Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch

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This week’s topic is books I refuse to let anyone touch.  This was a tough one for me because, as a rule, I don’t hold onto books.  I like to read them and then pass them along so others can enjoy them.  However, I was able to come up with a few that you would have to fight me to borrow.

The collection of Little House on the Prairie books my mom gave me when I was in the fifth grade.  They’d long been my favorite so that Christmas, my mom gifted me with a box set of all the books.  I still have them along with the original box.  It’s one of the few things I have that my mom has given me and therefore they’re very precious.

The Accidental Werewolf by Dakota Cassidy.  I stumbled onto a Yahoo group around 2005 or so that was an author group for several authors, one of which was Dakota Cassidy.  When her book The Accidental Werewolf was released and she decided to do a book signing, I flew from my home on the West Coast to Houston, TX.  From there, a friend and I drove to Plano, TX – complete with wolf tails – for the book signing.  It was my first autographed book and although I’ve gotten several signed by her since, it’s still my most treasured.

Don’t Talk Back to Your Vampire by Michele Bardsley.  This ties in with the book above because she and Dakota Cassidy are pals.  In talking with Ms. Bardsley, I mentioned something about having one of her books in the car.  She looks at my friend and me and says, “If you go get it, I’ll sign it!”  Needless to say, we bolted back to the car.

X-Rated Bloodsuckers by Mario Acevedo.  I discovered his Felix Gomez books by accident. Meaning, my husband went to the bookstore for something else and stumbled across a book called the Nymphos of Rocky Flatts and decided he had to have it.  Guys, right?  So, when he came to town with Mark Henry, Cherie Priest, and Caitlin Kittridge on the Paranormal Bender Tour, I was all in.  He–and everyone, including local host Vicki Petterson–were amazing and it was a fun night that I won’t forget.  I left with five autographed books that night.
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Harm None by M. R. Sellars.  I can’t even remember where this signed book came from, but it’s one of my favorites.  I’d never read a series of books where the investigator was a pagan but I immediately fell in love with this series.  He’s a pretty funny guy, too.

My hardcover collection of R. A. Salvatore books.  Mostly the Drizzt novels because of the incredible artwork by Todd Lockwood.  These aren’t signed (please sir, come this way some day…), but the dust jackets are gorgeous and there’s no way I’m letting anyone take one out of the house and chance ripping them.

Lastly is my hardcover copy of The Complete Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.  I was wandering through a bookstore in Phoenix not long after I graduated high school and stumbled across this huge book in the bargain bin.  I picked it up, read the blurb, and decided I had to have it.  I’d never heard of Arthur Dent or Douglas Adams at the time, but that book single-handedly changed my life.  The Hitchhiker’s Guide quickly became my very favorite book and, although I’ve had that book since the early 90’s, it still sits proudly on my bookshelf.  Now, I probably should upgrade to a newer version, one that contains And Another Thing that was written after Douglas Adams passed away but, there’s something significant about this book that makes me very resistant to ever let it go.

Now, that’s not quite ten–it’s seven, I do believe–but like I said before, I don’t hold onto very many books.  Those that I do  keep, aren’t always very special, but may be part of a collection or have some other reason for being kept.  However, these few rare items are my favorites and therefore shall not leave my home.  So don’t ask.

What books won’t you let out of your sight?


  1. Great selection! Your Salvatore collection sounds amazing!

  2. Those Little House books sound so precious. I wish I had the ones my mother read to me back in the day.

    My TTT.

  3. I had a boxed Little House set too. Sadly, my kids — daughter– didn’t take very good care of it when I let her read the books. Oh well.

  4. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense says

    Glad you held on to those Little House on the Prairie books. You probably can’t find the particular edition anywhere.

  5. Great selection. Hitchhiker’s Guide!!

    • Thanks! Love the Hitchhiker’s Guide series so much that I bought a shirt with 42 and Life, the Universe, and Everything on it. Sadly, no one ever gets it. Hahaha.

  6. These really do sound like precious books! 🙂 Great list!

  7. I love that some of these have very special memories for you. I wouldn’t let people touch them either.

    • I rarely re-read books so the only time I keep one is if I’ve formed some kind of emotional attachment to it. Or, if it’s an epic fantasy series where the author takes years to get to the next one and my brain will need refreshing. Hahaha.

  8. I love books that have sentimental attachments. 🙂 A boxed set of the Little House books sounds fabulous! And Todd Lockwood’s art is so awesome- love his dragons.

    • Exactly, if they make me feel something just by looking at them, I have to hold onto them!

      It really is amazing! I was so excited when they started using his artwork for the Drizzt book covers.

  9. Great list! One of these days I need to give The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy a try, I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.

    • It’s one of my very favorite books, honestly! But be warned: it can be utterly ridiculous at times. However, if you like silly, you’ll probably love it. 🙂

  10. I like the title of Don’t Talk Back to Your Vampire ?

    • It’s a really cute series about a small town called Broken Heart, TX, where all the adults are turned into vampires. If you like fun, paranormal romances, you should check them out.

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