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    February 12, 2009


    adam herod

    No photo, mainly because I just moved jobs and still settling in. I mainly try to arrange my books by author and topic. I am thinking about taking a page from Batterson's book and putting unread books horizontally and read books vertically.

    Leslie Smith

    I organise by subject matter. Only a few of my books are at the church due to shortage of shelving space.

    I have one shelf of books at home that are on their sides piled up. Either I haven't read them or I can't make space for them. Time to buy another bookshelf!

    I am a bit OCD about by books. Some of them are available to people I know very well, and like. BUT they must use them in my presence.


    i organize by topic, and then alphabetically by author. i have a stack of to read that is separate. it only makes it on the shelves once it's read.

    David Wegley

    I'm a little OCD on my book organizing too. I organize by subject and size. Size is tallest on the left down to the shortest on the right. Don't know why it's like that but it is how I've done it since I was in high school. That's why I"m just going to get a Kindle 2 and store all my books on there. That way I can't see the sizes anymore.


    First - my check out system is don't loan books. On the rare occasion I have (6 times in my 47 years), it was one at a time and I pretended to be interested in discussing the book. That let me ask about it every week.

    As for organization - that's easy, the books I like and those I want people to know I read or discuss with me are on the shelves nearest eye-level. The others are on bottom shelves or on top of the book case. The more embarrassed I am that I read a book, the further down it goes.

    Oh - and within that system I then group by author.

    That's it.


    Wow...I cannot believe you posted this (hanging my head in shame)...

    Matt Boudreaux

    great look! but what's in that little nook of a space in the corner behind where the shelves meet?


    I have bookcases in various rooms and organized by topic within rooms (i.e. parenting books with the children's books in the kids room, business/finance/sales books in the office, fiction/general interest in the family room). Each bookcase is then organized by topic and author, and organized by shelf by those listed on swaptree (most anything I've finished reading goes right on swaptree) and "keepers" (very few keepers unless I think I would reference it extensively). Get rid of those boxes of books in your basement; donate them to the library or list them on swaptree and get new books! They aren't doing you any good down there :)

    carl thomas

    Can I call having boxes and boxes of books everywhere a system of book organization?

    Leanne Shawler

    I'd *like* my books to be organized and every now and then I take a stab at it and clear out books I no longer want or read, but man, it's hard....

    At work I've got a total of 4 books -- it's pretty easy to keep them organized.


    My wife's into decorating and here's what happens to the books...
    1) The cover is removed. I kept the softcover books between the mattress.
    2) It's on the shelf by color and only certain colors are in certain rooms.
    3) No, not all are standing on end. Different directions are allowed. (hey, I don't know who makes up the rules).

    Is there a support group for me?

    Scott Chompson

    I think I fall into the the "Don't give a flying flip" category. My bookshelf is like an onion, it has many layers.


    Books on shelves.........

    I'd never thought of that. Boxes always work so well for me, and store easily in the attic.


    my anality is more with my music. with over 3000 CDs at the house, i have it set up like a record store: by genre: then in each genre i have them filed alphabetically by artist (last name if it is a person) then chronologically by artist. so if i want to listen to Aerosmith's "toys in the attic" i have to go to rock:Aerosmith:and 1973.... that's nerdy....


    I try to fill spaces one at a time. My book shelf in the office has three sections (plus I have an extra cabinet that I use to store books). I fill them until there is no way possible in the physical universe to add anymore. Then, I go to the next row.

    Brandon Shanks

    Books and their organization is SERIOUS business!


    i currently don't have a 'system' but i know where everything is (much like my CD collection), so if someone else moves a book, I'll freak out because I won't be able to find it again...!

    Rich Grasso

    My books are organized by Christian, Competive Swimming, Gorillas, then everything else. Also Each section is in alphabetic order, and the first three and everything else are divide bile a pile of books in my to read list. So I am pretty anal too.


    call me weird, but I organize my books by color. It's just aesthetically pleasing to look at a shelf of all red books flanked by green books.....

    yeah, I'm nerdy too.

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