Brace yourself, we’re going to get controversial* here.
(*Delve into topics that no one is going to get too twitchy over because I am a certified conflict avoider.)
I won’t judge. Mostly because I’m about to confess to what I consider two of the most egregious offenses by a self-proclaimed reader. Confession is probably one of the best ways to keep from inappropriate judging…it’s a theory.
On to the controversy! Steel yourselves…
How do you organize your personal library? Alphabetical by author’s last name? By title? Dewey decimal your thing (and wow – that’s hard core)? By genre?
I don’t organize my library at all: no alphabets, no favorites, not even by size. Some of them I stand upright and others I stack in a tower. I started an Instagram account for my reading-related posts (@readwritenow) and noticed some other users assembling books by color. I’m not so artistically inclined, but I did pause to look at my shelves and organize a few by color in my head. Entertaining, but not enough to get me off my rump to try to sort the shelves accordingly.
Some of you are palpitating at the thought of a bookshelf so helter-skelter mix-and-matched that you’re thinking of giving me a piece of your mind which I’d be very glad to have except don’t expect that to be organized either. Some of you are laughing hysterically at the thought of even putting books away in any conventional format. You prefer the grab-and-toss philosophy.
The advent of the new year has put a notion in my head to consider shuffling a few books by genres- fiction, non-fiction, Bible study, etc. Right now that’s just a good intention….and we all know where those lead so I probably won’t be changing anything.
But I am curious, for those who do recognize some method for book-care and collection, about the reasoning behind your choice. How did you decide which method? Was it just the way someone you knew always did? Are you a librarian by heart (or choice)? Space constraints?
Did you make it through that turbulent and chaotic controversy?
Deep breath: here’s one more to wake you up this Tuesday morning. You’re welcome.
Do you keep every book that you purchase and read?
Even books you despise or didn’t finish?
I don’t. Sometimes this makes me sad. It significantly hinders my daydream of having a huge library with a rolling ladder, warm fire, and an oversized chair. Other times, and most recently when we moved, I’m okay with a small set of keepers. I keep the ones I really like. I keep the books I am most likely to return to for a second or third read…one of these years… Plus, I get really excited to have store credit at a used book store. Some books I donate to our library, some books I consign, some books I throw in the trash. Not many get the latter treatment, but it has happened once or twice.
Do you keep all books? Or do you, yes you who call yourself a “reader,” get rid of books (gasp)?
That’s about all the pot-stirring this conflict-avoider can do for one week. Whew. Time to go read a book….at least if I do that I can maintain the aura of a reader even if my decisions vis-a-vis the actual books may prompt some of you to question the accuracy of the title.