Friday, January 16, 2015

The Book Lover's Den #15: On Scaling Mount TBR (Part II), and Hugging Beloved Books

Welcome to my Friday feature!

In each weekly post, I explore 
my thoughts on several 
book-related topics.

My husband and I are currently in the process of moving, so I now have no choice but to put some of my books in storage, as there are far too many to take to our new dwelling. Therefore, I've been frantically going through my shelves, to see which books I might be able to part with, and which ones I will not let go for even a HUGE amount of money (going into the millions, believe me). Surprisingly, I have found quite a few books that I definitely know I won't be interested in reading -- ever! I don't know how these managed to make it into my collection, but perhaps my reading tastes have somehow shifted with the years, and I haven't even been aware of it! Interesting, as well as funny....

Now I have to select which books I want near me, in the new condo. These are books which I am very, very interested in reading, either because of exciting plots or fascinating subject matter (in the case of nonfiction). I am therefore telling myself that, if they remain close to me, I will be reading them very soon. Of course, this is typically what bookworms tell themselves, as they lovingly -- and yet with some despair -- scan their shelves of unread

In addition to those books that I want to read as soon as I get the chance, there are other, highly treasured volumes I have indeed read, but love them so much I can't bear to put them in storage! So, even though I've already read these books, I desperately NEED to have them close by, just for the sake of picking them up from time to time, lovingly leafing through their pages, and then giving them a fierce hug before tenderly returning them to their shelves with a contented sigh.....

These are some of my most treasured volumes, in the category of "Books Read One or More Times, and Loved Forevermore!":

1.   The Twilight Saga - Stephenie Meyer
2.   Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
3.   The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
4.   The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
5.   The Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling
6.   Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
7.   Sunshine and Shadow - Sharon and Tom Curtis
8.   Tryst - Elswyth Thane
9.   Night Magic - Charlotte Vale Allen
10. My Name Is Asher Lev - Chaim Potok 

Below are some of the books that I will do my very best to read in the coming year. These are in addition to the ones listed in "The Book Lover's Den #14", posted last Friday. Of course, as with the previous list, I may not necessarily read these books in the order given.   

1.   I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
2.   City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
3.   City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare
4.   City of Glass - Cassandra Clare
5.   City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare
6.   City of Lost Souls - Cassandra Clare
7.   City of Heavenly Fire - Cassandra Clare
8.   Drawing the Light from Within - Judith Cornell
9.   Art and Visual Perception - Rudolf Arnheim
10. The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
11. Nuno - Carlos Aleman
12. Alienated - Melissa Landers 
13. Spock: The Fire and the Rose - David R. George III
14. The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
15. Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
16. The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
17. Through A Glass Darkly - Karleen Koen
18. The White Queen - Philippa Gregory
19. The Silver Chalice - Thomas B. Costain
20. Lonely Planets - David Grinspoon 

What do you think of my two lists?
Have you read any of 
these books?
If so, what did you think 
of them?


  1. Great post Maria.

    Sadly our book collection is too much of hodgepodge for me to take much pride in it. I have borrowed from friends and from the library so many great books that are now missing from my collection.

    I also have a lot of books that I do not know if I will ever get to. Some do look to be worthy reads but my focus has changed and time is limited.

    Your list of cherished books books and books to be read is super. Lonely Planets is fantastic and I cannot wait to see what you have to say about it.

    Spock: The Fire and the Rose looks fantastic. It looks like all the Star Trek Crucible books are fascinating.

    Good luck with your move.

    1. Hey, Brian!

      Thanks! Glad you liked it!!

      Don't feel too bad about having a "hodgepodge" collection. Mine could be classified as the same! I've been buying books for a long time, and sometimes I simply bought a book because I wanted to get my "book buying fix". Lol. At other times, I have bought a book because of my mood at the time, or because of a a theme prevalent in my thoughts.

      I've been wanting to read "Lonely Planets" ever since I read your excellent review of it! Looking forward to that book!

      As for the Spock novel, you know how much I LOVE that particular ST character. However, I fully intend to read the other Crucible novels, too.

      Thanks for the GREAT comment!! : )


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