|Franklin is helping us shelve.|
My husband and I have been finishing our basement to turn it into the subterranean library of our dreams. We've finally gotten our massive book collection on the shelves in rough categories: fiction, non-fiction, romance, mystery, children's lit, textbooks, and sci fi/fantasy.
But I'm dissatisfied with that latter category, which makes up the bulk of our collection, because it covers so many different types of books: urban fantasy, horror, sci fi, paranormal romance, and fantasy. Is that too much diversity for one section? Do you separate your books into smaller categories when you shelve them? And if so, how do you draw the line between, say, urban fantasy with romantic elements and romance with paranormal overtones?
Or heck, maybe I'm overthinking this.
Do you organize your books at all, or do you just toss 'em onto the nearest open shelf? Our plan has always been to alphabetize the books once we've finalized the categories, but that may be harder to maintain than I realize. For the past eight years, most of our collection has been boxed up, and the books we've acquired in the meantime have been crammed onto any shelf that will accept them. We're looking at our new system as a fresh start to create order out of chaos ... but will chaos win out no matter what? Your input in the comments is appreciated!
Also, check out what I found while putting books away this weekend:
Cool, no? It's been chilling in my husbad's book collection for years. Think we should make this little guy our mascot? Our sad-eyed mascot who ... cries tears of blood?