Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Books I HAD To Buy But Haven't Read
1. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende. For some reason I decided I needed to buy this book and take it with me on a trip to Paris, not thinking that maybe a book by a French writer would be more appropriate. One of the characters is a girl with green hair. I was not in the mood for magical realism and put it down after only one chapter or so.
2. Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker. I kept reading about the delightful Bloomsbury books now back in print, especially this one. Drove across town specially to buy it. Still haven't opened it, but at least it's only been a few months yet. Oh, and a month later I found three more Bloomsbury books in pristine condition at Half-Price Books!
3. Family Roundabout by Richmal Crompton. The most recent of my purchases on this list, I ordered it with my Christmas gift money after reading this rave review by Thomas at My Porch. There were even more raves last weekend during Persephone Reading Weekend, but I'm going to wait until May for the Persephone Books group read on Goodreads. Hopefully someone else will comment this time.
4. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens. One of five unread Dickens novels on my TBR bookscase. I was obsessed with Dickens a couple of years ago and read seven of his works in two years. Needless to say I got a little burned out by Dickens and switched over to Trollope (because he only wrote 47 novels). I'll get back to Dickens eventually.
5. The Barnum Museum by Steven Milhauser. This collection of short stories includes "Eisenheim The Illusionist," basis for the excellent movie The Illusionist. After I saw it I went home and immediately started searching for it online since my library didn't own a copy. Haven't read any of the other stories yet.
7. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope. I've been in love with Trollope's work since I read The Way We Live Now in 2008, so I bought this 800 page tome. Of course it's third in the Pallisers series and I feel like I need to read them in order, but I got distracted during Can You Forgive Her?, the first volume. Then I started the Barchester Chronicles and I have to finish that first.
8. Letters From Hawaii by Mark Twain. Since I was going to Hawaii, I thought I should read something appropriate -- and wouldn't it be appropriate to buy it in an independent Hawaiian bookstore in Honolulu? Yes, if I could find it -- I walked around Honolulu half a day and finally broke down and bought it at their Barnes &Noble, for which I still feel guilty. At least I read the introduction, right?
9. Kipps by H. G. Wells. Have you heard of this one? Has anyone heard of this book? I was at a reading festival and one of the visiting authors recommended this while she signed my book, so naturally I ordered it online. It's supposed to be a witty satire on Victorian life. It had better be good since I have shlepped this book to three different houses since I bought it.
10. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton. I'd been really into Wharton so I drove about eleven miles out of my way to Borders to buy it -- and realized I'd forgotten my coupon, so I had to pay full price! Have I read it? Of course not.
So, what books did you absolutely have to buy . . . that are still sitting on the shelves? I would love to hear. And which of these should I read first? Still working on my TBR Dare.
This Top Ten Tuesday Meme was borrowed from The Broke and the Bookish via Brenna at Literary Musings and Suey at It's All About Books.