Thursday, August 9, 2007

BTT: Multiples

Booking Through Thursday this week asks:

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?

Well, yeah. Anyone who has taken Shakespeare at the University level knows what a nightmare juggling the Norton Shakespeare alongside other textbooks can be. In addition to the collected works I have quite a few plays as small paperbacks for portability.

There were quite a few books both my husband and I had, including four copies total of Neil Gaiman's American Gods. A few we've kept for sentimental reasons, but most have either been donated or (once they were discovered) sold back to Powell's.

Let's not rule out total lack of brain functionality as well. I can think of several leather-bound collections that I later bought paperback individuals out of sheer collection lust. And three of those American Gods? Bought by me at three different used bookstores, thinking I was getting a really good deal on a book.

I think the observation can be made that even if one accidentally collects the same yarn over and over, at least there would stil be a use for it.


Literary Feline said...

My husband and I ended up with quite a few duplicates when we joined our collections together. Most of the duplicates we ended up giving away, but for some reason we still have two copies of Les Miserables.

Yarnhog said...

Twice in the past month I have bought the same book at the same bookstore a few days apart. It is only after I get home and start reading that I discover I am psychic, because I know exactly what is coming next.

Quail Hill Knits said...

I had a bad habit of ordering duplicate books until I bought a program for my computer that keeps track of them for me. I simply type in the title and the program searches the internest and posts a list of possibilites. I check the right one and it stores all the information about that book. Now when I go to order, I double check my book inventory to make certain I don't get a new one when I already have an old one.