I have an embarrassing number of unread books sitting on the shelves in my personal library. Carole of Carole's Random Life in Books has given me the perfect excuse to spotlight and discuss those neglected books in her Books from the Backlog feature. After all, even those older books need a bit of love! Not to mention it is reminding me what great books I have waiting for me under my own roof still to read!
Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife by Francine Prose
(Harper Collins, 2010)
In Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife, Francine Prose, author of Reading Like a Writer, deftly parses the artistry, ambition, and enduring influence of Anne Frank’s beloved classic, The Diary of a Young Girl. Approved by both the Anne Frank House Foundation in Amsterdam and the Anne Frank-Fonds in Basel, run by the Frank family, this work of literary criticism unravels the complex, fascinating story of the diary and effectively makes the case for it being a work of art from a precociously gifted writer. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: The Diary of a Young Girl made quite an impression on me when I first read it as it has many people over the years. Francine Prose's book about the famous classic caught my attention years ago. I am looking forward to reading this one.
Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1) by L.M. Montgomery (Puffin Classics, originally published in 1908)
As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever . . . but will the Cuthberts send her back to to the orphanage? Anne knows she's not what they expected—a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she'll try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes and blurting out the first thing that comes to her mind. Anne is not like anyone else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special—a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreams of the day when she can call herself Anne of Green Gables. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: It is true. I have never read Anne of Green Gables. I bought a copy a couple of years ago so that when the time comes, my daughter might read it. Maybe we will read it together--or me alone. Sometimes giving in to peer pressure is worth it.
Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by the marvelous Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss upcoming release we are excited about that we have yet to read.
Release Date: October 2, 2018 by Penguin Books
An exquisite new collection of short stories from award-winning author Simon Van Booy.
Over the past decade, Simon Van Booy has been listening to people's stories. With these personal accounts as a starting point, he has crafted a powerful collection of short fiction that takes readers into the innermost lives of everyday people. From a family saved from ruin by a mysterious benefactor, to a downtrodden boxer who shows unexpected kindness to a mugger, these masterfully written tales reveal not only the precarious balance maintained between grief and happiness in our lives, but also how the echoes of personal tragedy can shape us for the better. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: Simon Van Booy has a way with words that I find irresistible. Where he is writing a novel or short stories, I find myself lost in his words, his characters coming to life.
Release Date: October 2, 2018 by Harlequin Teen
One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.
Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.
Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.
There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.
With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: Julie Kagawa is another one of those author's whose work I have been wanting to try, but have yet to do so. The Shadow of the Fox seems like a great place to start. I love the sound of this one!
Release Date: October 2, 2018 by Berkley
Charlotte Holmes, Lady Sherlock, returns in the Victorian-set mystery series from the USA Today bestselling author of A Conspiracy in Belgravia and A Study in Scarlet Women, an NPR Best Book of 2016.
Under the cover of "Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective," Charlotte Holmes puts her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. Aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, Charlotte draws those in need to her and makes it her business to know what other people don't. When her dear friend Lord Ingram stands accused of the murder of his estranged wife, Charlotte goes under disguise to help prove his innocence to Scotland Yard. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: I know, I know. When am I going to read the first two books in this series. Soon. I am sure I will love this series.
Do any of these books appeal to you? Have you read them?
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I request Shadow of the Fox today! :)ReplyDelete
Love how The Hollow of Fear looks! So gothic and atmospheric hope you enjoy all these books! :)
Daniela - I hope you get Shadow of the Fox! It sounds so good. I love the look and sound of The Hollow of Fear too. I can't wait to read all of these. Thanks for stopping by!Delete
The Hollow of Fear has SUCH an amazing cover- I've been liking the cover design of all her books, so far. And anne of green Gables seems like it would be a nice comfort read. :)ReplyDelete
Greg - I love that cover too. All her covers are beautiful. Anne seems to be a popular childhood favorite for many and I can see why. One of these days I'll get to it! Thanks for visiting!Delete
I love your shares! I want to read the Anne Frank, I have that Puffin Classic of Anne high on my list, and The Sadness of Beautiful Things and The Hollow of Fear are on my Kindle! I hope we love them all!ReplyDelete
Jennifer - Anne Frank is wonderful. I hope you do get to it. I hope we both love all the books as well! They certainly sound good. :-) Thanks for stopping by!Delete
I am also anxiously awaiting THE HOLLOW OF FEAR. I have read the first two books and liked them very much. Can't wait to read this new one and I agree that the cover is stellar.ReplyDelete
Kay - I hope to read the first two soon. I think I have them. Or if not, I'll use some of my birthday gift card. Thanks for visiting!Delete
I haven't read these books, but of these, your description of Simon Van Booy is wonderful!ReplyDelete
Verushka - Another blogger introduced me to Simon van Booy's work and I just love it. Thanks for stopping by!Delete
I've not read Anne of Green Gables either, and similarly have a copy (Gutenberg's, so it was a quick download, but still).ReplyDelete
I've read Kagawa's Iron Fey series, all except the digital novellas, and they were predictable but very enjoyable nonetheless; I'd recommend her. Same as you with Sherry Thomas. I love her romances but haven't read further.
Charlie - I am glad you enjoy Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series. Hopefully Shadow of the Fox will be good. The Sherry Thomas series sounds good as well. I think I'll enjoy the books. Thanks for visiting, Charlie!Delete
The Lady Sherlock series is on my list of must-reads. Enjoy all your selections, Wendy!ReplyDelete
Catherine - Hopefully we will both fall head over heels for the series. Thanks for stopping by!Delete
I used to reread The Diary of Anne Frank every few years and really want to read the Prose book too.ReplyDelete
Kathy - I've heard so many good things about Prose's book. Thanks for visiting!Delete
I've heard such great things about Sherry Thomas' series... and #3 is coming out! I need to get caught up. I didn't realize that new Kagawa was the start of a brand new series! Might have to check that one out, her books are always fun. :)ReplyDelete
Bonnie - I need to start on the series! At least there are only three books so far. :-) I am glad to hear you like Kagawa's books. I hope I will too! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
The Hollow of Fear sounds like a great read. I definitely need to check out The Lady Sherlock series. Thanks for sharing! Happy reading! :)ReplyDelete
Ashley - I kick myself for not starting the series already. I need to do that soon! Thanks for visiting!Delete
I was amazed with The Diary of Anne Frank when I was in school. OMG, I want to read it again. I has been so long. We both have Shadow of a Fox this week. Great minds and all. Have a wonderful week!ReplyDelete
Mary - I think Prose's book will be a good one as I know Anne Frank's book is such an iconic book. Yay for Shadow of the Fox! I hope we both love it! Thank you for visiting and have a great week too.Delete
Yes, you definitely need to make room for the first two books in Lady Sherlock. It's one of my faves and I will be starting #3 this weekend!ReplyDelete
Barb - I hope you love the third book. I need to set started soon on the first! Thanks for stopping by!Delete
I've never read Anne of Green Gables either! (But I have watched the PBS miniseries with Megan Follows.)ReplyDelete
Lark - Someday perhaps we will both read it. :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete
I want to read the Francine Prose book; loved Anne of Green Gables; enjoyed Shadow of the Fox (but liked Kagawa's Blood of Eden best); and can't wait for the newest Lady Sherlock!ReplyDelete
Jenclair - I don't think I have anyone say they did not like Anne of Green Gables. I hope to start on the Lady Sherlock series soon! Thanks for visiting!Delete
So many books to look forward to! I hope that you enjoy Anne of Green Gables. It holds a special place in my heart. I am also really looking forward to Kagawa's new novel. It sounds amazing. :)ReplyDelete
Too many great sounding books! :-) I would love to read Anne with my daughter someday. And Kawaga's novel does sound good, doesn't it? Thanks for stopping by!Delete
Oh, Wendy!!!! TERRIFIC choices for both memes!!! :) :)ReplyDelete
I might join "Books From The Backlog" myself. Talk about having an embarrassing number of unread books....you should see MY shelves!! Plus, I have books IN STORAGE!! So I'm thinking of joining in. I used to have a similar meme myself, several years back. It was titled "On My Bookshelves". So you might very well see my link added in next week! :)
I read part of "The Diary of Anne Frank" in high school, and could not finish it....it was just too much for me at the time. Now I'd like to try again. Plus, I want to read Francine Prose's book. I own "Reading Like A Writer", which, of course, I have yet to read....sigh...
I also own "Anne of Green Gables", AND "A Conspiracy in Belgravia". SO embarrassing, I know....LOL. I'm hoping to read the Belgravia novel, and then move on to the rest of the books!
As for "Shadow of the Fox", I think I featured it in one of my own CWW posts. I don't quite remember. Or maybe it was in one of my "Shelf Candy Saturday" posts. Anyway, I want to read it, too, naturally!! :)
The one author that's entirely new to me is Simon Van Booy. This short story collection does sound very compelling, though!
From this list, I'm adding the books I don't already have on my Goodreads shelves! Thanks for featuring them all!!
Thanks as well for commenting on my own CWW post!! HUGS TO YOU AND MOUSE!! <3 <3 :) :)
Maria - Thank you! I am sure Carole would love to have you join Books From the Backlog. Her sign up post goes up Thursdays, but I jump in the day before usually because it fits best with my schedule.Delete
My unread book count of books I actually own is also embarrassing, so I can relate. Someday we hope to get to them all, right? Hopefully we will be given that opportunity. :-) There are so many good sounding books--and more coming out each day.
I hope you and I enjoy all the books we do read, whether these or others. Thanks for visiting, Maria!
The Anne Frank one sounds very interesting.ReplyDelete
Ellen - I think so too. I remember really wanting to read that one when it first came out, but it was a while before I got my hands on a copy. And yet I still haven't read it. The story of my life. HahaDelete
I haven't read Anne of Green Gables either but do want to give it a try at some point. I have the audio for the first book in the Sherry Thomas series. I will get to it someday :)ReplyDelete
Carole - Someone else who hasn't read Anne of Green Gables! There are more of us than I thought. LOL Someday! Hopefully we won't wait so long on Sherry Thomas' series.Delete
I hear so many good things about Sherry Thomas' books, this is a fantastic list, hope you enjoy them:-)ReplyDelete
Tammy - Thank you! I hope I will too. :-)Delete
I have Shadow of the Fox on my kindle but it hasn't released yet and the show Anne of Green Gables on Netflix was fantastic. I guess I was in the right mood because I adored Anne with an e :)ReplyDelete
Jackie - I hope you enjoy Shadow of the Fox! I think the official release date is the beginning of October. I know it's available on NetGalley right now. I've put off watching Anne because I want to read at least the first book first. I'm weird like that. :-) Thanks for visiting!Delete
I think I read Anne of Green Gables when I was a girl, but I actually don't remember for sure. One of these days I'll revisit it.ReplyDelete
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Nicole - I wish I had thought to track the books I read back then. Thanks for stopping by!Delete
That's a great idea to read Anne of Green Gables with your daughter. I just re-read/listened to it last fall and it made me smile and laugh all over again.ReplyDelete
Oh yes, I want the third lady Sherlock book, too.
Sophia Rose - Hopefully she will be interested in reading it. :-) I'll read it eventually regardless. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Shadow of the Fox is one that I'm really looking forward to as well. The Anne Frank book intrigues me as well. I've read Frank's diary but would be interested in reading this author's thoughts on the famous book.ReplyDelete
Suzanne - They both sound like they will be really good, don't they? I hope they will be. Thanks for stopping by!Delete
The Hollow of Fear looks good. I've really enjoyed the first 2 books in that series but haven't seen much on this one. You haven't read Anne??? I'm shocked! I think it'd be a good read aloud with your daughter. It's one of my favorites though really I love Gilbert, Marilla, and Matthew more than Anne. Anne can be wordy!ReplyDelete
Katherine - I need to read the first two still. Hopefully soon! One of these days I'll read Anne. I know it's hard to believe I haven't read it yet . . . I didn't know about it until I was an adult. Thanks for visiting!Delete
OOOOOOOooooh, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES <3 <3 <3 I've only read the first book and loved it. I first fell in love with it through the TV movies starring Megan Follows. If you haven't seen them, you must! Watch them with your daughter :DReplyDelete
Donna Marie - I watched an episode or two of the original series (I don't remember the names of the actors), years ago, but they didn't stay with me. After I read the book, I'll likely watch the old and new series. Thanks for visiting!Delete
Donna Marie - Thank you!Delete
My sister is sixteen years younger than me, and she lived with me from 12 years old, until she was eighteen. When she first came to live with me I read the first three Anne of Green Gables books to her at night. They were great conversation starters. 📚✨ReplyDelete
La La - What a great memory for the both of you! I find that reading with my daughter opens up some great--and interesting--conversations for us as well. Hopefully she will read the Anne books with me. :-) Thanks for visiting!Delete
I really enjoyed the first in the Sherry Thomas series. I need to get caught up :) A great cover on that!ReplyDelete
Anna - I am glad you enjoyed the first in the series! I hope to read it soon. Thanks for stopping by!Delete