Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Frequently Asked Questions: What do you collect?

j0422452 Folks assume that since I'm an antique dealer that I'm also a collector. So I'm often asked about what I collect. It's simple really...books and glass.

My biggest temptation: books. All kinds of books...old books, new books, signed first editions, whatever. I've had an affair with the written word since I was two. Just ask my mother; she was the one who had to schlep me to the library every Saturday morning. I usually go through a book (or two or three) a week unless I'm distracted with other stuff like, um, work.

I love to read and when I've read a book, I like to keep it. Just in case I want to read it again. Or if I need to refer to it again for something. You never know.

My favorite authors, you ask? Stephen King, because he scares the pants off of me; Nora Roberts, because she has nearly single-handedly defined the ideal modern romance novel; Dean Koontz, for creating such lovable imperfect characters thrown into eerie circumstances; Sue Grafton, for creative use of the alphabet; Pat Conroy, who can make this speed-reader slow down to appreciate his beautifully crafted prose; Patrice Michelle, who creates the sexiest vampires and and werewolves and cowboys; Edgar Allan Poe, for triggering my love of poetry; Tom Clancy, for creating the hunky character Jack Ryan; and there's more. I could do this all day, folks.

My favorite books? Oh dear, this could take a while. I actually had to separate this into two categories because of the number of children's books I was coming up with right off the bat. I think that some of those earlier books must have had a bigger impact on my psyche than the ones I've run through as an adult.

Favorite books from my childhood:

  • Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
  • A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle
  • Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh
  • Trixie Belden series, by Kathryn Kenny
  • The Nancy Drew series, by Carolyn Keene
  • The Little House on the Prairie series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • The Hobbit, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkein
  • The Black Stallion, by Walter Farley
  • Misty of Chincoteague, by Marguerite Henry
  • A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Other favorite books:

  • Watchers, by Dean Koontz
  • The Mist, by Stephen King (it's a novella, but it counts)
  • The Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Hunt for Red October, by Tom Clancy
  • Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, by J.K. Rowling

Since this is supposed to be a business blog, I should probably fill you in on the books that I use the most and can recommend for identification and valuation of collectible glassware. But I think we'll save that one for another day.

The bottom line is that I love to read. My children saw me read...a lot...as they were growing up. I was afraid that maybe the fascination for the written word had passed them by, but now that they are both in their early twenties I see that it hasn't. My son calls me from time to time to pass on a book recommendation or to ask for one; my daughter and I still share books, passing them back and forth.

It's a valuable legacy to pass on to your children, this love for reading. I still have my copies of those treasured books from childhood and will hang onto them for a while longer. Passing that legacy down to yet another generation is something that I'm very much looking forward to.


  1. I absolutely love to read too! Although I don't read Stephne King, why, because he scares the pants off me:)I like Nora Roberts too:)
    Have a great day!

  2. Wow, Rondell, guess you and I are the only readers in the bunch!



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