So, yesterday I took a couple of strolls around the antique market that happens every Sunday in the market square near where I work. I went quickly before work and then after work too, having a lovely conversation with a friend I haven’t seen in a while. It turns out that his girlfriend and I are going to be sharing our PhD program starting September!
Though, I hadn’t expected the conversation I will fully admit that I went looking for cheaper books: markets are a pretty cool place to check and I ended up finding 3 books that I’ve had my eyes out for (paying just $10 for all three combined).
Once I got home, the first thing I did was to add them to my book list. Yes, I have a book list. I mostly have it because the majority of my books are actually in storage since I don’t have the space for the necessary book shelves. The list is on Excel and includes the title of the book, author’s name, category, publishing company, year of publication, and a note as to where the book currently is (A for Apartment and S for Storage). Now, the list isn’t perfect, especially the publication year where I have totally failed to consistently use either the original publication year or the year of that specific edition, but it helps get the job done. The job being to make sure I’m not repurchasing books I already have.
But last night, as I was adding my new books, I realized that the book list can have other uses too! So, as I explored my list, I thought I’d bring you a few statistics!
Number of Books Owned
349! I am just one shy of making 350 which makes me a little sad and also makes me want to run out and get another book but I need to resist that urge!
The list is split into a variety of categories which also aren’t perfect. The largest category is Fiction. In the category section I do make notes of genre (so something will appear like Fiction: Mystery or Fiction: Fantasy) which is why the Fiction category is so broad (130 books). If I were to chop up the section into those sub-categories then the History section (because my Non-Fiction is chopped up) would probably win out with a (measly) 57 books. Man, you can tell I took a lot of literature courses in my university career. Philosophy comes in third with 42 books!
Top 3 Fiction Authors
If I did just top 5 Authors in general then there would be no chance for any one by fiction authors. As much as I’m currently on a non-fiction bent, I tend to buy books based more on subject rather than if I like the author. Fiction authors, well that’s a little different. I tried to predict this a head of time and was pretty confident about my order. Turns out, it was a much closer race than I expected!
- Rick Riordan: 15 books
The completed Percy Jackson series, the completed Gods of Olympus series, the complete Magnus Chase trilogy, and the first books in both the Kane Chronicles and the Trials of Apollo.
- K. Rowling (and some pennames): 14 books
The completed Harry Potter series, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Fantastic Beasts (the original little thin book) and the current 4 books in her Robert Galbraith mystery series: CB Strike.
- Bernard Cornwall: 13 books
This one leads me to believe that I’ve somehow missed a box of books in the storage unit when I first built the list because there was a trilogy that I SWEAR I owned completely but my list only has the first book. Oh well, maybe I actually borrowed them from the library (my BA summers were mostly just work and library visits) and don’t remember.
Books 2,3,4,6,7,9 and 10 (ouch!) of the Last Kingdom series, The Winter King (first in the Arthur series, seriously I’ve read the other two??), Books 1 and 3 of the Grail Quest series and its follow up 1356, Azincourt, and Fools and Mortals.
Top 3 Playwrights
- Shakespeare (of course): 11 plays (and 4 manga versions)
- Euripides: 6 plays
- IS A TIE!
Sophocles: 3 plays and Aristophanes also at 3.
Top 3 Philosophers
- Plato: I own 4 books of Platonic writing but, other than the Republic there are multiple works by Plato 3 of them so Plato wins (about 14 different dialogues??)
- ANOTHER TIE!
Aristotle: Not included repeated texts Aristotle comes in at 4 as does Nietzsche! (welcome to the fact that I’ve done a lot of political philosophy in my academic career!)
Top 3 Non-Fiction (not including philosophy)
- Joseph Campbell: 4 books
Romance of the Grail, The Power of Myth, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Myths to Live By. (Did not study this man in school at all, was just curious because he’s name dropped a lot)
- ONE LAST TIE!
Thomas Cadhill with 3 (How the Irish Saved Civilization, The Gift of the Jews, and Heretics and Heroes which are all part of his Hinges of History series) .
John Man’s 3 (Saladin, Samurai: The Last Warrior, and Ninja: 1,000 Years of the Shadow Warrior)
Top 3 Books I Own Multiple Copies Of
- Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. This is why I had to specify non-repeated books above. I OWN 3 COPIES OF THIS TEXT.
- R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. I have 2 full sets: one the traditional 3 books, one where each “book” receives its own text as does the appendixes making a box set of 7(?).
- K. Rowling’s Philosopher’s Stone of which I have 2 copies, one being the special edition for the 20th anniversary (Hufflepuff colours cause fight me)
WHY WOULD YOU EVEN ASK ME THAT??! I CAN’T CHOOSE!!!