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)?
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