We’re slowly putting our house together after a major renovation/addition. Part of this includes a new dining room, complete with book cases! This thrills me on several levels; I get to put all of my books in one place, where they will be easily accessible and I can look at them and admire their beauty and, well, generally revel in my love of bound paper.
I’m in the process of moving books from their scattered resting places around the house and trying to put them in some semblance of order. This is a huge cause of Type-A misery for me. Do I shelve them alphabetically by title? By author? Do I group them by genre, and if so, do I separate the “general reading” from the “canonical literature”? Do I put the “teacher” books apart from the “poetry” books? Where do the candy-reading books go? Do I put The Joy of Sex in the bookshelves in the dining room? I mean, really?
If these worries weren’t testament enough to my genuine membership in the Geek of the Month Club, add to that the fact that, as I put books away in the new shelves, I’m meticulously listing their ISBNs (notice that I didn’t say ‘ISBN numbers’ because the ‘N’ in ISBN stands for ‘number’ and I hate being redundant. SEE? I really AM a geek!). I’m doing this so that, sometime in the unknowable future, if I happen to obtain a bit of library software that can catalog my books by ISBN, I shall have that information readily available.
Still not convinced? Here’s a list of the books I’ve encountered so far of which I have more than one copy:
The Taming of the Shrew
Romeo and Juliet
The Essentials of English
The Elements of Grammar (no, really – two copies!)
I’m sure there are more that I haven’t come across yet – these are just the books I’ve put away so far.
(author’s note – once my laptop is back among the living, I’ll post a picture of the book corner. I can take a picture today, but can’t get it on the site until I’ve got my own laptop back….)