How do you arrange your books on your shelves? Is it by author, by genre, or you just put it where it falls on?Ah, yes – shelving! Now there's a subject that can warm the heart! No, really – it's one of my favorite topics. And over the years and through all our changes of household, my husband and I have played with several different "systems." Because I suffer from a rampant case of OCD (Adrian Monk is my hero), I tend to like my books separated into fiction or nonfiction, and arranged in strict alphabetical order (by author, then by title). I haven't yet taken to arranging them by size or dust jacket color, but I'm sure that's coming one of these days.
My husband has a slightly different system for his academic books, and I'm not completely sure what that comprises. I know they're separated out into genres, or areas of study, and also by various literary eras. He also has a separate area where he shelves journals and periodicals – I think those might be divided into the volumes that have his articles in them, and those that don't. And every now and then he has purges in which he throws out all those nasty, unenlightened journals whose editors haven't seen fit to include his articles – and only keeps the "good stuff."
Of course, not all our books actually make it onto shelves. . . .
But that's a whole other long, messy tale.