August 21st marked the 6th anniversary of Booksteve's Library, the blog. I have always referred to it as a "vast and virtual" personal library so many of you might have thought I was speaking on purely metaphorical terms. The original concept of the blog was for me to just grab something off the shelf and write about it. The virtual part refers to various online scans or videos or such that I might post on subjects of my interest. But the Library is still here...a little weathered...but still here. Thus, in honor of our anniversary, here are a few brand new shots of the ACTUAL Booksteve's Library! Pardon the mess. I'm afraid that even though we've had to downsize considerably since the blog began, it's always in a constant state of flux. New additions have been sparse over the past four years and often come from review copies, really cheap Amazon orders or books I've actually worked on. To be honest, with our financial issues in recent years, I would most likely have sold much of what you see left here if not for the fact that the going rate for, say a 1974 book on Humphrey Bogart, was about $3.00 while to me these things are all priceless. There is a vague semblance of order in some areas whereas more recent acquisitions are often shelved via available space. There are a few more bookcases upstairs that house some humor, David's books and most of my wife's genealogy religion and personal comics stash. My remaining comics boxes are also upstairs. Again, what's left doesn't have any real resale value but they're mostly good readin'!
So there you have it! Warts, junk, medicine bottles and all. The real Booksteve's Library! Comments? Questions?
Oh, by the way, an online friend is sending me a life-size cardboard Bettie Page. Gotta figure out where to add her. Hmmm....
First published in 1968 (I was 9!), I have been writing professionally part-time for more than two decades. I have been freelancing for various authors, editors and publishers for the past three years on the behind-the-scenes tasks of writing.