*checks out want-to-own shelf on Goodreads*
Cool, cool, 104 titles. Okay. Let's...let's basically choose 10 at random, because next week the 10 I want MOST will probably shift (and this is why, unless there is a special indie bookstore incentive, we have a good ThriftBooks coupon or are REALLY desperate for a specific title immediately, we wait -- sometimes for years -- to find books in the wild for less than the price of shipping instead of ordering them online or shopping at real bookstores).
1. The Book of Sunnybank - Albert Payson Terhune (1934)
The nonfiction book about the famous collie novel author's prized estate. As mentioned more than once, this is The Holiest of Grails -- I want the original edition, with photos, not the stupid "Sunybank: Home of Lad" version book sites think is the same. I have only seen 2 or 3 copies go up on eBay in the 5 years I've been watching, and each one was at least $100. The current minimum asking price is $241.
2. Dreaming in the Dust: Restoring an Old House - Katherine Chrisman (1986)
I will N-E-V-ER live down the fact that I encountered this book at TWO DIFFERENT SALES almost back to back in 2016, declined to buy it because I was trying to curb my book-buying habit by not taking chances on unknown titles, later rented it via ILL and fell in absolute love with it...and haven't seen it since. It's about a local house, so even if older, so you'd think it might be more common since I go literally all over the metro area for book sales -- but nope.
3. Phantoms of the Hudson Valley: The Glorious Estates of a Lost Era - Monica Randall (1996)
The most incredible coffee table book of historic and/or abandoned mansions mine eyes have ever beheld. My parents loved it too, so I want it for them as much as for me.
4. A&L Do Summer - Jan Blazanin (2011)
I almost caved and bought it this year, until at the last minute I decided I wanted Thief of Happy Endings more (have I read that one yet? no. mistaaaaaake!). It's just SUCH a summer book. The book that inspires me to go outside and enjoy the weather, pretending I am a teen again with relative freedom this time of year. Which, honestly, it kind of feels like I am, because my supplemental test-scoring job runs from March until late June, and when it's over suddenly I have 25 more free hours per week.
5. Like Mandarin - Kirsten Hubbard (2011)
This also feels like a summer book, albeit a more serious one -- I read it back to back with the above last year and I want to keep associating them together. This one's draw is more in its lovely language and the way it makes me want to hit the road west to more wide-open spaces.
6. Girl Online On Tour - Zoe Sugg (2015)
This is...A Choice, but I'm in a serious Noah/Penny shipping tornado right now, and the local libraries don't have it, and I want their juicy emotional scenes at my fingertips so badly that I may or may not have scanned a bunch of my favorite pages before I had to give the interlibrary loan up today. Really seems like it should be easy enough to turn up at a thrift or even the dollar store, but we'll see.
7. From Sand and Ash - Amy Harmon (2016)
Thanks to a rec from a TTT post last week, this just blew through my heart like a hurricane and now I never want to let the love story go. I am currently laying claim to the library's copy for as long as possible to pretend I own it, while I'm still in the "reread my favorite parts daily" honeymoon period.
That said, what I want even MORE than the book is the INCREDIBLE set of gifts included when it was apparently featured in the Once Upon A Book Club subscription box a couple of years back (paper ephemera!!!!! uniquely detailed to the story even; a pretty ring, pocketbooks/pouches...), a fact I wish I had not turned up because I am now dying of agony due to not being able to obtain them at any price.
8. The Ark - Margot Benary-Isbert (1953)
You know, in case I didn't make my love for it clear enough last month. I'd like to lock it down before it gets any older/scarcer. But it tends to start at $16-20, and that's at least FIVE books worth of money, which is a real gamble when I can't inspect its condition first.
9. Hit the Road - Caroline B. Cooney (2006)
I can't believe this isn't a book I own already. It just looks like one that would be mine, scooped out of a library sale after being weeded for its age. I love that it perfectly describes the way I feel about driving on (terrifying) freeways w/ more than 3 lanes and/or a speed limit above 60mph, as well as its achingly beautiful commentary on aging and related loss -- and I'm not usually one who is so moved by specific quotes or passages. It's just one of those books where I feel like every sentence is important. (see review)
10. The Secret Life of It Girls - Dakota Lane (2007)
"If you've ever wondered how to turn MySpace into a book, this is the answer." (Amazon w/ Look Inside link) The subjects are shallow but the art design/layout is lovely, so like I said in my review, it's just fun to page through. And I can't do that anymore without owning it, because the local library weeded its copy.
Curious to know if anyone reading this post owns any of these! I suspect number 7 is the only likely possibility.
P.S. For the other TTT people who haven't heard this one, an accurate book count is unknown and somewhat unknowable right now, but my last full inventory 7 years ago was a little under 600 books, and my Goodreads shelf of "owned" books tallies 348, so the true total is somewhere between the first number and the sum of those two, probably, unless it's more because of the number of books I have bought and not read since then. What this means is I definitely do not need more books...but I do find my want-to-own shelf useful for weeding the collection because I can ask myself, of any given book, whether I would be willing to trade it for a book on the wishlist. And if the answer is yes, then out it goes.
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