This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:
Hardcover? Or paperback?
Illustrations? Or just text?
First editions? Or you don’t care?
Signed by the author? Or not?
Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!
I’m not a collector, not of books or really anything.
I used to collect things when I was younger. I had a lovely collection of cobalt blue glass bottles. It was fun scouring antique stores to find just the perfect piece to add to my collection. And then there was my antique photo phase. I had an intense love and curiousity about late 19th century photos of children with games or toys. I collected dozens of them, going through dusty old boxes of other people’s family photos in basements and backrooms of stores, and would squeal when I found a new one. I’d research the studio, figure out when the photos were made by the borders, the type, the dress. I loved it.
After my kids came along I no longer had time for those kinds of treasure hunts, and I discovered that antique stores and babies/toddlers really don’t mix. Now that a decade has gone by since my kids were born, I find I’m not that interested in spending my time that way anymore.
But books. As much as I love them I don’t feel the need to surround myself with them. I rarely re-read a book. Plus collections are labor intensive. They need to be dusted. They need to be arranged and moved from one place to the next. They are heavy. And they take up way too much space. So I like to set my books free.
I have a small collection of books that I keep. Beloved titles in hardcover and a few first editions. I have a number of books that are personalized to me by the author- some of those I don’t even LIKE but because they’ve been signed, I keep them. But I’m not overly attached to my books. They are to be shared, lent out, donated, given away.
What about you- are you a collector of books? Of other things?