange award books (lined up for my reading challenges - there is a reason!), one shelf for books I've checked out from the library or borrowed from friends (it's good to keep them all in one place so I don't have to hunt for overdue books). A couple more miscellaneous fiction shelves; books are not in any particular order, not alphabetized or ordered by genre or color (the red shelf was just for a photo op).

  • Middle right: all fiction. One shelf is all classics; one shelf has several trilogies all in one spot; one shelf has short story collections among other novels.
  • Far right: mostly fiction. No particular order. One shelf has my pitiful little Virago collection; one shelf has books I've read and intend to keep. One shelf has cookbooks mixed with ARCs I need to read for the Pub challenge. The rest? Hey, I know where to find them!
Some librarian I'd make. At least I've improved from this (my solution to being enticed by titles when I had required reading to do):


And the bookshelves in the rest of the house? Not nearly so "interesting!"
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6 comments:

Bluestocking said...

Hi! Terri! I haven't been around to you in a while. I love that last picture.

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MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Wow, now THAT is a collection, so cool.

Smilingsal said...

If you know where to find them, then that's a plan! Happy BTT. Here's my answer:
http://bookcritiques.blogspot.com/2009/02/booking-through-thursday-storage.html

claire said...

Terri, even if my books were not so organized, I'd know where exactly to find them, too! That's a special talent we book nuts share. :)

Tiffin said...

Pages facing out: I can't believe you did that! That is hilarious. I have a semi organised, semi ad hoc system too. Yep, know where to find them...except in the TBR pile, which is more spontaneous.

violetcrush said...

I can't help but noctice how pink and red your shelf is :)