Today's BTT questions deal with collectibles:
-Hardcover? Or paperback?
This question gets right to the heart of one of the few sources of disagreement in my marriage.
I prefer to read trade paperbacks, while my husband prefers hardcover. The problem arises when deciding which books get stored in the large built-in bookcase in the family room (the one the builder said we would never fill up, but was actually overflowing the day after he packed up his tools and went home). My husband believes only hardcovers belong here and that paperbacks should be relegated to the bedroom bookcase.
For the most part, I have given in. His collection does look better (and, yes, he does read the leather collectibles we have accumulated over the years), but if you look closely there are still a few shelves of some favorite paperbacks. My tbr stacks and others I can't bear to part with reside in the bedroom. Perhaps more built-ins are in order!
-Illustrations? Or just text?
Illustrations generally aren't that important to me. However, I really enjoyed the original illustrations included in the 2008 Persephone Classic edition of Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day by Winifred Watson.
-First editions? Or you don’t care?
I've never been much of a collector, so I don't care.
-Signed by the author? Or not?
Getting a book signed by the author would be great, but I haven't had many opportunities. Earlier this winter, my daughter and I went to see David Sedaris (her creative writing class just read Me Talk Pretty One Day). We had hoped to get a book signed, but the end of the line was out of sight and a monster ice storm was just getting started. Oh well, another time...