Book Obsession (a top ten list)

August 18, 2015 | 11 comments


Some people have favourite authors whose books they always buy (see the linkup hosted by The Broke and the Bookish for examples). Others (or am I the only one?) have specific books they cannot resist to buy, no matter how many copies they already own. The top ten books (and series) I constantly want more copies of are, in no particular order:

1. The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. This is one of my all-time favourite series. I have the kindle edition for all 7 books, the first hardcover edition of the first 5 books in Swedish from Tiden (my favourite cover art series), the hardcover edition of the first 4 books in English, and random hardcover editions of the last 3 books in English. I also want the paperback 15th anniversary edition from Scholastic.

2. The Narnia books by C.S. Lewis. I have the individual books in hardcover in Swedish and this combined hardcover edition in English. I also really want this edition with the purple leather cover from Barnes & Noble, and the hardcover series with jacket art by David Wiesner and illustrations by Pauline Baynes.

3. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. I have the Kindle edition of the first book, The Golden Compass, but I really want the paperback series from Scholastic and this illustrated edition from The Folio Society.

4. Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley. The sequel to Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind. I have the hardcover edition in both English and Swedish, and a kindle edition in case I want to read it while traveling (the print edition is over >800 pages).

5. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I have at least two editions in Swedish, a paperback edition in English, and two different kindle editions, but I really want the illustrated edition from The Folio Society.

6. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder. This might be the book that started my book collection (obsession). I loved it as a teenager, and over the years I’ve bought 4 copies of the paperback edition: two in Swedish and two in English (the blue and the red cover).

7. Extraordinary Voyages by Jules Verne. Specifically, I might be slightly obsessed with Around the World in Eighty Days, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Journey to the Center of the Earth. I have the big collection in both hardcover and kindle editions, but my favourite is the Library of Wonder hardcover edition with illustrations by Nate Pride.

8. The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson I have the paperback edition in Swedish, the kindle edition in English, a papaerback copy of the first book in English, and I really want this hardcover box set.

9. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne. I have several of the paperback editions, but my favourite is the hardcover complete collection.

10. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern One of the most recent additions to my book collection. I have the hardcover edition, but I also want the audiobook (because Jim Dale is such an amazing narrator). I really hope there will be some more amazing editions of this book in the next few years.

Do you buy multiple editions of your favourite books? (And if so, which ones are they?) Most importantly, which cover edition of the Harry Potter books is your favourite?

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