Organizing a home library seems to be as personal a decision as actually choosing books, wines, mates, etc. National Public Radio has an article on this topic, and it’s interesting to read about how some people go about it. Their methods range from the Dewey Decimal system to color (color…really?). We have different methods. Chris is haphazard—a book comes out, a book goes in. Wherever there’s room, that’s where the book goes. Granted, we can’t carry many books on the boat, so we can pretty much look them over and see what we want. Anne, however, has this thing about categorizing. So, the books that have to go in the three cabinets are loosely organized: boating/cruising books and guides, oversized books, and writing/reference books. For everyday reading, she uses a Kindle, and at the rate she accumulates books, there has to be some sort of system. Here is where emotion comes into play. These books are categorized by genre, so she can choose according to her mood. “Do I feel like reading a mystery, biography, or perhaps listening to a Patrick O’Brien audiobook?” Watch out on the days when she chooses a book with a high body count.
What type of system (or not) does anyone else use?