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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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Date:February 21st, 2004 09:47 am (UTC)


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.
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Date:February 21st, 2004 12:30 pm (UTC)


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. ;^)

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