Thursday, January 18, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #9



Thirteen
Books I have not read that are on my bookshelves waiting for me.

1. Tales from the 1001 Nights. Translated by Sir Richard Burton. I am familiar with many of the stories, but have never read the actual book.

2. The Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers. I have never read any of her works, but I understand she is an outstanding mystery writer.

3. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad. This one was on the buy two classics get one free shelf at Borders, it intrigued me.

4. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. Absolutely love Jane Austen....this is the last of her novels that I have not read. I want to savor it, probably won't get read until the end of the year.

5. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. This one has been on my shelf for awhile. Mother gave me a gift certificate to Borders for my birthday in 2004, somehow this one got put on the shelf and never read. I "found" it again when we moved and I set up the library.

6. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster. Found this one (and the next) at a COOL ramshackle used bookstore in Tulsa. It takes up an entire strip center, it is so loaded with books you are almost afraid the shelves will topple down. They have three aisles of "classic" literature. It was an absolute reader's heaven in there. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the store, but I used to go in there whenever I went to visit my mother.

7. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster. When I purchased this book and the one above, the clerk asked me if I was a student. When I answered no, he was in a state of disbelief that anyone would actually read these books for pleasure.

8. Enter Jeeves, 15 Early Stories by P.G. Wodehouse. Wodehouse provides delightful easy reading.

9. Mrs. Pringle of Fairacre by Miss Read. Miss Read novels are feel good, light fluffy reading for me. They are very similar to the Jan Karon novels, just set in England and written many years ago.

10. Just Shy of Harmony by Philip Gulley. Another author whose style reminds me of Jan Karon. I enjoyed the first novel Home to Harmony, hopefully this one will be as delightful.

11 and 12. The Fisherman's Lady and The Marquis' Secret by George MacDonald. I purchased this boxed set after high recommendations from several ladies on the Ambleside Online homeschool email loop. I have read other works by MacDonald, he is good at weaving Christian truths into the novel. His literary style takes some getting used to, but I have found them to be well worth the trouble.

13. Heavy Weather by P.G. Wodehouse. Wodehouse has become one of my favorite kick back and relax authors. He has subtle humor woven throughout. If you haven't tried one of his books...you really should.

Have you read any of the above titles? Which are your favorites?

17 comments:

Amy Ruttan said...

I have read Jane Austen. Love her. I have not read any of the others I guess that's more books for my TBR pile.

If you love Austen then I recommend two books (I just finished reading), called Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife :Pride and Prejudice Continues and Elizabeth and Darcy Days and Nights at Pemberly by Linda Berdoll. They are the sequels to Pride and Prejudice, written like Austen would have written it herself, same language same style. They are funny, poignant, passionate and I was bawling at some parts. The incident with Mr. Collins during the Fox Hunt had me laughing for hours.

Great TT, thanks for dropping by mine.

Janie Hickok Siess, Esq. said...

I haven't read any of them! But those are some great suggestions.

My list is posted.

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Looks like a lot of good books there, and I haven't read any of them either. Maybe I should put them on my list too. I'm definitely an Austen fan. Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful Thursday:)

Empress Juju said...

Not a one of them, although there are a couple of titles that I have thought I "should" read!

Several years ago, I began one of the most difficult challenges of my life: a book purge! I'm down to a bookshelf full of well-loved and oft-read titles, and one very well-worn library card! I'm afraid I would be unable to make a list such as yours today!

Have a wonderful day, and happy reading!

JohnH985 said...

Cool list. And all people I have never read, so I guess I'll have to check some of them out.

My 13 are up.

Rashenbo said...

Well, I can safely say that I've not read any of them. I think that you and I have slightly different reading tastes :D

Great list, happy Thursday!

Caylynn said...

Cool list! The only one on your list that I've read is Mansfield Park. I hope you enjoy all these books!

Happy T13. :)

Jill said...

I actually don't know any of those book!!(but I might know the name in french!!)
I have a couple of book on my shelf that I didn't read yet, but the only one I cannot wait to have time to read is Anne Rice's Blackwood Farm.

Chickadee said...

I haven't read any of those books, but that used bookstore in Tulsa sounds awesome!

Thanks for visiting my 13.

Lori said...

I haven't read any of those books but I have wanted to read some of them. I've been an extreme slacker about reading classics lately. I've been an extreme slacker about EVERYTHING lately!

Duchess said...

Think we need a snow storm so you can snuggle up and read.

she said...

I loved "Where Angels Fear to Tread" by E.M. Forster. Drop by my place and let me know what you thought of it when you do get around to reading it - or, better yet, post your opinions on your site.

Sparky Duck said...

is it that Richard Burton?

I have heard good things about the Time Travelers wife actually

tatjana said...

Hi Julie! I'm an Austen fan too. I made the mistake of gorging myself on all the novels one summer as a teen, but I find reading them over can be just as good. The others I either don't know, or on my reading list too - guess we have a bit in common :)

Beth said...

Julie,
I read A Room With A View in college and don't remember one single thing about it. LOL!! That's pretty typical for me though.

I listened to A Time Traveler's Wife on cd a couple of summers ago while my dh and the boys were away on vacation. I loved the book but I find it hard to pay attention to books on tape as I always fall asleep while I'm listening and then don't know where I left off. I bought the book at Goodwill (you'd be shocked at the great books you can find there) and it's sitting on the floor next to my bed. I should pick it up and read it.

I just finished The Virgin Blue and loved it. It's the first book I've read in awhile because my reading always takes a backseat to my knitting.

Proverbs31 said...

I haven't read any of these titles, but there's nothing like a list of books waiting to be read! ;)

I recently went through my own shelf and pulled out all my "waiting to be read"s... it was quite a long list!

Have fun with it!

Jeannine said...

Hi, your list is about half and half for me, half I read, half I don't even know about. Remindeded me of just how many books there are, I still want to read. Thank you for that!