When it comes to books, there's no such thing as hoarding, there's only stockpiling. (For that rainy day, remember?) Sometimes I think eBooks were made for stockpiling. You don't have to worry about space, only about forgetting which books you have because you don't actually see them sitting on those shelves of yours. I've worked around that small hitch by grouping my eBooks into collections, so if I'm in the mood for a police procedural or a historical mystery, I know right where to go.
Although eBooks will never, ever supplant physical books in my heart, they do have a place there. eBooks kept me reading through bad eyesight and months of eye surgeries. I only have one thing to say to voracious reading purists who refuse to acknowledge the presence of either eBooks or audiobooks: I sincerely-- from the bottom of my heart-- pray that nothing ever happens to your eyesight. You're going to be in a world of hurt.
Once again, I've grouped my acquisitions into genres and included a link to Amazon in case you want to know more about any title. December's stockpile includes a beloved author (James Michener), one of the best books I've ever read (When Books Went to War), and a short story written by one of my mother's favorite authors whom I'd had yet to try (Frederick Forsyth).
=== Short Stories/Novellas ===
A Death in Sarajevo by Ausma Zehanat Khan (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
The Shepherd by Frederick Forsyth (Germany and England)
Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand (England)
=== Non-Fiction ===
Smoky the Brave: How a Feisty Yorkshire Terrier Mascot Became a Comrade-in-Arms During World War II by Damien Lewis (various locations throughout the South Pacific)
Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder by Kenn Kaufman (various locations throughout the US and Mexico)
When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning (various locations throughout the world)
=== Historical Fiction ===
Journey by James Michener (Alaska)
===Historical Mysteries ===
The Double-A Western Detective Agency by Steve Hockensmith (New Mexico)
Death of a Nationalist by Rebecca Pawel (Spain)
A Murdered Peace by Candace Robb (England)
=== Police Procedural ===
Last Wolf at Eagle Well by Robert C. Mowry (New Mexico)
The Exiled by Kati Hiekkapelto (Finland)
=== Private Detective ===
Blood Hina by Naomi Hirahara (California)
Wall of Glass by Walter Satterthwaite (New Mexico)
Wrecked by Joe Ide (California)