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(The Global Mail)   Funniest article by a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist about bookshelf organizing you'll read all day. Bottom line: Put your Drew Curtis book next to the works of somebody he'd want to drink with (like Hunter S. Thompson or Hemingway)   ( divider line
    More: Amusing, Drew Curtis, Jonathan Safran Foer, Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Franzen, Martin Amis, William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, Virginia Woolf  
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2012-11-06 12:22:52 PM  
2 votes:
Mine are kind of in order by types of book - classics, nonfiction, sci fi/fantasy, etc, but not alphabetically. All books by any one author go together on a shelf, in order if they are a series and otherwise by height. Some strange form of OCD makes me want all the books either level on the shelf or slanting in one direction or another, not all uneven and jaggedy.
2012-11-06 02:01:10 PM  
1 vote:
Paparbacks first, by height. Hardcovers next, by height. Series by the same author stay together, otherwise there is no particular order.

General books are in the bookshelves in the living room. Cookbooks are in the two bookcases in the dining room. Self help and my favorite "I can't get to sleep so I need something mindless" books are in the bookcase in the bedroom.

Books don't get shelved until I have read them so the unread books are in stacks on top of the living room bookshelves or on top of the bookcase in the bedroom (which is also my nightstand)
2012-11-06 01:41:12 PM  
1 vote:
With kids, 6 yr old daughter and 4 yr old son. It dosen't mater what order I put books in, they will pull them, down to read or pretend to anyway
2012-11-06 01:31:44 PM  
1 vote:
I have Drew's book on one of several 'real' book shelves. I try to organize collections according to my own logic. This typically involves keeping Science, anything Religious, or anything Political from spontaneous combustion though proximation. Same system I employ in order to keep my brain from a'sploding during Presidential elections.
2012-11-06 01:26:38 PM  
1 vote:
I think a lot of people think they'd like to drink with Hunter S. Thompson. I think the reality is that they wouldn't. Like, at all.
2012-11-06 01:05:50 PM  
1 vote:
Size matters!

How the heck do you maximize shelf space without paying attention to size??!!!! Anyone who puts mass market paperbacks next to big hardcovers is nuts! They're different heights

Now, this gets confusing if you have both paperbacks and hardcovers by the same author, but you must stick to the methodology so as to maximize shelf space and not cause the books on your bookshelves to look all jagged by having short paperbacks next to taller hard covers.

And what about over-sized books, like reference books or some art books? They need space all their own because they tend to be big and tall.

And series -- like those from mass market authors (Dan Silva rocks) -- those should be in chron order because there is an intended order by the author and a sequence to the storylines.

/Just put away books on new shelves
//Too many damned choices
///So many books
////Used to love my Kindle, now I'm a bit mixed
2012-11-06 12:55:28 PM  
1 vote:
Why does everyone sort by author? I just group them by author/series and beyond that I put them wherever I have space. If I were to start sorting my books I'd do it by series (in the correct reading order) and all "single" books by title. I'm more likely to remember the title than who wrote it.
2012-11-06 12:52:50 PM  
1 vote:

ltdanman44: Sadly, these are the only books I own.

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Where do they go?

On the awesome shelf, obviously.

A local geek tavern opened up (Storm Crow Tavern) and I almost made a mess in my pants when I saw a full collection of CYA books there for patrons to read.
2012-11-06 12:51:16 PM  
1 vote:
I've been to a Fark party. I don't think Drew is particularly discriminating when it comes to people he would drink with.
2012-11-06 12:49:38 PM  
1 vote:
Sorted by subject or genre then by author then by publication date. The only exception is if the books are a series, then the series is grouped together but its place on the shelf is based on the publication date of the first book in the series.
2012-11-06 12:45:48 PM  
1 vote:
I churn books constantly. That way, they eventually get dusted.

I have to agree with the American socialite who said "I hate dirt so much that when the house gets dirty I have to go live in a hotel."

I can also second the practical notion, from Quintin Crisp, the famous Queen, that "after four years the dust doesn't get any thicker".
2012-11-06 12:41:31 PM  
1 vote:
Excellent choice submitter!

I just sent the link off to my fellow librarians

2012-11-06 12:39:50 PM  
1 vote:
Sadly, these are the only books I own.

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Where do they go?
2012-11-06 12:33:06 PM  
1 vote:
I prefer to organize my books by stacking them in a big pile in the middle of the room. I organize my laundry the same way.
2012-11-06 12:30:50 PM  
1 vote:
An article for women by women.
2012-11-06 12:28:38 PM  
1 vote:
All of my different bookshelves have a different organizing method.

My Sci-Fi bookshelf is in order (left to right) from author last name and first date published; with the exception of series being kept together even if the author veered and wrote something in between, that stray book will then be put after the series.

My Research bookshelf (and largest book shelf) is in order per each shelf.
Religious Studies on the first and second shelf, starting (left to right) with religious texts: Bible, Apocrypha, The Qur'an, Torah, Ketuvim, Bhagavad Gita, Dhammapada, etc. Followed by various Comparative Religious Studies, from text books to authors such as Campbell, Jung...
Third and forth shelf is Philosophy, organized by period. Earliest to latest.
Fifth shelf is Anthropology, starting with Physical and moving to Cultural and finally Social.
Sixth is Archaeology, organized by location an era, location and era, location and era, etc.
Seventh and eighth are notes.

There're 3 more bookshelves, but you get the idea. (Literary; My writings; then a free for all for cook books, gardening, and such) Each bookshelf also has a placeholder card for people who borrow anything.

Meh, I love my books.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-11-06 12:26:19 PM  
1 vote:
Before I had too many books relative to shelves I did:

Fiction sorted first by hardcover vs. paperback to match shelf height. Author second. Publication date third. Later sorted into "books I already read" (in the other room) and "books I intend to read" (in my bedroom).

Nonfiction by subject matter trying to keep more closely related books together (like the Hitler+Churchill pair).
2012-11-06 12:24:50 PM  
1 vote:
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-11-06 12:22:02 PM  
1 vote:
I put books by Hitler and Churchill next to each other.
2012-11-06 12:17:07 PM  
1 vote:
Prefers to organize "autobiographically":

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2012-11-06 12:15:45 PM  
1 vote:
Subby, you have some brown substance on your nose...
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