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!

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5 Responses to A Random Wednesday Conversation Starter

  1. Roger Owen Green says:

    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.

  2. SamuraiFrog says:

    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.

  3. David Evans says:

    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.

  4. Tosy And Cosh says:

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

  5. Annehueser says:

    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.

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