Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Tuesday Teasers and Things

A little tease from what I've been reading lately:

I booted up the computer. As always, I checked my e-mail first. E-mail is a procrastinator's dream come true. [excerpt from Murder Takes the Cake by Gayle Trent]

For this week's Tuesday Thingers, Marie asks
Work multiples. Do you own multiple copies of any books? Which ones? Why? Can you share your list?
I evidently have 14 multiple copies. Some for good reason. At least to my husband and me.

I have both a paperback and hardback copy of Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian. I originally bought a copy of the hardback but was not able to get to it right away. By the time I was ready to read the tome, it seemed more practical to carry around a paperback version of the book because of its size. Considering how much I loved the book, it proved to be worth the investment.

The Dragonbone Chair and The Stone of Farewell by Tad Williams are other cases of having one copy in hardback and another in paperback. My husband read the paperback copies, but wanted to add the hardback editions to his collection of the series.

This also holds true for The Princes Bride by William Goldman. Although, in this case, the paperback is the movie cover which makes both my husband and I cringe, while the hardback is a more traditional cover and includes extras that were not included in the paperback edition.

I have two copies of Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden, one paperback and one hardback, because my husband had loaned out the hardback copy to his parents around the time I decided I also wanted to read it (I wanted to read it before seeing the movie), I ended up picking up a paperback version to read in the meantime.

In the instance of both Private Wars and A Gentleman's Game by Greg Rucka, we have two copies of each book because one is an advanced reader's copy while the other is the final product. We enjoyed the books enough to want to own the published books.

The same goes for Karen E. Olson's Dead of the Day novel. One copy is an ARC while the other is a published copy.

My library includes two copies of Mouse Tales: A Behind-the-Ears Look at Disneyland because one is the Golden Anniversary Special while the other is an older edition. The anniversary edition includes an audio CD and an extra chapter not included in the original.

There are two copies of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle on the shelf because my husband's original copy is well loved and worn. He wanted a newer copy to have handy in case he wanted to read it again.

Then there are the unintended duplicates:

For the Sake of Elena by Elizabeth George - I have an older copy from my college days and a newer one that came in an E-Bay book lot I ordered during my E-Bay phase.

The Cat Who Tailed a Thief by Lilian Jackson Braun were both gifts to my husband from my mother, one a paperback and the other a hardback version. I don't think she realized she had already given him one before giving him the other.

Finally, I have two copies of Cat Among Pigeons as well as Crooked House, both by Agatha Christie. About a year ago, I was given a bag of Agatha Christie books that a friend of my mother's no longer wanted. Included in the bag were the duplicate copies.

I truly appreciate all of you who visit my blog, especially those who take the time to leave a comment. It's like finding a present in my mailbox with each one. Not only that, but it feels like a visit from a friend. Thank you!

With a little help from my husband, three names were chosen at random for a little 500 post anniversary surprise. The giveaway winners are:

Congratulations! If the winners could please send me an e-mail (you can find a link to my e-mail address on my profile page), I will tell you what you have won. Thank you to everyone for participating!


  1. No multiples here. I'm running out of room as it is.

  2. Interesting teaser. That is so true about email!

    Have a great day!

  3. Fun teaser...and so true!

    I don't have any multiples (except for The Shack, which I'm giving away this week)

  4. I love that quote. It's so true! You can procrastinate endlessly by checking email.

    I have yet to love an ARC enough to buy a finished copy, but I'm sure it will happen one of these days.

  5. LOL, love the teaser. Got me pegged!

    Happy 'lection day!!!

  6. That teaser is made just for me!


    I used to have multiple copies of Enid Blyton books.

    Here is mine!

  7. Wow - I didn't know that The Princess Bride was a book!! My husband would probably not like me for this, but that is one of his favorite kid-ish movies! I'll have to see if I can find the book for his Christmas Stocking!

    :) Wendi
    Here's my Thinger!

  8. Funny teaser.

    I have no multiple books, music though is another story.

  9. Wendy, too funny - the movie covers of books make me cringe too!


  10. I used to never buy hardcover. But there are some favorites I'd like to have in hardcover if I could find them.

  11. We have almost the same number of multiples...for different reasons!

  12. I have some multiple copies but they've all been by mistake! haha... Just forgot I had already bought the book. Although, now that I think about it, I do have some books in different languages so sort of the same book but not quite :)

    Congrats to the winners!

  13. I've multiple copies because of two reasons: (1) I forgot I've bought the book; (2) I love the cover art of the other copy. ;)

    Congrats to all the winners!

  14. What a cool teaser, Wendy! And so real too. LOL.

    CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners!

    And... now you make me want to go read my copy of The Historian. I wanted to read so many books, but so little time... :(

  15. I can't believe I still haven't read The Princess Bride (favorite movie) or A Wrinkle in Time! I have a few multiple copies, but usually one of the copies is not really a reader but more of a "shelf" book. And congrats on 500 posts! I don't remember seeing that...

  16. The only multiple copies I had were of Pride and Prejudice. I had borrowed it from a friend and then bought my own copy. But she left town before I could return ti to her. So i ended up having both. You on the other hand have so many multiple copies. Wow.

    And yes, congratulations to the winners.

  17. Thank you all for stopping by! I sometimes use e-mail as a way to procrastinate too. Haha!

    Wendi - Princess Bride is one of my husband's favorite books and movies too. I hadn't realized it was a book either until my husband told me. He's also the one who introduced me to the movie. I really enjoyed the book.

    Shana - If I can, I avoid buying a movie cover book. I'll even pay more if I have to.

    Lenore - I don't often buy hardcover unless the books are discounted significantly or are book club books that are cheaper than what I would pay for a paperback version.

  18. Movie tie-in cover is a big no-no for me.

    Thanks for the prize. I'm so grateful Wendy. I'll e-mail you. :)

  19. Great teaser! I have accidentally gotten more than one copy of a book, but nothing intentional. Usually if I do get a duplicate, I give it to a friend, list it on PBS or do a book blog giveaway. So I never mind, lol!
    Congrats to the book giveaway winners!! Enjoy!

  20. Yvonne - You're welcome. :-) Thank you for all of your comments!

    Matt - I really do try to avoid movie tie-in covers if I can help it. My husband's the guilty one in regards to The Princess Bride.

    I look forward to getting your e-mail! :-)

    April - I'm beginning to think I'm just really weird. Haha!

  21. Thanks for picking me! I'll email you my choice soon. You're the best.

  22. That teaser is great - so true!

    Re: Tuesday Thingers ... I don't have any intentional multiples in my library, only physical duplicates (that I've weeded out now)

  23. Nikki - You're welcome! I look forward to hearing from you. :-)

    Dawn - I really like that particular teaser too. :-)

  24. My book collection is so small that I know everything I have. It would be pretty difficult to buy a duplicate by accident. The only duplicate I have (besides the 5+ Bibles in the house) is "The Purpose Driven Life". My husband and I bought a copy when it was all the rage among the churches here, and then found out that his mother had just finished reading her copy. We took her copy so we could both read the book at the same time.

  25. Dani - My husband and I have come close to buying duplicate copies of books that we are both looking forward to reading, but we've yet to do that. I imagine if we came into a copy like you and your husband did though, it would work out very well indeed.


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