This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is: How do you arrange your books on your shelves? Is it by author, by genre, or do you just put it where it falls?
My fiction shelf is organized by alphabetically by author’s last name. Except for the part of the shelf overtaken by to-be-read stacks. The stacks are not in any readily explainable order. It’s quite complicated and appears haphazard.
My nonfiction shelf is also organized alphabetically by author’s last name. This is an unacceptable system for me, but it is what worked at the time. I occasionally think, motivatedly, that I should rearrange that shelf, so it’s grouped by subject at least — on the best days I think Dewey Decimal System. Last week I actually sat down at the computer, intending to introduce my shelf to Dewey itself, but I quickly got bogged down. For one thing, I don’t want to put labels on the spines of all my books. That’s annoying. What books have a home on my shelves is a fluid thing, and I don’t want to give away books with labels on them. And it seems the internet doesn’t know of a way to categorize by Dewey without putting sticky labels on the spine of each and every book AND making a paper catalog of said books, also.
My search quickly turned its back on Dewey itself and went in search of any nonfiction-categorizing system that won’t require me to disfigure my books. But that, too (alas!), turned up empty.
So my nonfiction shelf languishes in its unorganized state. Sigh.
How are your shelves organized? Wanna share any ideas for my poor shelf?
ETA: Those who organize by category, I need examples! I considered this option, but I don’t have a list of categories floating in my head that make sense.