how to organize your BL bookshelf: a filler post
so while I try to psyche myself up to write reviews for about a million things (including the latest Citron, Junko’s new book and Ichikawa Kei’s debut) I figured I would do a silly filler post. Since today the last of all the books I’ve been waiting on arrived, meaning I no longer have an excuse to not put all my books back on the shelf and reorganize it. This is something I’ve been putting off for uh… two months now?? Which would be bad enough, but these past two months have been ridiculously filled with book orders and porn and not cleaning my room and it’s just terrible. So please join me on the journey of trying to fix this mess:
it is super fun and filled with me hating my expensive packrat hobby.
So first you have the task of sorting the books depending on exactly where they’ll be going. For me, I have seven or so technical places I put books in my room. So I ended up with this sad mess that’s only slightly less horrifying than the last picture:
there is totally a method to this madness I swear. drap and LYNX are put away first since they go on the top of the shelf and are super easy.
Then you take away the books that don’t belong on the main shelf. You don’t want them getting in the way and causing worse frustration than you’ll already have to deal with. So you take them off the bed and put them on the rainbow rug. They will come into play later in the game.
these are the books you want to focus on first:
but before you start on them you’ll want to cry quietly to yourself for a little bit and wonder what the hell you’ve gotten yourself into. Perhaps play a sad song, or get out a tiny violin and play it. Once you’ve done that and are feeling a little more ready, it’s time to sort those books!
first you sort them like this. By author, so you can see exactly what you’re dealing with. The obnoxiously large stack in the middle is ‘stand-alone’ artists, or mangaka you only have one book by. They later get sorted by publisher, and then get placed into stacks like this:
this sad formation signifies exactly which shelf each book will likely be placed on, from the top left corner to the bottom right. So anyway, now that we have the books adequately sorted, we can start placing them on the actual shelves.
Top left corner. Because it’s How We Roll, we start with favorite artists and publishing lines. Surprise, surprise—Aniya Yuiji is first, kick-starting the collection of books published under Marble. The books are sorted by author, then publisher, then publishing date. We are just that pitifully obsessive, yes.
The first stack to be placed. Luckily the first shelf is easy because it just requires putting back two Aniya Yuiji books you’d been rereading.
And before you know it, your diligent work has paid off and you’re to the end of the top row!
Hooray it’s done!!
though now you have a bunch of books that no longer fit on this shelf and will have to be moved down…
and then, tragedy has struck—!! You realize you’ve completely forgotten about a big stack of books that belongs on the first two shelves, and you’ll have to completely re-do the top row. orz;;;;
it should probably go somewhere in here…
and with that task complete, we can finally move onto the second row. Unfortunately I took a lot less pictures at this point since I was starting to get more and more frustrated/annoyed with both the books and my evident inability to put them away and thus the reason they piled up so badly…
Sometimes you have to completely dismantle a shelf in order to make things flow smoothly.
okay books published under Rutile it’s your time to shine!
eventually you’ll have only this many books left. Which is still a lot but at least it’s only a quarter of what it once was.
then put Akiyama-kun away. Make sure to put it near the top in an easy-to-access place because there is a 99% chance you will suddenly feel like rereading it at some point within the next week or two.
and then somehow we are left with just this. やった!! \o/
though actually before we move on to the last of the books, since there are anthologies on that row we’ll do those first. Anthologies are super annoying to put away—way worse than your average collected comic because of their large, non-standard size and thickness. Usually it’s safe to say 21 or so tankoubon will fit on one shelf, but with anthologies you have to keep rearranging them and sorting them to figure out the perfect fit. And you have to keep them in numbered order. IT’S THE LAW.
but I was eventually able to find a semi-satisfactory set-up.
and we’re done with the BL on the main shelf!!! However, there’s still a lot of open space so…
we’ll see if we can also fit all the shoujo/josei titles here since I don’t have any other specific place to keep them.
Thank goodness, they all fit quite nicely.
Finally, this is all we have left:
Except they go on different shelves. For example, HertZ and Chara—
—go up on this high shelf above the computer:
And then Canna—
—goes on this hidden shelf in the closet where magazines/anthologies are kept if there’s an excessive amount or if they’re just kind of porny and would be awkward if flipped through by an unsuspecting person.
then finally, the shelf where we put English releases and just other stuff that doesn’t fit anywhere else.
well. Then there are these thingies to worry about:
which you sort between ‘recyclable’ and ‘I am going to keep these because I am a terrible packrat who can’t throw things away’.
and then you put them in this box while your cat watches you:
AND THEN YOU’RE DONE sdg;ksgsk;gs;lgjs;;lsdf tears of happiness!!!!!
………except now you get to go take a bunch of those books back off the shelf so you can scan them and write reviews.