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Inspiration Station: How To Organize Your Books

Organize Your Books


You can never have too many books, but when you barely have room for them all… You have too many books.

However, just because you have too many to fit on one shelf doesn’t mean that you can’t make them look pretty in the process. There are multiple ways to organize the books sitting on your shelves.

1. Alphabetized by author’s first name or last name.

I think this method makes a lot of sense. It makes searching for a certain book easier and it keeps all books together by the same author. This is especially great if there are series’ involved.

2. Alphabetized by series name.

More or less the same thing as before. All the series’ stay together, though the same author may be in multiple areas of the bookshelf–or on a completely different bookshelf.

3. Put all the hardcovers together or all the paperbacks together.

The books themselves will be jumbled around, but it would look uniformed. If you have OCD, that’s a win for you.

4. By page number. Do thick to thin or thin to thick.

Again, you authors and series will be jumbled around, but the books would look uniformed.

5. Rainbow.

You would never find the book you’re looking for unless you remember the color of its spine, but it sure would look pretty.



Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

22 thoughts on “Inspiration Station: How To Organize Your Books

    1. That’s a good way to do it. I have huge clumps of the same genre though so I feel as though that wouldn’t work for me.
      I try to do it by series, but I also want it to look uniformed, too. I know I’m not going to get that, though.

      1. It gets more difficult the more books you have, yeah. I gave away 300 books when we were moving houses and I still had to put two rows of books on some shelves.

  1. Mass market paperbacks are on a shelf and then organized by author’s last name and then series afterwards (if an author has more than one series or a series and some stand-alones). Then I have another shelf for tradeback paperbacks, same organization. And then still another for everything non-fiction which is organized by category and what fits on what shelf.

    1. You sound like me: what fits on what shelf. At the moment I only have two bookshelves and each shelf is crammed with books sideways and on top of each other.
      I was going to organize and re-organize them for the sake of this post and take pics, but the job looked too big, lol.

    1. Yep! That’s what my bookshelves look like, too!
      I was going to reorganize my shelves for the post, but that was a big job so I decided not to. I should practice what I preach, but… eh.

  2. I mostly group them by genre. I daydream about arranging them by color one day, but it would make it harder to find what I’m looking for.

  3. I’ve recently reorganized my book shelf by reading preference. Top shelf is for my favorite rereads, 2nd shelf is for new books and books I haven’t reread much, 3rd shelf has my binders of writing, writing guides, poetry and Manga books. And the last/bottom shelf is my children’s books.

  4. Lots of good ideas I like mine to go from large to small size wise, but the annoyance is I want them in order within author sections – which doesn’t always happen. I tend to have a shelf for non fic which are ordered thematically and then the fiction shelves are grouped by author

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