BOOKS TOO GOOD TO OWN JUST ONCE
I have at least two copies of these books. Which do you own more than once over, and why?
- •The BibleI own multiple copies for the different translations - it helps me read in a fresh way - and also because I love to have a new Bible that I can colour code all over again as I read and underline things. Also, because I love crisp, fresh new books, and so having a new one now and again helps motivate me to read it.
- •Come to the Edge by Christina HaagI wrote in depth about why here: http://bookriot.com/2015/10/14/on-buying-the-same-book-again-and-again/. Essentially, I love this book with a love that can't be put into words, and the hardback is beautiful, and I can't stop myself from buying it whenever I see it. (I also own it on Kobo and Audio. Ahem.)
- •The Hours by Michael CunninghamI needed to start reading it and couldn't find my copy. If you saw my room, you'd understand. It is, however, a very worthy book of which to buy multiple copies. So good.
- •Paroles by Jacques PrévertI fell in love with poetry largely thanks to this French writer. My original copy, purchased in Belgium in something like 1990, is now in storage in the UK with many of my other belongings. But when I took a poetry translation class last year, I rediscovered him. Joy.
- •The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann SchafferBack in 1996-1997, I lived on the charming island of Guernsey (close to France but part of the British Isles). It was one of the happiest years of my life, in large part thanks to the lovely family with whom I lived. Years - maybe a decade! - later, they bought me this book. I already had it, had already read and loved it, but I can't bring myself to give away the one they bought me. Or the first one I read, with all my scribblings.
- •The Harry Potter series.I have all 7 in book form (4 in paperback, 3 in hardcover), audiobooks on cassette tape (because I bought them cheap in college) and audiobooks on CD (when I had more money to spend on entertainment). I already bought the new illustrated version of Sorcerer's Stone for my kids for Christmas!Suggested by @jenward
- •FrankensteinIn my office, multiple bookshelves, nightstand, everywhere--at least seven copies. My favorite book from 11th grade through grad school...and I even assign it to my undergrad students now. 😱👹💀Suggested by @ashsevans
- •Persuasion by Jane AustenI liked third book but grew to love it when I was in grad school. Picked up 2 editions of it, one the edition required for class, and the other the Norton edition. Norton Criticals always have smart, useful essays in the back that put novels in context and also delve into issues brought up in or by novels; highly recommend!Suggested by @LizDawson
- •The Catcher in the RyeSuggested by @ChrisK
- •Pride and PrejudiceI have a hard copy, a paperback that I keep in my car, a paperback on my classroom bookshelf, and a Barnes and Noble leather bound collectors edition of all Jane Austen novels. And I also have the ebook on my iPad. Oh! And my sister, @ellelamae gave me a poster with the entire novel in super tiny print around a silhouette of Elizabeth and Darcy.Suggested by @aakraus
- •Lolita by Vladimir NabokovMy favorite book, hands down. I own three copies of this book: two in paperback (one of which was lent to a friend who didn't return it and who I lost touch with,) and one in this really pretty special edition hardback.Suggested by @betch