Sharing my personal collection of movie books

So what does my personal collection of movie books say about me?

At the end of last week’s post, I asked readers to share what their own personal book collections say about themselves, so I thought it only fair to share myself! Below is a wide shot of our personal library at home, as it currently looks (so many IKEA Billy bookcases! 😉 ):

My personal library
My personal library

And here’s the specific collection I want to share, my personal collection of movie-related books, which are on a shelf closest to our bookcase of DVDs and videos (I am nothing if not practical):

Closeup of movie books
Closeup of movie books

It’s not a very big collection, I admit, and a hodge-podge one at that. I have picked up most of the titles here via second-hand book sales or as gifts. Here are some of my personal faves from my small collection of movie-related books:

Closeup of Oscars book
Closeup of Oscars book

This is Danny Peary’s Alternate Oscars: One Critic’s Defiant Choices for Best Picture, Actor, and Actress – From 1927 to Present, published in 1991. I read through this book so many times when I was younger. It’s one of the major reasons that I know a lot about the Oscars, as factoids soaked in as I read and re-read Peary’s in-depth writing. It also probably helps explain why I’m so opinionated about the Oscars. 😉

Closeup of Cinematherapy book
Closeup of Cinematherapy book

Yep, you can definitely tell I love the Oscars! And I loved the Cinematherapy books, as well, which were a thing in the early 2000s, even resulting in a long-running TV series. I analyze all kinds of films for this blog — and often joke about watching some bad movies SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO — but I also watch films according to specific moods I’m in, and the Cinematherapy books recognize and help answer that need.

Closeup of Queue Tips book
Closeup of Queue Tips book

On that same theme, Rob Christopher’s movie advisory book, Queue Tips: Discovering Your Next Great Movie, was published by ALA in 2012. I received this copy of the book for a review on this blog, which you can read here, and I still often find my way back to this book.

Closeup of The Critics Were Wrong book
Closeup of The Critics Were Wrong book

I like my movie criticism with a bit of snark, and this fun 1996 title, The Critics Were Wrong: Misguided Movie Reviews and Film Criticism Gone Awry, by Ardis Sillick & Michael McCormick, fits that bill. It focuses on underrated cinematic gems that went unappreciated when they first came out.

Closeup of Roger Ebert memoir
Closeup of Roger Ebert memoir

An autobiography of my favorite film critic — and only Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic — Roger Ebert, who published his autobiography, Life Itself: A Memoir, in 2011 before his death in 2013. I mentioned this book here in this tribute post to Roger Ebert. What I always appreciated about Roger Ebert is how much of a movie FAN he was. I can relate to that. ♥

Closeup of The Image of Librarians in Cinema book
Closeup of The Image of Librarians in Cinema book

And, last but not least, one book that you actually won’t find on my movie collection bookshelf… because I refer to it so often that it just stays on my desk! 😀 It’s the invaluable 2005 book, The Image of Librarians in Cinema, 1917-1999, by Ray and Brenda Tevis, a book I refer to and quote a lot on this blog. I also reviewed this book here in this post.


So what does my personal collection of movie books say about me? I think it shows that I love reading about movies (and movie recommendations), plus I enjoy reading about movie critics and criticism. I think that is an apt reflection of what I do here on this site. 😉

What are your thoughts? Please leave a comment and share!


Sources used:


  • Christopher, Rob. Queue Tips: Discovering Your Next Great Movie. Huron Street Press, 2012.
  • Ebert, Roger. Life Itself: A Memoir. Grand Central, 2011.
  • Peary, Danny. Alternate Oscars: One Critic’s Defiant Choices for Best Picture, Actor and Actress – From 1927 to the Present. Delta / Dell Publishing, 1993.
  • Peske, Nancy, and Beverly West. Cinematherapy Goes to the Oscars. Universe, 2004.
  • Sillick, Ardis. The Critics Were Wrong: Misguided Movie Reviews and Film Criticism Gone Awry. Citadel Press, 1996.
  • Tevis, Ray, and Brenda Tevis. The Image of Librarians in Cinema 1917-1999. McFarland, 2005.
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Author: Jennifer

Librarian, blogger, movie lover

4 thoughts on “Sharing my personal collection of movie books”

  1. Very interesting! Now in terms of my media/movies section, what you’d find in my case is that I have loved monsters from a very young age. My oldest book is a “Dynamite” publication from the 1970s on movie monsters. I also have a Creature Features movie guide, a Psychotronic Video Guide, and Re/Search’s “Incredibly Strange Films,” as well as a variety of more typical film history volumes. More recently I’ve collected books about early cinema and the silent era.

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