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Book Hoarders Digest No. 1 ~ Book Organization

Welcome to the first edition of

theย Book Hoarders Digest!

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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 aroundย 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?

Stacking the Shelves


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

from Netgalley

from Goodwill

Jennifer’s Stacking the Shelves

from publishers in mail (special thanks to Harper Collins)

from Misty

from Instafreebie or Amazon for free

from Edelweiss

We would love to hear what you think in the comments! Have you or do you plan to read any of these books?


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

26 Replies to “Book Hoarders Digest No. 1 ~ Book Organization”

  1. I hadn’t heard of any of these books before except for Iliona Andrews’.
    Oh my gosh you just saved me! I had never thought of doing collections for my Netgalley and Edelweiss books! I should have thought of that!! Gahh thank you for this! I only organize my bookshelves. I have them by genre and then I have the ARCs separately ๐Ÿ™‚
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  2. I really like to separate my physical books between hardcover and paperback just because I like the look of the separation. But I unfortunately have way too many series that are split between formats! However, now I’ve got an infant who is starting to pull books off of the bottom couple of shelves, so I’m thinking about reorganizing so that I have all of my books up higher. In order to do that, I’ll have to double-stack the paperbacks, which means I will HAVE to separate by format. We shall see how it goes!
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    1. I know what you’re saying about having a mixture. It definitely makes it harder to put the entire series on the shelf and have it look good. I used to put all my hardbacks on the lower shelves just because they are heavy and don’t bow the shelf if they are on the bottom. But, I can see how that wouldn’t work for you. I remember those days!

  3. Great topic! Before e-readers, I was always organizing and re-organizing my physical books. Since I’m trying to downsize and only use my e-reader, I’ve gotten rid of alot of the physical books. On my e-reader, I put the books into collections too. I still have alot of organizing to do with them though. For now I have collections for NetGalley, Edelweiss, Review Requests, Cozy mysteries, etc. I need to spend more time reading, though ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great week.

  4. Wow, y’all have some amazing organizing skills. There is no rhyme or reason to the organization of my books. I’m in complete awe of you.

  5. I love the topic of book organizing…although my books are somewhat hampered by my assortment of individual shelves that can only hold some of the books…therefore, my books are all scattered on the shelves throughout the house. They are arranged alphabetically within each shelf, though.

    On one of my blogs, I have pages that list incoming books, which are then linked to the reviews after they are finished.

    Unread books are on separate shelves or stacked on my coffee tables.

    Thanks for sharing your methods.
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  6. Interesting book organizing. Lately, I have been putting physical books for review within view so that they stay on my radar to read soon – on my coffee table or nightstand, etc.
    Royal Enchantment caught my eye. Enjoy.

    1. Thanks for visiting, Carole. I have to start first with BURN FOR ME, which Misty had and let me borrow. I’m going to start reading it this week, in between the other books I’m reading.

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