Let’s go Booking Through Thursday! This week we’re discussing collectible books:
• Hardcover? Or paperback?
• Illustrations? Or just text?
• First editions? Or you don’t care?
• Signed by the author? Or not?
I don’t really “collect” books, persay — my novels are well-read, shared and well-loved. I treat them with as much care as possible, but I don’t cradle them with the tips of my fingers to avoid getting any sort of smudge on them. Unless they’re signed, or otherwise crucially important to me! And then I’ll just buy a second copy to actually read, as I did with Marisa de los Santos’s Belong To Me. The copy with the signed book plate doesn’t move from my shelf! I’m not picky about conditions, or about the format of the book — though I prefer paperbacks over hardcovers any day. For one, they’re just lighter and easier to read! And they’re more comfortable to carry in a bag.
The only books I can see I’ve really “collected” would be the series I’ve read and loved: J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. Twilight and New Moon are in paperback; Eclipse and Breaking Dawn are, of course, hardcovers. I’m not picky. I also have a mixture of paperbacks in the Harry Potter series, though my sister has her original books in hardcover. When I decided to finally read the series, many of the early novels were in paperback — and hey, I save money where I can! So they’re a mish-mash of reading fun.