“Avid readers know all too well how easy it is to acquire books — it’s the letting go that’s the difficult part … titles that I’ve clung to for years… I’ve yet to read them, but am absolutely certain I will. And should. When, I’m not sure, as I’m constantly distracted by the recent, just published and soon to be published works. … What tomes are waiting patiently on your shelves?” [Five Books That Are Stuck on my Shelf – Washington Post – October 2, 2008]

Tons tons tons tons…. I am a long-time visitor of the second-hand books store. I am constantly coming home with “the Classics” which I have decided I have to read. For a full list, check my TBR Page. But here are some “highlights”:

Ulysses by James Joyce – I got this copy for free on a dolly at College. They were old/tattered/out-of-date books that the Library was recycling, and left up for grabs. Well grab I did, I also took several other tattered “classics”

Beowulf translated by Seamus H – We read some excerpts of Beowulf in English Literature 12 during high school, and I really liked the story. I wanted to read the whole thing… this is my sister’s copy but I doubt she remembers that I have it.

East of Eden by John Steinbeck – I’ve read several John Steinbeck books over the years. I’ve loved some (Of Mice and Men), loathed some (Grapes of Wrath), and been unsure about others (The Pearl). So I have my dad’s old copy of East of Eden sitting on my shelf… the covers are falling off, and it’s held together with sellotape, but it’s better than the elastic band it had before. I just have to get up the courage to give John another go.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker – I’ve heard great things about this book, I got it at a second hand bookstore, or it might have been at Value Village (consignment store). I can’t recall, but I’ve had it for a good couple years.

The Handmaiden’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – Another one that I’ve heard great things about. Not only that, but I’ve never read any Margaret Atwood! For shame! So… I’ve had this one for a while, definitely got this secondhand.

Watership Down by Richard Adams – I have had this book for so many years! I’ve even started it several times… but I’ve either lost interest, or gotten distracted by a new(er) book.