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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:April 1st, 2004 05:26 pm (UTC)
I dunno. :)
I have the one bookcase that's split between to-be-read-and/or-reviewed and ARCs, one for signed books, one for YA/childrens (about to expand to a second). Two bookcases dedicated to anthologies, media fiction, and gaming fiction... If it's an antho, it goes over there. Star Wars and TSR are currently in temporary housing until I decide where to put 'em.

Paperbacks have an entire wall of bookcases. Hardbacks are the real losers right now... I'm way behind on shelving them. Thank god my father-in-law likes building bookcases!

Mind you, this is all in the basement. No, this IS the basement. Books migrate upwards as well, much less organized.

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