This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:
- Hardcover? Or paperback?
- Illustrations? Or just text?
- First editions? Or you don’t care?
- Signed by the author? Or not?
I’ve never been a book collector. It’s always been my dream to be able to collect every single book I read, but I realized by the age of, oh, I don’t know, 18 or so that keeping every book I’d ever read would be next to impossible.
Also, I’m of the variety that books should be used. I don’t want my books to have to sit behind a glass case where people can’t touch them. I know people who collect books, but for as much as I read, I don’t really get it.
BUT, I’ve been going to author appearances for the first time in my life in the past couple of years, and I am a SUCKER for books I can get personalized. I fear those books will quickly overtake my already overflowing bookcase, making it that much more difficult to cull out unnecessary books when the time comes.
What is it with those personalized books that makes them so appealing? I think it’s that I’ve made a connection with the author. I have proof that my hero knew I existed, if at least for a minute or two. Authors — they are my rock stars. And if they sign a book that I’ve read (or have every intention of reading), that I’ve loved, then I will treasure that book.
I promise, though, for as much as I am a rabid fan of various authors, I will never ask them to sign my breasts.
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