I'm not sure when I realized that I'm a collector. Not of stamps. Or shoes. Or dishes. Or creepy dolls that stare at you from vacant, soulless eyes.
I'm a book collector. And I'm admitting here to my
obsession fascination with books. And not the kinds that reside on your e-reader. I'm talking about print books, the kinds with weight and width that sit on your shelves like old friends, their covers beckoning to you.
The other day I spent some time upstairs in our office/bonus room/playroom/glorified storage area, visiting my old friends and making my summer reading list. It was great, geeky fun. I surveyed my collection with a mixture of love and appreciation. And I noticed a few things about my collection.
Mostly that it's filled with many, many books I fear I will never get to.
Books that are by that one author I keep hearing raves about, so I buy the whole collection so I will have them at my fingertips the very moment I have a moment.
All those foodie novels I simply must get to one of these days. Books I have collected along the way with every intention of reading. I love food and cooking. I love writing and reading. It would make sense that I have a weakness for foodie novels, right?
Those WWII novels I scooped up because it's my favorite time period and I have an idea that would involve a true WWII story from our family I'd love to write someday. But first I want to see how these folks did it. I always learn best by example.
Some new summer beach reads. These all look like books I want to fall into. Don't you?
Books that have been recommended to me by different people I respect. Or written by authors I respect. Books I have not read yet, but fully intend to.
Other new releases that are on my must-read list for this summer. I'm thankful I will be spending lots of captive time at the pool, with nothing else to entertain or distract me except for one of these lovely literary tomes. I will get to them all. I will. I must. And if not, there's always the fall. That's the thing about collectors-- we see the value in each piece, and we're always on the search for another item for our collection.