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I recently got new bookshelves for my room, and I’m just loving them. Spent the afternoon putting up my books and sharing it on my blog . One of my friends asked a question and I thought it would be a great BTT question. So from Tina & myself, we’d like to know “How do you arrange your books on your shelves? Is it by author, by genre, or you just put it where it falls on?”

Oh, bookshelf organization. I LOVE organizing my books. And I change how I organize them once every three or four years. I used to do it by size, but that was when my collection was miniscule. Then, I did it by author and split it up into fiction and non-fiction. Now, well, they’re kind of sorted by genre. My classic British fiction and Harry Potter books (the space left after the British classics was the perfect size for HP) are on the book shelf that runs along the wall over my bed. The rest of my books are sorted as: Non-British European Classics, American Classics, young adult, and general fiction. All are then organized alphabetically by author, then by title (unless it’s a series, in which case it’s in series order). And that’s only what was able to fit on the shelves. I’ve also got piles of “general fiction” on top of my books that are on the shelves. A good chunk of general fiction is in the garage, as are all my non-fiction books (that really depresses me, in case you were wondering). I’ve also got my review copies in a box under my bed (perhaps this has something to do with my being behind on so many review copies?).

If I had more room and more bookshelves, I would probably subdivide my general fiction further. And I would get my non-fiction out of their boxes and file them using the Dewey Decimal system (LC classifications are too minute for what I have).

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