So I’ve been having a near-enough breakdown over the past few weeks over my book collection. I am running out of room even though I have bookshelves in pretty much every room of my house, I don’t know how to organise them plus I’m still adding to my collection. However, whilst sorting out my books, I’ve found a few that I realise I treasure for various reasons and I thought I’d share them here. These are books that I have read and loved (minus one, bear with me) and decided to pick up a ‘special’ edition of.
by Jay Kristoff
So let’s start with the (minus one) book I mentioned earlier. Despite having this in my collection and reading it when it first came out, I am no longer Jay’s biggest fan after problematic aspects were pointed out in his books which he just ignored. Therefore, I did not continue with the series. However, before all this came to light, I’d already ordered this copy which is a first edition, signed copy (one of 250 printed.) All I’ll say is that it’s a shame that it’s so bloody pretty.
Vicious & Vengeful
by V.E. Schwab
Ok, so whilst writing this, I suddenly remembered I still haven’t read Vengeful and I originally read Vicious a long time ago and can hardly remember anything. However, I just had to grab these matching hardbacks when I saw them. They look so pretty side by side and the almost cloth-like cover is amazing. Definitely need to go back to these at one point despite hearing some mixed reviews over Vengeful.
by Mary Shelley
One of the best things about classics is that there are many editions of them. I originally bought a mass paperback version of it but after reading it and loving it, I decided to hunt down a special copy. I found this one in Waterstones and I love it. It has little hearts all over the front cover and spine! It also has the quote you see on the front cover and also one on the back as well as a little ribbon bookmark. This is one I need to reread and annotate.
Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
Ok, this is probably the one people would be like huh? after seeing. I studied this book for my English Literature GCSE back in the day and long story short, because of illness, I had to study by GCSEs at home, by myself. It was thanks to this book that I managed to achieve an A* so for purely sentimental reasons, I decided to upgrade my heavily annotated paperback version and buy this Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition. It has deckled edges and french flaps and it is so bloody colourful and pretty.
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
As of writing this, I currently own 5 copies of this book and honestly, is anybody surprised? However, thanks to the amazing Beth, I was able to grab a copy of the Barnes & Noble edition as she was selling it over on Twitter. This is what it looks like without the dust jacket and it’s so bloody pretty with the bird illustration in gold. I just love it and I’m happy to add it to my ever-growing collection.
Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo
For some reason, I have three copies of this book and I didn’t realise until I was sorting my shelves out. Although I have the UK paperback and hardback, this is my little pride and joy – the collector’s edition. This naked hardcover has red sprayed edges and the illustrations of the Dregs on the last few pages which are just amazing. Not pictured, but yes I’ve preordered the new collector’s edition of Crooked Kingdom to match it so I’ll have three of each.
Game of Thrones
by George R.R. Martin
I don’t know if I have spoken much about it on this blog, but I am a huge fan of the ASOIAF series so when I saw this edition, I had to get it alongside my normal paperback versions. This is the illustrated version – it’s a chunky monkey that features both black and white and coloured illustrations throughout. It also has the little ribbon bookmark and the most simplistic but beautiful cover and spine. I kinda hope there will be an edition for each book.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
by J.K. Rowling
Ok, ok. Here’s my thing. Do I want to be giving more money to Joanne? No. But am I a weak bitch? Yes. My only saving grace here is that I didn’t get the edition for every house. Ok, so this is the Gryffindor edition of the 20th anniversary edition of The Philosopher’s Stone. It is, of course, black and red with red and gold sprayed edges. It features the little Gryffindor house motto and info on the inside flap and I love it ok. I also have the full red paperback version too. But I’m stopping after this, I promise.
And that is everything. As I said, I am still adding to my collection hence the Part I in the title so I will definitely make this a thing once a year or so. What is your favourite books in your collection? Let me know in the comments!
Lots of Love,