Reading Pretty Books

Like many of you I love to have beautiful books.  Given a choice between two editions of the same book, I will always choose the one I think prettiest (unless it is ridiculously expensive!).

This can cause me a dilemma though.  Sometimes one of my very favourite books will be reissued with a stunningly beautiful cover and I have to decide whether I can justify purchasing another copy of the same book.

In some cases it is easy – I bought all of the hardcover reissues of the original Swallows and Amazons covers to replace my battered paperbacks which were just not so pretty.  When my sister found a box of vintage Famous Five books – mostly with dustjackets – going for a song at our village fête I didn’t hesitate to get rid of those paperbacks either.  Although, I did keep my 3-in-1 copy of the first three books because it brought back such wonderful memories.

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Sometimes it is harder though.  There are some beautiful editions of Anne of Green Gables available now and I would so love to have them on my shelf.  My copy is not all that pretty but I am quite attached to it and it is stuffed full of pressed flowers and other memorabilia so I am loathe to part with it.

I know many people have multiple copies of the same book and that would solve a lot of problems but also create a whole new one – where would I keep them all?  I barely have room for the books I have now so having many different editions of a book is a slippery slope I have so far avoided.  It can be hard to resist though!

6 thoughts on “Reading Pretty Books

  1. So so understand this problem ❤️ I have one or two favourites where I have two or three copies, so far not many and not whole series so it’s not too much of a problem!!… And I also have a 3 in 1 original Famous Five I will never part with! I have a couple of copies of some Anne of Green Gables as I got a lovely set a couple of years ago for my birthday but the originals of a couple of the individual volumes I remember reading certain times and places just have to stay.. that vintage Famous Five shelf is just absolutely beautiful ❤️

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    • Thank you, I do love that shelf! I am so glad it’s not just me – people think it’s odd but books really can transport me back to the first time I read them and that’s a hard thing to lose!

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