Collections of an Author’s Books

Recently, I’ve been working on acquiring all of Catherine Ryan Hyde’s books. And there are a lot of them. Some are out of print, so they are a little harder to find, but AbeBooks has been really helpful. This pursuit got me thinking about how many other complete collections I have. I’m guessing only a handful or two.

I used to have all of Terry Goodkind’s books in hardcover and paperback, but I sold the PBs about a year ago for space reasons. (Yes, I know that selling the hardcovers would make more sense space-wise, but those are all signed, so that wouldn’t work so much.) I also have all of Jodi Picoult’s books, of which there are many, as well as Susane Colasanti’s, but there are only four of them. Similarly, I own all three of Tana French’s books. (It starts feeling like less of an accomplishment when there’s only a handful of them.) I think I’m almost there with Sarah Dessen and David Levithan, but I can’t say that I’ve actually read the majority of them, even though I own them. Conversely, I have read all of Maggie Stiefvater’s books, but I only own half of them.

Anyway, you get the idea. There are only so many authors I like enough that I actually want to own every single thing they have written, particularly if I am not just buying them as they are released. The same goes for music–I’ve got to really like a band if I am going to track down all their old stuff.

Do you try to collect all of the books written by an author you like? What complete collections do you have? Have you managed to find any really obscure titles this way? Do you collect any other kinds of books (not necessarily in sets)?


5 Responses to "Collections of an Author’s Books"

  • I don’t have any collections going of specific authors. I do collect all the books in each series I love: Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, The Mistress of the Art of Death books, etc., usually just buying each volume as it comes out once I’m hooked. As for other books, I try to borrow from the library, then by a copy if I love a book and want to own it.

    Now you’ve got me thinking of authors I’d collect, if I were going to start!

    1 Erin said this (October 13, 2010 at 5:24 PM)

  • I’ve got all the Sarah Dessen books. I also have a large amount of Alan Moore graphic novels. I am working on collecting all of Stephen King, hopefully in hardcover, but the majority of the SK books I have I’ve gotten from library book sales, so I take what I can get 🙂

    Awesome post!

    2 April (Books&Wine) said this (October 13, 2010 at 5:31 PM)

  • Jonathan Kellerman and Faye Kellerman, though due to space reasons also have not kept them all. Stanley Pottinger, Nicholas Sparks and oh so many others, but then again I am older and the daughter of a librarian. I share the love of Tana French, Terry Goodkind and Jodi Piccoult as well.

    3 Judy said this (October 13, 2010 at 6:33 PM)

  • Um, I don’t collect all the titles from romance authors who’ve had really longer careers like say dating back to the early 90s and 80s. I have my favorite authors who are automatic buys for me but it doesn’t necessarily mean I hunt for their obscure titles. Usually they aren’t up to par with the newer books. A lot of the new YA authors I’ve discovered within the last few years have made an impression on me though and I keep up with buying their new releases. And I’m actually looking at the first comment and I do the same thing. If there’s a series I like, I collect all of the books. It does led me to follow their work from then on.

    4 Edna said this (October 13, 2010 at 7:03 PM)

  • I have all the Harry Potter and Hunger Games books, too, so definitely agree on series. I bought the Gregor the Overlander books as well, because I loved Susanne Collins’ writing, but I haven’t gotten to them yet.

    5 Melanie said this (October 13, 2010 at 9:15 PM)