I’ve missed quite a few Tuesdays, but I’m excited for this one! This week we’re talking about our most precious book babies. The ones we won’t loan out, or even allow those closest to us to touch. Since I live with my boyfriend, I’m going to talk about the books that I don’t allow him to read/touch. I don’t specifically tell him not to, but I would feel anxious if he were to move these titles.
1. My shop books
Since I have a lot of books in my house that are technically art, and on sale through my Etsy shop, I don’t like for anyone to move them or touch them more than is strictly necessary. I want to make sure they stay as pristine as possible for my customers.
2. Priory BEA ARC
I was fortunate enough to trade for an ARC of Priory of the Orange Tree that was given out at BEA last year. It is definitely one of my most prized possessions, and it will live safely on my shelves for most of its days. Definitely one that I don’t plan to ever trade away.
3. FairyLoot edition of Strange the Dreamer
This is one of the most beautiful books…ever? Inside and out I just adore it. Sadly the sequel did not meet my expectations the first time around, but I will always have a deep love of this book.
4. Other Signed ARCs
Whenever I get to attend conventions with a large book presence, I tend to come home with a good number of new signed ARCs. I like to keep these as perfect as I can, which can be tough since they need to be transported a lot. After they get home, I take a few photos and then they live on my ARC shelf. I read them once typically, but I won’t loan them out often.
5. UK Hardcovers of The Stormlight Archives
I only have copies of Words of Radiance and Oathbringer, but because they are very white books, I don’t like to take them down off the shelf often. I don’t think I would trust anyone not to make a mess of them, and I know they would be difficult to replace. One day I hope to get a UK hardcover of Way of Kings, but I really doubt it’ll happen.
Cutting off the list there today! I honestly don’t have many specific titles I would stop people from reading. I am rather precious with my books. I like to keep them crease and fold free when I can. Let me know what books you value the highest on your shelf! Happy Tuesday!