I missed last week due to crazyness, and I haven’t blogged much this week just because I haven’t felt the desire too. However, both last week’s and this week’s Booking Through Thursday questions were great, and I’d love to share my thoughts.

“How do you arrange your books on your shelves? Is it by author, by genre, or you just put it where it falls on?” (02/19/09)

I may be a total nerd (well, maybe not considered so in the literary community) but I arrange my books by Author Last Name. I like that I can easily find whoever I’m looking for. I have two long shelves that run the length of my bedroom’s northern and eastern walls near the top crown moulding. They’re nearly full, and I’ll be moving soon so I’m thinking of getting floor-to-ceiling shelves, but I suppose I’ll have to see how much space my new apartment(!) has.

ETA: Marina brought up TBR (To Be Read) books! Those don’t go into my regular shelves until I’ve decided that I want to keep it. Those are piled all inside my bedside table, which is just a 2-shelf table on wheels that was supposed to be a printer/office sidetable.

Collectibles: Hardcover? Or paperback? Illustrations? Or just text? First editions? Or you don’t care? Signed by the author? Or not?

I only have a few books I would consider collectibles, and it’s usually just a book I cherish. Is it sacreligious that I would read my ‘collectibles’? I would definitely recomment hardcover for collectibles just because they’ll last longer and are often more attractive with a dust jacket. If I was going to go to the trouble to get something signed by the author (we don’t get many big names doing readings here) I would make sure it was a first edition hard cover copy.