…is this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt from That Artsy Reader Girl. I’m limiting these to one per author and mostly to books that have been on my “to read” shelf on Goodreads the longest, because I have been avoiding actually counting or recording the titles of “books I own but have never read” for at least a decade, and damned if I will start now.
1. Midnight Moon - Dorothy Lyons
A 1940s horse book, second in a quartet, of which for some reason only the third ever became mega-popular (Golden Sovereign). I managed to read the first one via Interlibrary Loan 6 or 7 years ago, but my state doesn’t have this one, and it’s stupid rare so secondhand copies start at $50. That takes some saving willpower I do not yet have.
2. The Land of Stories series - Chris Colfer
When it arrived in 2012, I was so enchanted by the cover, the fact that Darling Chris Colfer had realized a lifelong dream of authorhood, and the amazing photos & fanworks that people were posting that I wanted to make sure I bought my own copy, and vowed not to let myself read it until I did. That ploy did not work because I still could not bring myself to spend $17 + tax on a single book, and I also could not decide if I wanted to spend less money for an audiobook instead, or if I wanted to save the treat of his narration for a bonus gift after I knew the story. After 3 or so years, the breathless anticipation faded, and I’m waiting patiently for it to return so as not to spoil the experience.
3. Walking With Sausage Dogs - Matt Whyman
I loved his “Oink: My Life With Minipigs” memoir, but for some reason, this follow-up was never published in the U.S. Which means I gotta figure out how to order a copy online without paying an arm and a leg in shipping or being required to pay in pounds, and it’s probably easier than I think, but also requires a non-zero amount of effort and I have a lot of other books with higher priority.
4. Alpha Dog - Jennifer Ziegler
I bought a copy at a used book sale in 2010 and I do not know what the hell is wrong with me that I STILL have not read the splendid rarity that is A DOG-CENTRIC YA NOVEL. My aversion to reading without a deadline is too powerful for my own good. (actually, to be fair, every time I finally decide to read it, I remember I put it in a box somewhere and can’t find it.)
5. Rescue Ben - R.B. Smith
This was an author promo/advertised book on Goodreads in 2013. I curse the day it crossed my path, because it turns out it’s tiny-press-published, not available in this state’s libraries and EXPENSIVE AS HECK ($20 and up, USED, as a paperback) but…it’s a nearly-500-page dog-centric book! What wealth. I wants it.
6. National Velvet - Enid Bagnold
I’ve been trying to make myself read this since I was like 12. It feels wrong to not have one of the classics of the equine literature world under my belt. It’s just…racing. It is so hard to churn up interest in it. I am also irrationally suspect that any horse book popular enough to be internationally famous will not be “horsey” enough.
7. Beginner’s Luck - Laura Pederson
Checked it out of the library a few years ago and found the print was very small, on top of being the start of a quartet, but in a good way – like it’s dense quality. It looks like an adult novel that would appeal to me, since the protagonist is a teenage girl, but one of the awesome ones who runs away from home to make her own living (as opposed to the runaways who end up living on the streets and hooking for cash/drugs). I just didn’t feel like I had the time to give it the attention it deserved, and I want to be able to really sink into it, so I sent it back unread.
8. Persuasion - Jane Austen
The only one of the six not under my belt. It bugs me that I’m missing one, but at the same time, I can’t find anything to get excited about in the summary, and now I don’t have an awesome Austen college class with a super-enthusiastic professor guiding me through it.
9. The Birds at Home - Marguerite Henry
Being my earliest and lifelong favorite author, I have tracked down most of her titles now that I have Adult Skillz (leaving this one low priority because birds < mammals), but this is the last substantial one of hers about animals I’ve never put my hands on. I both look forward to and dread the end of the journey.
YA Pride & Prejudice reimagining WITH HORSES and focusing on Darcy-Equivalent’s sister. And also a WWII-era diary discovery! What are “all my faves.” Alas, I will have to buy it in order to read it, and even though it is cheap, YA novels I have not read are way low down on my purchasing-priorities list.