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Booking Through Thursday: Size Matters


btt buttonWhat’s the largest your personal library has ever been? What’s the greatest number of books you’ve ever owned at one time? (Estimates are fine.)

Is your collection NOW the biggest it’s ever been? Or have you down-sized?

What’s the fewest number of books you’ve ever owned (not counting your pre-reading years)?

IMG_0154I’d say my personal library is the largest it’s ever been now, as I’ve continued adding to it through the years, without any significant downsizing. A large chunk of it is comics-related: graphic novels, collected editions, etc. I couldn’t begin to properly estimate at present–especially as I have several bins of books tucked away in a shed at my parents’ house.

I’ve meant for ages to downsize a bit–but never quite get around to it. I also haven’t quite determined if I’d be merely downsizing what I have in this apartment, on my shelves…or downsize the collection itself permanently.

That’s the trouble, I’ve found, with being a comics & books person: by the very nature of the thing, it’s materialistic. The things take up space.

About ten years ago, I visited a friend’s place, and she showed me her dad’s library. A beautiful room with more books than I could count, organized neatly…and I was simply in awe.

At the time, my personal library could probably fit on 3-4 shelves, and included college textbooks whose “buyback” prices were insulting (Take a $35 book kept in good condition through the semester and offer me $1.25–less than the price of a single-issue comic–I’ll keep the book.)

IMG_0156But I’d received the bite, and found myself stuck with a vision that I hold to this day of someday being able to have my OWN library. A library, study, den, man-cave…whatever the word would be. A space for my book and comics collection.

Though in today’s economy and my own work situation at present…I begin to see definite folly in that vision.

And perhaps morbidly, after watching various CSI and L&O shows…I sometimes think about what my collection says about me. The books I have, the comics I’ve amassed. Quantity and quality of books, where I’ve chosen to shelve them, etc. What someone would deduce about me and my life simply from seeing this bedroom.

Plenty of other stuff to be touched on, such as the collector mentality (I don’t collect for value, but for completism, for one thing); but it branches into other topics. Perhaps to be touched on by future (or already touched on in past) Booking Through Thursday prompts.

’nuff said.

12 Responses

  1. Yes, our books mean more to us than the price they could bring…and sometimes they feel irreplaceable.

    Here’s MY BTT POST

    • …especially when the books have sentimental value. Ditto with comics. My parents gave me all 10 volumes of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman for my birthday and Christmas 10 years ago; giving far more value to them than what anyone could reasonably be expected to pay. (I even gave away a copy of one of the volumes I’d bought after my birthday and before Christmas, so that I could keep the specific copy that my parents gave me).

      Plenty of other thoughts, but they’d almost merit there own posts. 🙂

  2. I hope that you get your dream library/man cave in the future! Great post.

    http://schooloutofschool.blogspot.com/2011/06/booking-through-thursday-size-matters.html

  3. Collecting books is not a bad thing. 🙂

    Love the pictures include with your post.

    I try to keep my collection tame, but it’s running wild right now. I often wonder what my collection says about me. Probably that I love books too much.

    • Thanks…. dug the photos out of a folder on my desktop from earlier this year.

      My collection’s definitely wild.

      Thanks for stopping by/commenting!

  4. Wow! You certainly are a comics person. And I thought my brother-in-law had a big collection!

    Ubiquitous…that’s books for me…Booking Through Thursday: Size Matters.

    • …and those were just a couple photos of partial bookcases. 🙂

      I’ve gone from ~80 comics around this time in 1992 to losing track a few years ago well past the 15k range.

      Thanks for stopping by/commenting! (And bringing the word Ubiquitous to my attention…fun word, that is!)

    • Thanks! Just part of the collection.

      Also thanks for stopping by! (Though I now realize I probably said that over on your post. C’est la vie). 🙂

  5. If only we could all have the libraries that we dream of! I know I have a vision of my own perfect library.
    Also, I love the Yoda and Storm Trooper on your shelf!

    • Thanks for stopping by…

      I’m going to have to poke through more of your blog…from what I saw already, you’ve got a lot of great stuff there!

      Yoda and the Storm Trooper have yet to find a permanent home–they spent a few weeks on my desk at work, then that bookshelf, and now with Darth Tater waiting for me to figure out a better way to show ’em off…

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