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Posted on 28 Apr 2011 15:41:29 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Apr 2011 15:46:33 BDT
I am quite surprised that nobody has come in and written something along the lines of ''I have a kindle so no need to worry about space''.

I bought a kindle about 2 weeks ago as it was recently my birthday so I thought thats what I would buy with the money and vouchers I got. I wanted to love it and thought that I would, I had played around on one but I then sent it back the very next day as I hated it. Then proceeded to order books with my vouchers instead....maybe a couple of shelves might be a good idea too : )

Posted on 28 Apr 2011 15:21:35 BDT
JJG says:
Got to be old fashioned and go with alphabetical by author's surname. Used to have stacks and stacks of books, but two moves in a year made me think again. Now got that down to about twenty-thirty titles and only keep what I know I will re-read or use for reference. I rarely re-read so not much to keep, lol.

Posted on 28 Apr 2011 11:27:11 BDT
Mu book storage system is based around the pile. They are now taking over my living room and half a dozen of them are looking very unstable. Some of my books have migrated down from the half-hidden shelves and added themselves into random piles, I have several cases of 2 piles side-by-side merging into one. My armchairs are also being taken over and a mutant pile is threateding to climb up the stairs. I am convinced they are breeding and when I go home there will be two or three new piles.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2011 11:26:43 BDT
Florence43 says:
It does irk me somewhat that Nigel Slater's Tender: Volume I, A cook and his vegetable patch and Tender: Volume II, A cook's guide to the fruit garden have their titles written the other way around to all the other books on my shelves. So I have had to decide between having the publisher logo upside down and at the top of the spine or at the bottom in line with the other books but with the title the wrong way around.

Posted on 28 Apr 2011 11:13:35 BDT
J.Yasimoto says:
I also store the occasional book upside down. Just to give it a vaguely satanic air.

Posted on 27 Apr 2011 21:11:39 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Apr 2011 21:13:08 BDT
monica says:
Double-parking is a good dodge. Not putting the back onto a flat-pack bookcase, if it's sturdy & of sufficient depth, is another: Two bookcases taking up no more space than one. Obviously of no use if case is put flat to a wall, but I'm sure I heard Anna Ryder-Richardson say that an interior needs interesting angles. . .

As for storage boxes, I've used wooden crates from greengrocers piled atop each other as an alternative. When I did--back when there were still greengrocers--I was always disappointed when people said 'I didn't know those were vegetable crates--I thought they were bookshelves' rather than 'those look good--what a clever idea.' Or, best by far, 'That book looks interesting--may I borrow it?'

Posted on 27 Apr 2011 20:48:34 BDT
Hippocratia says:
I am not sure whether I would describe our bookcases as "organised", although we have got big books and small books arranged so that we can get as many as possible on each bookcase. A lot of the books are double-parked, so you can only see the top of the book at the back if it is bigger than the one in front. We did have a lot of books in storage boxes until fairly recently, but I think they are all now on bookcases (or were taken to the charity shop) and more or less on display.

There is some grouping of books by author and/or genre, but in general it is relatively haphazard.

Posted on 27 Apr 2011 20:45:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Apr 2011 20:46:54 BDT
monica says:
I shelve fiction by original language/country and roughly chronologically within each section. Non-fiction by subject, trying to keep related subjects next to each other (religion/mythology>folklore>anthropology>sociology, e.g.) and related topics within the subject together. Junk books, all fiction, have their own section. Unread & relatively newly acquired books are without order on some shelves, which can give rise to pleasant surprise ('oh, I'd forgotten I have that') when looking through them. If I ever get round to using Library Thing, I'll be relieved not to be obliged to keep such strict order to find what I'm looking for. And I don't know whether the whole of J. Yasimoto's post was flippant, but I find myself searching for a particular book by colour/lettering on spine, which I remember better than titles or authors. . .

Posted on 27 Apr 2011 20:20:22 BDT
I have so many books that I have to read. They are in two bookcases, in the alcoves of the living room. There is also a free standing bookcase in the living room, three storage baskets and a pile of books under the window. There is a small bookcase upstairs that has some on as well.

I like them in the living room so I can look at them. My fiance has absolutely no say in the matter!

Posted on 27 Apr 2011 20:16:00 BDT
Fee fee says:
Oh..poor me and my books :( My husband doesn't read and hates books all over the place. This causes me great problems. My books are therefore bedding down in many different places. A large box of them in the office (which is taken over by my husband). Neat stacks of them in the top of my wardrobes, a large pile on my bed side table, with another on the floor next to my bed. A large box in the kitchen larder and many, many boxes in the loft. It makes me sad...I love to see my books around me but the husband likes things hidden away. I always tell him he's lucky that he has two garages and two sheds for his stuff...I have no library though, or even book shelves. When one of my teenagers leave home, their room shall immediately be turned into a library, with wall to ceiling shelves and one of those ladders that you can push around..oh and a wonderful chaise for me to recline on whilst I read, surrounded by lovely books of all shapes and sizes...bliss.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2011 20:00:53 BDT
Carradale says:

Posted on 27 Apr 2011 17:44:35 BDT
J.Yasimoto says:
I like to colour code them. All the red spines together, then the orange spines, yellow etc. And at the end of the shelf I keep a pot of gold.

Posted on 27 Apr 2011 16:42:27 BDT
Edgar Self says:
Organised? Books can be organised? Who knew? Two and a half wall-systems hold most of the active and special collections, with other odd book-cases, closets, cabinets, and a lovely old cherrywood diamond-paned tallboy the rest, with open shelving downstairs. It's still an exciting hunt to turn up a particular book.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2011 15:23:05 BDT
Florence43 says:
I sympathise - my books go up and down because I decided in the end that you can't rearrange the sequence of a series because you're heightist or suffer with OCD. I treat my books as part of the decoration of my house. The walls in my house are just cream with a few paintings of local scenes on them, nothing too showing, the bookcases are light and blending into the walls and then the books provide a riot of colour on one wall.

Posted on 27 Apr 2011 14:58:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Apr 2011 14:59:02 BDT
Haha, I am another ginger person....which I guess some people would say was unfortunate.

My books aren't pushed to the back Karen, they are in the middle, perfectly. I actually re arranged them all last night so they are all straight and lined up in size order.

I have the full Tess Gerritsen series of Rizzoli and Isles to read. The 2nd and then last 2 books are larger than the rest, and I had to then decide whether to put the 2nd book with the larger ones at the bottom or up the top in the order it was to be read.

Stressful times. haha

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2011 14:38:35 BDT
Florence43 says:
'pologies, you have become my default ginger type person!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2011 14:34:53 BDT
Ha - that wasn't me.... that was another Ginger person! I wonder if we are related....

Posted on 27 Apr 2011 14:31:30 BDT
Karen Lowe says:
I've got the classics shelved alphabetically by author, but other than that, they are divided into shelves of gardening, crafts and crime fiction, plus a shelf or three of nonfiction reference/history & the pile To Be Read lurking by the bedside - wd be great to have them filed acc to the Dewey decimal system, just for a laugh. Also, do you have yr books pushed back against the wall? The library has them pulled forward to line up along the front of the shelf. I suppose it does look neater.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2011 14:28:38 BDT
Florence43 says:
Gingerlily i would say that you have to bear in mind that the colour of magic is his first dicworld outing and it as such the discworld and his writing is still developing. It is more obvious pastiche than some of his later work. I don't think he really hits his stride until Mort.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2011 14:26:07 BDT
Marand says:
I am eternally grateful for the Billy bookcase. I have seven tall wide ones and two short wide ones in my study - most of them double-banked with books and with more on top. My cookery books are in the kitchen - three more over-flowing full-height bookcases (and I just ordered three more cookery books today). Then the garden room has another four tall Billys (or is it Billies?) with gardening books & travel guides. My husband has his own set too - he is a Pratchett fan too. I try to organise my books by category and then alphabetically although as often as not this desire for order gives way to pragmatism - I have to squeeze the books in somehow.

Posted on 27 Apr 2011 12:19:57 BDT
I Readalot says:
My book organisation is very erratic although I do keep all the unread ones together in an attempt to remind myself not to buy anymore, it hasn't worked very well though. Every now and again I try to sort them out but then will find something I haven't read for years and the sorting gets forgotten about.

Posted on 27 Apr 2011 10:41:32 BDT
Wow! that sounds like a whole library! I would love to have bookcases all over, however space does not allow it, I could start in the spare room, but I like to be able to look at my books too.

Ashamed to say I have not yet read any of Terry Prachetts work, but have recently purchased the first of the Discworld series and hope to read that soon.

Posted on 27 Apr 2011 10:37:19 BDT
Florence43 says:
I have a wall of books (almost) inmy living room. I have three wide billy bookcases (ikea) and two skinny ones the sit either side of the middle wide one. The bottom shelf across the bookcases is all gardening books. the middle book case is all fantasy books, the right book case is crime/thrillers. The right hand skinny books case is all cookery books as is the top 2 shelves on the other skinny bookcase that then has 2 shelves of dvds, a shelf of animal care books and magazine and the dictionaries. The left hand wide book case is everything else. The book are arranged by author groups but not alphabetical. I put in the large collections of certain authors (Terry Prachett is the largest) and then fit the other groups of books around them. There is also always a pile of books under my bed.

Initial post: 27 Apr 2011 10:27:04 BDT
How do you organise/store your books?

This is as good as reading an actual book for me, I like to organise my books in size and then instead of standing them up I pile them in equal piles on my floating shelves, however I am getting too many now and am debating on having them lined up in the standard way with some nice bookends.
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