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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Random Wednesday Conversation Starter

I saw this fascinating question on Facebook yesterday, and I knew I had to ask it here. What book have you owned the longest? As in, which physical book has been in your collection the longest time?

For me, it's this one:

Question: What book have you owned the longest? #books

That's Once Upon A Galaxy by Alan Arnold, a diary of the making of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. I got this in 1980. In fact, I think I even know where I got it: the tiny bookstore at one end of the Beaverton Mall in Beaverton, OR. At least, that's where I think I got it. I may be completely wrong on that score.

So, what's yours? Remember: this is what physical book has been in your collection the longest. Not which book is oldest!


Roger Owen Green said...

Did you ask this of me for Ask Roger Anything? Anyway, I wrote last year: Play the Game: the Book of Sport, edited by Mitchell V. Charnley (1931). This was an anthology of sports stories from American Boy magazine from 1923 to 1931, stories which I read over and over. STILL have the book.

SamuraiFrog said...

I don't know this book, but I need to read it.

My parents bought me a lot of books when I was a kid, and I still have some of them, so for me it's Little Golden Books like the Pokey Little Puppy or the Saggy Baggy Elephant.

David Evans said...

I think it's probably Asimov's I, Robot, but I'm not sure if I still have that (some of my books are in boxes). If not it could be Clarke's Childhood's End or The Lord Of The Rings.

Tosy And Cosh said...

I still have a copy of The Giving Tree that my aunt gave me when I was maybe 4.

Annehueser said...

I can't remember which I acquired first but they came into my life at about the same time: Rumer Godden's In This House of Brede, and Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Forbidden Tower. They are still my favorite books.