Books I Own But Haven’t Read #2

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Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Curie

I won this book in a giveaway and quite frankly I don’t have a lot of interest in reading it. As far as I recall, it’s a contemp about unrequited love. Which doesn’t really appeal to me.

Opere (Works) Barbu Stefanescu Delavrancea

I honestly don’t even know which of the author’s works are contained in this volume. This is an assigned reading in school type of book and I never got assigned it, so I never read it. But I do own it.

The Double & Notes From the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

This book was given to me by a friend who studies literature at uni because she had accidentally bought two copies. I haven’t read it yet, but I do really want to read Dostoyevsky and I feel like this is a good place to start, because these are two relatively short works, so they’re not as intimidating.

The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection by Arthur Conan Doyle (4 vol)

I’ve read a portion of the Sherlock Holmes stories. I haven’t read all of them yet, so I still class these as unread. But I have them. Four glorious volumes of Sherlockness and I will read them entirely… eventually.

Relativity: The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein

I actually just got this book. I got it as a birthday present from my parents (well, I bought it but with my parents’ money). So I feel no guilt about this.

The Novel of the Nearsighted Teen by Mircea Eliade

I’ve actually almost finished reading this book. I have like 50 pages left or something. I don’t know why I stopped, because I actually really enjoyed it. I think it was just that I moved away to uni as I was reading it and for some reason I didn’t bring it with me. And then too much time went by and I just ended up not finishing it. But I will. I plan to.

Poezii (Poems) by Mihai Eminescu

I’ve read some of the poems. But to be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of this guy. Like, he’s supposedly the greatest Romanian poet but… there are several others I much prefer to him.

Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Estes Pinkola

This is another book that I only just got. I received it as a birthday present from a friend. So I don’t feel super guilty about it, but I would like to get to it soon, because it’s one of my friend’s favourite books.

Le Bossu (The Hunchback) by Paul Feval

I started reading this book as a sort of nod to my years of reading French cape and sword type adventures. But they just don’t grip me like they used to anymore. So I actually never got too far with this one. It is technically my grandmother’s book. But as with most books that I “borrow” from her, it just sort of became mine.

Spiral by Roderick Gordon and Bryan Williams

This is the 5th book I believe, in the Tunnels series. I’ve read the first 4 books I think a long time ago, and then stopped. Actually, I think at the time, only 4 had come out. In any case, my brother recently acquired the 5th one. I’m probably not going to read it though, to be fair because I don’t remember that much of the first 4 books and I don’t really feel like re-reading them.

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Books I Own but Have Not Read – Part 1

I own a lot of books. And because I’m just a wee bit obsessive, I actually have an index of (most) of the books that I own. So I’m going to go through that and see which books I have read and which I haven’t. It’ll probably take more than one post to go through all of them, to be honest.


Inferno, Purgatorio & Paradiso by Dante Aligheri

I own these in a two volume edition and I’ve started reading Inferno, but I never finished it because it’s in verse and I just find it very hard to read for some reason.

Cismigiu & Comp and Buna Dimineata Baieti (Good Morning Boys) by Grigore Bajeanu

I don’t actually know anything about this book, other than that it’s a bind-up of two different stories and I’m not entirely sure how I came to own it. I just have it. I think it might have been a gift or a prize that I won or something like that.

The Secret History of Tom Trueheart by Ian Beck

I actually think this book belongs to my brother, but since I am the main bookkeeper in our house, it lives on my shelves and therefore, it got indexed.

Letters From A Skeptic by Gregory Boyd

I’ve actually recently acquired this book, so I don’t feel that guilty about not having read it yet.

Agentul Secret al lui Altin-Bey (The Secret Agent of Altin Bey) by Rodica Ojog Brasoveanu

Honestly, I haven’t the faintest what this book is or how I came to own it. Most likely, it’s my dad’s or my grandmother’s or something like that. But again, it lives on my shelves, so it’s mine.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

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I’ve been meaning to read this for ages. Though to be fair, I’ve only had it for a few months. So it’s not too bad. Some of these books I’ve had for years.

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

This is like a daily devotional type books. I’ve read some of them, but I never managed to keep up with it.

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore Cooper

Erm… I haven’t read this and I quite frankly have no intention of reading it. Even though I actually own two copies of it. I mean, technically one of them was my grandmother’s… but it’s pretty much mine now. And I think I got the other copy from school. I can’t remember. But I now own two copies.

The Deerslayer by James Fennimore Cooper

Another one that I don’t really have any intention of reading anytime soon. But I own it. I didn’t buy it, to be fair. I’m pretty sure it’s actually my dad’s book.


I’ll stop here for now. I’m not even close to being done yet, but I feel like 10 books per post is enough.

Crows, Ravens and Shadows

Am I the only one who’s noticed fantasy’s fascination with crows, ravens and shadows? I mean, just the number of books that have one of those words in the title…

Shadow and Bone

Queen of Shadows

A Gathering of Shadows

Lord of Shadows

The Oathbreaker’s Shadow

The Shadow’s Curse

Shadow Kin

Six of Crows

A Feast for Crows

The Raven Boys

The Raven King

To name just a few. And not to mention books that have words related to those, in particular to shadow, such as darkness, night etc

Lady Midnight

Crown of Midnight

Twilight

The Night Circus

Nevernight

Queen of Air and Darkness

A Darker Shade of Magic

I’m sure I could find more if I dug a little. And these are just the ones that mention it in the title. There are so many that may not mention it in the title, but that feature these things as fairly prominent.

The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy. The Three Eyed Raven from ASOIAF; Mia Corvere from Nevernight as well as her being a darkin; Rhysand’s darkness powers in ACOTAR as well as the Night Court; Shadowhunters.

Now that I think of it, there are actually several such themes running, particularly within the fantasy genre. Fire, mist, light, bone, blood, wind or air, time of day (dawn, midnight or just day). I think I might just compile a list of titles for each of these groups, just to see how they rank. I like lists and patters. So if you like lists and patterns as well, stay tuned for that, I guess.

 

Best Book Titles

Ever see a book title and it’s so great that you don’t even care what that book is about, you know you want to read it? No? Really? Well, I do. Here are some of my favourite book titles.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

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When I first heard this title, I knew I wanted to read this. I had no idea what it was about and I didn’t care. It’s just such an amazing title. And then I looked it up and realised it’s a novella in a series of books with amazing titles (which also happen to be really amazing books, but that’s not the point). I mean The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. So… poetic and mysterious and cool. I love the titles of this series.

Grief is the Thing With Feathers by Max Porter

I don’t really know what this book is about. But just check that tile out. I makes me want to read this book. Combine that with the cool raven on the cover (I love ravens) and I’m sold.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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This whole series has really cool titles, but this one is my favourite. You may have noticed I like long, vague and slightly pretentious titles. They just really appeal to me and Daughter of Smoke and Bone is another example of a book that I was drawn to because of its title and gorgeous cover. I ended up really loving it.

Red as Blood and White as Bone by Theodora Goss

I have absolutely no clue what this book is about. I added it to my TBR because it has a freaking awesome title and really creepy cover that just makes me really want to read it. And I kind of want to go into it without knowing anything about it.

And I Darken by Kiersten White

I really like that the title starts with “and”. I don’t know why that appeals to me, but I really like titles that begin with “and”. I’ve yet to read this, but I’ve heard so many good things about it and it has a really cool premise.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Again, a long, vague, slightly pretentious title that really appeals to me. I want to read this book mainly because of its title. It’s just something about titles like this that I really love. I think it’s because they make so much more sense once you’ve read the book and that adds to the experience for me, as opposed to a title that’s really straightforward.

These are a few of my favourite titles. Let’s just call this part one, because there are so many more and I’m sure in time I will come across even more titles that I just love.