Thanks to all who answered my informal poll about organization of your personal books! I thought the results were pretty interesting, if unscientific. Because we’re clearly all nerds, I thought you’d appreciate seeing the results in graph format. I’ve also shared some of the more interesting “Other” responses below.
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- I have a shelf dedicated just to books I haven’t read yet. (I had this at my old place where we had a ton of built-ins, but in my current place, the books I haven’t read tend to just sit on tables.)
- My other shelf is for books I’ve read and LOVED.
- By books I’ve read and books that are unread and then by genre. (An organizational scheme after my own heart. Perhaps something I’ll do in my new place.)
- Personal interest
- By imprint (all NYRB together, all Penguin black spines together, etc) (By far one of the nerdiest responses, and I mean that lovingly.)
- If they were purchased for a class, they tend to stay with their “classmates.”
- Release date then author’s last name
- Loosely by genre– for example, British mysteries are separate from cozy mysteries, etc, but I do keep series together.
- By “themes” and by favourites vs. non-favourites. (Organizing by favorites was a popular reply.)
- Crammed into boxes by size. I only have space to have out books I am actively reading. Very unhappy. (This would make me unhappy too.)
- Stream of consciousness
- Alphabetical and then by publishing date except for series… it’s complicated.
- Genre first, then beauty (series are kept together, no matter what).
There were a lot of great, more in-depth comments on the original post, too, so be sure to check it out if this topic interests you.