Musing About Things: Shelving Books

Musing About Things - Book Munchies

Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as Should Be Reading‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:

So today’s topic is: Shelving your books on your bookshelf!

Here’s a peek of what my shelf looks kind of right now!

Okay, so I ask this because I’m thinking of/in need of reorganizing my bookcase because I’m running out of room on the shelves to keep my series together.

Just picked up Ruin and Rising! Buuuuut, there’s no room left on the shelf next to Shadow and Bones, and Siege and Storm ):

I have one “display shelf” (which is probably taking up too much room) and than I organize all my books by alphabetical order by author’s last name. It’s nice because everything is easy to find!

But, there’s a few things that annoy me about it. My books are all varying heights on my shelf, so I can never “double stack” books on top. (Which of course, means less rooms for books). Also, because the shelves are almost full, if I need to add a new book into the shelf, I have to move whole rows of it, sigh.

Currently all my classic novels, adult novels etc. are mixed with my YA and what not. And I’ve been thinking of re-organizing it by genre (than author’s name).

Anyway, how do you guys shelve your books? Do you have a super organized system? Or is it more, books that look pretty together, or whatever way it fits into the shelf!

Let me know if you have any suggestions too! (:

Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Musing About Things: Shelving Books”

  1. Great topic lovely, Kelly and I were actually talking about this the other day. My books are double stacked too sadly! I mostly shelve by height, and then by author. I also keep some longer series together, but usually they are of varying heights which makes it annoying. Good luck with the shelving!

    1. The varying heights definitely annoy me, haha. I never know what to do with series that’s mixed hardcover and paperbacks!

  2. I’m an alphabetical girl, by title. And I’m really pedantic about it, alphabetising it by the first letter, then the second, third etc. so it’s in EXACT alphabetical order. Haha, just a little OCD here 😉

    Series books are the exception, because I cannot bring myself to split up books of a series and think it looks insane having the first book under ‘D’ and the second under ‘R’ or whatever. So series books are alphabetised by the first book and then placed chronologically.

    I’ve always been tempted to organise my books by colour or eve by the author’s name or something. But I just think it’s so much easier and cleaner to do it by title, because then everything is so much quicker to find. I may not always remember an author’s name off the top of my head, but I’ll always remember the book title, so organising it by title is the best way for me.

    1. Haha, I’m the same when alphabetizing things, too! Must be exactly! And yup, the only exception is for series.
      Oh by colour would look so pretty! But I think I would never remember where the book is haha. I’m usually good with author’s name (hence why it is organized as such) and I like all of one author’s books to be together (:

  3. I shelve by theme and by series, but not by alphabetical order within each theme. For example, I keep all biographies together, all sports, all contemporary fiction, etc. Within each theme I keep books by the same author together, but I don’t alphabetize at all. Some authors have their own shelves. I do double stack when I need to, but I never shelve books behind other books.
    I always think it’s so interesting to find out how people organize their books! You can tell a lot about people by looking at their bookcases! 🙂

  4. I put them in semi-alphabetical order and I separate the hard cover from the paperbacks. I do have several shelves that hold my TBR pile and they are in no order.

  5. I have absolutely no organization when it comes to my books LOL

  6. I group mine by genre and height, although I do try to keep all works by the same author together which can spoil the line! My hardbacks go on a different shelf to the paperbacks though so basically it isn’t as organised as I’d like.

  7. I organize my books by author, no particular order.
    I like your idea on organizing alphabetically by author.
    I may just have to, take the time to, organize mine that way.

  8. I’m ashamed to say that I don’t have much of a system. Books that I really like are in my bedroom, I have one bookcase in the other room that has books shelved by category… it’s kind of chaotic. I know where everything is, though. 🙂 Anyway, here’s my musing!

  9. This is a decision I will need to make when I finish my Exterior Library (a glorified shed we’re building lol). When it’s time to shelve my 1000s of books I’ll need to decide either by genre (and then by author) or by author last name only. I have time to think about it though. We should be ready to shelve this Fall. 🙂

  10. Neat topic. I’ve never alphabetized my bookshelves; which now that I think of it is kind of strange because my closets are organized by color, sleeve length, types of clothes, etc. 🙂

    My bookshelves are by topic: Christian fiction, Christian nonfiction, politics, Civil War, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Anne of Green Gables, writing craft books, etc. It’s the best way for me to keep track of what is where.

  11. The only distinction I make between my books on my shelves is read and unread. (There are by far more of the second than the first lol) Other than that they are stood up across the shelf until no more will fit and then stacked horizontally across the top of the row till jammed up to the top of the shelf. It works for me as I rarely go looking for a certain book I just like to randomly pick a book out to read as I feel like it. No OCD here in this regard!

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