BTT ~ If the Corn and the Mashed Potatoes Touch, the World Will Implode!

Follow-up to last week’s question:

Do you keep all your unread books together, like books in a waiting room? Or are they scattered throughout your shelves, mingling like party-goers waiting for the host to come along?

Okay, I was not going to do Booking Through Thursday this week, I was going to start back on them next week, but I have to tell on myself… after all, confessions good for the soul, right? 

I am obsessive about keeping things separate (except when it comes to the laundry, then everything gets shoved in the machine with as much hatred for the chore the clothing and washer can take without breaking).  I get panicky if my food touches.  I swear, if they’d make good china like the lunchroom trays, I’d eat off those.  My dad used to grouse about it at dinner, “It’s all going to get mixed up in your stomach anyway!” and I’d answer, “Yeah, but I don’t have to look at it there!”

So YES, oh god yes! my books are separate.  Not just TBR and Read separate, but ARC and review piles here, audio books there, books on deck there, manga up there, Mt TBR here and here and there, unreads that aren’t yet TBR’s way over there, the kids’ books are in the living room so they can’t go near my books and spread their cooties to them… each kid has their own specific, all-yours books in their rooms, coffee table books over there… I used to seperate them even further according to genre, but my TBR shelves have become a free-for-all from acquiring so many so fast that I had to give that up.  

So, do I qualify as mildly anal or OCD? 

Oh, forgot to tell you, I alphabetize my canned foods, too.


13 Responses

  1. I was with you until alphabetizing the food… definitely a mental break there.

    (I loved the comment about kid cooties; I hate loaning books to my nephew or sister because they just don’t touch them right.)

  2. I was hoping to see pictures! My books are all together, but organized in a way that only I can understand.

  3. LOL! So your Mt TBR is actually a series of mountains, an entire mountain range scattered all over the continent.

  4. Yup, different spots for different kinds of books. I’m with you!

  5. I keep my TBR books separate from the read books too–and like you, separate out my review/ARC books from the rest of the TBR books.

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  7. Oh my, I recognize myself SO much in this! First the food thing : i don’t like my food touching and I don’t like mixing the things together either. My friends always have a good laugh at me because I do this even with foods like pizza : I eat first the cheese, than the meat, than… Well, I’m a little OCD and I know it!

    Back to the books : I have many different piles too, although to the untrained eye, it might appear as a scary construction made of books. But like I said in last week’s BTT, I have weird specifications when I place them (by color and by number of books in the pile…) I completely understand your situation. OCDs, let’s unite!

  8. haha…its probably good that youre so organized. I’l be happy if none of my unread books sneak into the read part 🙂

  9. ‘the kids’ books are in the living room so they can’t go near my books and spread their cooties to them’ – LOL!

    Hi, I’ve popped over here from Kailana’s Written World – couldn’t resist the title of your blog and what do I find but a hilarious post to which I can so relate.

  10. I’ve been away for a few weeks and I’ve missed your humor! You do make me laugh and I’m glad to be back!

    I’m an organizer and sorter too. My books are divided similar to yours. I even organize my clutter. One pile of papers is stuff that needs to be sorted and put away. One pile is paperwork from the kids school. One pile is stuff that should probably be paid, eventually… And it goes on and on. My mom hates that the contents of my cupboards and drawers are very organized but the countertops and coffee tables all have things on top of them. Oh well… : )

  11. I used to separate everything out like you. Now I just have too many books to do it. I definitely don’t like my food touching though!

  12. Laughing laughing laughing!!!

    Its funny because all my movie DVDs are in alphabetical order. Pretty anal right?

    But my books…. (in 7 separate floor to ceiling book shelves) not so much. Grouped by author (if I have several by a certain author) other wise randomly here and there… oddly though… I can pretty much know where a certain book is when I need it or a friend requests it.

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