Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’d Do Most Things To Own

So today’s official Top Ten Tuesday theme is Books That I Refuse To Let Anyone Touch. Truth is I don’t think I own ten books that I’d let anyone else touch… Maybe my limited edition copy of La Belle Sauvage… Truth be told most people I’d lend a book to understands how to look after a book so I can be pretty sure that they’d be returned in pristine condition, so even some of the personalised signed copies I own I’d trust to others. So instead I’m listing ten books I’d do most things to get my hands on (and then probably wouldn’t let anyone else touch)

I also had a little help from some friends reaching the full ten!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl


Books I’d Do Most Things To Own

First editions of the complete Harry Potter series

Like 99% of other major Harry Potter fans there’s probably not much I wouldn’t do to get my hands on first edition copies of all seven books in the series. They’d look so nice on my shelves! I don’t even need them to be signed by J.K. Rowling, although if they were I wouldn’t complain.

Limited edition of The Secret Commonwealth

Although nothing has yet been announced this one has the potential to become a reality. I’m hoping that in the coming months Waterstones will announce a special edition hardback to match the edition of La Belle Sauvage. I need it on my shelf!

Signed copies of the TV tie in editions of the Strike books

I don’t generally go for movie / TV tie in editions of books. That said I am willing to make an exception for the Strike books, especially if they come signed by Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger. I’m not greedy though, I’ll settle for just owning one of them for now…

A signed copy of The Hound Of The Baskervilles

I absolutely adore Sherlock Holmes, through the TV adaptations the character inspired my love of all things mystery, and I got my own copy of the complete works as a teenager. I’d happily have a signed copy of any of the Sherlock works, but as this is a fantasy list I’m going to select just one – The Hound of the Baskervilles having grown up in Devon I have a special affinity with this novel as it’s set on Dartmoor where I spent many a summer’s day growing up.

Signed copies of A Little Princess and The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden plays a huge role in my love of reading, as I’ve talked about many a time on SWB. I have beautiful copies of both of these books on my shelves but if I owned signed editions they would be up there with my most treasured possessions.

A signed edition of To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird is another novel that is hugely important to me. I’d adore a personalised signed copy to keep on my shelves, unfortunately with Harper Lee’s passing there’s no chance of that happening.

A signed edition of a Poirot novel

This is another mystery and Devon link for me. Agatha Christie was born in Devon and later in life owned the Greenway Estate on the banks of the River Dart. I love the Poirot novels and grew up watching the TV drama, I’d especially love to own a signed copy of Dead Man’s Folly as Greenway was the inspiration for the setting, and the TV adaptation was filmed there.

Signed edition of Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh has huge connections with my childhood. My grandma had all four books and I have fantastic memories of reading them with her. A copy signed by both A.A. Milne and Ernest H. Shepard would have pride of place on my bookcase.

Signed edition of Forever Geek

Amy from Golden Books Girl would love to get her hands on a signed copy of Forever Geek. She’s a huge fan of Holly Smale and this is the only title in the Geek Girl series she doesn’t have a signed copy of.

Signed, personalised first edition of Northern Lights

This is Charlotte of Charlotte, Somewhere‘s choice. In her Books That Made Me Me post you can see why this book means so much to her.

Round up comments. Let me know in the comments!

28 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’d Do Most Things To Own

  1. Emma's Library

    I’d also love special editions of any book in his Dark Materials trilogy! That was the series which launched me into the world of fantasy fiction! I’d also bend over backwards to get signed editions of Winnie the Pooh. The entire universe created for that lovable bear was my childhood too and I’d ask my dad to read me the poems and the stories over and over again before bed. They’re so magical for me!

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    1. Sarah - SWB

      Oh if they re-released His Dark Materials to match the La Belle Sauvage special edition I would be all over that!

      Childhood books hold such special memories – often as much about the time spent reading as the book itself. I’m really not a fan of The Hobbit, but will always find the time my dad spent reading it to me special.


    1. Sarah - SWB

      Wouldn’t it! I’ve probably technically got one or two as the print runs of the later books were so much larger. They’re back home at my mum’s so I can’t check. The early books in the series would be fantastic though

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    1. Sarah - SWB

      Thanks Kate! I’ve only got one copy with me currently, a couple are still back at my mum’s. I have the Puffin Classics cloth-bound edition I picked up from the bookshop in the main New York Public Library


  2. Brooke Lorren

    I’ve recently learned about the collectible link at Unfortunately, a first edition, first printing of Harry Potter starts at about $90. But it’s a good way to find rarer books. Most of the first editions I’m interested in are a lot less expensive.

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