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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman August 1, 2018 - 2:28pm

Question: Do you organize your books, and if so, what's the system? 

I have a vague, confusing system. I have a shelf of stuff, way up high, that I love and never want to part with. Lower, stuff I haven't read yet. And in another spot, more stuff I haven't read yet. None of these are organized in any significant way, but I'm curious how others do it and how militant you are. 

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bethwenn from Milwaukee is reading The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann August 5, 2018 - 4:54pm

Mine go country and then genre and then author and then size/color. So I have whole separate shelves for weirdly specific things like Russian lit, Native American lit, modernism, postcolonial lit, British romanticism, fantasy, books on music or by musicians, philosophy of crime/punishment, French existentialism, aesthetics. But an author's books always stay together. So if the author falls under different categories, I just go by gut on which one to put them under, and then I arrange the individual titles prettily by spinal color scheme and size. Sometimes by year of publication but usually not. Also any language and history books go with the fiction of that particular country. Freud goes with my German lit. I will also put anciet Greek philosophy with Greek myths and stuff together. I have (or had) a vague generic English/American classics shelf, but it was also sort of divided by historical period/movement. But it is mostly by country.

I have no shelves right now because everything is packed in boxes awaiting a Uhaul. :'(

But you can bet those boxes have Sharpied labels like "French existentialism".

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal August 8, 2018 - 7:58am

People organize their books??? What a good idea...

I have that shelf they were left on, that other shelf others were left on, the one I'm reading on the nightstand or desk or counter, the one I was reading and didn't finish and don't pick up anymore further away on the nightstand... And a few I said I'd reference for my own writing on my desk shelf that I never reference. 

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated August 11, 2018 - 1:17pm

I don't.

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami August 29, 2018 - 1:37am

If I had a choice, I say list things I'm actively reading under "French Lit", and have everything else like Murakami in its own catagory.

But the two books I'm reading now are ebooks.

Yea I'm still confused as fuck how my ex room mate thought I was a francophone. I think she didn't, it was projection.

I'm a francophile, and she hates it.

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kriti September 7, 2018 - 12:53am

Reading books is my hobby that's why I have a small study room at home. I use some kind of shelf for them