How do you find books in a library? It may have changed, but when I was younger and a frequent visitor to the public library and various school and college libraries, it was the Dewey Decimal Classification system that helped me find a book.
High school was a rough and tenuous time for me and teachers did not help matters with homework assignments that did not allow sufficient time for the basics of life; hanging out with Jimmy Smith, drawing pictures of cars, playing baseball or football, or watching TV.
One of the worst offenders was English; a class that required students to read a dozen or so books every school year and hand in a detailed book report for each one. I read one in high school. Silas Marner. It was required.
After that I simply wrote my own book reports from my imagination. Plot, subplots, lead characters, protagonists, antagonists, deuteragonist, foils, tertiary characters, title, publisher, even a Dewey Decimal Classification number; all the details that made a book report look like a reflection of a book actually read but was complete fiction.
It took days to read a book. It took about an hour to write an imaginative book report on a book that did not exist anywhere except deep within the recesses of my brain’s neocortex and thalmus.
My method worked well through high school and an altered version applied to research papers helped get me through college with honors.
I like to think that Melvil Dewey would be proud of his inclusion into my literary creations.