Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books that I Refuse to Let Anyone Borrow

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature that was created by The Broke and the Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Born from a love of lists and a love of books each week there’s a new topic for bloggers to list their ‘top ten’.

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Top Ten Books that I Refuse to Let Anyone Borrow

When I was in high school me and my friends always used to share our books, but now not so much. Now I don’t lend my books, and not because there’s no one I can trust with them just because of my friends and family I’m the only big reader. No one asks to borrow my books anymore but even if that all changed tomorrow the ten I’ve listed this week are books I will never part with, no matter how much I may trust whoever would be asking for them.


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

My copy of Strange the Dreamer is one of the first edition hardcovers that was published, with blue sprayed edges and illustrations on the title page. I got my copy from one of my Fairy Loot boxes and I also got it signed by Laini Taylor when I met her at YALC so it’s just too special to me to ever lend.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Other Stories by Lewis Carroll

I’ve loved this story ever since I was a child, so when I saw this collector’s edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland I knew I had to have it. It’s a gorgeous book but the pages so thin I’m honestly a little scared to read it myself, let alone lend it to someone else.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

While I don’t have as many editions of this book as I do either the Harry Potter series or the Shades of Magic trilogy I do have both a mass market paperback copy and a collector’s edition hardcover of Six of Crows. The paperback is to lend (if needs be), but the collector’s edition is for me alone.

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My Big Book of Fairy Tales

I’ve had this book for longer than I can remember. I thought I’d gotten rid of it a few years back (it’s very worse for wear, the spine has completely come off and it’s being held together with sellotape and prayers) and I was devastated, but luckily I’d just stored it in my parent’s attic. This is one of those books which is too damaged to leave my sight but which I’ll never get rid of for sentimental reasons.

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The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

Again I do have a mass market paperback copy of this book which I would lend to a friend if they wanted to read it, but I got an ARC of this book from the publisher which is very special to me, not only because it’s an ARC of one of my favourite series but it’s also the very first ARC I got.

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The Case of Beasts by Mark Salisbury

Is it cheating having two Harry Potter related books on this list? I like the Fantastic Beasts films and these books which go behind the scenes into the effects and costumes and the overall development have a lot of pull out sections which I’d worry about losing or damaging if I ever lent to someone.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

It doesn’t matter whether it’s my illustrated edition, my Hufflepuff hardcover copy, or the very first paperback I got of this book as a child (that granted is a little worse for wear now), none of my copies of any Harry Potter book are leaving my bookshelves unless I’m the one reading them.

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This is my all-time favourite standalone book. I only have one copy (for now, one day I’d love to add a hardcover edition to my shelves as well) and as much as I want everyone to read this book and love it as much as I did I don’t think I could bring myself to part with it even for a short while.

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I have a UK paperback copy of A Darker Shade of Magic, which is what I’ll lend if anyone wants to borrow it. The US hardcover edition, which I brought because I loved the cover design, and the collector’s edition, which I brought because why not, are not to be lent to anyone.

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Night World by L.J. Smith

I credit this series with getting me hooked on fantasy stories before Twilight came along. The very first copies of the Night World series I have have cracked spines and they’ve all got different covers (which isn’t how I like my books to be for aesthetic reasons) but again they’re sentimental to me.

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Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday?

Do you have any books that you’d never lend to someone, no matter how much you may trust that person? Are there any books you own that you don’t even trust yourself with?

Do you share your books with your friends, or like me is it something you used to do when you were younger but not so much now for whatever reason?

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40 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books that I Refuse to Let Anyone Borrow

  1. I honestly don’t lend any books to anyone anymore… Unless I don’t care for them. I don’t let many people borrow any personal items, to be honest!
    I learned my lesson when a classmate once returned a book we were studying filled with underlined quotes and notes on the sides – I was livid. Not only because I had lent it to her so she wouldn’t have to buy it herself, but because
    At the time I don’t think I said anything to that person because I used to avoid confrontation at all costs, and I didn’t specify I didn’t want her to write on it. But it just felt like common sense to me! I would have never written on someone else’s books. So it really hurt me and I cut ties with that person for that very reason. I also spent about an hour carefully erasing all the pencil marks from the book, which was no small task.
    It might be seen as overreacting by some people, but to me it was justified and I think all book bloggers can relate to some degree. Some people can be really disrespectful with other people’s belongings, so I just don’t risk it anymore.
    Good for you for doing the same, Beth, especially when some books are just too special / rare to bear parting with them! It sounds like you have a lovely collection too, especially that Fairy Tales book which just looks so precious and carries such an emotional weight to it ❤

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    1. I actually don’t think I have many books that I don’t care for, I mean I wouldn’t mind lending one of my trade paperback copies because they’re easily replaced but even with those I’d still only lend them to someone I really trust.
      Oh that would make me furious, also I wouldn’t have really thought telling someone not to write their own notes on your copy of a book was something you’d need to specify! If I had someone lend me their copy I wouldn’t even think of writing in the margins (if I needed to make notes I’d make them on a separate piece of paper, at the very least). It’s definitely common sense, I would have been furious as well and yeah I would have spent that time erasing all the pencil marks too (I suppose at least they weren’t written in pen)!
      Honestly re-discovering that fairytale book pretty much made my month! I really did think I’d thrown it out so discovering I hadn’t was such a relief. 🙂

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  2. I rarely lend books to people these days, mainly because most of the people I know aren’t big readers. I could never part with my collector’s edition of Six of Crows either.

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  3. Ahh this is a lovely post and all of the books you picked look so stunning, I get why you wouldn’t want to part with them, even just for a little while haha 🙂 I rarely ever lend my books, well except to my sister but I know I can trust her with them, otherwise I just, don’t. I’m not surrounded by big readers unfortunately and even if I were, I think I hold my books too close to my heart haha. ❤

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    1. Thanks Marie. 🙂 ❤️ Yeah these books are just too precious to me to ever part with them. Ha, I don’t even think I’d lend any of mine to my sister, mainly because I don’t think I can trust her with my books but also because she’s not a big reader.
      Yeah I guess on one hand it’s a shame we’re not surrounded by more big readers, but on the other I guess it means we get to keep our books to ourselves. 🙂

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  4. Oh my gosh, that Strange the Dreamer book is GORGEOUS! I’m so jealous. xD Never heard of The Song Rising, but that’s a pretty cover, and getting your first ARC is always such a special occasion. 🙂 That Fantastic Beasts book is so pretty, too! *flails* I haven’t seen that version before.

    Here’s my TTT post.

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    1. Oh the second I saw how gorgeous it was I knew I had to have it. Oh The Song Rising is part of one of my favourite series, it’s what made getting the ARC even better!
      That version is a movie book, it goes into the behind the scenes of the making of the films. I saw it and it was so gorgeous I couldn’t resist. 🙂

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  5. I usually frown on having multiple copies of books but thinking about it in terms of loaning out books, it might be something I need to do! I want to be able to share my favourites with people (The Night Circus, A Darker Shade of Magic, Strange the Dreamer to name a few) but I don’t want the repeat experience of someone not giving me my books back.

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    1. Yeah that’s what I was thinking, when it comes to multiple copies it’s normally reserved for my all-time favourite authors and/or collectors editions. It’s come in handy because if someone ever wants to borrow one I can give them the least valuable/sentimental version I own, and not have to worry about losing something special to me. 🙂

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  6. Great list! I also have some books I keep mainly to lend, that is such a smart thing to do. I have those Darker Shades of Magic different covers as well, I think all of the ones that are in English, and they made my list too.

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    1. Yeah because I want to lend people my favourite books, and have them experience the same amazing story I did, but at the same time I can’t bear to part with some of my editions. Best of both worlds that way.
      V.E. Schwab is one of my favourite authors, I just have to have multiple copies of her books! 😀

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  7. Oooh that’s such a lovely copy of Alice in Wonderland! I agree about not lending out special editions like that, especially when they can’t be easily (or cheaply) replaced.

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  8. I absolutely adore the US cover of A Darker Shade of Magic, it’s probably tied for first as my favorite cover of all time. It’s so clean and so symbolic; that’s my favorite thing about it!

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  9. I used to let people borrow books, since I recommend my favourites all the time, but it’s gotten to the point where a lot of my fave books are signed or special editions. I almost didn’t get my signed copy of Crooked Kingdom back (a friend borrowed it for a whole year) and I am just never ever lending out my first edition UK Strange the Dreamer. I’m also never lending my copies of ACOTAR and ACOMAF (both have really cute messages in them from SJM). My old HP copies are also definitely not an option for loaning because to me, they’re a part of my childhood and one of my favourite possessions. I do let certain friends borrow books, but I have to trust them a lot to let them near signed or favourite books!

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    1. Yeah it’s one of the problems with lending things out isn’t it. It’s not quite the same but I lent a DVD to one of my work colleagues and never got it back because she left the business shortly after and hadn’t watched it at the time. If that was one of my books (like a signed/first/collectors edition) I would have been devastated (as it was a DVD I just brought a new copy).
      Oh those SJM books must be really special then, none of my signed editions leave my sight, and yeah it doesn’t matter what one of my HO editions it is no one is getting their hands on my copies. I wouldn’t even say I’d trust certain friends! 🙂

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  10. Nice selection. Just out of curiosity, does your My Big Book of Fairy Tales include some Russian fairy tales or the winter scenery on the cover suggests only Hans Christian Andersen stories?

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    1. I can’t say for sure, I love fairy tales but I’m not up to speed on what different countries some of the more obscure ones originate from. I think there are a couple of Russian ones, and I don’t think they’re all by Hans Christian Anderson, for example this book doesn’t have The Little Mermaid which I know is one of his.

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  11. This is a wonderful list! I don’t really have anyone that I lend books to on a consistent basis, but I have to say that I’d also have trouble lending my Harry Potter books…they’re already old, well-loved, and kind of falling apart and I just don’t think I could let them out of my sight.😂

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    1. Thanks so much Olivia. 🙂 Yeah to be honest I think even if I was willing to lend these books I don’t have anyone who I would lend them too, means I don’t have to worry about any of them being damaged at least!
      With the old, well-loved books we have to give them that little bit of extra care don’t we? They’re too special. 🙂 ❤️

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  12. You have a great selection of books Beth! 😀 ❤️ We have the same collection of the Philosopher’s Stone! The only exception is I have the Slytherin 20th anniversary collectors edition 😛 I still need to get the Chamber of Secrets 20th anniversary edition!
    Night World!! I’ve only ever seen them in the giant volumes, not as individual books, but it makes sense that there are individual books! I love your collection! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Meghan. 🙂 ❤️ Yeah when it comes to Harry Potter I can’t resist, I need every edition they release for my collection! Oh for those ones you have to collect your house don’t you? The Prisoner of Azkaban comes out next month I think.
      Yeah I mean this was years ago, back when I was just starting out high school so nearly 20 years, but they were the first editions I read and the first editions I owned so they’re special to me. 🙂

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