When it comes to my bookshelf, I separate my books according to language and whether they’re fiction or non-fiction. When it comes to fiction, I arrange my books according to author. At the same time, I want things to look neat, so one thing that annoys me more than anything else is mismatched covers.
Look at my Divergent series. I ordered Insurgent and Allegiant before deciding I wanted the complete series and buying Divergent as well. The problem was that while I got the international versions of Insurgent and Allegiant, there was none for Divergent. Even though the cover designs belong together, the sizes are off! And it makes me so sad! I know hardcovers somehow usually match each others while for paperbacks that isn’t always the case. Yet I keep looking for paperbacks because I prefer their feel in my hands when I read. They’re also a whole lot more portable than hardcovers since they’re less bulky. But then this keeps happening!
This is why I’ve been trying not to buy series anymore until all the books have been published, so I can match them all together. Take my beautiful Hunger Games series. When the UK special editions from Scholastic were published, I just had to have them.
I mean, this is how series should come together on a bookshelf. They should match! I don’t understand how books with matching covers come in different sizes. Why! Same publisher, same editor. What causes such a mess up in sizes?!
See Under the Never Sky. The height of this book is 203mm. When I looked at ordering the sequel, Through the Ever Night, I noticed that it’s 204mm. What’s one tiny measly millimetre? I thought. Then I looked at the third book of the trilogy, Into the Still Blue. That book in paperback is listed as 210mm! Now I’m having second thoughts about buying the second and third books in the series. Or maybe I’ll get the ebooks. I just can’t stand mismatched series. I get so sad and mad every time I look at my Divergent series books, I’m tempted to give those books away and buying them in hardcover. I don’t have that kind of money though, so I’m sucking it up. At the same time, I’ve become a whole lot more obsessive about checking sizes. It’s not just about matching cover designs anymore. Sigh.
Who else can relate? Am I being oversensitive? And what am I missing? Why do the paperback versions of series not match a lot of the time?