Recently, I discovered my copy of To Kill a Mocking Bird was missing—and right when I wanted it. The rule of thumb for missing books in my house is: wait and it will turn up. Well, that was six months ago, and I still really wanted to read it again.

I live in a small town that has no bookstore. While I’ll sometimes order from Amazon, most often, I’ll wait until I go to one of our larger towns and then spend a wonderful hour walking through Barnes and Noble. This last time, I decided it was time to purchase a new copy of To Kill a Mockingbird.

I was slightly dismayed to only find a mass-market paperback. It’s been a long time since I purchased a mass market.

When I was in my teens, I wasn’t thinking about the long term when it came to books, I was just interested in something I could afford. Somewhere in my mid-twenties, I switched to trade paper, especially if I knew it’d be a keeper. I still rarely buy a hardback unless it’s on the bargain table, but I love when I find a good deal on one.

What about you guys?