Obviously, I can't keep my books in alphabetical order any more -- moving books from one floor to another just to make room for the M's would be annoying and unfeasible. So I've just finished dividing my books into the following genres/categories:
- reference books and anthologies (will go upstairs, next to desk)
- books in languages other than English (downstairs)
- sci-fi and fantasy
- math books
- illustrated books (comics/graphic novels/1 art book that was a birthday present years ago)
- poetry and drama
Making these divisions was surprisingly easy, although there were a few twinges when I separated books by a single author, say Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own from To the Lighthouse.
But which do I keep upstairs, and which move downstairs? The last two categories are the largest, and I think one needs to stay up here and one get exiled (relatively) downstairs. But will it be fiction or non-fiction that gets the boot?
UPDATE: It's done: fiction is downstairs, along with all of my French books, neatly lined up in one row of uniform black-and-white spines (Does anyone else have a love-hate relationship with the monotony of