Saturday, November 5, 2011

On My Bookshelves #7 (11/5 - 11/7)

This new weekend feature highlights the books
that we have purchased, placed on one of
our bulging shelves, and put off reading
until we finished our current ones...
except that we somehow never did read them!

This book meme will also highlight those books
we have already read,
and would love to re-read, because
they're absolutely wonderful!!

If you'd like to join in, write your own post,
grab my meme button (or create your own),
and add your post link to the list!
Have fun hopping over to other blogs to see what
books others want to either read or re-read!

Here's my list for this week!

Hardcover, 555 pages
Random House
October 17, 1990
Genres: Romance, Suspense,
 Literary Fiction

From the Goodreads Synopsis

Possession, for which Byatt won England's prestigious Booker Prize, was praised by critics on both sides of the Atlantic when it was first published in 1990. "On academic rivalry and obsession, Byatt is delicious. On the nature of possession—the lover by the beloved, the biographer by his subject—she is profound," said The Sunday Times (London). The New Yorker dubbed it "more fun to read than The Name of the Rose . . . Its prankish verve [and] monstrous richness of detail [make for] a one-woman variety show of literary styles and types." The novel traces a pair of young academics—Roland Michell and Maud Bailey—as they uncover a clandestine love affair between two long-dead Victorian poets. Interwoven in a mesmerizing pastiche are love letters and fairytales, extracts from biographies and scholarly accounts, creating a sensuous and utterly delightful novel of ideas and passions.

I can't believe I haven't read this yet!
And I've owned it for several years now...
I came across it just the other day,
as I was rearranging some books on a shelf.
So I sampled the first few pages,
and the lush, rich prose totally mesmerized me!
Now I don't know what to do...
I'm in the middle of a novel and two
non-fiction books right now!

Hardcover, 472 pages
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
October 12, 2010
Genre: YA Romance, Science Fantasy

From the Goodreads Synopsis

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

Jennifer Donnelly, author of the award-winning novel A Northern Light, artfully weaves two girls’ stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love. Revolution spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart.

I recently purchased this one at a Borders branch,
just before they went out of business.
I've heard great things about this book,
so this is another one I have to
get to one of these days!

Hardcover, 876 pages
Alfred A. Knopf
December 12, 1982
Genre: Fantasy

From the Goodreads Synopsis

.... a retelling from the point of view of the women behind the throne. Morgaine (more commonly known as Morgan Le Fay) and Gwenhwyfar (a Welsh spelling of Guinevere) struggle for power, using Arthur as a way to score points and promote their respective worldviews. The Mists of Avalon's Camelot politics and intrigue take place at a time when Christianity is taking over the island-nation of Britain; Christianity vs. Faery, and God vs. Goddess are dominant themes.

Young and old alike will enjoy this magical Arthurian reinvention by science fiction and fantasy veteran Marion Zimmer Bradley. --Bonnie Bouman

I really want to kick myself for
not reading this one yet!!
How could I, a true lover of Arthurian fiction,
have failed to dive into
this highly-acclaimed novel?
Sigh...I might have to stop buying books completely,
so that I can get to all the treasures
I have been piling up for years and years....

What wonderful books are waiting
for you to read them?
What beloved books would
you like to re-read?


  1. I haven't read any of these books- but they look great. I would start with The Mists of Avalon. Something about the title really draws me in.

    Happy reading!

  2. is joining in the meme, I am tired so I will get it up tomorrow, thanks from good reads. Jackie

  3. Hi, Jess!

    Yes, THE MISTS OF AVALON has quite a reputation! The movie version was released 10 years ago, and one of the stars is Anjelica Huston.

    Thanks for dropping by and commenting!! : )

  4. Hi, Jackie!

    Thank you so much for the comment, and for participating in this blog hop!! Hope you enjoy it!! : )

  5. Oh you have some great ones! Read, read, read THE MISTS OF AVALON.

    I found you through Book Blogs. Last year I began a holiday called Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day--a great way to support the booksellers we get some of these bulging bookshelf selections from :)

    If you'd like to be a part of the Day there's a share button here for your blog and I'd be more than happy to answer any other questions!


    My best,

  6. Possession is one of those books that I tried to read 3 times and failed to finish each time. Which bewilders me so because it seems like my kind of novel. Maybe someday I'll try again and actually finish.

    I updated mine.


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