February 21st, 2004
|04:16 am - Bookcases|
For those who might somehow not know, I have an assload of books. This is a technical term vaguely related to a shitload. The ongoing project for the past few years with my father-in-law's help (and expertise) has been to build bookcases. Let's just say that we may never have enough. Though the latest installment has helped somewhat, expanding the amount of usable bookshelf space greatly. I now have an entire case dedicated to my ARCs (advance reading copies) and to be read&reviewed piles. This, mind you, is supposed to keep them from piling up too high. :>
The other big addition has been one bookcase solely devoted to my young adult collection. This, of course, being important since I review YA SF/fantasy professionally. However, this still leaves me with a quandry: Do I take up valuable space there with the Harry Potters, or stuff them in one of the miscellaneous shelves I have elsewhere? Ditto the Oz series. It's all the little details that drive me neurotic. I play favorites, see. L. Frank Baum gets slapped together, ditto Diana Wynne Jones (or does she? Right now, split between YA, trade paperbacks, and paperbacks) (that's right, due to limited space, I can and will sort books by size/type to make maximum use of shelf room....)
I'm just thinking out loud. I'm at my happiest when surrounded by books, and I like moving them around every so often anyway. :)
So how do YOU folks organize your libraries?
Current Mood: awake
Whoa, I'm impressed you're even making the attempt. Before I was married, I was anal enough to alphabetize my books. Of course, that was also for the most part before I worked in publishing and started adding books at a record pace.
The only two distinct separations I have at the moment are picture books, which are on several shelves all their own, as well as four shelves full in my son's room, and my clients' books, which are also in their own bookcase in my "office" (which doubles as my bedroom...bleh, why am I not rich yet?).
Recently I told libba_bray
that I want to consolidate all my children's books and YA, and put it in some kind of order so I can find things I need more easily, and she just laughed. She's right. Every bookshelf in our apartment is double stacked, and most have books piled on top as well.
I dream of a library, full of bookshelves floor to ceiling; a rolling ladder keeps everything reachable. Fabulous comfy chairs are strategically placed, along with perfect lighting; oh, and complete climate control, to hold off the aging process (for the books, of course...alas, it ain't that simple for the people). Someday, someday...
In the words of the classics, "Bwah-ha-ha". :> My organization is pretty much: Signed books all go together. Anthologies and media-related (Star Trek, Star Wars, Buffy, etc) all go together. YA and those things that seem YA all go together. In an ideal world, the mass market paperbacks are alphabetized by author. Ditto trade paperbacks. With hardbacks, I'm just happy if they're in the same area and sorted by approximate size for ease of fitting in the shelf. :)
Once we get into non-fiction, I make a vain attempt to break it down into vague categories depending on how many books I have in a related field. :>
It's a nice fantasy. The reality, of course, is more along the lines of being able to find what I want without too much searching. Someday we'll put comfy chairs down here as well.
OK, see, if you'd told me you had nonfiction in Dewey decimel order, I'd have had to bow down before you. But now, I am just left to admire from afar. ;^)