Monday, 1 September 2014

Bookish Habits - Organisation!

It has always fascinated me, how we organise our books. Personally I have always favoured sorting my books out alphabetically. It’s just the system that makes the most sense to me. But even then I have to make a decision, do I order it by author first name, last name, title? I have always used author last name, even as a child, simply because this was the way my school library did so, and they had to be right. Of course I grew up I realised there were various ways to organise books, genre, size, length et cetera. I still prefer using author surname but it is by no means perfect. You do not know frustration until you try to organise books by author and then realise that some of the taller books won’t fit on your shelf and you have put them elsewhere. A simple solution to this is to get suitable sized shelves, but this is not always an option. I have to admit I don’t understand people who organise their books by genre because when I have tried to do this I encounter two problems; 1. I find it challenging to choose just one genre for some books that can be placed in to more than one, and 2. I don’t think it’s the easiest way to locate books.

Anyway, what do you think? How do you organise your books?