Sunday, April 8, 2012

TSS: A Bookish Birthday Wishlist

On April 27th I will turn 32.  I know I should be over birthday excitement and making gift lists and such, but I like to use my birthday as an excuse to splurge on books.  Let me define a splurge for you; typically a book splurge is around $30.  Before I had two kids (yay daycare costs) I would sometimes spend $80 - $100 once a year at my birthday on books.  This is where the wish list is exciting.  I hardly ever buy new books or books online and most of my purchases stem from thrift store shelves or charity bookshops.  The chances of me running into that wishlist book on a random jaunt to the thrift store are slim, so I keep a dream book list to whittle away at on my birthday.  Birthday money is being saved for bookish purchases!

Alright, here we go, 32 books for a 32nd birthday:

Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang (I eventually want all of these)
No Name by Wilkie Collins

The Glass of Time by Michael Cox
Falls the Shadow by Sharon Kay Penman
The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman
Cousin Rosamund by Rebecca West

The Red and the Green by Iris Murdoch
William -- An Englishman by Cicely Hamilton (Persephone!)
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
The Complete Stories of Evelyn Waugh
Man of Property by John Galsworthy (vintage Scribner's)
To Let by John Galsworthy  (vintage Scribner's)
 Shaking a Leg: Collected Journalism and Writings by Angela Carter

To the North by Elizabeth Bowen
Elizabeth Bowen by Victoria Glendinning
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
The Autobiography of Henry VIII with Notes by his Fool, Will Somers by Margaret George

Virginia Woolf by Hermione Lee
The Diary of Virginia Woolf, volume 1
The Corner That Held Them by Sylvia Townsend Warner
The Element of Lavishness:  Letters of William Maxwell and Sylvia Townsend Warner, 1938-1978

Dangerous Ambition: Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson: New Women in Search of Love and Power by Susan Hertog
The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch
Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

The Shadow of the Sun by AS Byatt
The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Tales by HP Lovecraft
Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories by MR James
The Haunted Doll's House and Other Ghost Stories by MR James


Vintage Reading said...

Great selection. I have my eye on the Rebecca West/Dorothy Thompson biog, too. Adore Rebecca West.

Elizabeth said...

Oh my, I've added several more books to my own wish list from these. :)

Ruthiella said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you get a bunch of books!

Lindsey said...

My birthday is the day before yours! I hope you get lots of the books on your wishlist! :)