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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.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
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...)
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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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