I love studying pictures of bookshelves when people post them on their blog or Facebook or Twitter. I love being able to zoom in and see what is lurking in the shadows. Recently former blogger Polly posted a picture of her shelves on Facebook and I was excited to see that she and I have the same Faber edition of the Alexandria Quartet. Savidge Reads has his series Other People’s Bookshelves which is up into the 70s at this point. And then Stuck in a Book and I bonded over Phyllis Rose’s book The Shelf–although my initial enthusiasm waned while Simon’s waxed.
So today, I start a new series in which I am going to post each of my bookshelves, one at a time, and largely in alphabetical order. If I’ve done my sums correctly there should be 35 installments.
SHELF ONE: 37 books, 24 unread, 13 read, 35% completed
Abbot, Jane D. – Happy House
Acevedo, Chantel – The Distant Marvels
Ackerly, J. R. – My Dog Tulip
Ackroyd, Peter – English Music
I have not had very good luck with Peter Ackroyd, but I am always on the lookout for novels with a classical music theme.
Adams, Ruth – I’m Not Complaining
I pretty much buy any Virago/Dial paperback.
Adiche, Chimamanda Ngozi – Half of a Yellow Sun (completed)
Adiche, Chimamanda Ngozi – Americanah (completed)
Adiche, Chimamanda Ngozi – The Thing Around Your Neck
Adiche, Chimamanda Ngozi – Purple Hibiscus
I absolutely loved the first two Adiche’s I read. Half a Yellow Sun is devastating.
Agee, James – A Death in the Family
I’m not sure I will like this book. The prose poem, Knoxville Summer of 1915 with which the book opens is the source/inspiration for my original blog My Porch.
Alcott, Louisa May – Behind A Mask
I think this are some of her ghost stories. I’ve never read any of her work.
Allen, Walter – All in a Lifetime
Don’t know anything about this one. For some reason I have been buying pretty much any used book I come across from the Hogarth Press.
Ambler, Eric – Dirty Story
Ambler, Eric – The Schirmer Inheritance
Ambler, Eric – Doctor Frigo
Ambler, Eric – A Kind of Anger (completed)
Ambler, Eric – The Nightcomers / State of Siege (completed)
Ambler, Eric – The Light of Day
Ambler, Eric – The Dark Frontier
Ambler, Eric – The Levanter (completed)
Ambler, Eric – A Coffin for Dimitrios (completed)
Ambler, Eric – Cause for Alarm
Ambler, Eric – Judgment on Deltchev
As you can see, I am an Ambler fan. Bookseller John in Houston turned me onto Ambler’s books, and as you can see, I’ve become a fan. Of those I have read so far, State of Siege and A Kind of Anger are my favorites.
Anand, Mulk Raj – Untouchable
Appelfeld, Aharon – To the Land of the Cattails
von Arnim, Elizabeth – Love (completed)
von Arnim, Elizabeth – The Enchanted April (completed)
von Arnim, Elizabeth – The Pastor’s Wife
von Arnim, Elizabeth – The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rügen
von Arnim, Elizabeth – Mr. Skeffington
von Arnim, Elizabeth – Vera
It is possible that von Arnim is one of those authors where the first book I read I loved and subsequent novels, not so much. The Enchanted April is wonderful. Love was good, but not a delight. The Caravaners (not pictured) was a DNF and Elizabeth and Her German Garden (not pictured) was a little tedious when not talking about the garden.
Ashworth, Jenn – A Kind of Intimacy (completed)
A fantastic read and a little crazy.
Atherton, Gertrude – American Wives and English Husbands
The title of this caught my eye but I knew nothing about the book or author. Her Wikipedia entry is fascinating. And she was prolific. I could be on to something good.
Atwood, Margaret – Oryx and Crake (completed)
Atwood, Margaret – The Year of the Flood (completed)
Atwood, Margaret – MaddAddam (completed)
Atwood, Margaret – Cat’s Eye (completed)
There will be more Atwood in the next installment. The first three listed here, however, are my absolute favorites. You can read them separately, but even better to read them in order and in succession.
NEXT TIME: Atwood through Bassani