Do you ever go to your bookshelf to pick up a particular book and realise with sudden shock that you don’t own it?
Well perhaps it has never happened to anyone else but it happened to me today. I wanted to skim through Pride and Prejudice to check something. Note: I wasn’t even going to read it because I’ve read it so many times, I just wanted to check a detail. I was sure I owned it. If anyone had asked me this morning which Austen books I own, I would have listed it. But then, as I tried to recall the physical book I realised that I’d read several different copies of it: one a large print from the library, one a small print from the library, one on my kindle* and one on wikisource. How had this happened? More importantly, how was this not the first time this had happened? A few months ago I looked for Ender’s Game and realised I didn’t own a copy of that either.
So I’m going to make a list of books that I should own – books that everyone should own – and that I think I own but actually I don’t.
Pride and Prejudice
Anyone got any other suggestions?
*Yes, I’m aware that owning a book on kindle is one form of owning a book but I like to own books in physical format too.