09-08-2010 04:23 PM
The Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt -- a textbook of knitting techniques, an amazing resource for knitters, now long out-of-print.
Also, my signed, illustrated, limited editions of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin -- particularly A Clash of Kings because it's illustrated by John Howe.
09-10-2010 04:20 AM
Patrick Rothfuss - The Name of the Wind
Probably the most masterfully written & engaging book i own. Great storyline, great character progression and perspectives and a twist on the usual fantasy. I've bought it about 11 times now as gifts/replacements.
Everyone remotely interested in the genre should give it a read, you wont be disappointed
09-10-2010 10:14 PM
I have a 1884 copy of Collected Stories of Edgar Allen Poe. Its a very small (like 3.5 by 4 inches or so), hand stitched copy. It was my great grandmother's. Reading goes WAY back in our family!
WOW! That probably goes beyond "most prized book" and all the way up to "most prized possession"!
I don't really have a most prized book.
I dragged my copy of Blackbird Singing just about everywhere I went up until I got my Nook, which took over that space in my purse. Same for my copy of Paul McCartney Guitar Chord Songbook. You might say that I prized them. It should be mentioned that I'm hoping both of these become ebooks.
I also have a tikkun from 1910 that's pretty special. A tikkun is a book that has the entire chumash written out twice - once in Hebrew as it appears on a traditional sefer Torah scroll, and once in Hebrew with all the vowels written in. At the time it was printed, a boy would use a book like this to study for his bar mitzvah. It would be more prized for me if it had been in my family for more than a few months, and if I knew more about the history of this particular copy. Also if it had all its pages and the binding weren't held together with electrical tape.
09-11-2010 12:18 AM
My fav physical book would be Colors of the Mountain by Da Chen. It was a random book I thought was interesting. Read it and fell in love with it. When our house had an attack of sosid bugs that happen to love paper and glue, I fought hard to keep this book from being infested. And yes, I won the war.
Fav ebook would have to be Shade's Children by Garth Nix. I got this as a birthday present from a friend (in physical format). I lost it to the sosids. T_T But when I got my nook and found the book in electronic format I HAD to get it. *huggles my nook*