My favourite novel is Middlemarch by George Eliot.
It is a novel I read once a year and it was one of the books I wrote about for my PhD.
The first copy I had of this novel was getting so tatty a couple of years ago that I bought myself a new edition:
You can see just how battered the old Penguin Classic is. But whenever I have taught Middlemarch, after getting the new edition, I still take my Penguin classic along to the lectures and seminars I am giving as well as the Oxford World’s Classic because my old Penguin opens at all the right pages, all my annotations are in it and all my tags and Post-It notes are there. It just feels right in my hands.
The ‘new’ edition is getting there. I am making annotations with each reading (this edition has had four reads now) but, to be honest, it does still feel a bit too new when I pick it up. I am re-reading it at the moment but it will be a while before it feels as comfortable as the Penguin and when it does get to feel that comfortable it, too, will be too tatty to work with!
I think it is safe to say that I will never be an E-reader kind of girl!
What books do you have that just feel right in your hands?
P.S. And today, Prince (RIP). Someone needs to tell the boys upstairs ‘Enough Already’