I have been surrounded by books my whole life. From the moment I have distinct memories of places, we have always had books around our homes And since my Dad helped to manage university BOOKstores, they were always a backdrop for any conversation. This is all a good thing. I love books. They are such constant friends, ready to transport you into other minds and other perspectives.
I am a great fan of science fiction and fantasy, mostly because they begin in a reality and then move thoughtfully through that reality. All authors are skilled writers (duh!) but their gifts vary widely. Some are especially great at devising world systems, and then telling epic stories about those places. Others rely more on the human experiences of social development, but tell very interesting "alternates" to them, hinged perhaps on a subtle change to an outcome.
Of course, with an introduction like that, I could go in a dozen directions. But my intent was to talk about my little library. I have several hundred sci-fi/fantasy books. My wife has often referred to it as a part of my dowry. When we married, I sold off at least half of it, but have been building it back again. There are about 250 titles in the "already read" section, and another hundred or so in a "to be read" section. I keep that "to be read" section for the sole reason that I always want to have something that I know I will like at hand - it is a kind of reading security blanket for me. And I love me a good discussion about fantastic futures!
I expect that there will be plenty of time for reading in the next bit. I am always looking for good books to read, and participate in two book clubs already. Anyone with a good sci-fi/fantasy title to suggest? I am all ears. They help me focus on the future, and live outside the present...