I use Delicious Library to keep track of our library of books. The program offers a nice summary of all the books we own–in multiple graphical representations. I’ve included a screenshot below below. I love the Top Creators breakdown (the authors whose books make up most of the library).
- Bill Watterson – No exaggeration, we own something like 20 Calvin & Hobbes books. Maybe more. I don’t know. We’ve loaned out a bunch to my sister’s kids.
- James A. H. Et Al. Murray – This is our copy of the 1968 OED.
- David Foster Wallace – Yeah, surprised?
- Rick Remender – Walking Dead author. This includes the three Walking Dead compendiums and the entire run of Fear Agent (which I’ve been trying to get Canelli to read for a while now).
- Thomas Pynchon – Yeah, surprised?
- Richard Feynman – From his textbooks to his autobiographical stuff, I’ll never get enough of this guy. He’s the American Newton.
- Michael Chabon – Amanda loves this guy. She’s read pretty much everything he’s written. I’ve read his Yiddish Policeman’s Union and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.
- Homer – Yeah, surprised? This guy is so high on the list because I own multiple copies of The Iliad and The Odyssey. Fagles’ translations are the best, hands down.
- Katsuhiro Otomo – This guy makes the list because I now own all six volumes of Akira.
- Barbara Kingsolver – One of Amanda’s favorite authors.
I’m actually surprised Richard Russo isn’t on this list. We must own pretty much all of his book.
Anyway, I’ve got my eye on that “Items” count. Philip Roth has something like 4,000 books in his home library. We’re just a quarter of the way there.