Blog Hop: Bookcase Delights

book blogger hopThis week’s Book Blogger Hop question: How many bookcases do you have, and how do you organize the shelves?

My primary goal in organizing my apartment, when I moved in, was to fit in plenty of bookcases! I still feel short of space sometimes, but I make do… I have three large bookcases (six feet high)—one for children’s fiction, one for scifi/fantasy, and one for general fiction (which should give you a not-unexpected sense of the balance of my reading…) I have two much smaller bookcases, one for classic children’s fantasy, and one with nothing but L. M. Montgomery books.

My books are in fact meticulously organized, although they might not look it. Books are arranged alphabetically by author, within the aforementioned subject matter divisions. It looks more haphazard because several authors have their own shelves—J. M. Barrie, William Shakespeare, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tamora Pierce and all Star Trek titles. Multiple titles by one author are usually in series-order or alphabetical if that’s not relevant. The Star Trek books are loosely in order by internal chronology. Montgomery, who did not write all of her series books consecutively or even in order, is the most organized but looks the least, because I put her books in chronological order by original publishing date.

It all makes sense to me. 🙂 And I can find any title quickly, which is really the end-goal, right? Do you have an organizing system, and does it make sense to other people, or just to you?

10 thoughts on “Blog Hop: Bookcase Delights

  1. That all actually makes a lot of sense. I mostly organize books by size just for visual aesthetics: tallest on the left. Though I try to keep series together. I only have one book case, but I could use another one… there just isn’t room for one. 😐

  2. dianem57

    Wow, your system rivals the Dewey Decimal System! 🙂 But it sounds like it works very well for you and that IS what’s most important! It does no good to have lots of great books if you can’t locate them. That’s not an issue for you.

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