Here's a question for you: if, all of a sudden, money were no object (and space- and time-constraints weren't an issue, either), would you buy masses of books all in one go, i.e. everything you have on your wishlist or had earmarked to read some day, or all that took your fancy in the bookshop, or would you, despite this new freedom to acquire whatever your heart desired, limit yourself to just one or two books for now, with the intention to read them and only then go back for more?
I'm interested to hear your responses because, as with a lot of these reading habits topics, they say so much about us. Would we, for instance, see this windfall (and I'm assuming now that we are free to spend it on 'frivolous' things) as the chance to have the library of our dreams - and if so, what might it contain? There is the view that just owning books is a pleasure in itself, seeing them there within reach, to pick up when the mood takes us; having them is the thing and reading them is a bonus. On the other hand, would acquiring a great many books at once mean that by the time we got around to reading most of them, the mood and the moment had passed and somehow they no longer appealed, as, fickle creatures that we are, we had moved on to the next new interest or taste?
I put this question to Mr. C. and he said (a) he would splurge and buy all that he wanted in one go, but also (b) he would have an amanuensis come in first of all to catalogue the existing collection to see exactly where the gaps were.
What would you do?