Somewhere between college and moving and all that I lost or sold a lot of my old SF paperbacks, so those boxes of unread books are gone. Occasionally I'll be in a used bookstore and see one I had and I'm like "oh yeah, that one." But for the most part I buy new (or newer) books these days, not only because I'm blogging and reviewing but because there's so much good stuff now. I wanted to shine a light on actual book collecting though.
I collected a lot of older stuff. I also had certain cover artists I collected. The Tarzan covers by Neal Adams were faves and they all had the black covers, like the one above. There are 20- some Tarzan books and they look great all lined up on a shelf with the black spines. I didn't read them all, I just wanted the cover art and the black spines all lined up. Does anyone else do that? When I think back it's kind of amazing how many books I bought for that reason!
So... do you collect books? And what criteria do you use in determining what to collect?