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BTT: Storage

btt2I recently got new bookshelves for my room, and I’m just loving them. Spent the afternoon putting up my books and sharing it on my blog . One of my friends asked a question and I thought it would be a great BTT question. So from Tina & myself, we’d like to know “How do you arrange your books on your shelves? Is it by author, by genre, or you just put it where it falls on?”

I used to have a system when I had enough space for all the books I owned. I have two bookshelves in my room at my parents’ house. One is my mass market paperbacks, which are shelved two books high in some shelves and always two books deep, if that makes sense. The other one is meant for trade paperbacks and hardcovers.  Needless to say, they are both crammed with books.  My preferred system is alphabetizing by author and within that, publication date. I used to be very organized about this, but I have too many books now and there’s no way I’m moving them all around just to get a book in its proper place, so everything is a bit haphazard.

When I finally live in my own house and have a full-time job, I plan on having many more bookcases.  I’ve decided to try shelving by genre, or at least keep separate the few genres I really like, and alphabetize within that.  It will be a long time before my collection is all together and before I have enough money to actually house them all nicely, but when that happens I’m glad I already know exactly how it will be done!


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