Bookshelf

Why do people sort their personal libraries in any other fashion than alphabetical by author? I understand it can get a bit more complicated, e.g., if a book doesn't have a specified author, is by a collective, or is in a different language. But I cringe when people sort their books by color or by publisher or by other impractical means. It makes sense if you're a woman and read woman slop that you'll never come back to to reference. But if you're a serious reader, why would you make it hard to find one of your books? I can imagine the struggle:
>Hmm, I remember Malraux wrote something on this topic that could help with this piece I'm working on or topic that I'm trying to better understand
>I believe it was in The Voices of Silence
>Oh, but was that a Penguin classic?
>Perhaps not, I guess I'll look elsewhere.
>Oh, there's another work by Malraux, but not the one I'm looking for, I wish they were all grouped together.
>What was the color of the spine again?
>Bah, it will take forever to find this.
Had our hypothetical Malraux reader indexed his books alphabetically by author the result would be more like this:
>Hmm, I remember Malraux wrote something on this topic that could help with this piece I'm working on or topic that I'm trying to better understand
>I believe it was in The Voices of Silence
>Hmm, Kuhn, Lyotard, ah yes, Malraux. Here it is.

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    How about by subject? All history books in one place, all fiction in another etc. After you 've done that, maybe you can arrange them by writer. Although my experience says that from a point on you instinctively know where your every book is (unless you are Umberto Eco and your library is the equivalent of uncle Scrooge's vault)

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      If that works for you, sure. At least it would be organized in a fashion somewhat suitable for locating your books. However, there are many books that don't fit a specific genre or subject, that are both fiction and nonfiction, memoir and poetry, history and philosophy and science in one. And I wouldn't like authors who voyage into different genres to have their works split up, like having Bataile's Story of the Eye and Theory of Religion on two different shelves, but that veers more into the realm of personal preference, I suppose.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        NTA but I do the same sort by genre alphabetical order thing, its not a huge deal unless your collection is massive and clustered

        To ease that pain I just put books I think are dogshit on the bottom shelf by alphabetical order, genre fiction separated per genre in alphabetical order and classic literature by author in alphabetical order
        Im tired of being known as "a reader" and have my normie friends and relatives gift me self help bullshit, which happens surprisingly often so thats how the bottom garbage shelf came to be

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >have my normie friends and relatives gift me self help bullshit, which happens surprisingly often so thats how the bottom garbage shelf came to be
          That's actually a great idea. I have the same thing happen to me but I've been cataloguing those books the same way as all the other ones. The gifted books stick out like sore thumbs as they always have the same ugly and obnoxious style covers that mass produced barnes & noble best-sellers all have nowadays, complete with bright colors and a bolded font.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Because I am too lazy

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The superior way:

    Chronologically but still grouped by author.

    So you don't have fricking Gilgamesh near Gogol, but still have everything by one author close together

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Forgot image

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I sort my category. Philosophy on the top shelf. Military history below it, classic fiction below that, then my genreshit fiction on the shelf below that, and below that I keep all my postmodernism in the bin.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You're a willfully ignorant homosexual. Define postmodernism.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Define postmodernism
        Sure, it's what I use to line my bin.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous
  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I have around 1000 books and know where everything is. Maybe if you have 5 or 10 thousand and more you would need some sort of system, but it's stupid to be that autistic for anything less.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I cannot imagine Malraux being published by Penguin

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      La Condition Humaine was

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I sort by general subject and size to make the shelves easier to dust and vacuum out. I have 5 large shelves worth of books.

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I have organized every in chronological order by author's birth.
    Thus between Melville and Carlo Collodi, is Dostoevsky.

    Yeats next to Maupassant and other such oddities.

    It's nice to see the literary evolution over the millenia.
    Youngest author born in 1980, oldest are scriptural texts like the Dhammapada and Ramayana.

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I do it mostly by genre
    >superhero stuff
    >ya fantasty
    >ya scfi
    >romance
    >sci fi
    >sports
    >misc

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I sort them by size. I have no room and need to stack books on top of other books. If you spend time reading a physical book you will remember what it looks like anyway

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Sometimes you have space on the shelf for one more book but not enough for specifically the next book in the order you have been following.

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    This is a none issue which has been solved by the dewey decimal system. If you aren't catagorizing your library using it you're really nothing but a casual.

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I group them by subject matter or how I associate them in my head

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