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If you want to be my friend, there is only one unbreakable rule you should follow: Do not touch my books (unless I tell you to).
I know, books are meant to be read and loved, and you can do whatever you want to your own books! Do you want to highlight them? Bend their covers? Crack their spines? (
To me that sounds like torture) BUT you are free to do all this! I have many friends who love to hurt – ahem, I mean personalize their books. It is absolutely okay, as long as it’s your copy. Yours. Bought by you. Owned by you and you alone. Not a copy you lent from someone else. And this is where it gets shady.
For the most part, I don’t just let people touch my books. I’ve had one too many instances in which I lend a book that is NEVER returned to me, or it is returned in a damnable condition. This is why I have several copies of books that I keep specifically to share them and look like I’m a good sport who has no weird obsession with her books whatsoever. Rarely, I do lend important books to people I know will take care of them, meaning they know me and know better than to harm them. I have a friend who secretly got me another copy of a book she damaged. I could tell the difference, but I appreciated the sentiment.
Even those special people who have access to my library are
almost always banned from certain books, and here is a list of said books:
1.Oscar Wilde Early Editions
I own a collection from 1901 of Oscar Wilde’s work that I got as a gift for my 19th birthday. They are so fragile not even I dare touch them, as the leather almost crumbles to the touch.
2. The Raven Cycle
I first acquired the paperback edition of this series but soon discovered it’s way too delicate. I gave those to my sister and found the whole series signed by the author at Fountain Bookstore.
3. All the Owlcrate editions
I got my first Owlcrate box as a one-time purchase when they had a special edition of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. Now I receive an Owlcrate box each month. Each book comes signed. I love the amount of detail they put to their boxes, and so I treasure those books too much to let anybody touch them.
4. Shades of Magic Trilogy
I still haven’t read these books, but I own many copies of them. I have the paperback box set, which I got from Book Outlet for 15$ (normal price 50$). I own the UK hardcover and paperback editions, and I also own the Special Collector’s editions. So many copies of a series I haven’t read, I know, but I love V.E. Schwab and I know a bit about the story, so I’m confident this will be a favorite and I’ll be glad I own all these copies.
5.Michael Jackson commemorative 2009 magazines
Doesn’t really count as books, but I own most of the magazines that came out the month he died, from Rolling Stone to People. They were hard to find and as magazines, they are pretty damageable, so I try not to touch them if I can avoid it.
6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Illustrated Edition
I have lots, lots of different editions of these books. I love the Illustrated editions and I am collecting them as they come out, but this one is particularly special because it’s signed by Jim Kay, the artist behind the beautiful artwork on these books.
7. Adam Silvera
I went to a book signing in New York last year for the release of What If It’s Us, where I got to meet Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli. It wasn’t planned, I simply got into Barnes and Noble and realized they would have the book signing a couple of hours later. So, I wasn’t able to bring all my books for them to sign, but I happened to have with me (a matter of destiny I am inclined to conclude) They Both Die at the End, More Happy Than Not, and History is All You Left Me.
8. DC and Marvel Comics
I own few physical copies because comics are expensive, so I buy the ones I liked the most or I find the artwork particularly beautiful, or I simply get them as a gift. The reason why I don’t let people touch them is the same as magazines, they are extremely delicate and people tend to open them too much, causing tearing, folding, or any other unrepairable damage.
9. Marvel Studios Cinematic Universe Phase 1, 2 and 3 Boxes
I know this is cheating because these are BluRays, but I keep them on my bookshelf and I want to get to 10 so you’ll have to go along with it. These boxes are beautiful, containing five or six movies each (plus a BluRay with bonus features), beautiful artwork and small replicas of the official movie posters. It’s a beautiful collection to own if you love the MCU (which I adore).
10. Freddie Mercury: A Kind of Magic Hardcover
I love this book for three reasons: it’s huge, it’s about Freddie, and it has lots of pictures. I don’t think anything more is to be said.
There it is, some of the things I wouldn’t let anyone touch. What are some treasures you refuse to let other people touch? Let me know and link your TTT in the comments!