As I developed my book collection, I bought books however I could. I was young, I didn’t have much money and books weren’t always in print anyway (the latter still being true of course). Often, I would hear about a new author from a friend, try one of their books and love it, and then buy as many books by that author as I could as quickly as I could. So I tended to have lots of second hand books, bought all at once and of less that impressive quality (as the photo shows).
Because I collected so many books so fast, I never actually read all of them. I’d read some, then other things would come along and tempt me away. So while I have lots of books by the authors in question, many of them remain unread.
I have this probably unrealistic hope that I can slowly work my way through these authors and finally get their books read. Some of them (for example, Mary Stewart and Dorothy L. Sayers) have recently had their books reprinted in lovely, matching editions and with ebook editions at the same time. While I can’t afford to buy those pretty paper ones, they will be going in my dream library and are a good incentive to get reading. I hope to slowly manage to buy the ebooks one at a time as I read and add the new editions to my real library that way. (And should I win Lotto – unlikely as I don’t buy tickets! – I’ll buy the nice paper editions too and try too keep them dry.)