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Shelving Meme

February 19th, 2007 (11:44 am)
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I created the following meme about books and organization just for fun. Feel free to leave your answers in the comments here or post your answers at your own blog and link back to Bildungsroman.

  1. How do you organize your books? By genre, by last name, by title, by publication date?
  2. Do you have a shelf reserved for your favorite books and/or authors?
  3. What is the first title and author on your bookshelf?
  4. What is the last title and author on your bookshelf?
  5. What genre dominates your collection?
  6. Which author is the most represented? (You own the most number of books by . . . )
  7. You own all of the books written by . . .
  8. You own the entire series of . . .

  1. How do you organize your books?
    I split my books into fiction and non-fiction, then arrange them alphabetically by author. Books by the same author are organized by publication date, with the first release on the left and the newest on the right, with trilogies and series in number order.

  2. Do you have a shelf reserved for your favorite books and/or authors?
    Yes. I have a shelf specifically for the works of Lewis Carroll and other Alice-related titles. I have multiple shelves for the works of Christopher Golden, the last shelf shared his frequent collaborator, Thomas E. Sniegoski. However, my other favorites are mixed in on the main shelves, alphabetically by author. For example, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is sandwiched between So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane and Stay With Me by Garret Freymann-Weyr.

  3. What is the first title and author on your bookshelf?
    The Pursuit of Happiness by Tara Altebrando

  4. What is the last title and author on your bookshelf?
    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

  5. What genre dominates your collection?
    I own more fiction than non-fiction. My non-fiction section mostly consists of Ancient Egyptian history, as well as books about cats, otters, and the Salem Witchcraft Trials. Most of my books from my childhood and most of my classics are in storage, though I want them to be here in my home. Thus, most of the fiction I do have here is contemporary adult and teen fiction that I've acquired over the past few years.

  6. Which author is the most represented? (You own the most number of books by . . . )
    Christopher Golden

  7. You own all of the books written by . . .
    I won't list authors who have written three books or less, because it's easy to say, "I own all of the books by Lady X," when she's only written one book so far.

    I have a lovely used copy of The Complete Works of Lewis Carroll, so I suppose that qualifies.

    I am missing some Christopher Golden books. Perish the thought!

    I have read all of Sarah Dessen's books, and I own all but two: Dreamland and Just Listen.

    You see, "own" and "read" are very different. If I had the means to own every single book I wanted to own, I would. I am so grateful to the public library for keeping me in books. I would go nuts without it. There's no way I could afford to buy 30+ books a month.

  8. You own the entire series of . . .
    I don't own every single The Baby-Sitters Club book, but I want to have them all. I am serious. I have a list of the titles I am missing and I always go to the juvenile series section of used bookstores in hopes of finding BSC books.

    I also read and collected the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels* faithfully in their heyday - the same with the Angel novels - but when some of my favorite authors stopped writing for the line and when the series stopped airing, I stopped reading and collecting the series.

    * My favorite is The Lost Slayer by Christopher Golden.


I am pleased by the success of this meme. All the cool kids are doing it. Participants include John Green, E. Lockhart, Melissa Marr, Literaticat and Carrie Jones. Other have commented right here, directly beneath the original post. Many thanks to everyone who has played along!

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 19th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)

Very neat that you have them separated by nationality.

I need more bookshelves as well.

Posted by: helygen (helygen)
Posted at: February 19th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)

1. How do you organize your books? By genre, by last name, by title, by publication date?
They're first split into fiction and non-fiction, and the non-fiction books are further separated into genre; I also keep a separate book case for books that I've bought but not yet read, divided in the same way. Books by the same author are shelved together, but not in any particular order unless they form a series, and then they're shelved in order of publication.

2. Do you have a shelf reserved for your favorite books and/or authors?
Yes: I have two book cases full of Buffy, Angel and Firefly/Serenity titles.

3. What is the first title and author on your bookshelf?
'The Colour of Magic' by Terry Pratchett

4. What is the last title and author on your bookshelf?
'The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English: Complete Edition' (Penguin Classics) by Geza Vermes

5. What genre dominates your collection?
Buffy and Angel novels.

6. Which author is the most represented? (You own the most number of books by . . . )
Terry Pratchett
James Redfield
Christopher Golden

7. You own all of the books written by . . .
Terry Pratchett, James Redfield, Shakespeare (!)

8. You own the entire series of . . .
Buffy and Angel novels

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 19th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)

Hurrah, Chris!

I thought of including the line, "I'd love to acquire the Complete Works of William Shakespeare," in my initial post too.

Posted by: aka_becker (aka_becker)
Posted at: February 19th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)

I have two very small bookshelves. These are two old pics of the top two shelves. The bottom shelves are mainly old yearbooks, phone books and the few college school books I could sell. Lying on top of those are the Harry Potter books (on the King side) and the pictured Clancy books - and the non-King paperback side). Stephen King now spans the entire pair of hardcover shelves.



1. How do you organize your books? By genre, by last name, by title, by publication date? Stephen King - release date. All other shlves by author and then release date except a few odd paperbacks at the end that are by size.

2. Do you have a shelf reserved for your favorite books and/or authors? I have three shelves of nothing but Stephen King. One papaer back and two hardcover.

3. What is the first title and author on your bookshelf? Paperback - S. King - Carrie. Hard cover - S. King - 'Salem's Lot.

4. What is the last title and author on your bookshelf? Paperback - author unknown about a history of rock and roll. It is the last one pictured though. The last novel on the bootom would be Peter Straub - Floating Dragon.

5. What genre dominates your collection? Horror, because of Mr. Kin g.

6. Which author is the most represented? (You own the most number of books by . . . ) Guess. ;)

7. You own all of the books written by . . . I have all the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling. I don't know if she's written other stuff. I remember these two charity booklet things which I don't have. I'm a couple short of King and everytime I catch up, he releases another book, even though his allegedly retired.

8. You own the entire series of . . . Harry Potter & The Dark Tower by Stephen King.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 19th, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)

That's a lot of King!

Posted by: aka_becker (aka_becker)
Posted at: February 19th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)

Posted by: garretfw (garretfw)
Posted at: February 19th, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)

This is such a clever set of questions. My husband put all of my books into alphabetical order before we moved into together and sometimes all I can see is the order! I have several shelves simply organized by being my favorites or books I'm reading for ideas. I seem to have a lot of British writers. I own all of A.S. Byatt's. And I have three sets of the whole Little House series. One of them has the illustrations before Garth Williams did them. We own too many books, but my heart hurts when I give any away,

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 19th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)

Thanks!

Order makes me happy.

What do you think of the new Little House covers with photographs?

Posted by: kbaccellia (kbaccellia)
Posted at: February 19th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)

How do you organize your books? By genre, by last name, by title, by publication date?

I have to admit I usually organize them by genre. One side is children's books, another has church books, fantasy/sci-fic, and another section has current YA books.

Do you have a shelf reserved for your favorite books and/or authors?

Yes! I have Isabel Allende's book all together--both Spanish and English. I also have Meg Cabot' books--including the one she autographed for me a couple years ago.

What is the first title and author on your bookshelf?

A is for Abigail by Lynne Cheney.

What is the last title and author on your bookshelf?

Adios to My Old Life by Caridad Ferrer

What genre dominates your collection?

Fantasy and YA by far.

Which author is the most represented? (You own the most number of books by . . . )

Meg Cabot and Isabel Allende

You own all of the books written by . . .

I hate to admit this--Robert Jordan!!!

You own the entire series of . . .

Terry Brooks Run with the Demon series--He autographed the first book at Maui. I told him it was my all time favorite and kind of inspired me when writing my paranormal. He told me it was he's favorite too!

Also these books--SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS, THE MEDIATOR BOOKS by Meg Cabot, and a few church fiction series.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 19th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)


Adios to My Old Life by Caridad Ferrer is fantastic.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 20th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)

Not belated at all!

I know it, you know it: Audrey rocks.

Jack London, yes!

Posted by: Bink (funkmasterbink)
Posted at: February 20th, 2007 06:40 am (UTC)

1. How do you organize your books? By genre, by last name, by title, by publication date?
I organize according to this hierarchy: Usefulness, Genre, Author, Series, Title

2. Do you have a shelf reserved for your favorite books and/or authors?
I have two one for favorite fiction and one for favorite reference/academia

3. What is the first title and author on your bookshelf?
I don't organize my book linearly

4. What is the last title and author on your bookshelf?
see #3

5. What genre dominates your collection?
Fantasy/Speculative Fiction

6. Which author is the most represented? (You own the most number of books by . . . )
Neil Gaiman/ Octavia Butler

7. You own all of the books written by . . .
Neil Gaiman (excluding one of his short stories books- but i own all of the stories in it)/ Octavia Butler/ George Lakoff/ China Mieville

8. You own the entire series of . . .
Um Octavia: Patternist, Lillith's Brood, The Parables
Phillip Pullman: His Dark Materials (which I think you recommended to me - I read it once a year)
Terry Goodkind: the Sword of Truth
George RR Martin: The song of Ice and Fire
David Drake: Lord of the isles (excluding the most recent...I'm too poor to by cloth)
i'm going to stop here, but the list goes on

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 20th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)

His Dark Materials: Yes, I did, and I recall your dislike of the word 'rucksack.' British backpack! :) Have you been following the movie news?

Neil Gaiman: I really like his novels. I STILL haven't read any of The Sandman, if you can believe that, and only some of his short stories, as I prefer long fiction.

Anyhow, you ought to check out books by Christopher Golden since you enjoy those by Neil Gaiman. Golden does urban fantasy, contemporary horror, murder mysteries, vampire stories - a little bit of everything.

CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN ROCKS! READ HIS BOOKS NOW! Pretty please? Ahem.

Try THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN, which is my favorite of his one-shot (simply meaning not-a-series) books. See if you can spot me in it. THE GATHERING DARK, also.

Posted by: Jocelyn Pearce aka Teen Book Reviewer (teenbookreview)
Posted at: February 20th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)

1. How do you organize your books? By genre, by last name, by title, by publication date? Currently by spine color: Black books on the far left, going to white books and then red and pink and orange and brown and yellow and purple and blue and then last of all green. Yes, it's kind of weird, but it looks really cool!
2. Do you have a shelf reserved for your favorite books and/or authors? Nope. I used to, and probably will in the future--I re-organize them a lot.
3. What is the first title and author on your bookshelf? Teen Angst? Nah... by Ned Vizzini (Black spine)
4. What is the last title and author on your bookshelf? Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg by Gail Carson Levine (green spine)
5. What genre dominates your collection? YA books--a lot of contemporary, a lot of paranormal...Probably mostly contemporary, but I'd have to count. And there are thousands of books, so I really don't want to. My bookshelf covers an entire wall.
6. Which author is the most represented? (You own the most number of books by . . . ) KA Applegate--almost all of the Animorphs books.
7. You own all of the books written by . . .Tamora Pierce, JK Rowling, Scott Westerfeld...There are more but that's what I can come up with right now.
8. You own the entire series of . . .A lot, really, but they're mostly short series' like three, four books, so I'm not sure that counts.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 20th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)

I adore Christiana's illustrations in Fairy Dust.

Ah, Animorphs with its tragic, cliffhanger ending.

I have almost all of Scott's YA books now, with the exception of So Yesterday, yet none of his adult books.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: February 24th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
Book-Shelving Meme

I'm posting my answers on my blog... www.akabookblog.blogspot.com if you want to check it out - this is a pretty cool meme!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 24th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Book-Shelving Meme

Thank you! Nice to meet you.

Posted by: E. Lockhart (e_lockhart)
Posted at: February 24th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)

Fun meme. I posted mine here:
http://www.theboyfriendlist.com/e_lockhart_blog/2007/02/book_shelving_m.html

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 24th, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)

Thank you for participating in and linking to the meme. Xanth = good times, good times.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 25th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)

Hurrah for The Great Gatsby.

I enjoy Gaiman's fiction but have yet to read Sandman.

Posted by: My characters kick your ass dot com (elfstar18)
Posted at: February 25th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
reposted, hopefully not all in bold this time...

1. How do you organize your books? By genre, by last name, by title, by publication date?
I have seven wall mounted shelves, each six feet long. Books are very loosely organized as follows:
Top shelf -- Tall books
2nd from top -- paperback fiction that aren't favorites
3rd from top -- YA lit
4th and 5th from top -- Paperback fiction favorites
6th from top -- Non fiction (with books on US history, Japan, and the French Revolution each meriting its own subsection )and hardback fiction favorites
Bottom -- Art books and comics

2. Do you have a shelf reserved for your favorite books and/or authors?

Yep! 4th and 5th from the top, coincidentally also the ones at eye level. Kurt Vonnegut lives here, as do Banana Yoshimoto, Barbara Kingsolver, The Great Gatsby, and Stephen King.

Granted, I have a lot of favorites that are comics (The Sandman, any Fantastic Four, Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez...) and young adult or children's lit (Francesca Lia Block, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Grimm's Fairy Tales) that are on other shelves.

3. What is the first title and author on your bookshelf?

Top shelf on the left has three oversized books of (*blush*) Sailor Moon watercolors by Naoko Takeuchi. (I was 16 when I bought them. They are beautiful, though.)

4. What is the last title and author on your bookshelf?

Bottom shelf on the right has volume 2 of Marvel's Runaways

5. What genre dominates your collection?

Hmm... I've got a lot of genres pretty well represented. I didn't coin the term, but I am a total bookslut.

6. Which author is the most represented? (You own the most number of books by . . . )

Kurt Vonnegut

7. You own all of the books written by . . .

Kurt Vonnegut snd Banana Yoshimoto (the ones that have been published in English). Not sure if I have any others. I might have all of Francesca Lia Block's Books, save any *really* recent ones. I might have all of David Sedaris's books.

8. You own the entire series of . . .

Unfortunate Events. Also, Harry Potter (so far) and Marvel Knights Four. I'm working on The Sandman.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 25th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
Re: reposted, hopefully not all in bold this time...
knowing

Hurrah for The Great Gatsby.

I enjoy Gaiman's fiction but have yet to read Sandman.

Posted by: Kiba (kibarika)
Posted at: February 25th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
Re: reposted, hopefully not all in bold this time...

Posted by: My characters kick your ass dot com (elfstar18)
Posted at: February 26th, 2007 06:40 am (UTC)
Re: reposted, hopefully not all in bold this time...

Posted by: Kiba (kibarika)
Posted at: February 25th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)

1. How do you organize your books? By genre, by last name, by title, by publication date?

Right now I think they're organized by height/when I most recently took them off the shelf, which is to say they're not really organized at all. I'm happiest when they are organized first by genre, then author last name, then title. Unless it's a series, in which case they of course must go in publication date order.

2. Do you have a shelf reserved for your favorite books and/or authors?

Not really but all the Piers Anthony books kind of end up on the same shelf.

3. What is the first title and author on your bookshelf?

Roget's Thesaurus

4. What is the last title and author on your bookshelf?

The Hebrew Primer for Adults

5. What genre dominates your collection?

Upstairs - sci-fi/fantasy, Downstairs - Classics (Ancient Roman & Greek lit in both English and Latin. No Greek though, I can't read Greek.)

6. Which author is the most represented? (You own the most number of books by . . . )

Gonna have to go with Piers. But I probably have an editor or two who has high numbers in the classics books too.

7. You own all of the books written by . . .

Nobody, to my knowledge. Oh wait! I have the complete works of Shakespeare. And I might have all of Vergil or Ovid, too.

8. You own the entire series of . . .

I think I own all of Chris's Shadow Saga. If The Gathering Dark is the most recent one.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 25th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)

Yes, The Gathering Dark is the latest!

Posted by: Rosemary (rclementmoore)
Posted at: February 25th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)

1. How do you organize your books? By genre, by last name, by title, by publication date?
Fiction/Non-fiction first, obviously. Non-Fiction by subject (or sometimes by what book the books are research for, if that makes sense). Fiction is grouped more or less by first by genre, then grouped by series/author. No alphabetical order.

2. Do you have a shelf reserved for your favorite books and/or authors?
I have bookshelves reserved for my favorite books/authors. However, in each room I have a spot where my very favorites go.

3. What is the first title and author on your bookshelf?
I have multiple shelves in every room, so I'm just going to say what's on the one above my desk (because I have a puppy on my lap and don't want to get up.): English Heritage guide to Channel Defences, by Andrew Saunders.

4. What is the last title and author on your bookshelf?
(See above.) The Book of Common Prayer. 1977 Edition.

5. What genre dominates your collection?
Fantasy/Sci-Fi with Mystery a close second. (Ironically, I don't separate YA when I group by genre.)

6. Which author is the most represented? (You own the most number of books by . . . )
In the family library (Mom lives with me) Anne McCaffrey and Nora Roberts are most represented, thanks to her collection. In my personal library, it's proabably Carolyn Keene (I have about 30 Nandy Drew books). But since "Carolyn Keene" isn't really one author, its a toss up between Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, C.S. Forester, Piers Anthony, Jim Butcher and J.K. Rowling. (Ecclectic mix, I know.)

7. You own all of the books written by . . .
The afforementioned Rowling and Austen. Robin McKinley. Gah. This is hard from memory (see above, re: puppy). Also, there are a lot of authors I have *read* all of but haven't got the space to keep.

8. You own the entire series of . . .
Horation Hornblower, Thursday Next, Dark is Rising, the Narnia books. I own MOST of the original (hardback, yellow spine) Nancy Drew books before they revamped them in... the 80's? But not all, darn it. I have all the John Carter of Mars books, and a good represenation of the Tarzan and Pelucidar books (Edgar Rice Burrows) thanks to Dad. Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, but not the Simarillion. Ummm... I'm sure there are more. A lot of the current, ongoing books I simply gave up collecting after the 6th or 7th book.

I'm probably going to cross post this in my lj, because it's a great meme.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 25th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)

Very nice mix!

I enjoy the Thursday Next series.

I do understand re: puppy, as I do the same for my cat!

Thanks for playing.

Posted by: bright as yellow (idreamofpeace)
Posted at: February 25th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)

1. How do you organize your books? By genre, by last name, by title, by publication date?

This is difficult to say because I have more books than shelves (much like yourself;)). I have them separated by books that I've picked up at library sales or for free (i.e. books I have yet to read) and books that I OWN in that they are nice copies that I have bought and have already read. Confusing, I know. The used books/books I have yet to read are organized by the date I acquired them and then by author's last name. For example, if I picked up five books today at the library book sale, I'd put them in alphabetical order by author and then put them at the "end" of my bookshelf. My actual "library" is alphabetical by author

2. Do you have a shelf reserved for your favorite books and/or authors?

No, but I do have a shelf for my Buffy/Angel books mostly because they didn't look right anywhere else.

3. What is the first title and author on your bookshelf?

Of my "actual" bookshelf, it is The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay.

4. What is the last title and author on your bookshelf?

Promiscuities by Naomi Wolf.

5. What genre dominates your collection?

Again, I'm going to separate this into my "library," meaning the books I've bought and the other books which I've bought used and basically to read and then pass on.

Library - fiction/literature
Used books - classic lit

6. Which author is the most represented? (You own the most number of books by . . . )

Not including J.K. Rowling, it'd have to be Jonathan Kozol.

7. You own all of the books written by . . .

J. K. Rowling. Not hard. I also own almost all of Jonathan Kozol's books. I think there's one that I don't have (and I read it and didn't really like it).

8. You own the entire series of . . .

Harry Potter.

Ok, so the thing is that my actual library is composed of books that I have read and then buy in a really nice copy (preferably hardback). Then I get old, used books that I want to read. I read them and, if I really like them, they get put on my "to buy in nice copy" list. If I don't really like them, they get recycled back to the library or passed on to someone else. My goal is to have bookshelves of only really nice copies of books. Like The Beauty and the Beast library. Sigh. If books weren't so damn expensive...

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 25th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)

Very nice.

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