Saturday, April 22, 2006


I made the mistake of thinking I could take a couple of hours and tidy up a bookcase.

*shaking head sorrowfully*

Three days later, I'm nearly done. The problem was, of course, that this bookcase was one of six, and since the Karen Templetons were scattered between three of them, the early Kate Walkers were in one room, and the rest in a pile beside my bed, and the Barbara Hamblys were huddled together for safety in a big pile beside my dressing table, tidying just one bookcase was a bit futile.

There's a big box headed for the charity shop of those I've discarded. And it's been a real journey of discovery for me to observe how I made those selections. Authors who were once autobuys are heading for someone else's shelves. Others must be kept, despite my not reading anything of theirs in years. Interesting.

There's also a strong genre bias to romance(big surprise), with fantasy coming up second, and then I've lumped everything from crime to classics under 'other'

On the romance and fantasy Keepers shelf (or, rather, shelves), in alphabetical order:-

Anna Adams
Suzanne Brockman (but only a select few - others have gone)
Jaci Burton
Melani Blazer
Beth Ciotta
Julie Cohen
Nicola Cornick
Jennifer Cruisie
Janet Evanovich*
Christine Feehan (although these may yet go...)
Lori Foster
Deborah Hale
Georgette Heyer
Linda Howard
Holly Jacobs
Virginia Kantra
Kathy Love
Anne McAllister
Patricia McLinn
Suzanne McMinn
Betty Neels
Diana Palmer
Madalyn Reese
Michelle Reid
Lass Small
Shannon Stacey (a bit of a cheat, I don't have any print books of Shan's yet, but it's only a matter of time)
Mary Stewart
Michelle Styles (okay, so I only have two, but, dammit, they're keepers)
Karen Templeton
Kate Walker
Nancy Warren
Loreth Anne White

Sci Fi/Fantasy
C J Cherryh
Barbara Hambly
C S Lewis
Robin McKinley
Terry Pratchett (strictly speaking belonging to Husband. In the event of a Divorce, the book split might go to court... )
J K Rowling

I'll admit there's a couple of names up there that make me wince, but I like them, dammit. The other strange thing is that 21 of the 32 authors on the romance list are friends, people I've met, or have conversed with online and have a fondness for. I suppose I like my comfort zones.

But interestingly enough, 90% of my substantial TBR pile are from authors NOT on that list. So maybe when I clear out my bookshelves in a couple of years time, there'll be some new keepers to add to the list. And maybe some to take off.

*Yes, I know. Not really romance. But I read 'em for the romance, so there.


At 11:30 am, Anonymous Sharon J said...

I think deciding which books should go in the charity shop box is always the worse part of tidying bookshelves. The next most difficult part is deciding which ones need to be moved to the loft in order to make space for newcomers. 'Tis a hard life ;-)

At 5:59 pm, Blogger Loreth Anne White said...

Ditto Sharon! My trouble is by the time I return from the charity store I seem to have more books than I left home with.

I think I should change my pen name -- then I could be at the TOP of somone's alphbetized list *VBG*.

Anna ... I'm honored!


At 6:32 pm, Blogger Anna Lucia said...

You see? Even if I alphabetise, there's still someone who's not happy... ;-)

At 9:56 pm, Blogger Loreth Anne White said...

Hehehehe ..'. 'kay, I'm going to work now, really :)


At 2:34 am, Anonymous Anna Adams said...

Well--I'm pretty happy! :-)

And touched. Seriously, Anna, because I think you're an incredible writer!

Lumbering around the place in a happy dance!

Anna A.

At 5:34 am, Blogger Kate Walker said...

I don't care where I come on the list - I'm just happy to be included in the list of keepers and not heading for the charity shop!


At 11:38 pm, Blogger Beth Ciotta said...

I'm on your keeper shelf?! I am truly honored, Anna. I mean that.

The timing of this post is funny because I, too, just spent a huge chunk of time weeding through my keeper shelves PLUS my mega TBR piles. I was surprised at how brutal I was able to be. I think it stems from my dream of moving to Canterbury and knowing I have to scale down big time. I figure if I want to revisit some old faves, there's always the library... or *G*

At 12:57 pm, Blogger Michelle Styles said...

I am very flattered to be on the list. It is wonderful company :)


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