Break it on down

Finished 08 reorg

So there’s still about eight books on the diningroom table and a few scattered about the various rooms, but I’m calling the Semi-annual Supergenius Book Reorg 08 done. And since I don’t have a job and a real problem with prioritizing my time, I counted most of the books. I present to you a break-down of my books. Are you excited?

  • 515 Fiction
  • 135 Non-fiction
  • 134 Short Story Collections
  • 14 Poetry

Further breakage Fiction:

  • 225 Novels
  • 120 Sweet Valley High
  • 77 Short Story Collections by a single author
  • 57 Multi-author Short Story Anthologies
  • 36 Misc. Other Crap Teen Romances (Caitlin, Seniors, etc.)
  • 16 issues of McSweeney’s

Further breakage Non-Fiction:

  • 29 books on writing/reference (thesauri, dictionaries, style guides)
  • 20 books about rock and roll
  • 8 books about journalism/journalists
  • 7 books on political philosophy

Most Popular Authors:

  • 14 John Irving
  • 13 Jeanette Winterson
  • 13 VC Andres
  • 12 Douglas Coupland
  • 8 Philip Roth
  • 8 Kurt Vonnegut
  • 6 Toni Morrison
  • 5 Amy Bloom
  • 5 Jonathan Lethem
  • 5 Lorna Landvik
  • 4 Lorrie Moore
  • 4 Mary Gaitskill
  • 4 Dave Eggers

Audiobooks not included in the numbers above:

  • 37 fiction
  • 14 non-fiction
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  1. Peabo 24.Jun.08 at 1:21 pm

    What in blazes are YOU doing with FOURTEEN POETRY books??? Did you buy them in error? Wait, that’s 14 errors, couldn’t be. I’m stymied.

  2. FFJ 24.Jun.08 at 6:28 pm

    i fucking heart that VC Andrews tops both Vonnegut AND Roth. You slay me!

  3. Kristy 25.Jun.08 at 10:23 am

    Can I hire you to come reorg mine?

  4. bamboozlde 25.Jun.08 at 10:54 am

    those numbers so don’t add up

  5. Jodi 25.Jun.08 at 11:02 am

    Kristy, my niece and nephew did most of the hard work.

    And Bam — what do you mean they don’t add up?

  6. bamboozlde 25.Jun.08 at 11:42 am

    for example, you say you have 515 fiction books but you list 531 books in your further breakage fiction list. even if you discount the 16 mcsweeney’s issues (and who in their right mind wouldn’t, hmph!) that still leaves you with … oh 515. hmmm…

    ok, how about non-fiction. you say you have 135 non-fiction books but then in your “further breakage non-fiction” section you list only 64 books! 64! how do you explain that, hmmm?

    the numbers totally don’t add up and i’m watching you, missy.

  7. Jodi 25.Jun.08 at 11:47 am

    Well, because the other 71 books are random memoirs, books about books, books of essays, that kind of nonsense.

    What are you some kind of accountant?

  8. bamboozlde 25.Jun.08 at 11:58 am

    huh, just another 71 books. 71!

    not an accountant, just an unemployed person with too much time on their hands – and thank goodness for that! – you are a tricky one that needs keeping an eye on!

  9. Jodi 25.Jun.08 at 12:11 pm

    You & Peabo are like the Book Gestapo.


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