August 9, 2007

Booking Through Thursday: Multiples

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Booking Through Thursday

Do you have multiple copies of any of your books?If so, why? Absent-mindedness? You love them that much? First Editions for the shelf, but paperbacks to read? If not, why not? Not enough space? Not enough money? Too sensible to do something so foolish?

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I don't think I do. If I do it's by accident, I try to only buy books I know I don't have. I have borrowed books from the library I've already read because of absentmindedness though. I've even gotten halfway through before I realized it.

I have been tempted by shiny new version of the ancient ones I already have and love, like Wuthering Heights. But books can be expensive and if I want to keep reading new books, I can't be rebuying the old ones.


  1. Exactly and well said!

    Happy BTT :-)

  2. I share the same sentiment, Chris. I don't think I have any duplicates except for the Bible.

    Happy BTT!

  3. I do that...get urges to buy pretty new copies of my old ratty books. Especially classics. I love a shiny new classic.

  4. That's true -- I'd rather spend the money on new ones!

  5. I am tempted to buy new copies of some old ones if I really loved the book, but I don't too often. Except for TKM.

  6. LOL me too about the library books...
    Yes there are so many books to discover..

  7. I've bookmooched something and then found that same book already in my TBR pile. And yeah, I've done that library book thing, too!

  8. New and shiny copies of books we already have - I think one of the few times I would invest in a new copy of a book I already have is if that old copy is falling apart. My husband likes to have hardback copies and paperback copies of some of his favorites. Most of our duplicates are because of him. I admit that I bought a duplicate on purpose once because of convenience. The hardback I had originally bought was so big. Usually if I duplicate a book it's by accident.

  9. I have two copies of collections of Shakespeare's plays. One is from college, the other is an old collector's copy given me by my parents. Other than that, I don't like to double up. There are two many books around the house as it is! We make yearly pilgrimages to the library book donation box to make room for the new books.

  10. Literary Feline- You're lucky to have a hubby that shares your passion.

    Karen- I've been selling my old books to the used book store for credit. The only problem is once I'm in there, well, it can't hurt to look around...

  11. I've been tricked a couple of times by reissued books with a new cover.

    I've done that at the library too! Funny, that.

  12. Thanks for the comment. It's nice to see another Canadian book blogger.

  13. I have to say I do have a couple of doubles. Borders rereleased a large number of classics this past year for under $10 a piece so I replaced a lot of my older well worn copies. I put those away to give to my kids when they get old enough to read and put the pretty new ones on the shelf :)

  14. Booklogged- If you mean 'yous' as in 'yous guys', then I think that's a generally Maritime thing, although I'm not sure about NB. I catch myself saying it sometime, but try not to.

    You should have picked up "Da Mudder Tung- A Cape Breton Slang Dictionary" by Glen Gray. It's a novelty item, more than anything, but it's so true.
    Here's "Ewes": "Ewes guys bedder keep yer yap shut or I'm coming up der with a tuba fore" (Two by Four). I swear I could hear that on any given day. Here's the website:

  15. It's so wierd that I have multiple copies of Donna Tartt's The Secret History. I found them at a used book sale, and I guess I just thought they'd make good gifts because I enjoyed that book so much. Of course, I have about a million copies of the Bible (in every translation I can think of!).


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