Top Ten Tuesday – Books That I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018!

Admittedly, I don’t really have books that I wouldn’t let people touch. I would let them touch them, but I’d caution them to take care and to not do anything stupid. And that can be a tall order.


  • The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio

This beautiful copy is of The Decameron. I loved this book and I honestly found the stories so good when I read it a while ago. I want to reread it at some point, tbh. And I think this summer could be a great time to do it!


  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JKR

This, my friends, is my original copy of the first Harry Potter book. And I will let no one touch it because it’s a fragile baby. Seriously. I tried to read off of it a few months ago and I was worried that I would break it.


  • The Books of Esther, Song of Songs, and Ruth

Tbh, I would let someone read off of this. I think that it’s just so beautiful and it was a used bookstore find. Something incredible that I doubt I’ll ever find again anywhere else.


  • American Gods and Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Two Christmases ago now, Chantel got me this. And, I fucking love it. It’s just such a beautiful edition. I don’t know if I’ll ever read off of it, though. It’s just so pretty and I don’t want to mess it up!


  • Princess Diana: A True Fairy Tale by Kay Stammers

When I was a kid, I’d check this book out basically anytime we went to the library and I could find it. So, when I graduated from college last year, my mom got me this. It’s even cooler because someone stuck in their tickets from when they went to go see the collection of her clothes!


  • Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton

Perhaps not my favorite book (but it’s a damn good one), but I had a chance to meet the author and she signed it! Not many authors come out here so it was super exciting that she and a few others were there.


  • Maurice by E.M. Forster

This is another thrift store find! I read this book back in high school and really enjoyed it. I was searching for the book forever. Finally found it at a used bookstore! One day, I really need to reread it to see how it stacks up to my memory.


  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Last, and certainly not least, is this one. This is one of my favorite classics and it’s just so amazing. I love this edition. I own quite a few copies of it — I’m a sucker for a unique cover — but this, by far, is my favorite. I never read off it, though! It’s another fragile book since I found it at a used bookstore

Talk to me!
What cool editions do you have of books you love?
Do you let anyone touch those special editions?

5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Books That I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch

    • Yeah, I have quite a few different ones! I’d really love a physical copy of the uncensored version (aka, not the version that we typically read) for my shelf, but I haven’t found it yet! It’s definitely a fantastic book.

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  1. I would lend out most of my books, but there are some that prefer not to! Like my penguin clothbound editions!


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