My Book Collection…Robert Raker

Currently my library consists of 367 books, ranging from fiction and non-fiction to poetry and essays. Although none of them are first editions or rare antiques, some of them have deep meaning because of my love for literature and the past. The first book that my father gave me was Shall We Tell the President? by Jeffrey Archer.  I still have the copy that he purchased for me and it will always be the first book displayed on my shelf, even though I have them categorized alphabetically.  The used book store that my father purchased it from is still in existence and I am a frequent shopper. Over the years the layout has changed and as soon as I walk in I am struck by the scent of old books. There is a very old library in my hometown that has been around since the 1800s. Twice a year they have a book sale.

Being an enthusiast of Alfred Hitchcock, I have collected some of the books which he based his films including Psycho by Robert Bloch, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, Rope and my personal favorite Vertigo which was originally titled The Living And The Dead by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac. I own 29 books about the films that he has made and his film processes.

Some of my favorite authors include Jo Nesbo, Tim O’Brien, Chuck Palahniuk, Stefanie Pintoff, Dan Simmons, Alice Thompson, Nancy Huston, David Baldacci, Jonathan Maberry, Brian Lumley, Arnaldur Indridason, Nick Bantock, Matthew Pearl, Henning Mankell and James Ellroy.