So! I have been tagged for the Bookshelf Tour Tag by Anna at Light From the Shadows. Thank you ever so much, Anna! This tag was splendiferously fun. Speaking of splendiferous things, you should go check out her blog; it's quite splendiferous. (And isn't splendiferous a splendiferous word? Spell check says it's not a word, but google has it in its dictionary, so I shall use it to my heart's content. Splendiferous! Splendiferous! Splendiferous!)
Now! On to the tag! Oh, and a quick note: I don't really have my own personal bookshelf. (Gasps all round, right?) My books mingle with the rest of the family's in the shelves all round the house. So...when I say a book is "on my shelf," what I mean is that it's "in the house."
Now on to the tag.
A short but powerful book
Hmm. The Screwtape Letters is under 200 pages, and it's pretty powerful.
Also 198-page Blessed Jose: Boy Cristero Martyr (which really needs returned to its permanent owners...oops). It's a really obscure book, but it about moved me to tears.
Aaaand I'm currently reading Fingal's Quest, by Madeleine A. Polland. I'll list it again under "an obscure book," but it's around the 200 page mark and so far it's - challenging. Not just powerful, but challenging.
A good long book
The Lord of the Rings! It's one of those you can bury yourself in for weeks. And it's sooo good....
Favorite classic (on your shelf)
Okay, so choosing a favorite classic is like asking me to choose a favorite book. It's impossible. So I'll give you a list of three:
A Tale of Two Cities
The Song of Roland
The Scarlet Letter
A relatively obscure book
Relatively obscure, or super obscure? Because I've got quite a few...
Arms of Love, by Carmen Marcaux.
Fabiola, by Cardinal Wiseman
Fingal's Quest, by Madeleine A. Polland
An underrated book
Til We Have Faces, by C. S. Lewis. I don't know that it's underrated so much, but nobody knows about it, and honestly it's one of my favorite C. S. Lewis books...
An overrated book
Stuart Little, by E.B. White. Don't get me wrong, I love E.B. White! But I hated Stuart Little. The ending left me totally flat. I remember flipping frantically through the book after I was done for any clue that there might be a sequel, or that there had been pages ripped out, or that I had gotten an edition that was only half the real thing....
With an ending like that, I just can't see how Stuart Little is such a beloved children's book.
Most reread book
Probably Anne of Green Gables. I read that the first time when I was about eight, and I've probably read it three or four times since. Maybe five. (Isn't that a sad, pathetic little number?)
A book you haven't read
Ugh, so many. My TBR is largely composed of books I bought/was given but haven't gotten around to reading. Ivanhoe is the most recent - one of the few non-school ones that doesn't stare at me with an expression of reproach yet, because I've only had it for under a month.
A short story collection
My collection of Hans Christian Anderson's Fairy Tales. Does that count?
A non-fiction book
Battle Cry of Freedom, by James McPherson. Which, coincidentally, would also fit under "a good long book" and "a book I haven't read"...
A book (physical copy, not the story itself) that has an interesting story behind it
My Shakespeare collection! About ten years ago (probably when I turned 8), my grandma gave me $10 with the very specific instructions to spend it at Half Price Books. But we never got around to spending it. (In my family, we never spend birthday money like that. It's just how we operate.) Every time we passed a Half Price Books, for nine years, I would say, "Mom, I've got ten dollars to spend in there!" And Mom would say, "Not today, sweetie, we've got the kids with us/we're too busy/etc." It got to be a running joke.
Finally, last summer, we went to Half Price Books. We were planning on seeing a production of Romeo and Juliet that evening, so I knew exactly what I wanted. I went straight to the drama section, and there was a beautiful copy of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. The price tag? $9.95. I didn't have to think twice, and I finally spent my ten dollars.
The best part of the story? Had I spent that ten dollars at the age of nine, I probably would have bought a collection of American Girl books. I grew out of those a long time ago. But now that I waited until I was 16, I've got a keepsake that I'll probably enjoy for the rest of my life. Good things come to those who wait!
That concludes the splendiferous Book Tour Tag! I tag the following splendiferous bloggers:
Anna @ Swords and Quills
Blue @ To Be a Shennachie
And anyone else who wants to participate! If you are not a blogger, then feel free to share your answers in the comments below. :)