The other day I mentioned key pieces of fiction that I want to read or re-read. Today I thought I'd give you all an idea of what I meant by that.
Now, I'm not talking about books in my TBR (to be read) pile. Although some of the books in my pile are included in the reading list, and the ones I acquire will definitely be added to the pile, this list and that list are not the same. I'm talking about books and authors I feel like I missed somewhere along the way, OR books and authors I loved once upon a time but somehow lost, sold, or never owned (i.e. library borrowed books I want to own now).
Like the Dragonlance trilogy I bought the other day. Loved it when I borrowed it, but never owned it, and totally wanted to.
So, now that I have a dealer... err, used bookstore... I can readily access, I'm working on finding those books.
The first on the list is a paperback copy of Elfstones of Shannara - in the original cover with Wil, Amberle, and Crispin in front of the big wooden door, waiting for the demon to strike. The bookstore owner has that on a list so if she gets it, it's reserved for me.
Other books on the list include:
Do Androids Dream Electric Sheep? by Heinlein
2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
The Book of Lost Swords series by Fred Saberhagen*
I, The Jury by Mickey Spillane**
The Jon Tom series by Alan Dean Foster*
Books 4-6 of the Xanth series by Piers Anthony*
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
The middle novels from the StarDoc series by S.L. Viehl***
I recently acquired several books that were on the list before, so I'm getting there. Now I just need to find the time to read. LOL
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
a book by Elmore Leonard (an author I haven't read yet, but the bookstore gal assured me I needed to)
The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
Several other Mickey Spillane novels I haven't read yet. (Love Mickey. Must read all of his books.)
There are others, of course, but like always happens when I'm actually at the store, I can't remember titles right now. I need to make a list to take with me when I'm out there so I know enough to look for them.
What older books do you want to read or re-read? Do you keep a list? Do you ever feel like there are books you ought to read?
* books I read a long time ago, and want to own now
** My copy is shot and I want to read it again without the book falling apart in my hands
*** Damn hard to find without paying an arm and a leg