Rainbow bookshelf. Photo by Craig Conley, shared under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
Are you one of those very organised people who keeps all your books arranged alphabetically, or do you group them by theme or by colour? Are they just jammed in wherever they will fit or in piles all over your house? What works for you?
I always start organising them in terms of series (e.g. all my Harry Potter books or Star Trek books together), then by author, then by genre (sci-fi, non-fiction, children's), the publisher, the size. But I get so many books that it isn't always possible to order them the way I want. In that case it is a matter of 'wherever I can find space'.
I start out with the intent to organise by genre, but sometimes a book will bill be too tall and won't fit where it's supposed to go and sometimes they end up in random places, wherever I left them when I stopped reading to go and deal with a crying child. And then there's the stack that accumulates beside my bed..
I have had to get rid of a lot as they did not fit into bookshelves.
I now have one antique book case which is totally closed in and houses my oldest, more valuable illustrated children's books, plus other older ones, and then I have one more bookshelf that is open.
I have so many books that I have heaps stored in boxes because I just don't have the shelf space or house space! The books that are on my bookshelves are sorted usually by series (in order) and by type eg. feminist theory, scifi, freebirth etc. The topmost shelf is not sorted but rather has a collection of my absolute favourite standalone books eg. Maia by Richard Adams, George Orwell's 1984, Cunt by Inga Muscio, and so on. But when it comes to ebooks, Calibre is beating everything pants down. Calibre is what got me so hooked onto ebooks!
I don't arrange books - they arrange me. They are stored in any available spot in the house, the shed, the container, the spare room, the cupboard, the bedside table...you name the place in my house and you'll find a book in/on/under/over it. The rest of my life is arranged around the strategically placed books in the house. Not ideal but it works for me.
When I had my Library in the Lounge Room, my books were arranged alphabetically in Subject, then alphabetically within that subject.
It was always a talking point of guests, who used to 'thumb-through' them. I took that as a compliment! My subject matter was large & various.
I had no problems finding whatever book I needed for reference or reading.
Sadly, no longer in that house, so my Library is all packed up, probably never to be seen by me, or anyone else. I miss my books terribly. I used to sit in my comfy lounge chair & just look at them on their shelves. So relaxing to me!