I'm planning on reorganising my books over the next few days and it got me to thinking. How do other people organise their books?
I currently have five book cases and I divide my books more or less into five categories. I have my classics, modern classics, contemporary fiction, non-fiction and children's literature and that's about as far as my divides go. I mean if I have several books by the same author, I'll group them together in their specific category as well but I don't narrow things down further by genre and I certainly can not be bothered alphabetising them.
After discovering booktube these many years ago now, I learned that lots of people separate their read and unread books. This would drive me crazy. I like to have all my books together and having to keep one part of a series on one shelf and another someplace else just because I hadn't read them all yet would be torture, but I can understand how it might be nice to go to a specific shelf when looking to read something new.
I, personally, know my collection well enough to remember what I have and haven't read so having to see them all muddled together doesn't get confusing for me. It probably also helps that I'm a re-reader, so when I'm looking for my next read I'm not always going to be picking solely from my unread books.
Another big trend in organisation seems to be the rainbow shelves. Now, these looks amazing to me. I adore seeing a good picture of a colour organised bookcase, but once again I know this would never work for me. I'm much too anal, and having my books strewn all over the place with no author or series grouped together would give me a disproportionate amount of anxiety. I'm definitely too much of a control freak for that.
What about you? What system do you have for your books? Any of the ones I've mentioned or something else entirely? Or do you just put them wherever they fit?