What are the books that you treasure?

United States
May 8, 2010 4:02pm CST
Hey readers! What books do you treasure? Are there any rare or valuable books in your collection that you guard closely? Do some of your books have sentimental value to you? Or do you just treasure some of your books because they were good books? (I'M GUILTY! lol) I have loads of books that I treasure, but there are three books in particular that come to mind. First of all, The Unicorn Chronicles: Dark Whispers by Bruce Coville because I waited nine years for it to come out. Then my autographed copies of The Last Unicorn and The Unicorn Sonata by Peter S. Beagle. (Yes, I have a bit of a thing for unicorns.) The Unicorn Sonata is a rare book that was printed for a very short time and then the publisher went out of business so there won't be any more copies printed. The Last Unicorn is one of my all-time favorite books. I already had two copies of it, but I couldn't resist getting a new one that was signed when I went to Peter S. Beagle's book signing. How about you? What treasured books do you have?
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@bluemars (952)
• Australia
9 May 10
Once someone told me that a book is like a friend. So I think all books should be taken cared of. Every book should be treasured I think. I know some people have their favourites but who knows maybe one day a book that is not your favourite could be one day someone else's favourite. Then that person can enjoy it really well especially if the book is taken cared of really well.
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• United States
9 May 10
I agree! I believe that all books are valuable. Even if I don't like a book, I take good care of it and then I give it away so someone else can read it and hopefully enjoy it more than I did. I don't keep the books I don't like, but I make sure they find a good home. lol
@oldchem1 (8144)
9 May 10
I just love books, I have no rare or collectable books and to be honest I don't actually now have many at home. Before I moved I had bookshelves filled with hundreds of books - sadly I was unwell when I moved, I had a small nervous breakdown, and a son in law 'helped' with the move, this help included throwing out all my precious books - including two bibles I was given almost 60 years ago by my godparents! Now I don't have a lot of room for books but I still read a lot, I use the local library and I also borrow books from my daughter and my son in law, any I buy I pass on to my daughter. But I still treasure books in my heart - those books are The Secret Garden, my favourite book as a girl; My Family and other Animals, a book that set off my desire to travel to Corfu; Rebecca, one of my favourite books ever; Lorna Doone, another old classic that is a favourite of mine; Wuthering Heights for the drama that was the love of Cathy and Heathcliffe; 1984, for Orwell's wonderful perception, Under Milk Wood for Dylan Thomas's wonderful use of the Welsh dialect.... I could go on, as I said I love books!!
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• United States
9 May 10
I love the Secret Garden and I definitely treasure my copy of it. It's sad that you lost those bibles that your godparents gave you. I'd probably be sad if I lost the Bible my mother gave me for my birthday. It has my name engraved on it.
• United States
9 May 10
I'll just list them. I may explain more later. :) The Giver by Lois Lowry (My first delving into dystopian novels) Hearts In Atlantis by Stephen King (My favorite of his books) Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand The Harry Potter Series
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• United States
9 May 10
The Giver is one of the first books I read about a dystopian society too. I don't think I liked it very much, but I have gone on and explored other books about dystopian worlds. I've liked quite a few.
• Philippines
8 May 10
At the top of my head: I definitely treasure the books I loved as a kid, especially the the collections of fairy tales, with the non-disneylike illustrations. Also, the Childcraft collection. I owe a big chunk of my solid early knowledge to it. Actually, the things I learned from it are those I still know until now. They still hold true. The old, old books that smell of faded yellow sheets. Of course, the books I owned then lost; the books I was unable to have and/or keep in the first place. The books I forgot about but once loved. I treasure them in words and memories and in trying to remember, like now. :)
• United States
9 May 10
I treasure books like that too. In my thoughts and memories... and partially when I give them away because I want someone else to love them like I did when I was young. I've kept a lot of books that I loved from my childhood too. Especially if they had unicorns in them. I've kept a lot of my old unicorn picture books, even though I'm way too old to be reading and enjoying them like I used to.
@Porcospino (17825)
• Denmark
8 May 10
My favourite book is an old book that used to belong to my grandmother. The book is a collection of short stories for children, and my grandmother received it as a present in the 1930's. When my mother was a child she also read the stories, and in my childhood my grandmother read the stories aloud to me. Some of the stories contains old words that I didn't understand, but my grandmother explained them to me. Most of the stories are very sad, and they almost made me cry, but I still enjoyed listening to the stories. When I got older and learned to read, I read the stories myself. I will always keep that book
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• United States
9 May 10
That's a sweet story. I never got to spend much time with my grandmother while she was alive. I wish I'd had the opportunity as a child for her to read to me. That would have been great.
@olisaur (1932)
• United States
8 May 10
When I was a kid, my aunt gave me a picture book called "I'll Always Love You"- it's about a boy and his dog. She and I both love animals, and it was right around the time I got my first dog. The book has a big connection for me to my aunt and my dog, so I never want to get rid of it. ^o^
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• United States
9 May 10
Aww... that's sweet! Wish my aunt had given me books.
@evepin (723)
• Philippines
9 May 10
for me, there are a couple of books that i treasure: The Little Prince for one. It is a truly lovely book that gives us a lot of lessons in life. Next is Hope for the Flowers. Audrey Style too. Plus Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding her Inner French Girl.
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@karen1969 (1788)
18 May 10
I treasure the books I loved during childhood and still have. These include Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis. I also had 80 Enid Blyton books as a child and loved those, but I don't have all of them anymore, unless they're up in the loft as I haven't seen them for a long time now.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
9 May 10
For me bible,what the bible really tech. Why because it's for Jehovah guidance.