Project 118: Alphabetize the book case in the living room. The books were basically just shoved on the shelves to figure out spacing. I only moved into the house three years ago.
Project 119: Catalog Anthologies and short stories. Ummmm...Project still in process...
I have been trying to take care of some projects, but am finding I am (a) tired, (b) lack the time and (c) am unmotivated. Sometimes, though, something happens that makes it impossible for me not to address. In this instance, I ordered an anthology that I realized weeks later I already owned. I at least bought a used copy, but still.
I have found that I buy a lot of anthologies that have short stories by Neil Gaiman, for example, as well as other favorite authors. The issue I have is that I have never tried to track what stories I actually own. For instance, I have Neil Gaiman's Troll Bridge in about four or five collections.
In order to stop buying anthologies that contain stories by authors I like, but do not need, I have decided to undertake this massive project which is to document the short stories and anthologies I own. Easy peasy, right? So, so wrong.
I found I had anthologies on almost all my book cases. Some authors, like Charles DeLint, have a lot of collections. So, I started one book shelf at a time. I documented the author, the short story and the collection. I had them on my phone, on my iPad and on paper. I have anthologies in the library, in my bedroom, in my niece's room, in the attic and on my Kindle. I have stand alone short stories on my Kindle. I have Fantasy magazines with short stories (I had at least 50 magazines to sort through, if not more). For weeks, I was compiling this data. I transferred the data from my iPhone, iPad and notebooks to a spreadsheet on my computer which is organized by author, short story and anthology.
If nothing else, I am a completest. Oh not in the traditional sense that I finish everything I start. I am a completest in the sense that I need to collect everything for my favorites, whether it be an author, a musician an actor or a character.
To that end, I spent a lot of time looking up anthologies on Amazon, most particularly fantasy collections. From there, I compiled a list of short stories for my favorite authors that I do not have organized by author, anthology and price. I created a new tab on my spreadsheet and copied it all next to the tab with the short stories I have already. To make searching my wish list easier, I took all the anthologies from my book wish list and my Kindle wish list and loaded them all under one list titled 'Anthologies'. This way I could keep track easier.
From that point, I looked at the prices of the collections, how many stories from that collection I needed, who the authors were and started purchasing some of the collections on Kindle. The problem is that not all of the anthologies I found have a view-able table of contents, so I have to Google search to try to find the table of contents.
So while I am not done with the project and it is still a work in progress, I am confident that this will prevent my ordering anthologies I already own or ordering an anthology because of a short story I already own in another collection. On top of the book I found I ordered twice, I also found a book I ordered that hubby already had. Again, I bought it used at least, but I am just getting too frustrated with this happening frequently enough.
As a result the majority of my Kindle acquisitions are anthologies or short stories as well as some of my physical copies. I will continue to search for the collections I want to buy, but now I have something to work with.
I realize it has been a month since I wrote a STS, so this will encompass all my acquisitions since then. So please don't freak by the number of titles.
Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
Kissing in Italian by Lauren Henderson
Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas
Legacy of the Clockwork Key (The Secret Order) by
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Trilogy) by Ian Doescher
The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities: Exhibits, Oddities, Images and Stories edited by Jeff VanDerMeer
Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The School for Good and Evil 2: A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James
The Mammoth Book of Fantasy edited by Mike Ashley
In the Shadow of the Gargoyle edited by Nancy Kilpatrick and Thomas S. Roche
Mariana by Susanna Kearsley
Mythspring edited by Julie E. Czerneda and Genevieve Kierans
Kindle Books Purchased:
Taste Test by Kelly Fiore – Kindle Daily Deal
Remember Me (Weaver Series) by Dena Nicotra
Sleepy Hollow; The Secret Life and Legend of Ichabod Crane.___An New American Tale by A. Van Kraft, Allyson Barnes – Kindle Countdown Deal
Dark Weaver (Weaver Series) by Dena Nicotra – Kindle Countdown Deal
Unpredictable by Eileen Cook – Kindle Countdown Deal
A Royal Match by Tyne O’Connell – Kindle Monthly Deal
A Royal Mess by Tyne O’ Connell – Kindle Monthly Deal
Revenge of the Cheerleaders by Janette Rallison – Kindle Monthly Deal
Insatiable by Meg Cabot – Kindle MatchBook
Overbite (Insatiable) by Meg Cabot – Kindle MatchBook
It's a Mall World After All by Janette Rallison – Kindle Monthly Deal
Fanmail by Mia Castle – Free Kindle eBook
Chapters) by Jennifer E. Smith
Adversity (Cursed #2.5) by Claire Farrell
Donna of the Dead (Entangled Teen) by Alison Kemper
Once Upon a Prince (Royal Wedding Series) by Rachel Hauck – Kindle Daily Deal
A Room with a View by E. M. (Edward Morgan) Forster - Free eBook
Born of Illusion by Teri Brown - Kindle Daily Deal
Mansfield Ranch (The Jane Austen Diaries) by Jenni James
Doon (A Doon Novel) by Lorie Langdon, Carey Corp
Initiate's Trial: First book of Sword of the Canon (The Wars of Light and Shadow, Book 9) by Janny Wurts
To Ride Hell's Chasm by Janny Wurts
The Book of Tomorrow: A Novel by Cecelia Ahern
Splintered by A.G. Howard
Size 12 and Ready to Rock (Heather Wells Mysteries) by Meg Cabot
Peril's Gate: Third Book of The Alliance of Light (The Wars of Light and Shadow, Book 6) by Janny Wurts
No Knight Needed (Ever After) by Stephanie Rowe
The Ships of Merior (The Wars of Light and Shadow, Book 2) by Janny Wurts
Gilded Ashes: A Cruel Beauty Novella (HarperTeen Impulse)
Austenland: A Novel by Shannon Hale
The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
Desperately Ever After by Laura Kenyon
You Are Here (Harlequin More Than Words) by Liz Fichera
Red at Night (Harlequin More Than Words) by Katie McGarry
When the World was Flat (and we were in love) (Strange Chemistry) by Ingrid Jonach
Princess Ever After (Royal Wedding Series) by Rachel Hauck
Wings of Fire by Jonathan Strahan
Persuaded (Jane Austen Diaries) by Jenni James
Unfettered edited by Shawn Speakman
Fallen: Angels in the Dark by Lauren Kate
Too Fond: A Tor.Com Original by Leanna Renee Hieber
The Space Between: An Outlander Novella by Diana Gabaldon
Warm Up: A Tor.Com Original by V. E. Schwab
Girls Day Out: A Syrena Legacy Story by Anna Banks
Desire: Book 4 (Brightest Kind of Darkness) by P.T. Michelle
The Stranger: A Tor.Com Original by Anna Banks
Witches 101: A Witches of East End Primer by Melissa de la Cruz
Warm Up: A Tor.Com Original by V. E. Schwab
Wings of Fire edited by Jonathan Strahan
Happily Ever After edited by John Klima
When the World was Flat (and we were in love) (Strange Chemistry) by Ingrid Jonach – Kindle Daily Deal
Year's Best Fantasy 3: Vol 3 edited by David G. Hartwell
See Me by Wendy Higgins
Year's Best Fantasy 4 edited by David G. Hartwell
Year's Best Fantasy edited by David G. Hartwell
Fantasy: The Best of the Year (Fantasy: The Best of ... (Quality)) edited by Rich Horton
Tails of Wonder edited by Theodora Goss and Ellen Datlow
Year's Best Fantasy 5 edited by David G. HartwellKindle Edition
Year's Best Fantasy 2 edited by David G. Hartwell
I Put A Spell On You, A Halloween Anthology by Codi Gary, Jaclyn Hatcher and April Oglesbee
My Not So Super Sweet Life (Entangled Teen) by Rachel Harris
Search (The Empire Chronicles #2) by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Patterson and Chris White – Free eBook
Happy Marriage? 5
Voice Over! Seiyu Academy
Library Wars: Love & War 11
Dawn of the Arcana 12
Phantom Thief Jeanne 1
Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel courtesy of GoodReads and mackids.com