One problem I think readers run into a lot (besides running out of bookshelf space) is how to organize their bookshelves. The possibilities are endless! And even though books are for reading (duh), it's still fun to show off the ones you own. It's for this reason, primarily, that I'm now somewhat addicted to Goodreads. It may only be virtual, but I still get to play with bookshelves and examine my reading choices!
When it comes to physical shelves, I myself have changed my bookshelf organization something like a billion times. Besides having to adjust to general changes in which books I own (I really need a new and bigger bookshelf, in related news), I'm just never sure what way to organize. I've done all the following: alphabetical by title, alphabetical by title and series so that series are all together whatever the titles of individual books, alphabetical by author's first name, alphabetical by author's last name, alphabetical by genre, genre by how much I like said genre, how much I like the book in general, and finally, in color. That one I saw on Pinterest and is the only Pinterest thing I have made/done in real life, because that craftsy stuff is not why I'm on Pinterest. It was really cool! So much hard work to put together, but really cool.
After a while, though, I just didn't like how hard it was to find the books I wanted when they were organized by color. So I took a picture of this beauty (shown below) for memory's sake, and now I'm back to alphabetical by author's last name. That's the most economic, I think, if not as interesting.
It was cool, right? So much work, though.
You will also note in that picture some knicknacks and such (also vaguely color organized) placed between some of the books. I can't do that any more because I'm totally out of room (you'll notice in this picture I was putting books on top of the bookcase as well as on the shelves), but I do have some bookmarks still leaning in appropriate places.
All this probably seems silly for just a bookshelf, but I think reader-types will get what I'm talking about. It's just so valuable to us, even if you're the sort (like me) who tends to damage books rather than preserve them. (IT SHOWS A LOT OF LOVE AND USE, OKAY. DIRTY BOOKS ARE RARELY DUSTY.)
So for those of you with bookshelves, how do you organize them? I'd love to hear your ideas and why you prefer the way you do it. I might try some of them myself later, when I get bored of my current setup.
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