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Oct. 14th, 2018 @ 06:06 pm Taking stock
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One of the biggest chores in reconstructing our living situation is putting the books in the new bookcase(s). When we brought the books and the old bookcases upstairs, speed was more important than organisation, so they’re just all stacked haphazardly. But of course when the books take their rightful place in the living, we want to have some sort of grouping to have similar books together. (Certainly nothing like Dewey Decimal, but it has to make sense for us.)
So yesterday I spent quite some time pulling out all the books of my RPG collection and putting it in the new bookcase — it is certainly the largest category of books we have, and I am the one who has to organise them. A lot of work, but in the end it turns out I have just over 2 meters of shelf filled with RPG books. And over a quarter of that (56 cm) are classic Iron Crown Enterprises releases: the Middle-Earth Roleplaying boxed set (2nd edition), lots of Rolemaster (multiple editions and lots of sourcebooks) and almost the entire run of SpaceMaster (including two copies of the rules).

These days, I tend to buy PDFs instead of physical books: shipping costs tends to take out all the fun of getting physical books, and there are no local stores that I could visit to buy those books. There are two notable exceptions: one is every book published by Cubicle 7 for The One Ring, the current iteration of a Middle-Earth RPG (and, in my opinion, the first RPG to really capture the feel of the books!). The other is Tales from the Loop, an RPG set in an alternative 80’s by Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag — I think those two books are all that’s going to come out, but I recently participated in a Kickstarter for a follow-up and sequel, set in the 90’s…
Both those series are gorgeous books with lots of atmosphere and great illustrations, so they’re worth it. There’s still some room in the bookcase for expansion of the RPG collection!

Crossposted from my blog. Comment here or at the original post.
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From:ashmedai
Date:October 14th, 2018 07:48 pm (UTC)
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That took me forever after we moved here too, and at first they were just thrown into the shelves randomly. I have so many books on so many topics it's hard to work out a system, but I know where each book is, and I guess that's the important thing.
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From:fub
Date:October 15th, 2018 07:27 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I don't expect anybody to be able to find a book in our bookcase when we're done -- but we should be able to find the books we want with little trouble.
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From:spiral_meter
Date:October 14th, 2018 11:33 pm (UTC)
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i'm dealing with bookcase issues too. i have a million books, most of which i will never read, and i have to pack them up and i don't know what to do with them, or where to put them.

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From:fub
Date:October 15th, 2018 07:27 pm (UTC)
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So far, when I wanted to get rid of books, I posted a photo on Twitter and Facebook, and every time someone wanted to take those books off my hands.
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From:spiral_meter
Date:October 16th, 2018 02:32 am (UTC)
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not a bad idea. i was kinda thinking about going around to used bookstores to see if they wanna buy them from me. i have like a million and three books. i might make a little dough.

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From:changeling72
Date:October 15th, 2018 06:35 am (UTC)
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I have given so many books to charity since I started clearing out my parents' house, many of which have been my own. They take up so much room and there's only a handful that I will re-read, so the others have to go.
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From:fub
Date:October 15th, 2018 07:28 pm (UTC)
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At a certain point, those books just end up taking space. It's best to get rid of stuff that doesn't make your life better, and donating is probably the best way to do it.
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From:changeling72
Date:October 16th, 2018 06:57 am (UTC)
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I think so. I was always loathe to get rid of books, but it reaches a point where it's simply pointless keeping them. My experience of Mum and Dad's house has taught me the value of minimalism.
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From:lisa_thecat
Date:October 15th, 2018 05:03 pm (UTC)
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If most of your books are from the same collection, they will be easier to sort. Mine are sorted mostly according to size, sometimes publisher when I have a bit of a collection of some kind. But mine are almost all novels written by writers from all over the world so I couldn't find a system to sort them well. I know where all of them are because I know my books. But somebody else than me would be lost in my two bookcases...
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From:fub
Date:October 15th, 2018 07:32 pm (UTC)
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But the most important thing is that you can find what you need, and that's all that matters, right?
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