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Question about how you shelve your books by the same author

Old 08-04-20, 02:21 AM
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Question about how you shelve your books by the same author

When shelving the works of a single author, what order do you put them in?

As an example, let's say that you've got four books by John Grisham: A Time to Kill, The Firm, The Pelican Brief, and The Client.

What order what you put them on the shelf? In the past, I would have put them in the exact order that they're listed in above, because that was the publication order. If I'm diligent and buy every new book he puts out, I can just put the latest at the right end of the run--no hassle at all. However, keeping them in this order, especially if I've loaned out a few titles, gets to be a little difficult.

So I'm thinking about just alphabetizing all the books by an author, in which case the above books would now be shelved in the order of The Client, The Firm, The Pelican Brief, and A Time to Kill.

How do YOU arrange your books by the same author? Or are you happy just to have them all together with an exact order unnecessary?

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Re: Question about how you shelve your books by the same author

By original publication date. Though I do keep series together in their chronological order after the standalone novels. I also put short story collections in with the proper novels.

So my Stephen King shelf would look like:

Carrie
Salem's Lot
The Shining
The Stand
Night Shift
The Dead Zone
Firestarter
Cujo
Different Seasons
Christine
Pet Sematary
Cycle of the Weresolf
The Talisman
The Eyes of the Dragon
Thinner (as Richard Bachman)
Skeleton Crew
It
[yadda-yadda-yadda]
Dark Tower I - The Gunslinger
Dark Tower II - The Drawing of the Three
Dark Tower III - Waste Lands
Dark Tower IV - Wizard and Glass
Dark Tower - Wind Through the Keyhole
Dark Tower V - Wolves of the Calla
Dark Tower VI - Song of Susannah
Dark Tower VII - The Dark Tower

I don't consider sequels like Black House or Dr. Sleep to be parts of series.

I also considered putting the Richard Bachman titles at the end, like they were a series, but I just decided to keep them with the regular King novels. I also treat the Bachman Books omnibus like a regular novel, and put it after Thinner and before It.


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Re: Question about how you shelve your books by the same author

I'd put series in order, but unconnected books would likely be in alphabetical for ease of access.

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Re: Question about how you shelve your books by the same author

This thread makes me happy. There ARE still collectors of real books out there! Sigh. My brothers.

The correct answer, of course, is chronological by pub date, and yes, with the exception of series.
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Re: Question about how you shelve your books by the same author

Non-series: by pub date
Series: chronological order

I don't cross the streams; that'd be insane.
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Re: Question about how you shelve your books by the same author

Unfortunately my books are scattered throughout multiple bookcases, including some author splits (horrors!) but I'm not too finicky about it.
I try to put a series in order, otherwise, roughly chronologically (publication order).
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Re: Question about how you shelve your books by the same author

Truth be told, mine are also all over the place.

We have those shelves that stack the books vertically so my wife puts them so the largest are on bottom and then smallest going up. So a lot of series are broken up, but I like the aesthetic enough that I don't mind.
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Re: Question about how you shelve your books by the same author

Chronological by publication date with series after those in publication date order. If there is more than 1 series then each series is in publication date of the first book in the series with the titles in the corresponding series in publication date after the first.
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Re: Question about how you shelve your books by the same author

Ditto on publication date, organized by genre. I own probably a thousand+ books but the majority are non-fiction, so I have a True Crime section, World War II section, Vietnam War section, basic American Politics section (mostly Nixon books, but also a ton about George W. Bush, Clinton, Obama, and Trump), Music section, Hollywood section...etc., etc...I like how my bookshelves look but still have to store multiple books in the garage cause I'm outta room and can't fit any more shelves in the living room, which is where I like to display them...
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Re: Question about how you shelve your books by the same author

If they are in a Series, by publication date.

If they aren't, by title.
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Re: Question about how you shelve your books by the same author

what about books with two Authors like Steven King and Joe Hill?
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Re: Question about how you shelve your books by the same author

When there are two authors, I will generally put them under the most relevant, the most famous of the two, or the first author listed. In that order. "Most relevant" means if it's part of a series, it would go with that series, regardless of who came first or was the most famous.

Which means I would put a Stephen King/Joe Hill book under Stephen King. The Talisman goes under King instead of Straub -- not only is King the bigger name, but those books also tie into King's other works, so it's more relevant to go under King.

A book by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee would go under Clarke, and not Lee.

With books like the Dune sequels by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson, I would shelve them with the rest of the Dune series. (If I had any, which I don't.)
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Re: Question about how you shelve your books by the same author

In order of publication, or in series order, or in alphabetical order, whichever makes the most sense to me.

Mass market paperbacks are in their own bookcase. If I have books from one author in different formats, they're going into separate bookcases.

At least I have some kind of order. Mrs Danger just remembers where her books are.
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Re: Question about how you shelve your books by the same author

It's pretty contextual, really. For fiction it's generally chronological, with the above stated exception that I would keep a series together. For non-fiction I generally try to stick with Library of Congress order, otherwise I couldn't find anything.

Additionally, I have a very large chess library that I keep separate from my other books. The way I organize that is idiosyncratic and wouldn't be understandable to anyone who isn't a chess player, most likely.

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