My mom likes to go by yardsales and she also knows that I like Harry Potter. She recently picked up a few books for me and in passing them off to me she knowingly said that one was a first edition. She was excited about this even though she hasn’t read or watched Harry Potter.
Cool. Nice. Uh-huh.
I have a handful of signed copies by favorite authors, but other than that I am pretty easy about books – first edition or not, hardback or paperback, fancy jacket or not, used library edition or brand spanking new. I even have some paperbacks from highschool and college which have lost their covers. At least with a beatup paperback, you know the story has been read and loved. Isn’t that a sign of a good story? There are a few ARCs that roam my shelves freely, not fenced into a special shelf location.
Do you populate your shelves with special editions, shiny jackets, and never-opened books? Or do you have a mix on your shelves?
What makes a book special? My beatup paperback Storm Front signed by Jim Butcher, my first Guy Gavriel Kay novel A Song for Arbonne, worn out used paperback Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey that I have had for over a decade is still kicking around, and my History of Quidditch that My Main Man got me for a birthday several years ago – all good stuff.