Something Katie and I share, as well as a love of old things, is a love of little collections. Last year I decided it would be cool to collect the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming. I grew up watching the movies but had never read the books, so with the idea that “the book is always better than the movie” in my head, I set out to collect the complete set secondhand.
It was hard to get started though. The 007 books don’t appear very often in op-shops and it was a long time before I stumbled across my first one, Thunderball. It was even longer before I found the next one, but over the last few months I have slowly collected them one by one at op-shops, markets and secondhand book stores. There are a couple of great secondhand book shops in Bendigo, with bookshelves lining the walls from floor to ceiling, and it was in two of these amazing places today that I found From Russia, With Love and Goldfinger, the last two in my collection! Though I do plan to keep my eye out for more James Bond books (Katie insists it is’t a “proper” collection because they aren’t all the same editions and she likes things that match!) I’m really happy just to have them all for now.
I have already started reading the set (can you see my bookmark in the photo?) and I love them. They aren’t at all like the movies, with the crazy gadgets and stunts. They are straightforward, believable and exciting. I’ve been a little surprised by some of the old fashioned attitudes (particularly concerning race and gender) in some of the books, but the way they were written just reflects the views of a different era rather than intending to cause offense. I guess they are just relics of their time. The stories themselves are action-packed, fun, fast reads.
I love searching for things to add to a collection. It makes visiting op-shops and markets like a challenge, or a treasure hunt! Shooting straight to the book section of an op-shop and reading every single title has become an important part of my routine, so now that my collection is complete, what am I going to look for? Katie is part way into collecting all of Roald Dahl’s children’s books, and finding the books she doesn’t have is becoming more difficult, so maybe that will be my next mission. I’m getting excited already!
Are you collecting anything at the moment? Do you have any complete collections?