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Bookish Things I Would Buy If I Had ALL the Money – Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They are great at bringing new top ten themes, and they have a huge list of them well in advance for those bloggers that like to plan super far ahead. You can learn about joining in here. I make a list of five instead of ten, just for your knowledge 

The prompt for this week is ” Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card”. And I’m switching it up a little bit, because eventually, any book I want, I do buy. I don’t think there’s ever been a book (a fiction book at least, non-fiction books exempt) where I looked at the price and thought ‘nope, never going to buy this because it’s expensive.’ Usually, my attitude towards expensive books is to set an alert so I get an email when it goes on sale. PS, this is a FABULOUS way to save money on books. For e-readers at least. This is pretty much how I purchase all my Liane Moriarty books. Let’s get on to it.

Bookish Things I Would Buy If I Had ALL the Money

Harry Potter Box Set

Harry Potter Box Set | Bookish Things I Would Buy If I Had ALL the Money

Umm… yes! I may have gone to a Coles bookstore with my boyfriend and lovingly stroked all the new covers and shivered inside. Okay, I shivered outside too. I adore the new covers. I love the way they’re illustrated and the box set box, and how smooth they are. To be honest, it made me look at my copies like “why am I keeping this trash around?” #sorrynotsorry. But alas, I haven’t bought the set 1) because it’s expensive and 2) because I can’t justify paying for something I’m never going to read. I don’t re-read books. Ever. And so it would be sitting on my shelf waiting until I have children to force the books on.

Puffin’s Children’s Classic Box Set

Puffin's Children's Classics | Bookish Things I Would Buy If I Had ALL the Money

Have you seen these?? I talked about these before in last year’s holiday gift guide, but I must mention them again. These covers are gorgeous. I don’t often go into bookstores (I buy books exclusively on my Kindle) but when I do, I always make a trip to the kid’s section so I can look at all the covers of the classics. Oddly enough, I only started reading classic children’s books when I was an adult. But I kind of love them. Peter Pan was the sort of book I thought I would hate, but now I think of it fondly. Not the misogynist or racist bits, but the bit where Wendy becomes an adult and looks at Peter like “you need to get your life together.” I’ve never been able to justify purchasing this because I already own Peter Pan and The Secret Garden, so I’m kind of re-buying ones I already have. Maybe one day…

Lisa Swerling Book Box

Bookbox | Bookish Things I Would Buy If I Had ALL the Money

Have you guys seen these??? I found out about Lisa via Chronicle Books Blog and she creates these amazing (and custom!) dioramas based on books. She doesn’t list prices on the website, and I did end up contacting her about them (nothing back yet), but for hand-made things as beautiful as what she’s making, I’m sure it’s a pretty penny. I’m hoping to save up for one of these beauties one day. I’m constantly in awe of the fantastic artists that exist.

Kindle Voyage

Kindle Voyage | Bookish Things I Would Buy If I Had ALL the Money

I don’t understand the difference between this Kindle and the Kindle Paperwhite that I already have. But I’m the sort of consumer that can be bought over by the “newer is better” idea. But like, only if I had a ton of money. Which I don’t. The main thing that interested me was the free 3G.Occasionally, I am caught somewhere with no new books on my Kindle to read, and no internet to download a new book. This is terrible torture. “Why not just load more books on, Liselle?” You might be thinking. And the answer is: BECAUSE I DON’T ALWAYS PLAN THAT FAR AHEAD. The Voyage is also ever so slightly lighter and smaller. I’m uninterested in the Kindle Oasis which has a weird shape…

The Hunger Games Box Set – Foil Edition

The Hunger Games Foil Edition| Bookish Things I Would Buy If I Had ALL the Money

These are so beautiful. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight did a post about her Hunger Games collection and I died looking at all the beautiful covers. Now I keep thinking about how wonderful it would be to have a shiny set. When I got rid of a bunch of my old books, I admit that I sold my Hunger Games collection. For that same ‘I don’t re-read books’ reason. Also because I hate hardcovers and they were hardcover. I wanted to wait for paperback versions, but I got impatient. ANYWAY! If I had a bunch of money at my disposal, I would buy these babies in a heartbeat.

BONUS! – The Magicians

The Magicians by Lev Grossman | Bookish Things I Would Buy If I Had ALL the Money

I love the Magicians by Lev Grossman to death. This is currently my favourite novel of ever. When I first read it, of course, I didn’t know how much I was going to love it. And so I purchased it on my Kindle. But now that I adore it as if it were my own child, I desperately want a physical copy. It’s not as if I don’t have enough money for it, it just feels wasteful to buy a second copy of a book I already own. And I don’t re-reads books so I would only be buying it to put it on a shelf which seems wasteful. HOWEVER. If there’s ever a Lev Grossman signing, then probably I would buy a copy so he could sign it. Mind you, I have a bit of an issue with Lev Grossman after a recent article he wrote, but I’m separating that from his ability as an author.

What books or bookish things would you get if you had an unlimited budget?


    • ltlibrarian

      August 7, 2016 at 11:38 AM

      Yesssss there’s something about the beautiful completeness of a box set. And yet it’s so painful because you can only buy them if you don’t touch the series until it’s over. And who can wait that long??

  • Cait @ Paper Fury

    August 5, 2016 at 4:30 AM

    Omg YES to the boxsets. I would probably buy a ridiculous amount of those gorgeous classic cloth covers too if I had unlimited money. Even though I actually never read classics. BUT PRETTY. And I have bookstagram needs, okay?!? Ahem. Also I would love to own a full set of Harry Potter! I own about 2 which I found at a library sale and they’re a bit gross looking anyway. But I probably won’t be re-reading them either so all I want them for is…BOOKSTAGRAM AGAIN. WE SEE A THEME HERE DON’T WE? I can’t justify it so eh. I’m waiting for a bookish fairy godmother to come along and grant all my wishes. :’)
    Also if I had unlimited money, I’d definitely buy some bookish merchandise like book mugs because = Also new shelves. Also since it’s UNLIMITED…lemme just get a whle new house for my books. #priorities

    • ltlibrarian

      August 5, 2016 at 8:48 AM

      Pft it’s all about the book displays and bookstagram. I wouldn’t ever buy physical copies of books otherwise. A full set of HP would be fantastic, there’s just something satisfying about completion.

      OMG can you imagine a house devoted to books and reading? And then you could invite people and you could each have your own little alcove and then tweet each other from the same place. I think I would probably go crazy and turn it into a coffee/tea shop with book clubs and desserts and now I have a fully formed fantasy hmm

  • Tori @ InToriLex

    August 4, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    I been drooling over the harry potter boxset for a while, especially because I haven’t read any of the books yet. I also have thought about upgrading my kindle but it really continues to work just fine for what I use it for so i put it off!! Everyday I dream of stumbing into mil;lions so i can create my own library in my house lol!!

    • ltlibrarian

      August 4, 2016 at 3:12 PM

      OMG! You have a golden opportunity with that because you don’t already have a set! Without any sort of real authority, I think you should definitely treat yourself to an HP boxset. You deserve it. Yeah, that’s the flaw with Kindle as a company, the product is so good that it doesn’t need updating haha and a house library would be amazing. I’m thinking about doing built-ins myself. Once I get a house…

    • ltlibrarian

      August 3, 2016 at 8:38 AM

      I love that HP box set so much. And there’s another one with more minimalist covers where the spines create an image of Hogwarts when they’re all in the box together. So stunning.


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