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I now have enough graphic novels to need to think about where they should go.

When I only had a few zines done by my friend Jo, they went in with the art books. Then I got a bunch more, and they've gone in a nice file box, largely because they are just little paper pamphlets and I want to keep them nice.

But now I've got actual *books*.

And I don't feel they really belong with the art books, since they are stories, and not reproductions.

Should I shelve them with my general fiction (which is roughly alphabetical)? Or would I lose something if I shelve them this way, as graphic novels and pure text aren't the same? How else might I shelve them?

Hey and while I'm about it, for those of you who do a fiction/non fiction arrangement in shelving, how strict are you with it? I ask because I wonder about my Vikram Seths and my Truman Capotes: some are fiction, some are not, but dividing them up seems wrong because the authorship is more significant than the fiction/non fiction division.

And there is another reason for authorship first: sorting out non-fiction categories is even harder and when I get it wrong, I can't find things. And it's not that I often need to find things but if I suddenly wonder where a book has gone, I can't rest until I know where it is. This usually happens at 2AM, which sees me wafting through a zillion other books while looking for that *one* book that I am certain is in the house, and running through the various categories it might belong. It's a great pleasure, but like sex, I feel it's best kept to daylight hours.

Do other people like to ponder such questions while staring at a pile of books, or is it just me?

Putting the graphic novels with "humour", which includes cartoons and Peanuts books, is obviously way inappropriate regardless of what humour lies within.


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Apr. 10th, 2014 04:53 am (UTC)
Hmmm *puts on pondering face*

I have too many books for my shelves, but my books are all grouped by author and type. There is a sort of system to it, although people who are not me might not get it. I think</> Pete does.

The graphic novels I have are all with their text partners, ie the authors or genre area.
Apr. 10th, 2014 05:22 am (UTC)
You do your fiction by genre? Phwoar.

Apr. 10th, 2014 05:38 am (UTC)
Well, it just sort of happens that way, you know!
Apr. 10th, 2014 06:15 am (UTC)
My books tend to be in three or more different piles and shelved in three different places without any categorisation. I sometimes try to put some order to it but then fail badly and leave it is it is. However, i do have a rough idea where a certain book is if i need it to hand.
Apr. 10th, 2014 04:23 pm (UTC)
I keep graphic novels in their own section, because when I want to read a graphic novel, it's nice to have a little selection all together there to choose from. But even library cataloguing is ambiguous on how they "should" be organized. It might be interleaved with fiction (or non-fiction, as the case may be), or it may have its own category.

But I'm also pretty casual with my book organizing, period. I don't always know the author's name, so I can't alphabetize by that. I tend to put books of similar tone/topic together, and it sure wouldn't help anyone else find a book on my shelves, but when my husband asked where to shelve a book on San Diego's hiking trails, I was able to say "left bookcase, top shelf, right side" without even looking up.
Apr. 10th, 2014 04:41 pm (UTC)

Like dragonsally, I shelve my fiction by category (fairly general) and then alphabetically. OTOH "sort out the bookshelves" is on the To-Do list (and has been for quite some time) so I wouldn't claim that this is totally true just at the moment. (There's also a whole heap at the top of the stairs which I am - *weep* - throwing out...)
Apr. 10th, 2014 04:57 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you asked! *look of terrifying enthusiasm*

My shelves:

General non-fiction (shelved at random because I don't have a good system yet - alphabetically doesn't work by title or by author, and I've had bad luck with Dewey before.) (very loosely subject sorted within that shelf: most of the religion books are together, for example.)

Home economics non-fiction (frugality, housekeeping, gardening, hardware, cookbooks, car, careers manuals, self-help) shelved together and separate from general non-fiction

General fiction (literary/classic/mainstream) alphabetically by author

Historical fiction (excluding books written in the period they're set in) alphabetically by author

Children's and YA (excluding SFF) alphabetically by author

Poetry and plays: alphabetically by author.

Romance fiction (here defined as a book that was first published under a romance publication division and also is not SFF) alphabetically by author

Detective fiction (see definition of romance novels, only for detective books) alphabetically by author.

Graphic novels and comics: clumped together in the same bookcase as the home ec stuff and also humour, not because they're related but because they tend to be folio size. Unsorted (except that comics collections are in chronological order.)

SFF (here defined more broadly than romance or detective genres, under the 'I know it when I see it' classification, and including childrens/YA as well as adult) alphabetically by author (anthologies integrated with the rest but shelved by title not editor - so the Firebirds anthology would be under F for Firebirds, not N for November.)

And most importantly, the TBR piles:

TBR "sometime in the next year, hopefully", stacked by urgency, on my nightstand.
TBR "sometime in the next half a year, probably," stacked by urgency, on a side table in the living room."
TBR "next up" and also "currently reading," stacked together by most recently read, on the back of my living room couch.

Library books get shelved under "TBR next up" on the grounds that if they're not then they should be or else I should return them, and also I need to know where to lay hands on them quickly.
Apr. 12th, 2014 12:50 am (UTC)
Right now my bookshelf is sorted by colour because I wanted to know what it looks like. It looks awesome, BTW :)

But usually I just sort it the way I want it sorted, which happens to be very very VERY vaguely into four categories:
- Non-fiction which is medical or disability related
- Other non-fiction
- Fiction which is science fiction
- Other fiction
Within those categories I shelve everything in together, DVDs, CDs, books, magazines, whatever. I find that for me the four categories are what I think in, rather than the medium.

So I guess the relevant question is do you go to the bookshelf thinking "I want a science fiction thing...." or "I want a graphic novel" or something else ... sorting them the way I think is most spoon-saving in the nd!
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