This is going to be somewhat embarrassing…
I’ve confessed it before, but I’ll confess it again: I don’t buy a lot of books. I don’t have money, peoples! My books come as review-copies or second-hand or with gifted money. One day I will change this! But alas: it is not this day.
Prepare yourself for a woefully embarrassing list.
I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their incredibly awesome meme: Top Ten Tuesday. This is a meme involving lists, peoples. LISTS! I love lists.
This week’s prompt is: 10 authors I own the most books from. I’ve been book blogging properly for about one year, okay?! Keep calm. Try not to laugh at me too much.
1. Lemony Snicket
I will show you my largest collection first, because I’m proud of this. I am! When I was small(er), I collected this with a fiery passion. I HAVE THE COMPLETE SET. Okay, if you must know, Mime actually owns #3 and #11, but I own the rest and look who’s room they live in. That’s right: mine. (If I hide them in my room long enough, maybe Mime will forget she owns two? It’s worth a shot.)
And, if you didn’t know about my serious Snicket obsession: I also have 5 audios. Would you like me to tell you something special about these? Yes? Okay. THEY ARE CASSETTE TAPES. I promise I’m not that old. We actually had to go by a CD player that would take cassette tapes. The first two are narrated by Tim Curry (that’s an interesting listening experience) and the second 3 are narrated by Mister Snicket himself. I loved these.
2. Ally Carter
These belong more to Mime. (But they’re still in my room.) We’re particularly proud of this collection because they’re all 2nd hand except for United We Spy. I chased everywhere for that one to get it to Mime for Christmas. And we’re only missing ONE Gallagher Girls! Heist Society looks terrific next to them as well.
3. John Flanagan
I was so into this series, I actually took up archery. In the backyard. Shooting my brother’s bow at a hay bale. But hey! Good times, right? We own #1, #3 and #5 (all 2nd hand) and #10 and #12 which I bought with fevered anticipation and proceeded to devour as fast as I could. I would love to own the complete set.
4. Michael Grant
It’s no secret I rave about Michael Grant. (Apocalypses! Exciting, right?!) I own exactly half the series with #1, #2 and #3. I pretend I’m not twitchy that Gone doesn’t match it’s offspring.
5. Cornelia Funke
I haven’t even read all of these. Come on! They’re huge. A small forest was cut down to aid the inkiness of these ginormous paperbacks. I fully intend to read Inkspell and Inkdeath. One day.
6. Wayne Thomas Batson
You’ve probably never heard of these. But I forgive you. In a nutshell, they’re what would happen if someone plagiarised both Narnia and LOTR and turned it into a trilogy with a firm Christian message that should send teens running to the Lord. (Mime would kill me if she heard me say that.) Don’t get me wrong! I loved these when I was small(er). And they’re beautiful hardbacks and filled with dragons and everyone dies. So I do think fondly of them.
7. CS Lewis
Speaking of Narnia, look! Narnia! I am so ridiculously proud of my collection…just look at them! All shiny and full of magical adventure. On the left, we have 2 DVDs (I prefer to pretend the 3rd movie doesn’t exist), then the Official Illustrated Movie Guide (lots of interesting tidbits in there…did you know Peter-Susan-Lucy were cast first so they actually ignored Edmund originally because he was cast so late? Meanies.) Then all 7-books in one huge hardcover. It’s very difficult to read like that. And lastly the audios! I used to listen to them and then listen to them again. They’re scratched beyond belief.
8. Marissa Meyer
Now we’re getting pitiful, but yay for The Lunar Chronicles! I don’t own book #1. Pfft. Who needs to read the first book in a series, right? Okay! Okay! I mourn this regularly. But who do I buy to match?! The series is doomed.
9. Veronica Roth
And while we’re discussing doomed series, cast your eyes upon my Veronica Roth collection. If I can call it a collection. I need a moment to sob, okay? It is the bane of my existence that these two don’t match. I would buy Insurgent, I WOULD, but do I buy the UK or the US cover? OR NEITHER. I could get that neat black one and have just a mismatched and dysfunctional family.
10. John Green
Yes, all two of them. Mime bought me Paper Towns for Christmas and I bought myself The Fault In Our Stars as reward for living and being nice to people. I am, occasionally, sorry if you missed it. I like that they match and they take a place of pride on my “favourites” shelf.
As you can see, I suck at collecting series.
I call two books a “collection”. TWO. How amusing. I don’t even own the full The Hunger Games series and this is cause of great sadness. If I owned them, I actually might reread Mockingjay before the movie.
And as much as Gone and Divergent and Rangers Apprentice bother me being mismatched, they are family. And family stays together.
I will not judge them for their inability to match.
Cait was about to start writing her book when she accidentally sliced her finger off. (Okay “off” is a slight exaggeration, but that’s just good storytelling.) So instead of writing, she’s pinning things for her book on pinterest, making mock covers, and rereading SHIVER. And suffering as she types up this post, but you’re worth it.