Here are pictures of my reading bookshelf. Remember that you can always click on images to see a larger version.
I am reading through the Hardy Boys Adventures series and will be completely finished with my Hardy Boys experience within one week. I had forgotten to order Hardy Boys Adventures #12, so I took care of that a few days ago. #12 most likely will arrive in time for me to read it right after #11. If #12 does not arrive in time, then I have decided that I will read one or more of the Morgan Bay Mysteries if necessary until #12 arrives. The Morgan Bay Mysteries are the books with the mauve spines in the middle of the top shelf. They are readers and are quick and easy to read.
As I read through the Hardy Boys Adventures, I am also skimming the Nancy Drew Diaries to locate certain passages that are important in my comparison of the Hardy Boys Adventures to the Nancy Drew Diaries. The reason I read through the entire Hardy Boys Digest and
Undercover Brothers series was so that I could then read the Hardy Boys Adventures to compare them to the Nancy Drew Diaries.
I felt that I needed to be as knowledgeable about the Hardy Boys series as Nancy Drew in order to be able to decide whether Simon and Schuster is treating the two series equally. I haven't been thrilled with the Nancy Drew Diaries, and I have wondered whether the Hardy Boys Adventures have the same issues. I don't yet know for sure, although I have made some interesting observations.
I have not decided what I will read next after I finish the Hardy Boys Adventure series. I will delay reading the two Norvin Pallas books in hopes that Wildside Press will soon publish the other three titles that I need. I would prefer to read all five books together. It is always my preference to read books in a series together and in order so that I do not get sidetracked.
I recently finished reading the Hardy Boys Undercover Brothers series. I
would never have made it through the entire Undercover Brothers set if I had allowed myself to read anything else during that time. If I had let myself read something else, I would have abandoned the set. That's because most of the books are not very good.
The Wynn and Lonny Racing Books and the Girls of Canby Hall series are a top priority. That is, I want to read those two series, so they are a top priority for that reason. However, I do have another top priority, one that I don't want to do that will be hard to force myself to complete.
I would like to finally try out the many series books I have in order to decide whether I like the books enough to complete the sets. Many of those books have been placed in the middle row of the bookcase. I figure if I have them in front of me that I will be more likely to try some of them. I hope so, anyway.
My collection is based on readability. While I do collect different formats, first printings, and books in excellent condition, I never keep a set of books when I do not find them readable. If I do not enjoy the books, then I sell them regardless of how collectible they are.
That's why I have already sold my Melody Lane books and most of my Cherry Ames books. I did not enjoy the stories enough to want to keep them. Meaning, I knew I would never read them again, so I did not want them taking up valuable shelf space.
I'd like to tackle the books on the middle shelf sometime soon so that I can send some of them away if they aren't good enough. If the books are good enough, then I will complete the sets. I do already have complete set of Marjorie Dean and the Boy Ranchers, so reading the first book of each will determine whether I keep my sets. If I should read the first book of either set and like it enough, then I would probably go ahead and read the rest of the set in order without allowing myself to read anything else.
I set a goal to read 300 books this year. I am currently reading my 212th book of 2016.