Updated: May 29, 2020
Your home library may or may not be as large as your local public library, but a good system of organization will still help you find the book you want quickly.
Alphabetizing by author works well for fiction but not necessarily for nonfiction books of various subjects.
Judging a book by its cover is usually frowned upon, but sorting by color can be aesthetically pleasing to some. Those generally forgetful about the colors of their books might disagree.
After a painful breakup, the main character in Nick Hornby's book "High Fidelity" organizes his record collection autobiographically in the order he acquired them. A chronological organization might include shelves that track the progress of your life, from beloved childhood reading and college textbooks to parenting books.
To some readers, there are two ways to look at books: read and unread. Prioritizing when you might need the book will allow you to keep unread books at the forefront of your collection, as well as books you reach for frequently, such as reference books or favorite novels.
Once you've organized your collection, you're going to need a place to put it.
How would you build your library? What would it look like?
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