Hooliganism: Book OCD and Lack of Shelf Space
I think that I have a sickness when it comes to buying books and my need to synchronize the edition of my books with each other. You see, whenever I go to Fullybooked or NBS, I see portions of shelves where books have the same spines whether it be a DeLillos with the same black spines published by Picador or the red spines of Vintage classics and I say to myself that someday I want to have a bookshelf where there is a unity to the spines. Needless to say, I started buying books that is part of the same collection if I can afford it and, if I can’t, I save up for them.
Buying books and hoarding them is my only vice and books that is part of the same collection is the ultimate drug. I get a high whenever I buy books that will complement or that will start a collection. Quite recently, I have been buying Melville House’s Art of the Novella series and Penguin Mini Modern Classics in order to start a collection of not-so-well-known novellas by famous authors. As of this moment, I have the novellas of Proust, Fitzgerald, Joyce, Conrad, and James. I will have to read them soon so I can justify my hoarding.
On a similar note, I have a weakness for Penguin Deluxe Classics and Vintage Classics. I make it a point to save up and buy a book that is part of either collection every once in a while and delight in the fact that they all look so good together. Plus I also dream of collecting the vast oeuvre of the NYRB classics and I already started with my two measly titles namely The Old Man and Me by Elaine Dundy and Journey into the Past by Stefan Zweig. But NYRBs are rare in our local bookstores and they are quite expensive so I think that I will have to start buying them later in my life assuming, of course, that the Mayans are incorrect.
As an intermission in this post, allow me this brief moment of pride as I show you, dear reader, the fruits of my labor:
As a consequence of all this book hoarding of collections (not to mention the plain book hoarding that I do), I now have a lack of space in which I can keep my books. I think my desk is slowly breaking due to the weight of the books that I place on its back. See for yourself:
This is just all the books that I have bought in the past year. I might need to move them back to Bicol soon or else I will start dumping my books in my bed, in my closet, and in my floor.