Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is actually bookish merchandise I’d like to own, but I’ve been trying to cut down on the stuff I own. I’m becoming a bit more minimalistic, so I have less clutter in my apartment. So instead of merchandise, I’m talking about collector’s editions I’d like to own -but am too cheap to buy for myself.
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch – 10th anniversary edition
I love this series, and the Gollancz anniversary editions are all just so beautiful. Just look at it! It’s so gorgeous. Obviously, I would only collect anniversary editions of books I truly love and know I’ll keep on my shelf for ages. This series is definitely one of them. The special edition of Red Seas Under Red Skies, the sequel, is gorgeous too.
The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson – 10th anniversary edition
Another Gollancz anniversary edition that is just so beautiful. I wanted to include the anniversary editions of The Well of Ascension and The Age of Heroes too, but I figured you didn’t want to see a list made up of only like 3 series.
Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo – collector’s edition
Look at this precious book! I adore this duology, and I simply love this cover. The red is just so striking. It also has a letter from the author and six full-color character portraits. Honestly, I would get it just for the portraits.
A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab – collector’s edition
I only have a physical copy of the first book in this series, and that’s in the UK paperback. I really want to own these hardcovers, because they’re absolutely stunning. But I would also never get rid of my UK paperback as I got it signed and personalized by V.E. Schwab when I met her at YALC in 2017.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – special collector’s edition
Despite being an avid Tolkien fan, I don’t own a copy of The Hobbit -and my copies of Lord of the Rings are so used and beat up. For some reason, I love this cover. I think it’s a combination of the tall trees, the mustard color, and the lovely grey.
Eragon (Inheritance Cycle #1) by Christopher Paolini – collector’s edition
This is one of my all-time favorite series, partly because it’s one of the series that truly got me into reading. I need to buy new copies, because mine are not only worn out but also a combination of paperback and hardback, Dutch and English.
The Iliad & The Odyssey by Homer – Barnes & Noble Collectible edition
I’m not sure I’ve ever read these front to back, but I really want to. This edition is absolutely gorgeous, and I want it.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – Barnes & Noble Collectible edition
So far, Jane Eyre is one of my favorite classics. Ever. My copy is very ugly though, and I want to replace it with a pretty one like this. It’s not on the priority to-buy list, but it is something I want to own one day.
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – Juniper edition
Like my copy of Jane Eyre, my copies of the Lord of the Rings books are worn out and ugly. These covers by Juniper Books are so beautiful that I need to own them one day. I love how the spines form the gate to Moria together.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – Juniper Books, Hogwarts Express edition
Look at the spines!!! One can never have too many copies of Harry Potter. Fight me.
I want all of these editions. But I just can’t justify spending the money on them, at least not right now. For example, the Juniper HP editions are gorgeous but the set costs $300. Do you own any collector’s editions?