Welcome to the first edition of
the Book Hoarders Digest!
Each week, we will discuss a topic related to our so-called problem of book hoarding–how we manage organizing and reading large book collections, including how others respond to our love for books.
This post will be combined with a book blogger meme called Stacking the Shelves, for which we will share some of the new books we have acquired in the past week.
To learn more about the Stacking the Shelves meme, please visit the official launch page.
This week’s topic: Book Organization
Question: How do your organize your books?
Book organization can be a huge headache. Misty and I each have our own approach to organizing our books.
For physical books, I am working on separating the books I can read right now from the ones I can’t read yet because they are further down in series. I am keeping the ones I can read out and packing up the ones I can’t read. All the ones that I have to pack up are in white file boxes or cardboard boxes. I started out with the white boxes, but I ran out of space and had to start using cardboard boxes. Also, certain authors have their own boxes. Dean Koontz is one person I can think of who has to have his own big cardboard box. All the boxes are currently stacked up in my bedroom.
For my ebooks, I am putting the Kindle books into collections like Netgalley, Edelweiss, free books, paid books, etc. I’m also putting all the ones I have downloaded to my computer into folders, first by type, then by author name. Right now, I’m not doing anything with my Nook books because I no longer have a Nook device. I might organize them later if I can.
I know exactly where every book is (well, except for a few marked missing) because I keep track of everything on spreadsheets. I’m even working on adding in books I don’t have, so I know which ones I still need.
Here’s one of my spreadsheets: Authors A
(note: the different colors are just so I can see where one author ends and another begins)
Although I do use Goodreads, I’ll admit I am not as faithful with keeping it updated as I am with my own lists.
Misty’s approach is different. The physical books she keeps out are the ones she hopes to get to soon in complete series by her favorite authors. Books she doesn’t plan to read soon get packed up in cardboard boxes or totes. She doesn’t split authors or series up like I do. Because she thought she was going to be moving a few months ago, she packed up a lot more of her books. She can’t get to them now because they are in their shed behind a lot of big stuff.
Misty’s e-books are also in collections on her Kindle app. I don’t know how she has those set up, but I do know she has been working on organizing her e-books. Recently, she has been making a master list of every e-book she has, when she downloaded it, and where it came from.
I revisit my collection at least every few months to reorganize everything. My family groan, “You’re messing with the books again?” My reply is always that I am going through them to see what I can get rid of, which is at least partially true. Each time I reorganize, I do force myself to get rid of some books. Over the years, I have gone from around 5000 physical books to around 1500, mainly because I have gotten rid of a lot of older books. My current plan is to get rid of books that I know I can get through the public library. It’s just hard parting with them, and I haven’t been able to convince myself to do it yet.
Do you go through all this for book organization?
Do you use Goodreads or your own lists?
The wise thing to do would be to stop getting books, but that will never happen! This week, we have added some more to our shelves.
Here are six new books for Misty and six new books for Jennifer…
Misty’s Stacking the Shelves
Jennifer’s Stacking the Shelves
We would love to hear what you think in the comments! Have you or do you plan to read any of these books?