Saturday, May 12, 2018

My Blog's Name in Books

This meme's been going around the blogosphere, I'll play. All of these are books from my TBR shelves. I did not know until I wrote this post that my blog name has 18 letters.




B: Bella Poldark by Winston Graham. The twelfth and final book in the series, I still have two left to go. I was a little disappointed by the third season of Poldark so I haven't really been inspired to pick up the eleventh book, The Twisted Sword. Which is also on the TBR shelves, naturally.






O: One Pair of Feet by Monica Dickens. Bought at Shakespeare & Company in Paris, from the used book table out front. My edition has an inscription "Wishing you a very happy Christmas and to visit England in the New Year, with love from Arch, Joan & the children -- Christmas 1952." I love it when old books have names and dates of the people who previously owned them.






O: Our Hidden Lives: The Remarkable Diaries of Postwar Britain by Simon Garfield. I'm fascinated by this period of history.






K: Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope. That's a terrible cover (her face is so white compared to her ears which are really pink!) but I only have two books on the TBR shelf that fit for the letter K, and the other one is also by Trollope (The Kellys and the O'Kellys).






S: Slipstream: A Memoir by Elizabeth Jane Howard. I still haven't read any of her books other than the Cazalet series, which I loved. It sounds like she had a fascinating life.






A: At the Still Point by Mary Benson. I know nothing about this book other than it's a green-spined VMC and it's about South Africa under apartheid. Bought at the wonderful John King Books in Detroit.






N: The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster. I love this retro pulp-fiction inspired cover. It's one the last of the books I won in the Penguin Classics drawing a few years ago that are still unread (I've pretty much given up on The Metamorphosis as I cannot bring myself to read a book about a giant bug).






D: La Debacle by Emile Zola. Still working my way through the Rougon-Macquart series. This is supposed to one of the best war novels ever and was his bestselling novel during his lifetime, but I keep putting it off. It's really long and it looks rather dire, I feel like it's going to be full of extended battle scenes which are NOT my favorite.





C: The Caravaners by Elizabeth Von Arnim. It's supposed to be very funny so I'm saving it for next year when I include Classic Humor as one of the categories for the Back to the Classics Challenge.






H: The Hireling by L. P. Hartley. I've only read The Go-Between by Hartley but it was really good. I found this at Shakespeare and Company a couple of years ago and still haven't read it.






O: An Old Man's Love by Anthony Trollope. Probably my next Trollope, simply because there's an audio for free digital download at my library.





C: The Children by Edith Wharton. One of the books that's been on the TBR pile the longest. I would love to cross this off my to-read list.






O: The Other Day by Dorothy Whipple. Bought after hearing about it on the wonderful Tea or Books? podcast hosted by Simon and Rachel. It was a little pricy, and I suspect Persephone may reprint it now that they've published all her novels and most of her short stories.






L: Love Among the Ruins by Angela Thirkell. I have about a dozen Thirkells unread on my shelves. This is #17 in the series so it'll be a while before I get to this one, I've only read four so far.






A: Antidote to Venom by Freeman Willis Crofts. I bought four of these beautiful British Crime Classics on a trip to London last year and still haven't read any of them. I think I chose this one because the main character is a zoo director.





T: Troy Chimneys by Margaret Kennedy. A Virago I found in a Charing Cross bookshop last year. Historical fiction written in 1953, about a Victorian man researching a scandalous Regency-era ancestor. Midcentury, Victorian, AND Regency, all in one book!




E: East Wind, West Wind by Pearl S. Buck. I love the covers of these Moyer-Bell editions.


Looking over these selections I realized how many of them are British authors so I did a quick count -- less than 25% of my unread books are by non-Brits! I suspect I bought them all because I tend not to buy books anymore unless I can't get them in the library.


I wouldn't mind reading any or all of these in the next couple of months -- bloggers, which of these books should I read first?

14 comments:

  1. Fun post! Love that you could find all those books from your own TBR shelf. Guess you've got lots of reading material for the summer, huh? :D

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    1. SO MANY UNREAD BOOKS. The number just never gets any smaller, no matter how many I read!

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  2. Lovely mixed selection. I like the Crime Classics. I try to get to them no sooner they appear on Netgalley.

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    1. Thanks! I've only read two so far and was underwhelmed, but I haven't given up yet. I've never used Netgalley, it sounds dangerous!

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  3. That's a great selection of books. I've only read one of them - Troy Chimneys - and absolutely loved it!

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    1. I really want to read it -- I'm going to England in June and it might be perfect for the plane ride.

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  4. Kudos for using La Debacle for "D" and not "L"! I've only read The New York Trilogy which wasn't a favorite but so many people think it is genius.

    I think you should read the Whipple first and report back. I am curious as to what Persephone hasn't re-printed yet and how it stacks up to what they have!

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    1. I'm so conflicted about the Whipples, I love her books so much and will be sad when I've read everything. I think that's why I've put off reading it.

      I did read the beginning of The New York Trilogy while hanging around a bookstore recently and it was intriguing. I wish it were more than 50 years old so I could count it towards the Back to the Classics Challenge! I also want to read 4321 by Auster but it's really long!

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  5. I haven't read any of your books, but there's lots I want to. Love the story that goes with the Monica Dickens, so that's my pick for what to read next :-)

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  6. Also it's very short, which is always a bonus. I've just started reading London War Notes so that might be good companion (especially since LWN is about 500 pages long and I'll need a short read right afterward.

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  7. Well done for braving your long blog name!! The one I love most here is Moncia Dickens' One Pair of Feet - such a delight.

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    1. I didn't realize how long my blog name was until I started this post! I nearly ran out of books with O titles from my TBR pile!

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  8. I've just compiled a similar post and have Troy Chimneys in mine too. I read Antidote to Venom and it was okay-ish. I love the whole Poldark series and enjoyed The Caravaners years ago. I read One Pair of Feet about 40 years ago but I remember I liked it, I wish I had kept notes on the books I read back then though.

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    1. I've been a little underwhelmed by the British Crime Classics so far. It didn't help that I bought three books by the same author before I'd ready anything by him.

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