So yesterday, I posted on Goodreads (that’s me, here) that I keep multiple copies of certain books for the express purpose of sharing. In an emergency, I know I can put my hands on extra Pratchett, Gibson, Calvino, Moore, Atwood, Borges, Tolkien, Mieville, and plenty more. This is primarily for shoring up dinner conversations about genre, but sometimes it’s just about being a pushy book-pusher, which I am. Entirely.
Booksellers, take note: I am not alone in having lots of double copies. I have a few triples. These are increasing due to the fact that I often keep electronic copies too, especially of the heavy ones (Anathem, looking right at you, hon.)
And then there’s the quad: The Phantom Tollbooth. One for reading with the family, one so dog-eared I’ve glued it back together yet again, one hardback on hand for gift-giving when I meet a child who should really have it but doesn’t know it yet, and one for the aforementioned emergencies.
It’s late in the year, but since it’s the 50th anniversary, I think I’ll say thanks again to Norton Juster, and to the wise adult who left this book for me to find.
What books do you share?