Expensive Collectable Books

title page of the 1865 edition of Lewis Carrol...

title page of the 1865 edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If I ever win (or earn) vast amounts of money, these are the first edition books I would like to purchase;

*Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. By Lewis Carroll – Printed in 1866, $17,500 (US)

*THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY – Printed in 1839 and includes a signed letter from Dickens, $5,500 (US)

Catcher in the Rye J.D Salinger – Printed in 1951, $40,000 (US)

The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again J.R.R. Tolkien – First Edition 1937, $57, 592 (US)

*CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY  Roald Dahl – Signed First Edition 1964, $19,250 (US)

Five On A Treasure Island Enid Blyton – Printed in 1942, $4689 (US)

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE C.S. Lewis – Signed First Edition 1950, $57, 592 (US)

The Woman in Black Illustrations by John Lawrence Susan Hill – Signed First Edition 1983, $493 (US)

So all I need is a total of $202,616  and my collection can begin!

Does anyone else have a First Edition wish list?

Reading – My First Love

Enid Blytons

Enid Blytons (Photo credit: Idlepines)

I began my love of reading in my very first year of schooling.  I remember being able to read simple books with words such as ‘jump’, ‘skip’, ‘hop’ and was able to progress through reading levels quickly.

I enjoyed picture books but it was the novels that took my reading to the next level.  I remember sitting on the heating ducts during the winter school holidays with a stack of novels by my side.  I would stay there in my cozy warmth reading all day.  Enid Blyton and C.S. Lewis in particular were my favourite holiday companions.

I still keep the tradition of gathering a pile of books that I would like to read for the year ahead.  I only wish I had as much free time as I did as a kid.

I can’t explain why I love reading so much.  I tried to for the purpose of this blog but all I could come up with was that reading is something that I have always done.   It’s a part of me.

If anyone else could explain why they love reading so much maybe it will help me clarify my answer a little better.