In other words, this week's Top Ten Tuesday is all about the spirit of
1. Down Bayberry Lane - Helen Girvan
^ link to Tumblr post about it w/ photos
"Listen. The amount of Mad I am after finding out about this book on eBay, only to then discover it cannot be requested through any libraries in state and presently would cost me over $40 to buy…is VERY. # I was on board with the cover # and then i read that excerpt and OH MY GOD GIVE ME THIS 1955 JOY RIGHT NOW!!"
2. Minnesota's Own: Preserving Our Grand Homes - Larry Millet
A gorgeous coffee table book of some of the greatest mansions in our state, many of which I have walked past and dreamed about, opened up to showcase their rich interior and with some history about their origins as well as subsequent owners and modern renovations/restorations.
3. Brunette Ambition - Lea Michele
Of all the gorgeous lifestyle books I have enjoyed over the years, this is consistently the one I have found most enjoyable and inspiring as far as encouraging myself to live a healthier life. I actually did consider asking for this one.
[edit: but then not even 6 months later, I found it for sale at the library -- not even ex-library, a donated book -- for $1 and like, yeah that's better.]
4. The Year of Cozy - Adriane Adarme.
This is my second-fave option. I want to make All The Recipes.
5. When You Were Here - Daisy Whitney
It's been a year since I read it and I still think about it, all the time. It was just such a powerful book.
6. Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story - Jewel
I have read it, but I would LOVE to have it on my shelf for good, and/or have an audiobook so that this time she could personally tell me her stories. I just love her so much.
7. The Ark - Margot Benary-Isbert
The Hoy Grail book I want most. It's one of my favorite books ever, but it's expensive. I keep hoping I'll run across it at a book sale. Heck, even an antiquarian bookstore. I'd pay $10-15 for a copy I could examine in person.
8. The Book of Sunnybank - Albert Payson Terhune
The one I want the most and the one that is by far the rarest and most expensive, because the original edition -- the only one with photos, which are the best part -- is far less common than the republished and retitled edition (Sunnybank: Home of Lad).
9. The Leaving - Lynn Hall
This isn't especially hard to find, but it also means I resent paying the cost of shipping for paperback given the relative probability of finding it for 50 cents to $1. I'd take any Lynn Hall book I don't own, but I think this is the one I am most curious about.
[June 2019 edit: I broke down and bought it for the cost of shipping when Thrift Books had a sale.]
Stopping there because it's just too hard to narrow them down anymore!