Booking Through Thursday: Multiples

btt2.jpg The Booking Through Thursday topic for this week is multiples.

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?
If not, why not? Not enough space? Not enough money? Too sensible to do something so foolish?

I have two copies of Little Women, both hardback. One came with a set of children’s books. The other I saw at a bookstore and just loved the illustration on the cover, the size of it, everything about it. It was the type of book that you would remember long after reading it for the book as well as the story. If I had ever had daughters, probably one copy would have been hers. I am hoping someday to have a very bookish granddaughter to share these kinds of things with.

Other than that, I discovered I had two copies of a biography of William Carey — I had just forgotten I already had it. If I haven’t given away the extra copy yet, I should.

As to the “why not” part of the question — I really don’t see a need for two copies of any book unless one copy is for children and one to save and keep nice, or one is part of a set that has some value. Otherwise I’d rather the extra copy went to someone who could use it rather than taking up space on my bookshelf.

One exception would be Bibles. We have different translations as well as older copies too worn for general usage but which contain notes we want to keep.

7 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Multiples

  1. Oh, I forgot Bibles. I have several of those but they are not exact multiples. So I guess they don’ t count.

    I enjoyed my visit to your blog. Very nice.

  2. Although I’d love to have duplicates (with different bookcovers), but I too don’t see the point of having two copies. Moreover, my shelf space is limited and I’d rather spend it on a new book or try a new author.

    Happy belated BTT!

  3. Thanks for the comment.

    If I was organized like you I would give my doubles away too. For now I’m just struggling with giving away my son’s clothes and toys as he grows out of them and pruning household posessions. We have no basement so whatever junk we have, we have to look at.

    Books on shelves? They look pretty to me.

  4. I have lots of Bibles too, but many of them have little add-ins that have been collected by my ancestors throughout the years.

    Wish I could give away my duplicates, but just can’t bring myself to do so. I’ve recently discovered altered books and forced myself to alter one duplicate so it would have a new life as a family momento and work of art.

  5. I agree with you, Barbara. One exception is the Bible. I have multiple copies of that for home, office, church bag… Apart from that, I don’t keep multiple copies of the same book.

    Happy weekend!

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