Book Hoarding

I couldn’t pass up reading an article on Lithub of 10 Famous Book Hoarders. Have you read it? While I was surprised to read that Karl Lagerfeld has a collection of more than 300,000 books, I think what was more surprising was to see Oprah’s collection is only 1,500. I always imagined that Oprah’s collection would be huge.

In the article some celebrities had collections of 400 books while the largest were in the thousands and it just made me think about some of the collections. Some people seem to collect books on subjects that are near and dear to them but some I wonder if it’s just for the aesthetics. And, while books are beautiful, I hoard them because I love to read.

I think most of us collect books because we are bookworms. When I was in my 20s I couldn’t imagine getting rid of any books and started amassing quite a lot. Over the years, I’ve written about how that has significantly changed for me. I trade books with friends, give away books to the library and sometimes I take books to Half Price Books to sell only to use the money to purchase more new books.

When I buy books, I buy them because I fully intend to read them. Granted, a lot of these have become shelf-sitters but that’s why I do cull the stacks every once in a while because I know my reading tastes change. Still I’m always hopeful that I will eventually get to all of those books on my shelves.

My house has a lot of books. My husband’s office has a full wall of shelves and most of the shelves are filled with his books. And, of course my studio/library also has a full wall of shelves. My shelves are double-stacked and have now spilled over onto the floor. I don’t know how many books I have but last time I counted my collection was at a little over 1,000 books.

Do you consider yourself a collector? How many books do you have and/or do you keep books?

Have a wonderful weekend! I think I will spend some time with my books and maybe try not to add more books to the shelves this weekend. Haha.

Mystery Talk

We had a fun time at our mystery book group this week because not only did we discuss a good book, it was also a book exchange meeting. Twice a year we all bring books we want to trade and somehow we all end up leaving with bags full. I always think I’m not going to take more than I bring but that never happens. I ended up with five books of various types of mysteries – cozies, spy and thriller.

Our discussion focused on Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye which was an overall favorite read. I think most of us could appreciate that this was not a typical mystery. It was more of a novel with some crimes but it gave us lots of good fodder for discussion. Is killing someone in self-defense ok? Would it be easier to kill another person who put you or a loved one in peril? And was the main character really a serial killer? Oh boy, we only had five questions to go over but we easily spent more than an hour discussing these.

Over the few months we have some great reads but I may have to miss two meetings due to vacation and work commitments but we’ll see. Our next book is Lost Boy by Camilla Läckberg. I’m really excited about this one.

I would start that already but here we are past the mid-month point and I have only finished one book! So rather than adding one more to my already stack of 7 or so books I am going to focus on clearing my stack a bit.

In case you are thinking, what about your mystery book for book group. Didn’t you finish that in June? Well friends, I was the annoying person at book group who shows up without having finished the book. I rarely let that happen but it did this time. I’m very close to the end of Jane Steele but still can’t cross it off. How about you, do you show up at book group without finishing the book?

Tuesday Intro

Since I’ve mentioned that I’ve been juggling quite a few books I though it was the perfect time for a Tuesday Intro post so you could hear at least about one of the books I’m reading. First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea. Here’s my intro & a quote:

“Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea – Henry Fielding”

A couple of people were sitting at the tables outside, but inside the café looked quiet. She pushed the stained-glass front door, a bell signaling her arrival. As she stepped inside, she breathed in the unmistakable aroma of freshly baked scones. It enveloped her, as comforting as a duvet on a chilly winter’s day. The interior of the Seafront was reassuringly familiar – the wooden tables neatly laid with pressed white tablecloths, the delicate chine teacups lining the shelves, and the 1920s table lamps.”

The Seafront Tearoom by Vanessa Greene

I don’t know about you but just from that introduction I wouldn’t mind stopping by the Seafront Tearoom myself. I don’t drink tea as much as I do coffee but I do enjoy a good cup of a flavored tea and I especially like drinking tea in the wintertime. As far as the baked goods are concerned, those are my biggest weakness. Scones, cookies, pies, oh my.

This book has reminded me of my visit to Bath many years ago. We stopped at Sally Lunn’s and had the most delicious afternoon tea.

Anyway, tell me, do you enjoy tea and what’s your favorite? Any one in particular you recommend?