Top 10 Tuesday — Shelf-ish Organization

31 Jan

Happy Tuesday! Today is a Freebie day for Top 10 Tuesday. I am going completely random today with fiction chosen from the shelves in my house — as opposed to those on my NetGalley shelf and Kindle. πŸ˜‰ I organize my shelves in a way that makes sense to me. Fiction is organized by genre and then alphabetically by author. I keep series in order of publication. If it’s Biblical or historical fiction, I organize chronologically and by location (example: European vs American. Old Testament and then New Testament). And then there is my Austen knock-off shelf which contains a variety of genres, but all tie into one of Austen’s novels. That’s alphabetically by author. I even have a shelf for signed books. So if I am in the mood for a mystery, I know which shelf to head to.

Confusing? Probably, but it works for me. At least I don’t divide my mystery into historical or cozy, etc. I’m not that obsessive or am I?

I am.

In the spirit of transparency, the books represented today are on shelves at my primary residence. We have a house in the woods that boasts a very small library. That’s where it really gets tick-y. That’s where the mass market cozy mysteries reside. Likewise, all the Grishams. Then there’s my husband’s western fiction, the American historical fiction/non-fiction that revolve around major events. Think Revolutionary War, Pearl Harbor, etc. I have a shelf for veterinary fiction. Yes that’s a thing. Small town fiction like Jan Karon. A shelf where humorous fiction (P.G. Wodehouse) coexists with short story collections. And last but not least, the shelf with North Georgia authors. Too much? LOL!

Enjoy my random and complicated system!

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Top Random Books from My Shelves

Austen Variations (or knock-offs) Jane Fairfax by Joan Aiken

Autographed Books — The White Rose Resists by Amanda Barratt

Biblical Fiction/OT — Journey by Angela Hunt

Biblical Fiction/NT — Three from Galilee by Marjorie Holmes

Christmas Fiction — A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg

Classical Fiction — Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Contemporary Fiction (including romance) — Dearest Dorothy, If Not Now, Then When by Charlene Baumbich

Historical Fiction/European — To Love A Viking by Heather Gilbert and Jen Cudmore

Historical Fiction/American — A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton

Mystery — Suspicious Minds by Christy Barritt

Suspense — Shadow of Doubt by Terri Blackstock

Speculative — The Ishbane Conspiracy by Randy Alcorn

14 Responses to “Top 10 Tuesday — Shelf-ish Organization”

  1. Lydiaschoch January 31, 2023 at 10:06 am #

    Your organizational system makes perfect sense to me! πŸ™‚

    My post:

    • rbclibrary January 31, 2023 at 10:13 am #

      Glad to hear it!

  2. Cindy Davis January 31, 2023 at 10:24 am #

    I love it! When we moved into our new house I thought I would organize my books by genre. I ended up completely overwhelmed and decided it was best if I just stuck with my normal, alphabetical! I applaud you for your wonderful system!! I also think Wodehouse is an author we might need to try. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • rbclibrary January 31, 2023 at 11:21 am #

      Thanks for stopping by! Loved your TTT, by the way!

  3. anovelglimpse January 31, 2023 at 11:24 am #

    Wow! You put a lot of thought into your organization. I love it.

    • rbclibrary January 31, 2023 at 11:30 am #

      It just kind of evolved. I’m a mood reader and read across genres, so it makes sense to me. It’s a bit compulsive too. πŸ˜‰

  4. iloveheartlandx January 31, 2023 at 1:29 pm #

    Wow, your organizational system is far more complex than mine, I just do A-Z by author, though I do have separate shelves for paperbacks and hardbacks but that’s mainly because my hardbacks need a larger shelf!
    My TTT:

    • rbclibrary January 31, 2023 at 2:45 pm #

      Yeah, I am nothing if not complex. LOL! Seriously, I am a bit compulsive when it comes to organization. My spices are in alphabetical order. πŸ™‚

  5. Rissi January 31, 2023 at 9:04 pm #

    I love a good random Jane Austen-esque story! But I don’t think I’ve heard of that first one you share. Best give it a look see sometime. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for visiting my website. Apprecaite this so much.

    • rbclibrary January 31, 2023 at 9:11 pm #

      It’s one of my favorites. I can’t bear to part with it.

  6. Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys January 31, 2023 at 10:46 pm #

    Everyone should organize shelves by whatever system works – for me, it’s just alphabetical by author. But it sounds like you have lots more on your shelves than me. What I see from the shelves is that you enjoy quite a wide range of reading styles and topics. Good for you!!! I do also. Hope you have a terrific week and find time to enjoy a good book.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

  7. Susan February 1, 2023 at 1:01 am #

    WOW! That’s some serious organization right there. People think I’m obsessive for alphabetizing all the review books on my shelf. LOL.

    Happy TTT!


    • rbclibrary February 1, 2023 at 6:53 am #

      I alphabetize those by author. πŸ˜‰

  8. Web Novels February 25, 2023 at 11:15 am #

    I enjoyed reading your Top 10 Tuesday post and appreciated the creativity of your freebie topic. Your list was engaging and thought-provoking, showcasing a wide range of interesting books. The way you described each title and shared your personal opinions made the post even more enjoyable. Keep up the great work!

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