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
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