There’s this one thing I have to do when I have a favorite book or author: I need to obtain every edition of the book, whether it’s an ARC, hardcover, paperback, or the international editions of the book. I don’t care if the book went through three cover changes – I’ll still try to collect them all – or if the ARC has no cover art; I just need every single edition of it.
This need of mine is a hard and annoying need to have, especially if you fall in love with a book that’s been released three years ago. ARCs for it will practically be extinct three years later and what if the book went through a cover change? Collecting the book with the original cover in new or like new condition will be pretty hard. Take Poison Princess for example: I bet it’ll be very hard to find a like new to new condition of Poison Princess with the old cover in both hardcover and paperback now.
This need of mine is tiring and takes up so much room on my bookshelf. Let me tell you a secret: my collection of the Pushing the Limits series, which just consists of the ARCs, the paperbacks, and the hardbacks with no international editions, took one-third of a single row of my bookshelf. This need really limits bookshelf space.
Do you have to collect every edition of your favorite books like me? Who you feel my pain? I want to know!