The other day, what has to be my sixth, maybe seventh copy of Jon McGoran’s Drift arrived in the mail. I opened the envelope, smiled, and placed it on my bookshelf next to Deadout, the sequel to Drift… which is probably my third or fourth copy of that particular book.
But honestly, I’ve lost track.
Between the ARCs of the book, the hardcover advances, the hardcovers I’ve purchased, and the paperback editions… it’s really difficult to figure out just how many copies of that particular book (and it’s sequel) I’ve given away. It’s probably way more than seven.
This got me thinking about the books I’ve purchased and given away over the years, and how they keep finding their way to my little library, drifting (heh) in and out, replaced by copies I find in used bookstores, sidewalk sales, spot cheaply on Amazon… and then once again given away. And then replaced again. And then given away.
The process goes on and on, and for each book, there’s always a special reason. Read more