How Do You Organize Your Books to Read?

Billy Burgess from Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer is asking us how we organize our books to read in this week’s Book Blogger Hop. When I first read the question, I thought I would have nothing to say beyond “size order,” but after really thinking about it I realized I do have a couple of “rules” with my book collections.

Advanced Reader Copies

I have an entire shelf of books I received from this year’s BookExpo America in my china cabinet. They have to be read, reviewed and, for the most part, given away. Last year I was terrible at keeping up with this and one of the reasons was every time I finished a book, I just wouldn’t know what to do next. This year I came up with a plan! I organized the books in order of publication date! Since publishers and authors both prefer that the review is closer to the release date, I figured I needed to work that way. Now when I finish a book, there’s no confusion about what I should read next – I just grab what’s next on the shelf.

Graphic Novels/Comic Books

This summer my husband and I bought an enormous bookshelf/entertainment center for our living room. We were very excited about having a new shelf for all of our books. After we filled it we realized we couldn’t fit much more past our graphic novels! They were put on the shelves in number order and then in size order.

Teaching/Math Books

Three years out of the classroom and well aware I am not heading back, but I still have a bookshelf full of all of my teaching resources. How are they organized? Mostly by size order, but in between, if you look very carefully, you will also see some content-area breakdown.

Current Reads

Much to the chagrin of my spouse, there is zero organization when it comes to what is in my “current reads” focus. They can be under the bed, in my night stand, under my pillow, on the end tables in the living room, on the couch, in my pocketbook, on the kitchen counter, pretty much anywhere I’ve been. This wouldn’t be so bad if I were only “currently reading” one book at a time, but if you check out my goodread profile, you will quickly notice this is a serious problem!

So how do you organize your books? 


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