It has been an absolute joy getting to know the InspyRomance reader family this year, and this month, I thought I’d give you a glimpse into the inner workings of Judith McNees so you can get to know me better as well. One of the more quirky aspects of my personality is that I love collecting things. There’s just something satisfying about starting a collection and adding pieces to it, especially when it’s a collection I can complete.
Now, before you nominate me for an episode of Hoarders, let me reassure you that, these days, I mostly collect experiences (like my bucket list of visiting all 50 states) and digital books and photographs, so my house isn’t overrun by anything other than my collection of kids and dogs–oh, and the mug collection that grows every holiday thanks to my husband and kids, who then complain that we have too many mugs for our cupboard. To be fair…it’s their fault I have so many!
One of my first collections was a set of books from the original Ann M. Martin series, The Babysitter’s Club. Ann wrote books for that series long after I stopped reading them, so I never quite finished that collection before I got too old for them and passed them along to younger relatives. I also collected porcelain dolls that I had grand aspirations of being able to sell for top dollar as an adult. That didn’t happen (thanks a lot Ashton Drake Galleries), so now most of my dolls sit in boxes in a closet so they don’t creep my kids out.
As a young adult, space constraints limited my collections to small items. While I still loved collecting paperbacks, I also started collecting Christmas tree ornaments. Any time I went on a vacation, I would try to find a new ornament as a souvenir. As a result, I have a lot of unique ornaments that I never get to display. You may remember from earlier posts that I’m an adoptive mom. The extra sensory stuff that goes along with Christmas doesn’t bode well for my kiddos, so we put up a fake tree with some generic, shatter proof ornaments for now.
My absolute favorite collection that I have is my collection of signed books. I started that when I was in high school, where the English department brought in several high-profile authors to give lectures. Some of my most prized books are signed by William Styron and Alice Walker. I also have a small but growing collection of signed CCR books by people like Meghann Whistler, Jessie Gussman, and Joy Avery Melville.
So, now I want to hear from you. Is there anything that you collect other than books, or do you have any signed books that mean a lot to you?