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Jon Noble jon_p_noble at
Fri Nov 8 15:57:44 EST 2002

The librarian in me means that my non-fiction books
(about 4,000 - a very eclectic mix) are shelved in
Dewey decimal order, while fiction are simply shelved
by author (but listed by genre in the computer). These
are on industrial metal shelving floor to ceiling (in
a room with a 3m ceiling) and shelved 3 deep.
Children's fiction is seperate - mostly still in boxes
from when we moved here 10 years ago as there are just
not enough shelves for it. Most of the books are in
what we call our basement - a room under the house
that also serves as my wife's studio - but as it is 6
metres above the ground at the book end it is a
strange basement. One day I may even get around to
building another room underneath it. There are also
books in both girl's bedrooms, and there a couple of
bookcases in the house with current reading books,
some often consulted books such as bird and plant
identification books and cookbooks. My wife and one
daughter complain about the number of books "I" have
but my wife buys at least as many as i do. The other
daughter has just "bagsed" them all when I die.

Jon Noble

--- deborah <deborah at> wrote:
> I used to classify my books in really detailed ways
> (historical
> fiction/autobiography/plays/fantasy, etc.) but it
> was extremely
> complicated, because most books belong in more than
> one section.  When
> we bought a house, boyfriend and I -- gasp --
> Combined Our Books.
> People thought that the thirty year mortgage was a
> sign of our long-term
> commitment, and didn't understand that Combining Our
> Books, and Giving
> Away Duplicates (well, some duplicates) was a much
> bigger deal.  Anyway,
> we needed a new scheme.
> So, in my study: all of my children's books,
> alphabetically by author.
> I just mixed in my children's nonfiction, poetry,
> and picture books two
> weeks ago, though there are still some oversized
> books on top of my
> desk.  Also on my desk, some computer books, and a
> few reference books
> (style manuals, MLA handbook, etc.).  Next to my
> desk, literary
> criticism and books by or about authors.  Squeezed
> in where they fit,
> journals and magazines.
> In his study, some more of the computer books, and
> his magazines.
> Downstairs in the library, fiction is organized
> alphabetically by
> author.  The small amount of children's fiction he
> has is down here,
> except for The Subtle Knife, which he let me swipe. 
> So it's mostly
> fantasy, science-fiction, and freaky postmodern
> literature, with a good
> selection of books left over from an undergraduate
> English degree thrown
> in.  The only major quirk here is that books are
> shelved by the author
> that the books claim, as opposed to the real author
> -- which means we
> have books shelved under Baggins, Morgenstern, and
> Paarfi.
> Also in the library, nonfiction is shelved by color.
>  It looks really,
> really cool.  Especially since we have a large
> number computer books
> (the rest of them) published by O'Reilly and
> associates, which have very
> brightly colored spines.  It's one floor to ceiling
> bookshelf in a big
> old color wheel.
> Also in the library, comic books and graphic novels
> are arranged by
> title of series, poetry and plays, and reference
> books.
> Still, all over the place I want to physical
> hyperlinks or something.  I
> don't like the fact that it with just a break up of
> fiction, children's
> fiction, and nonfiction, I still have CS Lewis on
> three separate
> bookshelves.  Ursula Le Guin is also on three
> (fiction, children's
> fiction, and literary criticism).  Diane Duane is on
> two.  Some people I
> just give up and put the books where they are most
> convenient: all Diane
> Wynne Jones, including A Sudden Wild Magic and Tough
> Guide to
> FantasyLand our upstairs in children's.
> -deborah
> deborah at
> --
> I'm not a roman, mum, and I never will be. I'm a
> kike, a yid, a
> heebie, a hook-nose, I'm kosher, mum. I'm a red sea
> pedestrian, and
> proud of it.		--  _life of brian_
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