Do I collect books? No, but I have a lot of books. And I do own four copies of each of the Brontës’ seven novels, bought for the cover art.
I usually prefer paperbacks. They’re light and portable, and somehow feel more daring. I love lounging on the sofa and reading a nearly weightless paperback.
But lately I’ve switched to hardcovers. Have I stopped lounging? No. Wait for it… I AM ALLERGIC TO PAPERBACKS. And I wonder: should this be happening outside an underground comic book?
The rash has cleared up. It’s enough to make me a collector of hardcovers, though.
I have the World’s Classics hardcover edition of George Moore’s Esther Waters. I found it years ago at a used bookstore.
I certainly would like that edition of Katherine Mansfield! But I already HAVE a Katherine Mansfield. (You can buy it for about $10 on Etsy..)