Welcome to Fiction Friday.
On Tuesday I showed you a few of the “prized possessions” which now adorn our summer cottage. I didn’t have room there to show you two “collections” we’ve added to our walls, so I’m adding them here.
The first are mismatched plates I couldn’t bear to throw away, and the second a wonderful set of aluminum plates and bowls, some marked DePonceau of Chautauqua, NY., another from the well known Wendell Forge in Pennsylvania, which were in a cupboard when we moved in. Now we display them for all to see.
Collections are great and if you haunt flea markets and garage sales, they don’t need to cost a lot. I have friends who collect and display art glass and other precious items. Others look for novelty items like salt shakers or vintage pie pans, and the hunt itself is the real purpose of the collection.
Some people, of course, collect books.
For fun go to your bookshelf. What do you see? Do you have a special collection? Authors you particularly love so you have all their books? A subject you enjoy so much you need to keep everything written about it?
When we moved I donated about a thousand books to my local library. What a wrench that was. But I made myself give up the books I knew I would never read or need again. Faced with the reality of shipping costs and not knowing how much room I might have in our new home I was pretty good. Really.
Of course I did keep a set of vintage paperbacks by Arthur Upfield featuring Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte in Australia’s Outback. And I held on tightly to the only two hardcover Oz books I’ve found that I could afford. I read these as a child and I wouldn’t be surprised if I owe my career as an author to the love of reading that they sparked.
So what do you keep? And if you were moving what would you find impossible to give away?
For fun I checked out book collections on the web and found this article on Flavorwire, The Private Book Collections of 10 Famous Readers. You’ll enjoy looking through it because the readers are so different. Oprah, Harry Houdini, Marilyn Monroe. Give a quick look. I think it would be fun to read along with these folks and see what they found so extraordinary about these volumes.
If you’re an inveterate book hoarder, I even found software to help you catalog your library and remind you what you have. You can find that here. There’s a free version included for 100 or fewer books.
Now, tell us about your own collections. We’d love to know what you treasure.