Saturday, 29 January 2011

The Sunday Salon - Book Collections

This is my first posting to the Sunday Salon. I have always been a book lover and I guess a collector of books and other bits and there comes a time when we need to sit back and take stock of just what it is we have in our homes.

Children's Books
I have my original set of Noddy Books by Enid Blyton, lovingly read and many still have the Woolworth price ticket of 12p stuck to the front. I have always kept them for my children, but as I don't have any they sit in my study on a shelf next to a set of Beatrice Potter books.

Italian Collection
I am half Italian and am interested in my Italian Heritage. There are not that many books published about Italian communities here in the United Kingdom so when I come across one I tend to buy it!

Thyroid Collection
I have a Thyroid condition and obviously have an interest in the condition. Over the last 20 years I have purchased any books on the subject and added them to my collection.

Both the Italian Collection and the Thyroid collection of books sit on the same bookcase in our spare room.

Family History Collection
I have a passion for researching my family history and over the course of a decade or two have read, purchased just about every book going on the subject. This collection though, is about the books that I have found along with the way that relate to particular ancestors and their families.

This collection is mainly made up of books relating to the family names of Bowring, Bellasis and Eastwick. There is also a copy of a diary called the Diary of Thomas Asline Ward. Which cost me a little over £60 but simply had to be purchased. This set of books sits on the bottom shelf of a pine bookcase in the hall.

Elm Creek Quilts Collection
I was introduced to this set of books by a fellow avid reader and they are lovely books. They are a set of fictional books set with the obvious theme of Quilting. Each dust jacket has a picture of a quilt on it. There is something about these books that makes you want to hold the book and admire the quilt picture. These sit on the top shelf of the bookcase in the hall.

Cookery Books
There is nothing particularly special about this collection, other than it sits on the middle shelf of the bookcase in the hall and is, and one would expect, of a practical nature. Two books which do stand out are those that I have kept from my school days and I have fond memories of my O level cookery classes.

Angling Collection
These are not mine, but Stuart's and sit in a bookcase in the lounge with a few angling type ornaments and collectibles.

The Rest
The remainder of my books sits on three bookcases on the third floor of the house. Two in my study and the third one on the top landing. These books span the last 25 years and cover fiction and non fiction. The fiction books are ones that I will read again and particularly want to keep. Others are sent to the charity shop. The fiction books are mainly the lovely cozy mysteries set around bookshops and craft shops which are to me pure escapism!

Having spent a great deal of time ploughing through boxes and piles of books I am now to the point of wanting to catalogue them. I don't want to spend ages doing it though as that will break into my valuable reading time.

I have a Library Thing account and in a perfect world would like to be able to scan books using my iphone where they can added to my Library Thing account online with access via my iphone.

I have come across two iphone applications - MyBookLibrary and Home Library and shall experiment more with them. I was reasonably impressed with Home Library when I tried the lite version, but having just downloaded the lite version of MyBookLibrary I can see that might be better as it has the facility to import and export the data.

If anyone has any suggestions please leave a comment.


  1. I love LibraryThing, and, yes, the ability to scan via iPhone would be wonderful! What a time saver.

    Thanks for sharing a bit about your collections. I have a shelf of family history books myself, but not the same surnames.

  2. Thanks so much for signing up for the Immigrant Stories Challenge - I am glad to have you on board!

    Someone recently told me about a book that tells the story (fiction) of an Italian immigrant to the US - "When We Were Strangers" by Pamela Schoenewaldt. You might find it interesting since you have Italian heritage.


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