Kate wanted to know the story behind our collection, were there rules for new acquisitions, is the collection complete, does it have to be second hand or a gift, and so on.
(The tote bag in the photo above bears the slogan "When I get a little money I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.")
I don't really collect anything formally. We have a tiny, tiny house, just big enough for the three of us and our two dogs. You'll believe how tiny it is when I tell you that we only have one bathroom! Point is, there's no room for a collection of any kind!
(These could also be Moments photos, as they portray my house with warts and all!)
However, I do have books. Too many books, if you ask my husband (which I never do, I might add). And I have a great deal of difficulty letting books go. I never feel so rich as when I have a stack of books I haven't read. As I mentioned in a previous post, I rise early enough to read for an hour before I have to start my day in earnest. I read in several different genres: murders and spies, biographies and memoirs, classic and contemporary fiction are my favourites. I have e-books from Project Gutenberg on my iPhone; right now I'm re-reading Gone With the Wind. It's a small format, admittedly, but it's great to pull out when I'm in the car, waiting for my husband to come out of the bank or the pharmacy. Still, I prefer the actual printed book over the electronic versions - no Kindle for me! My absolute favourite author is Patrick O'Brian, who wrote a 20-novel series about the British Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. You may remember the movie based on one of those books: Master and Commander, starring Russell Crowe. These are total boy books, but so well-written and fascinatingly historical. I hardly ever meet anyone who has read them, but whenever I do, we exchange a secret handshake!
(Notice the Values quilt and my old bargello quilt on the back of the rocking chair.)When I was a young child, my parents were both in university. We lived in the student area of town, so there weren't many children for me to play with. My brother came along when I was five, but he was too young to be interesting. (He reads this blog, so I must state that he is very interesting now.) We didn't have a television until I was nine. So my chief entertainment was books. By the time we came to live in neighbourhoods that were more family-oriented, my habit of reading was set. Fast forward 40 years, and here I am a professor of education and psychology, whose research delves into how children learn to read and why some of them struggle to do so.
Maybe my "collection" isn't really a collection, since it doesn't really have rules for new acquisitions or special parameters of any kind. But if having a collection makes you feel like you always need one more, and you can't bear to part with a single one, then my collection makes the grade! People collect all kinds of things - you can go look at some of these linked from Pip's blog. What do you collect?