Bookcase envy

Last weekend I visited two friends of mine who live in Wellington (about 8 hours drive or 1 hour by plane from me).  Both had amazing collections of books.  Both had multiple bookcases in multiple rooms, jam packed with books.  Both had a wide variety of books, from the books they’d loved as a child or teenager, through to textbooks or non-fiction on topics of interest and, of course, fiction.  I was seriously jealous.

When I mentioned my jealousy to them, both friends were surprised.  It was easy to establish that I read far more than either of them, but I own far less books.  How has this come to pass?  Well, it’s actually pretty straight-forward.

Prior to the house we’re currently living in, we never had any room for books. I’d buy books and every now and then my husband would say ‘You’ve got too many books! You have to downsize, we don’t have enough room for them all!’ So I’d go through all my books, and get rid of any that weren’t really important to me, and start collecting all over again. Then I started reading digital books, and I just didn’t buy physical books any more. The only ones I’ve added in recent years have been autographed copies from book signings I’ve attended, or copies that my friends have sent me (usually their own self-published books).


This is my bookcase.  My only bookcase.  Most of the books stacked on top are mine, the top shelf and half of the middle shelf are mine.  The remainder of the middle shelf and the bottom shelf are my husband’s books.

So I decided that this just would not do.  My son has now moved out of home, but of course has left a bedroom full of his belongings behind (including more books than I actually own!).  So I have decided to pack all his stuff into boxes and turn his bedroom into my library.  Woohoo!  Ha ha!

My husband is not entirely thrilled with this plan, but that’s okay.

One of our friends in Wellington recommended we visit Pegasus Books which is a second-hand bookstore in central Wellington, so we did that on Sunday afternoon.  It’s an absolutely enormous store, jam packed with books.  It was very organised though. All the books were sorted into categories and then alphabetical by author surname within that category.  I spent ages looking through the NZ poetry section.  I found a book of Gary McCormick’s poetry and then a book of Barry Crump’s poetry (which I’ve wanted for ages) but my husband very kindly pointed out that this section was buy two, get the third free, so I spent forever hunting for a third book, eventually choosing an anthology of nature poems by various NZ poets.  I paid for my books (hubby was quite antsy by this stage) and then I said to hubby ‘I just want to have a quick look in the fiction section’.  Ha ha!  I found three Anne McCaffrey books I wanted and bought those too.  I didn’t really get to look around much, and I could have easily spent hours longer there, but hubby was done, so I gave in gracefully and took my six books as a win.  My collection is growing.

One thing that did make it easier is that I have a list of books I want to buy for my collection.  I shared that in Dream library update, although of course I’ve added to it since then.  But it means that, for instance, I was able to go straight to the sci fi/fantasy section and look under M for McCaffrey because I knew I wanted a bunch of her books.  It didn’t help with the NZ poetry section so much because I was just browsing rather than looking for something specific, but I never said I was perfect!

While we were waiting for our flight back to Auckland, I went on Trademe (our local version of ebay) and bought five more second-hand books. Yay me!  Ha ha! Two more by Anne McCaffrey, three by Lara Adrian.  I couldn’t find any others off my list for reasonable prices, but that will do me for now.  There’s a $1 book sale in my suburb on Saturday, so I might browse that.  It’s completely disorganised so it’s just a matter of browsing through and seeing what treasures I find.  I haven’t been to one of the sales since my kids were little, so it’ll fun to go again.

Anyway, if you’re interested, here’s my current library.  I can’t wait until it’s too big to actually share easily in a list like this!

Veil of Midnight by Lara Adrian
Taken by Midnight by Lara Adrian
Deeper Than Midnight by Lara Adrian
Darker After Midnight by Lara Adrian
Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian
100 by Norb Aikin
Mutants by Norb Aikin
Aerisia by Sarah Ashwood
The Duke’s Captive by Adele Ashworth
The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel
The Valley of Horses by Jean M Auel
The Mammoth Hunters by Jean M Auel
The Plains of Passage by Jean M Auel
The Shelters of Stone by Jean M Auel
The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M Auel
At Last Comes Love by Mary Balogh
Forbidden by Jo Beverley
Lord Langley is Back In Town by Elizabeth Boyle
Mackerel Sky by S Jade Castleton
Threatening Sky by S Jade Castleton
A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole
Night Fire by Catherine Coulter
In My Shoes by Lyn Crain
Song of a Drifter by Barry Crump
The Medusa Project by Cindy Dees
Velvet Song / Velvet Angel by Jude Devereaux
Bound to a Warrior by Donna Fletcher
A Warrior’s Promise by Donna Fletcher
Dash of Peril by Lori Foster
A Perfect Storm by Lori Foster
A Matter of Temptation by Lorraine Heath
In Bed with the Devil by Lorraine Heath
Surrender to the Devil by Lorraine Heath
Celia and the Land of Discouraging Words by Carolyn Houghton Walsh
I Love Summer The Best by Carolyn Houghton Walsh
Highland Thirst by Hannah Howell
Highland Beast by Hannah Howell
Highland Knight by Hannah Howell
Highland Bride by Hannah Howell
Highland Groom by Hannah Howell
Highland Wolf by Hannah Howell
If He’s Wicked by Hannah Howell
Morganna by Jackie Ivie
Lady of the Knight by Jackie Ivie
Tender Is The Knight by Jackie Ivie
When Beauty Tamed The Beast by Eloisa James
To Pleasure a Prince by Sabrina Jeffries
What an Earl Wants by Shirley Karr
Temptation and Surrender by Stephanie Laurens
Prisoner of My Desire by Johanna Lindsey
Surrender My Love by Johanna Lindsey
Claiming the Highlander by Kinley MacGregor
Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau
The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffrey
The Ship Who Won by Anne McCaffrey
Nimisha’s Ship by Anne McCaffrey
Dragonsdawn by Anne McCaffrey
Pegasus in Flight by Anne McCaffrey
Lost at Sea by Gary McCormick
One Thousand Things Worth Knowing by Paul Muldoon
A Life Renewed by Ann Patterson
Extradinary Paths by Ann Patterson
Her Notorious Viscount by Jenna Petersen
Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Playing with Fire by Gordon Ramsay
A Highland Duchess by Karen Ranney
The Devil Wears Tartan by Karen Ranney
Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
The Hobbit by J R R Tolkein
The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkein
An Indecent Proposition by Emma Wildes
The Toll by Luke Wright
2014 Anthology by various authors
The Nature of Things by various authors


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