Thursday, March 21, 2013
Top Ten: I HAD to Have Them
(Okay, it's not Tuesday, but I just posted, so this will have to wait a day or so.) First, I have to thank The Broke and The Bookish for this meme -- haven't done many memes lately but this one made me laugh. . . especially when I looked back on my postings and I did this list back in 2011!! And I've only read three books from the first list, one of which I tried and abandoned.
Well, to keep things fresh, here are another ten books I absolutely had to own . . . and still haven't read:
1. The Love Child by Edith Olivier. Read about this after many rave reviews, especially by Simon at Stuck in a Book. Ordered this and had it shipped from England -- from England, I tell you!!! Still haven't read it, more than two years later.
3. The Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer. In December of 2011, my library's Jane Austen book group had a Georgette Heyer discussion -- we didn't have enough copies of any single book, so everyone chose a different book and gave a booktalk. I read The Grand Sophy and absolutely loved it, and promptly read two more Heyer books in quick succession. Then I went out and bought The Unknown Ajax, and haven't read any Heyer since.
4. Millions Like Us: Women's Lives During the Second World War by Virginia Nicholson. Another book purchased from the UK after reading rave reviews on the blogosphere. I love reading about the War at Home, but I still haven't picked this one up. I'm currently obsessed with nonfiction so maybe I'll be inspired to read this one soon.
5. To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl and Carol Wallace. I didn't so much buy this one as hand it to my husband in a bookshop (not long after the first season of Downton Abbey) and strongly suggest he purchase it for my upcoming birthday. (I'm not very subtle about birthday gifts.) That was two years ago.
6. A Game of Hide and Seek by Elizabeth Taylor. See #5. Same trip to the bookstore, same birthday. I haven't read this one either!!!
7. Theatre by W. Somerset Maugham. Not long after reading The Painted Veil (and loving the film adaptation) I drove over to Barnes & Noble one night and couldn't decide if I should buy Theatre or A Christmas Holiday. So I bought both -- about four years ago!! I did read A Christmas Holiday and was underwhelmed. I have higher hopes for Theatre.
8. The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West. Bought last year after watching the second season of Downton Abbey. (Do we see a pattern here?) This is actually the second copy, the first copy was all warped and I sent it back to Amazon in a fit of pique.
9. The New York Stories of Edith Wharton. A lovely NYRB books edition, bought before the Borders liquidation, but I'm sure I bought it at a discount with one of the multitudes of coupons they were forever giving me. I don't think I ever paid full price for anything at Borders, ever, and I'm sure their demise is partly my fault. I've put this one on my TBR Pile Challenge list for 2013, as an alternate, so I'm determined to finish it this year.
I still have almost 200 books unread on my shelves. Still, half the books I read last year came from my own shelves, which is not bad considering I work in the library and am faced with literary temptation more than 40 hours a week. At least I don't work in a bookstore!
And what about you, bloggers? Any books on those shelves you couldn't resist. . . and still haven't read?