Okay, I preface this blog post with two warnings - one is that the following may well inspire more envy and two is that there are many pictures within (beware if you are on a slow connection...)
I have a LOT of books. I say this frequently, but I don't think people take me seriously and I certainly don't think that I realised quite how many books it is! So the week that has just passed I decided to sort out all my books and put them into some semblance of order. I spent a very merry time separating them by genre and then, rather sadly (yes, I have a fair bit of time on my hands!) putting them into alphabetical order. Although that last might have been a mistake, being as I almost hyperventilate at the fact I didn't leave gaps to insert new books!
Anyway, enough chat and let's get on with some pictures!
To start us off, here is a picture of the empty Floor to Ceiling Bookshelves (yeah, the name of my blog wasn't just a clever name *snark*):
Next let us take a look at the rather awe-inspiring and (believe me!) daunting piles of books prior to me sorting them into genres!
Here are those original bookshelves now packed with just my fantasy genre books (yes, I do read other genres :-p)
Let's look more closely at some of the classy fantasy books I own! First up, pretty much a metre of Gemmell books - and what a great way to use a metre of space.
And he are my treasured de Lint books (most of them imported directly from the States because they're not published over here, which is absolutely criminal - if you haven't checked him out yet, I would encourage you to do so!)
Not seen anything you like yet? How about some Williams?
No? Hmm, you are hard to please! Alright, here is random selection photo number one then...
Even Abercrombie's books didn't do the trick? Let's try random selection number two!
Last try with the fantasy...
Alright, I give up *grin* - maybe you're an urban fantasy type person?
I was honestly shocked by just how much sci-fi I owned! I am now looking forward thoroughly to Walker of World's Sci-Fi Appreciation Month (to which I am contributing a guest review), since it should let me know where to start in tackling these sci-fi books I have managed to accumulate.
I also have a side to me that appreciates some flirty chick lit! These books tend to be the ones that come in and out the quickest, since I read them in between heavier fiction like a long fantasy series, and usually then send them out to charity shops for someone else to enjoy. Sure, I'm a book hoarder, but when you know you really won't read something a second time, why keep it?
Here are my A-L chick lit books:
And here are the M-Z:
I am also rather partial to a little historical fiction (with full collections of both the Sharpe novels and the Aubrey-Maturin series):
Okay, I really have shown you only a fraction of the books I own in these pictures, but I don't want to just fill a post with loads of photos that are no doubt taking ages to load!
I'll leave you with just two more. The first one I am sure will grab me back some of those followers who were walking away with disgust at the bad taste I had been displaying up til now - my Pratchett shelves! Who doesn't love Pratchett?
And, finally, an amusing picture for Gav from Next Read and Lee Harris of Angry Robot Books (if they pop on to read this) - after the discussion we had about short form fiction, I present you with my massive, my gargantuan, my truly epic collection of short stories...
And there we are! Hope you enjoyed that brisk spin around my bookshelves - please do let me know if you want to see more pictures, I love showing it all off *grin*.
Do you recognise any of the many books on my shelves? Any older books that you'd like to see me review? Comments are more than welcome, even if they say 'I hate you for your book collection!'