by Sara N.
A terrible lie was told about me during Stellar Four's recent library week, a five-day celebration of all things biblo-fabulous. This week was so close to perfection that I hate to quibble with it, and yet there was a vicious untruth perpetrated about me by one Meghan B. that I simply must set straight:
I, Sara N. of Stellar Four, keep every book that I read.
In Meghan's post on personal libraries, she wrote that I maintain a minimalist library. In fact, this couldn't be more incorrect; my husband and I are book hoarders.
|The sci fi/fantasy/horror section (and wet bar). That's Franklin sitting on the back table.|
Like, serious hoarders.
|Sci fi/fantasy plus comics and games.|
|Sci fi/fantasy/horror, comics and games, plus romance, mystery and general fiction to the left|
Thankfully, we built an amazing library in our basement to handle our massive and ever-growing collection. When our local Borders went out of business in 2011, we bought a sizable number of their different bookcases, along with a few of their display tables, overhead storage shelves, and even a couple of rolling ladders. Then we installed everything and finally liberated the books that, in some instances, had been stored in boxes for more than a decade.
|Close-up of the comic section|
Lemme tell you, organizing those books and putting them away was a labor of love, and those weeks were some of the most fun my husband and I have ever had, flipping through books we'd forgotten we adored, laughing over garish covers, and cataloguing how many duplicate copies of our favorites we'd acquired over the years. (No human other than my husband needs that many copies of Julian May's Golden Torc.)
|Close-up of the game corner|
There's still scads of work to be done. Most of the sections are organized into As, Bs, Cs, etc., but the books aren't alphabetized within each letter. I'm saving that job for a rainy — well, not day. Rainy week or three is probably more accurate.
|The back of the two-sided bookshelf, featuring sketchy furniture and kids, non-fiction, plays, and miscellaneous books and games|
And if only we could settle the eternal debate: Does paranormal romance belong in romance, or sci fi/fantasy? Curse you, un-categorizable Black Dagger Brotherhood books!