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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?