My husband is vacation this week, and has a bad case of spring cleaning fever. However when he gets like this, there are benefits for me. He went and bought some new bookcases for the living room and the bed room. I was able to move a bunch of books out of my office and rearrange my chess books. My chess books had been on about 4 or 5 different shelves in different book cases so it was hard to know what I had. I took every single chess book I owned and put them in piles by various categories. No, I am not doing the Blue Devil Knight farewell book review thing seen here and here. He did a fine job on that. No need to reinvent the wheel.
That really tall stack contained books with really basic stuff that I use to teach kids. You can tell where my book buying priorities has been lately. Though the book on the top of that pile is the first chess book I ever bought back in 1971. The books to the right of the tall pile are chess related fiction, biographies, books about and games of Fischer, and other not so serious chess stuff. The two piles to the left, are game collections and opening books. All the other piles are middle game, tactics, analysis, and other serious topics. Hidden in one of those piles are classics such as "Think Like a Grandmaster" (Kotov), "Last Lectures" (Capablanca), "Contemporary Approach to the Middle Game" (Suetin) and Art of The Middle Game" (Keres and Kotov). All of those books are in English Descriptive. I think those 4 books combined cost less then Silman's Endgame book. Book were cheap in the 70s.
After getting all the books arranged and shelved I found I only had 4 duplicate books, and two of the duplicates were given to me. I did discover I had two different editions of Silman's "The Amateur Mind". I also found some DVDs that I forgot I even owned. The next step of the project is to figure out which of these books I should actually take off the shelf and study!