Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Books That I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch. And yes, I definitely have some of these. My off-limits, NO YOU MAY NOT BORROW IT WHY DO YOU EVEN ASK books are all about the sentimental value. I’m not a book collector for the dollar value, and doubt that I have more than a handful of books that might actually be worth more than what I originally paid for them. The books that I guard and never, ever lend are ones that hold special meaning for me… and that I’d cry over if they ever got lost or damaged, or even *gasp* just a little dog-eared.

My top ten are:

1) Signed hardcover editions of The Sparrow and Children of God by Mary Doria Russell: The Sparrow is one of my all-time favorite books, and even though I had paperback copies, I jumped on these when I found them on EBay.

2) The thousand or so copies of Outlander books stacked up throughout my house: Call me crazy. I have hardcovers, anniversary editions, trade paperbacks, mass market paperbacks… multiple copies of every book in the Outlander series. And no, I don’t lend any of them.

3) Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill: I went to a book signing for Joe Hill’s first novel, back before he was quite as huge as he is now, and he was charming and all sorts of awesome. So I treasure this book. (It’s also scary AF.)

4) Graphic novels: I love all the graphic novels I’ve accumulated over the years, and since they’re all part of series, I don’t let any of them out of the house. Because I once did, and I ended up having to replace that volume when it got lost. (I’m still traumatized.)

5) Lamb by Christopher Moore: I have a very beat-up paperback edition of this book, but I really especially love my Bible-esque edition.

6) Everything Harry Potter: There are lots of sets of Harry Potter books in my house. Each of my kids has their own complete set, and I have mine — and mine are mine alone. I don’t share Harry Potter!

Wrapping up my list, it’s less about individual books and more about collections. I love these authors, and I love their books, and I keep my copies strictly to myself!

7) My Gail Carriger books (only some of which are pictured here):

8) My Patricia Briggs books (again, this isn’t all of them…)

9) Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant  — once again, my pictures don’t include all of my books by this author, but I do get to show off my gorgeous hardcovers from Subterranean Press.

And while I could go on, I’ll end with this one:

10) A really pretty illustrated edition of Pride and Prejudice, just because:

Do you lend your books? Do you have any that are off-limits? If you wrote a TTT post this week, please share your link!

25 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch

  1. I love lending out my books, but I have signed copies of Make Good Art and Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman that NOBODY (husband included, lol) is allowed to touch.

  2. We have the same P&P edition! Isn’t it so beautiful? I love the stained pages that are stamped as well. It’s just the loveliest and I wish they had her other books in the same kind of edition. I would go broke, but wouldn’t they just be the prettiest all together.

    • There really isn’t anything else I own that I feel as strongly about — I’d be happy to lend a friend pretty much anything EXCEPT my books. 🙂

  3. Great list, Lisa! I don’t think I could part with my Gail Carrigers or my Seanan McGuire/Mira Grants either, and Harry Potter made my list this week, too. I’ve heard amazing things about The Sparrow – I need to check it out!

  4. We have a lot of the same book taste!! I would never let anyone touch my Outlander or Patricia Briggs collections either! Haha. So cool that you’ve got a signed Joe Hill! I really enjoyed Heart-Shaped Box too, so spooky.

    • Hurray, I love meeting people who love the same books as me. 🙂 I’ve been to Joe Hill book signings twice, I think — this one and NOS4A2. He’s so nice and funny in person — you’d never know that he writes such terrifying books!

  5. I lend some of my books out to family members. Some I don’t like to leave my sight (although I’m remedying it by getting second copies). You have a nice collection here!

    • Thanks! I end up getting 2nd copies for certain books as well — sometimes it’s easier than nagging someone to give me back my book. 🙂

  6. I’ve never seen that edition of P&P! Can I borrow it 😉 Haha I have a ton of P&P editions and I won’t lend any of them! I actually bought an extra copy of the Barnes and Noble cheap edition in case anyone wants to borrow it (I haven’t convinced anyone to read it haha)

  7. Oh wow, you have so many nice books. I don’t have many anymore, but I guess one that I would never lend would be: Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk (my all-time favorite book)- I did lend a copy once, but never got it back and had to buy a new one. I have a whole lot of books I would be happy to lend and have them pass it along to someone else. That would make my family happy since they all think I have too many!

    • Ha, I know what you mean about family — my husband keeps urging me to pare down my “library”, and I keep telling him, maybe someday if we decide to move! Until then, no reason to take books off my shelves. 🙂 RIP, Herman Wouk. I was sad to hear of his passing this last week. I never did read Youngblood Hawke and I suppose I really should. I have old, old copies of Winds of War and War and REmembrance, and I think I might still have a battered old paperback of The Caine Mutiny hiding somewhere in my stacks.

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