Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wouldn’t Let Anyone Borrow

Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is technically about books we refuse to let anyone touch; however, I’m going to twist it a bit and share some books that I wouldn’t let anyone borrow. It occurred to me when thinking about the original prompt that there aren’t any books on my shelves that I wouldn’t show to a friend, but there are some books that I wouldn’t want to lend to someone just in case something happened to it.

My signed copy of BZRK by Michael Grant

Let’s flash back to Young Teenage Holly, shall we? In seventh grade, my best friend and I (who I met in a lunch book club group) were obsessed with Michael Grant’s Gone series. When BZRK came out Grant did a bookstore tour and came to a location within driving distance of where we lived. Since neither of us could drive, we both convinced our moms to take us to the bookstore to meet Michael Grant. My mom took an awkward photo of me talking to him, me in a Keep Calm and DFTBA t-shirt and him with his hands outstretched, trying to explain how the ending of the Gone series would be different from that of the television show Lost (which at that point I hadn’t yet watched, so I had no idea what he was talking about). Ah, good times.

My signed copy of the first printing of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

One of my most prized possessions. I’ve been a loyal Nerdfighter since I was in middle school and I think it’s safe to say that I’ll always be a loyal Nerdfighter. This nerdy faithfulness helps explain why I was so eager to pre-order a copy of this novel before I could even blink. I haven’t kept the inside of this book pristine at all–I’ve highlighted and annotated it and put sticky notes all over it. But despite all that clutter, I’d rather not let someone take it far from the vicinity of my bookshelf.

My signed copy of Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

One day while browsing the shelves of my favorite local independent bookstore, I noticed a copy of Why Not Me? that said it was signed. I was flabbergasted. A copy of Mindy Kaling’s most recent book that had been touched by the hands of Mindy herself?!?! Needless to say, I was Shooketh. Also needless to say, I purchased the copy immediately. I’m never letting it go.

My copies of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a big, big, BIG fan of Lord of the Rings. I have several copies of most of the books–most of them are used, although I did buy a new set of nice paperback editions when I was in Oxford. Because most of them are used and tattered and stained, they’re not worth much physically; however, they mean so much to me sentimentally. I would be so, so sad if I ever parted with them.

My copies of Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

My answer for this one is similar to that of Lord of the Rings: NOSTALGIA. SENTIMENTALITY. EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENT. The thought of someone else reading my Harry Potter books makes me feel all weird. Not going to happen anytime soon.

Any books that were gifted to me

I feel like this one is pretty obvious–I don’t want to give away something that was given to me, so long as it’s a book that I really enjoyed. What if something were to happen to it?! Can’t have that happen.

I know this list doesn’t contain ten books, but these are all the ones that I could think of off the top of my head. What books would you not let people borrow? What do you think of the ones I’ve listed? Let me know in the comments section below!



19 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wouldn’t Let Anyone Borrow”

  1. I was SUCH a Michael Grant fan when I was in middle school too!! The Gone series was one of my all-time favorites. I never got around to reading BZRK though.

    I also have the signed first edition of TFiOS — somehow my local bookstore still had a copy weeks after the release, and it was the last one. Definitely fated to be on my shelf! 🙂

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    1. So lovely to hear from another Michael Grant fan! For some reason I haven’t come across many people who read his books very often. And that’s such an awesome story about getting the last signed copy at your local bookstore! Definitely meant to be 🙂


  2. Yeah, I wouldn’t lend out a signed copy of a book either.

    My TTT.

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    1. Glad to hear that I’m not the only one!


  3. You have a signed copy of Why Not Me? I wouldn’t share that one either!

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    1. Sometimes I still can’t believe I found it on that bookstore shelf… one of my best finds!

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  4. Yeah, I’m very protective of my signed copies as well!
    My TTT:

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    1. Nice to know I’m not the only one! 🙂


  5. I’m not all that protective of my books. I’ll be a bit more protective of books that were gifts, but that’s about it. I made up my own topic this week:

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    1. Probably for the best! Sometimes when I’m weeding through books to donate I wish I had that mindset more often…

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  6. I couldn’t come up with ten either. I love your story about meeting Michael Grant.

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    1. Thanks! I hadn’t thought about that story in the longest time…


  7. I would not lend out my signed copies either! But then, I don’t have any signed copies where the author signed it specially for me haha.
    I would definitely not lend out my Penguin clothbound editions, and also my different language editions of Harry Potter!


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    1. oooh agreed! I have a Spanish edition of Chamber of Secrets that I wouldn’t want to part with either!

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  8. Ahh I love this list! I wouldn’t lend my signed copies either, they’re too precious to me hahaha ❤

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    1. Glad you feel the same way! 🙂

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  9. I wouldn’t let anybody take my HP books either!

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    1. Glad I’m not the only one! 🙂


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