Booking Through Thursday: Storage

btt2This 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.

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8 responses to “Booking Through Thursday: Storage

  1. I organize my non-fiction by genre and interest. I have kids who pull books off of shelves all the time. So that’s about as organized as I can get without driving myself crazy.

  2. my non-fiction is done by category, such as diet/health, and then by height, but I generally know where my books are, I can picture where they are on the shelf

  3. Our books are mostly divided up between broad categories of fiction / nonfiction, and then shelved alphabetically by author’s name. I would absolutely love to use the Dewey system, but my husband would probably go bananas and throw me out along with most of the books!

  4. I can’t really explain the way my books are organized either. My husband has asked and I just tell him I know how they’re arranged and for him to just leave them alone.

  5. I’m worse than you.. I put my fiction and nonfiction together.. lol. Alphabetized by author, but lumped all together. I find it easier this way as I’m really terrible at categorizing. Plus, I only have a handful of nonfiction. 🙂

  6. By author and/or genre.

  7. I organize my nonfiction books by category, but it’s flexible since some of the shelves are short and some tall. Categories that I use (off the top of my head) are: plays, memoirs, biographies, travel books, language/foreign language & dictionaries, computer books, anthologies, poetry. I don’t have many self-help books, but that could be an option too. Also, even though I know that plays and anthologies of short stories are fiction, I still end up putting them in the non-fiction section. For some reason in my brain this makes sense because my fiction shelves are solely devoted to full-length books/novels.

  8. I shelf my books by author’s last name in alphabetical order. For fiction and literature, I single out the ones to be re-read and put them on a different case.

    I never understand the dewey system, so with nonfiction I go by subject matter.

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