The over $5 barn
The under $5 barn
Thankfully, I came out with only one book. It's a study of Agatha Christie's notebooks, which she used to plot her mysteries. From a writer's as well as a reader's perspective, it should be fascinating.
Dorothy's TBR challenge inspired me to take a look at the books that have been sitting on my shelves a long time, unread, and read them this year. To keep this doable and fun, I'm going to choose only twelve. Here is my list:
1) A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf. I started it before Christmas, and need to pick it up again.
2) My Garden by Mary Russell Mitford, 1787-1855. Mitford was the author of Our Village and a good friend of poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. This book is a collection of her letters to Browning and other friends about her garden. I bought this before I got married, which is to say, a very long time ago!
3) At least one book from the Modern Library Gardening series. Michael Pollan, of The Omnivore's Dilemma fame, edited a collection of eight out-of-print gardening titles that I desperately wanted -- you know how that goes! I've read the Eleanor Perenyi volume, Green Thoughts, and started My Summer in a Garden, and then the wheel fell off the wheelbarrow, so to speak.
The vintage volume, The Gardener's Bed-Book, was already on my shelves, so I don't have the M.L. edition.
4) A Light from Heaven. I've read all the previous volumes in the Mitford series, but because this one was the last one, I wanted to "save" it. It's now 5 years old. Argh.
5)The Parish Papers by George MacDonald. MacDonald (1824-1905) was a predecessor or mentor to C.S. Lewis, and a friend of Lewis Carroll and Mark Twain. This is nearly as old as #2.
6) Maisie Dobbs. I love mysteries, so why do I keep picking up every other one but this? Probably because it takes place during WWII, and thanks to Chris, I'm inundated with WWII era music and history already.
7) A Historical Mystery. I've collected and not read: Silent in the Grave, Consequences of Sin, The Conjurer, And Only to Deceive...all great recommendations from Danielle's blog, and all series to follow if I like these first volumes.
8) Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose.
9) Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting Without Tears.
12) Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayer.
Now that I've posted this list, I hope that will keep me accountable! What books are you dying to read this year? If you've put a list on your blog, please let me know that in the comments and I will check it out. I'm on Goodreads, and if you are too, I'd love to share books with you there as well.
Next post: the first finished object of 2011!!!