Monday, September 5, 2011

Writing: Goodreads

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My book collection is ridiculous. Between Barnes and Noble trips, used bookstores, fairs, and online; I’ve accumulated almost 200+ texts. My most prized possessions were flung all about my living space, desperate for attention. Even when I finally placed them on shelves, I still had a hard time finding titles I’d filed according to size. My process was simple, or so I thought: Hardcovers on one shelf and paperbacks on the others, biggest to smallest.

After desperately seeking a tiny Nikki Giovanni text one day, I realized it was time for a change. Ever since this experience, I’ve created my own brand of a library system.

Here’s how:

1) Organize your books based on genre. You can choose to categorize them in whatever way makes your life easier. My categories look something like:

categories

2) Enter your books into a database like GoodReads and let it do the author alphabetization for you. Remember to put them into your categories here as well!

alphabetization

3) Now, stack your books back on to the shelf according to the database order.

4) When complete, feel free to label your sections on the shelves. This way, you don’t have to leave the categories up to memorization.

As a writer, I often have to refer to books for quotes, philosophy, reference or just plain ol’ inspiration. This system helps me keep a clear head while penning my thoughts. This way I don’t spend any crafting time on mad book hunts.

Happy Organizing!

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1 comment:

BellaBrown said...

I'll be doing this next weekend.