Simon over at Stuck In A Book tagged me on a meme to randomly choose 10 books from my collection and then blog about them. These were his rules:
1.) Go to your bookshelves…
2.) Close your eyes. If you’re feeling really committed, blindfold yourself.
3.) Select ten books at random. Use more than one bookcase, if you have them, or piles by the bed, or… basically, wherever you keep books.
4.) Use these books to tell us about yourself – where and when you got them, who got them for you, what the book says about you, etc. etc…..
5.) Have fun! Be imaginative. Doesn’t matter if you’ve read them or not – be creative. It might not seem easy to start off with, and the links might be a little tenuous, but I think this is a fun way to do this sort of meme.
6.) Feel free to cheat a bit, if you need to…
So here we go:
A Folio Society Edition of Nancy Mitford’s Love in a Cold Climate with illustrations by Ronald Pym. I bought it a few years ago at a used bookstore but I haven’t read it yet. Being an Anglophile, it just seemed like something I shouldn’t pass up.
I love Anita Brookner. I have read all but two of the 23 novels she has written since 1981 when she published her first fiction. They are all rather depressing tales of lonely people just waiting to die. That is a gross oversimplification of what Brookner covers in her novels, but is accurate nonetheless. I love, love, love these books. I like some better than others, but in the end, if you have read one you have kind of read them all.
I love planes. Got this on a bargain table at Borders just before Christmas.
This is my well thumbed copy of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. I am not much of a poetry person but I love Whitman’s work. I really got to know it when I was getting my Masters in American Studies at the University of Hawaii in 1997. I have had some transcendent moments reading this book.
Love Trollope, but sometimes one needs a little help remembering who’s who.
One of the best Canadian novels you have never heard of. Set in dust-bowl era Skaskatchewan the rather quiet, uneventful outward action of the story belies the earth-shifting inner drama that takes place. This is the kind of book that Persephone or some other small press whould really reissue. I am not even sure it is still in print. My dear friend (and Canadian) Ron recommended this to me about 15 years ago. It still remains one of my all time favorite books.
The life of a used bookseller in Melbourne, Australia. Purchased on our trip to Australia back in 2007. Lots of fun for those who like books about books and bookselling.
This is Murdoch’s first novel, and the first Murdoch I ever read. Remains one of my favorites. This particular edition is the US First Edition that my husband gave to me on our third date. He had been travelling for work, was in a used book store, remembered that I was a fan of Murdoch and bought it for me. You might say literature sealed the deal. We have been together ever since.
Bought this in the gift shop at Sissinghurst I think. I haven’t read it yet. It appeals to the Urban Planner in me (which was Master’s degree number 2) and to the Anglophile of course.
The story of a char woman who saves up her money so she can go to Paris and buy a Christian Dior gown. A fantastically heart-warming and funny story, the title in the US is Mrs ‘Arris Goes to Paris.