#Shelflove: Organizing Our Shelves

October 1, 2015 Challenges, Featured Posts, Shelf Love 2015 8


No Book Buying Challenge 2015 – October Update

As you know, we are co-hosting the Show Your Shelves Some Love: A No Book Buying Challenge. You can also review the details of the post on theNo Book Buying Challenge page from the menu above. 

For October, let’s share some tips on how to manage your library/e-book shelves.

Julie Review AvatarJulie: 
We’ve talked about organizing bookshelves like two years ago and I have shown off my home library before, but let’s talk about that topic some more.  My physical shelves are organized like a library or bookstore – by genre, then by author. So I have a YA shelf, an adult paranormal shelf, a mystery shelf, a contemporary shelf, a classics shelf, etc. My virtual bookshelves are an absolute mess. I tag books I’m currently/soon to be reading on my kindle in a special folder so I can find them again, because of all the books on my virtual imaginary shelves. I try to group on Goodreads, but I only do that with books I’ve already read or am currently reading. I don’t have a system for “want to read” or even books I own versus books that I have only thought about.

I made a little bit of progress, now I have read a total of 13 books from my #ShelfLove shelf, but my goal was 21-30 books: give your shelves a warm friendly hug so I still have a way to go if I wish to meet the lowest part of this goal.
I have embedded my Goodreads shelf so that I can share the books I read as I go.


Lynnpic avatar Lynn:     I have my physical book shelves organized by genre, by author. Mostly. The genres are kind of mixed together due to book size and fitting together on my shelves. But I don’t have as many physical books, so finding something on the shelf is that much of an issue for me.  My ebook shelves on the other hand, are a complete mess. I have Nook, Kindle, iBooks, and Audible books and generally have to search through the different apps to figure out which book is where. It’s a total pain. I’ve tried organizing my ebooks into shelves, but that’s never really worked for me. I probably need to put some more effort into that. I’ve organized my Goodreads into books I own, which has helped a lot. With To Read shelves by genre, I can easily search for books by genre that I’m interested in reading at the time. I do have a Read Next shelf which was originally intended for books I was excited about reading next. But that shelf has gotten out of hand. I might need another to read shelf that is actually read this book next!  I’m up to 13 books read on my Shelf Love challenge. Which really isn’t all that much progress towards my goal of 21-30 books. And I pre-ordered Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. The actual hard-back version, not the ebook version. That brings me up to a total of 3 books that I’ve purchased. And I am really ok with that. I’ll need to made some progress, though, on actually reading the books I own between now and the end of the year. 

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8 Responses to “#Shelflove: Organizing Our Shelves”

    • Lynn

      Nicole, I need a new shelf just for books I want to read now. But I don’t think that’s very practical. I think if what you are doing is working for you, then go with that.

    • Julie

      I think with ARCs you really do have to keep up with it and stay organized, or it gets too overwhelming, so I’m glad to hear you’ve got a good system for those.

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