Top 10 Tuesdays: Books That I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch

I kind of feel like this week’s prompt doesn’t apply to me, since I rarely let anyone borrow my books anyway. If I lend out a book at all, it’s generally something that I’ve already read so I won’t mind if it takes the person a long time to get it back to me. I’m not very inclined to lend my books out though because I don’t like when my books get damaged. I’m a little more lenient with the books that I bought from Book Outlet, but otherwise the books I buy tend to be expensive (hardcovers, usually) so I don’t like to risk them getting ruined. I know it’s kind of selfish of me and I’d like to think that people will take care of borrowed items, but you never know. I’ve damaged or stained a few of my own books too, so there’s definitely always a risk. Rationally I know that a book is meant to be opened and read and it shouldn’t really matter if it isn’t in perfect condition anymore, but it still really bothers me.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I’m not going to go into detail about the books I’ve chosen since the reasons are mostly the same. Many of these are books that were on the expensive side, or that I waited a long time to get, so I’m especially reluctant to let go of them:

  1. The Addams Family: An Evilution – This was a birthday present and quite a pricey book!
  2. My Harry Potter series – I’ve already smudged Prisoner of Azkaban with chocolate once, so I don’t really want anything else to happen to them.
  3. My Throne of Glass boxset – I had to wait until this was on sale and I had a gift card before I would even consider buying it, so I’m now very hesitant to let go of any of the books
  4. Crosstalk – It took a really long time to find a copy of this one that didn’t cost more than $30
  5. My Daughter of Smoke & Bone boxset – These are softcovers, so I’m especially worried about them getting damaged. I would have preferred hardcover for such long books, but they didn’t seem to exist.
  6. My A Court of Thorns and Roses boxset – Again, it was a bit on the expensive side and I’d really like to keep them in good condition
  7. The Thirteenth Tale – I very recently bought this one from Book Outlet, after agonizing for quite a while about whether it would be in decent condition (it was!) but it is softcover, and I would like to keep it in good condition
  8. The Raven Cycle series – There wasn’t a boxset for these so I bought all of the hardcovers separately, and given that they have mostly white cover/spines, they seem very easy to mess up
  9. My Jodi Picoult books – All but the most recent one of them are softcovers, and considering she is my favourite author, I don’t want anything to happen to them.
  10. My Red Queen series – I bought all four of these because I loved the first book, and although I can see why people have problems with the series, I really enjoyed it. I don’t want anyone to touch them because four lengthy hardcovers were quite expensive!

4 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesdays: Books That I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch

  1. No need to apologize, I think most of us don’t particularly like lending books. I used to be generous with lending my books and as a result, many (too many I should say) got damaged. We pour a lot of effort and money into collecting books, and it’s only fair that we take care of them. Your books sound gorgeous! I’d love to have the Daughter of Smoke & Bone boxset because I really want to read that series.


  2. There definitely seems to be a trend about people not wanting to lend out books, and it makes perfect sense. If you enjoyed The Thirteenth Tale, I’d recommend Setterfield’s new book, Once Upon A River. 🙂 Little bit different vibe, but it was a good read. I learned the hard way about not lending the HP series, because I lent out a couple books and never got them back and then had to re-buy them, and man, they aren’t cheap. Or they weren’t then, at least. Great list!

    Here’s my TTT post.

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