Home Library Chaos? Let's Organize.

Books. Can't live without them, can't live them like this either....

Do you every catch yourself saying "Hey, I read about that in...Oh what was that book called?" and then you think to yourself Well, I'll know it when I see it. You then promptly get up from your couch, dive into your bookshelves or desk and realize you have absolutely no idea what you are looking for or even how to begin digging through the chaos...
yep, my life.

Do you guys remember this picture from my Our Nerdvanas post? I would imagine that this is roughly a quarter of my book collection in my condo. I have quite a few "old reads" I keep at my parents. I tend to divide my books into subject matter. Here on these cases you can see my John Green Collection, History, Art History, Mythology Twilight Series, and Classic Works of the Penguin Series.

Eventually we just get tired of the mess, but how do you undertake the task of organizing your own library? It can be made substantially easier by utilizing modern technology and websites like LibraryThing. LibraryThing is a free cataloging service for your home library. Just nerdy enough to make me cancel my plans for the weekend. You can add titles to your personal library using over 700 available search resources. Those resources are searched by Title, ISBN, or Author. I entered a few of the titles found on the shelves above into my NEW personal library on LibraryThing. 

I can then edit the books in my library into categories or I can allow the website to alter my books into the standard Library of Congress system of the Melvil Decimal System. They then also become searchable by content. 

or by series. 

You can even compile a Wishlist, Currently Reading, To Read, Read but Unowned, and Favorites. Yeah, I know, just go ahead and cancel your plans for the foreseeable future. The Ninja is working this Saturday so you know what I'll be doing! I hope all of you are enjoying National Library Week and love establishing your own!


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1 comment:

  1. You may also want to try Good Reads at https://www.goodreads.com/. It's social based and allows for unlimited data/books in your virtual bookshelf. The only downside we've found with Library Thing is a limit of 200 books for free; however their pricing structure is quite simple asking only $25 for lifetime uploads!