When you own a complete book series, do you care if the books are mixed-and-matched? Does it make you twitchy to own book one of a series as a paperback and books three through six (soon to be seven) as hardbacks?
Yes, I’m looking at you GONE series.
And how about different cover art?
Currently I own three series, three of my all-time favorite book series, that are not matched. It doesn’t usually bother me until it’s time to clean and re-organize my bookshelves, then it makes me twitchy because they don’t fit in nice and neat.
This brings me to the next question:
Do I treat myself to a new set of each?
Here is the series that stimulated this train of thought:
The first three books are paperback and the last two are hardback. The first one has different artwork—which I do like.
However, the white really doesn’t go with the darker palette of the other four. Now in reality, does all this make a huge difference?
Of course not.
But it’s my bookshelf and since I gaze at it while working daily, I like a certain aesthetic.
I have no issues owning multiple copies of books or series that I reread regularly and Percy Jackson & the Olympians falls into that category.
I think I just talked myself into new, matching volumes of this Rick Riordan series. Christmas is just 85 days away, so maybe it’s perfect for my wish list.
So who’s going to talk to Santa for me?
2 thoughts on “Book Series: When Covers Don’t Match”
I still feel lopsided when I look at my Harry Potters–Years One and Two don’t have the number on the spine.
Yes, that would do it for me as well. My HP set is one of my series that doesn’t match. I need to invest in one of those new box sets, but I love my old and very worn copy of Sorcerer’s Stone. There’s just something about rereading a well-worn, well-loved book.