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February 21st, 2004


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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: awakeawake

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From:karen_said
Date:February 21st, 2004 07:32 am (UTC)
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I could tell you the offical "librarian way" hon, but I don't like seeing you whimper. ;) Generally YA is a secondary catagorization... e.g. Harry Potter would first be considered Fantasy, then YA. You could approach it that way, however might I suggest that you solve your quandry by furthur catagorization instead: Current YA SciFi/Fan and Classic YA SciFi/Fan. I think Baum, Le Guin, et. al. (including Harry Potter, though the books are quite current - one of those rare "instant classics" and whatnot) and whomever YOU dub to give the distinction could easily be put on a "Classic YA SciFi/Fan" shelf or case for purposes of seperation if you have the space.
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:February 21st, 2004 09:48 am (UTC)

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Thrrrrrrp. Official librarians would weep, I tell you, weep.
For my purposes, YA is a primary category. :> If I try to break things down too far, my head will explode. :>

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