Confessions of a Bookaholic: On Collecting Books

Confessions of a Bookaholic

Hi, my name is Cat, and I collect books.

Book Collections

To be fair, the books I actively collect are fairly limited in number. By that I mean the books that are considered ‘collectable’ or books that I have more than one edition of.

I’m sure every book lover out there has that one weakness, be it pretty collected editions, or a favorite series they’ve just got to own. It’s a commonality, right?

Book Collections

For me, I have a couple of weaknesses. I love the pretty collected editions, of course, and I even have a few. But I’m trying to limit how many of those I buy, because I feel like that’s an easy way for me to get out of control. As it stands I have a few Barnes and Noble Collected Editions (I love their binding, can’t help it!), some of the Penguin Drop Caps as well – I’ll confess that I actually do want this full set. I just haven’t gotten around to buying them all yet. Right now they’re just the occasional treat thing for me.

Book Collections

My biggest weakness would be my Harry Potter collection, obviously. I’m a major fan of the series, and there are just SO MANY different editions out there. I haven’t caved and gone for the illustrated editions yet (because of cost) but boy are they tempting.

I’m actually pretty proud of the collection I have so far. I have my beat up and well-loved set – the set that I read and reread when each one released. I have the set in the chest, and I’m working on getting the 20th Anniversary sets as they come out (you know the ones where they make one per house – so pretty!).

Lastly I’m trying to collect some of the series in different languages. I haven’t been actively working on this one lately, so what I do have has been pretty much pure luck. Though Book Depository is a huge help as well, of course.

Book Collections 3

My final collection is probably the one I’m most proud of: I collect Pride & Prejudice editions. Basically any fancy Jane Austin collection I’ll buy, plus the various printings of Pride and Prejudice itself. I wouldn’t say I have an amazing collection yet, but I’m really happy with what I do have. Mostly because almost all of the copies I have so far have been gifts, and thus they’re very sentimental to me.

Book Collections 5

I know it’s important to limit the collections I allow myself, because otherwise that way lay dragons, so to speak. I may have a slightly larger collection than normal, but likewise I’m sure that I’m not the worst offender out there.


So, what is your book weakness? What book will you always buy a copy of, given the choice? Or what series/collected set?


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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