For years and years I have roamed the stacks at many a bookstore buying books that I would throw (not literally) into my personal collection. I’ve never really been super serious about building my personal library collection, I’m just one of those book lovers (otherwise known as book hoarders) that cannot pass up a bookstore without coming out with close to twenty selections that I have shamelessly poured/obsessed over for the past four hours in that store. My credit card literally cringes when I step out of my house because it’s a step closer to a bookstore.
Lately I’ve been researching stepping my game up and becoming a book collector. I don’t want to get too crazy here but I do want to start actually working on my personal library collection. I’ve found a few old books of interest to me that I may just invest into to add them to my personal collection. I’m obviously going to be a super small time book collector but I’m excited about it. I don’t have room in my small house for a beautiful, elaborate library of any sort but in my next house I will! It’ll be the one thing I can’t compromise on.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on here yet but Anne Rice is my favorite author. I have almost read everything she has written except for the later novels and her last two erotica pieces. I think she is a MASTER storyteller and is amazing at her craft. It’s so very hard to choose which of her books is my all time favorite because I have a deep love for all of them especially Violin, Servant of the Bones, and Memnoch the Devil. There is such beautiful writing in her books that it hurts!
I have decided that my book collecting career is going to begin with collecting signed First editions of every single Anne Rice book. I’ve been researching into these and have found a few sellers that have a few of these. I’m super excited. My husband isn’t so much. He looks at me, rolls his eyes and says, “As long as we can afford it.” And of course, I smile sweetly at that. But no, I want to start slowly. I have some great pieces in my current collection but I don’t have any real gems in it except for the two really old editions of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam that I was obsessed with during my senior year in college. I already have one Anne Rice first edition but alas, it is not signed. I have quite a comic book collection too but the best one I have so far Superman Famous 1st Edition Action Comics #1 (1974) That’s the closest I will ever get to a 1st edition of #1. But a girl can dream.
Back to Anne Rice.
So my love affair with books began before I could even read. I used to see my mom around the house with her nose always stuck in a (yep, you guessed it) Anne Rice book. I guess it was just the curiosity that took over. It’s like I was thinking…what is this big secret? What is it that keeps her nose in that book? What is the big story that I’m not being let in on? I had to know. I couldn’t even read and I asked if I could read her books. Of course my mom, being the great mother she is, advised me that no I couldn’t read these books just yet. She said I could read them when I got a little bit older. After some time she bought me the Babysitters Club series and I devoured them along with Sweet Valley High, Goosebumps, any Lauren McDaniel novel…every now and then I snuck in a V.C. Andrews book but don’t tell my mom…but I literally devoured everything I could get my hands on. All the while though, those Anne Rice books stuck with me until I got into my teens and bought the Anne Rice books for myself. I fell in love and read every Anne Rice book I could find. Needless to say, they mean a ton to me. They of course remind me of my mom and the years I observed her as she was drawn into this world and they were the first books I truly fell in love with. This is why I want to start collecting the first editions and I am really excited about it. I’ll fill you in on the adventure when I get my first!