Shelf space is not my friend.
Not only is most of my mind taken up with fantasy, so is my study, and most of my house. The bookshelves are packed, two deep in most places and groan ominously every time I add another novel to the pile. I often wander around the house, thinking of where I might be able to add another bookshelf, or how I can stack my books more efficiently to squeeze just one more novel in.
I promised my Knight I would not buy any more books. Then I was on gumtree and “stumbled across” someone selling a pile of fantasy novels (over 100). All the Malazan series. The Godless World. A huge selection of Feist (I’ve read quite a bit of his stuff but mostly borrowed or dodgy second-hand copies – these were like new). The entire collection of Dragonlance. How could I resist?
So now I have another 5 boxes of books in my garage, with nowhere to put them. Somehow I feel sorry for them, stuck out in my garage and not proudly displayed on a shelf. Silly huh?
My problem, I think, is the call of High Fantasy. These huge multi-volume epics just bring out the collector in me. Once you’ve spent the best part of 20 years collecting all 14 volumes of The Wheel of Time, how do you let them go? If I sell my collection of Eddings, it’ll take me forever to find all four series with the same covers as I have now. And that’s not even to mention unfinished series, like George R.R. Martin. I’ve GOT to hang on to all of them, until the series is finished, surely?
What do you do with your fantasy books? Are you a hoarder, like me? Or have you learned to let go?