I promised myself that I would get a bookcase before the end of the year. I might have been cutting it a bit fine on the timing, but I have finally got one. After nearly a year of living with books piled in my wardrobe, on my study floor and under my desk, I (at last) have somewhere to put them where I am not at risk of falling over them.

The funny thing is that even though I’ve been thinking about it for nearly a year, it took me over two hours to put my books into the shelves –and I’m still not happy with the result. I just didn’t know how to group them.

There are the obvious groupings; horror, sci fi, fantasy, but even those categories left me scratching my head about where a particular book actually fit. When I added literary fiction, popular fiction and non-fiction (travel, biography, biology, finance, computing, writing, weird UFO and crop-circle stuff) I found too many books could fit into nearly ALL the categories.

And don’t even get me started on trying to keep the books of one author together, have you seen how many genres Stephen King has dabbled in?!?

Maybe I should have done what a friend of mine did when she put her books in the shelf… she put them in colour and size order. There is no denying it looked great, but if you wanted to find a book you would be in trouble if you couldn’t remember what colour the cover was.

The final stack – for now

I hope you finished all the tasks you set for your 2012, if not there’s no better time than now for writing your 2013 task list. Have a safe and happy New Year!

4 thoughts on “Bookcase”

  1. Go librarian… aphabetical by author. Then you’ll always be able to find them.

    I go general spec fic, non-spec fic and then I have one shelf for my favourite reads regardless of genre. Non-fic goes in a different area.

  2. I’ve actually got a 3-D category going on in that the layer of books at the back are ones I’ve read and the layer of books at the front are books I am yet to read, or I think I will read again. Not to mention the empty shelf I had to make so the cat could climb in and have a sleep on the third level.

  3. As you know, I keep mine in no order at all. It can be annoying when looking for something specific but more often it means that I find other books that add to what I’m trying to learn.

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