Hello. My name is Derek Goodman, and I am a book hoarder.
Please understand that when I say I'm a book hoarder, I don't just mean I have a lot of books. I mean it in the truest sense of the term, where I have a pathological need to accumulate any and all books I can, regardless of whether or not I would ever read them. The fact that I don't have a lot of money to spend on them is mostly what keeps my library at a manageable size, but that's just forced me to be thrifty and tricksy with my bibliomaniac ways. I'll find large amounts of books at thrift stores, rummage sales, library sales, occasional estate sales or auctions, or in lots of unwanted books for sale cheap on Ebay. My friends, knowing my obsession, will sometimes gift me with large boxes of all the books they no longer want because they know I'll give them a good home.
The problem is, all most of these books tend to do is take up space. I have limited shelf space, so they often find themselves heaped on any and every available flat surface. I usually refer to these as my Drifting Book Dunes. People who don't tend them like I do don't realize that they do actually drift, since I'll dig through them looking for something specific and they tend to migrate as the piles shift around my needs.
So they're doing fascinating things, but they're not doing what they're supposed to do, which is be read.
This series of posts will be my attempt to remedy that. I mostly read speculative fiction, including sci-fi, fantasy and horror, as well as the occasional literary novel and, on the rare occasions when the mood strikes me, a mystery. For this series I will be going out of that comfort zone and attempting to read the stuff I normally wouldn't. My hope is that I can highlight some obscure works that are hiding deep within my collection, but I also hope to expand my horizons a little bit. I will stick mostly to fiction, but who knows? Some non-fiction will likely creep in.
I'll post the first proper part of this series soon, where I will discuss the reboot of a certain famous detective...