Sixteen Books I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch

Posted May 20, 2019 by Jana in About Me, Top Ten Tuesday / 15 Comments

We all have those books that really mean something to us, whether it be a personalized inscription from the author, a valuable edition, or pure sentimental value. I tend to really hate loaning out books to friends and family, but the following ten books are ones I would never even consider parting with. Thanks to Savannah Grace at Scattered Scribblings for submitting this fun topic! Show me your book babies!

1. On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves (First Edition)
OtI was originally self-published long ago, and I was on a blog tour for the book. As a thank you, Tracey sent me a personalized and autographed paperback copy of the book with its very first cover. It meant so much to me that she would do that, and it’s one of my most prized bookish possessions.

2. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks (ARC)
This was the first ever ARC I received after writing to the publisher and requesting it. I was SO EXCITED! Anna came to do a signing here a few months later, and she drew a little shark on the cover page and signed it.

3. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (Teeny tiny hardcover)
I bought this copy of Romeo and Juliet from Shakespeare & Company in Paris. I had the cashier stamp it with the store’s logo, and it’s a wonderful souvenir of my being able to check off a huge bucket list item. I never thought I’d ever be able to visit that magical little bookstore right next to Notre Dame. :)

4-15. The entire Avon True Romance Series for Teens (Paperbacks)
Technically, this is a major cheat since the series is 12 books long, but they go together! This series is no longer in print, which is so sad! It’s a series of historical romance novels written with teens in mind by popular authors of the historical romance genre (Meg Cabot, Karen Hawkins, Beverly Jenkins, etc.). I loved these books so much, and they were the first “YA” I’d ever read.

16. Cress by Marissa Meyer (Hardback)
My blog is mentioned in the back of this book, plus I got to meet Marissa Meyer again and have her sign/personalize it for me!

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15 responses to “Sixteen Books I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch

  1. I can’t think of books that I wouldn’t loan out. I don’t have autographed books or first editions. I used to save books but because I have so many bookshelves full, I no longer keep them after I read them. You have some good reasons to keep yours.

  2. I didn’t know about the Avon True Romance series for teens. I’ll have to check it out, as I am a fan of a few of those authors.

    I didn’t get to do a list of books I wouldn’t let anyone else touch; I’ve been too busy to blog much recently. But if I had, I would have included my signed books. They are an eclectic mix, and I have a surprising number of them, going clear back to the original three Pern books signed by Anne McCaffrey way back when I was in high school in the late ’70s.) I would also include the children’s books that were owned by my mother and passed on to me, and some out-of-print books I’ve collected, and the various books I bought on trips abroad, because they remind me of my travels. When you’ve been collecting books for 50 of your 50-mumble years, you end up with a lot you can’t bear to part with!