Tuesday, May 05, 2020
I don't know how much longer I am going to do this because truthfully it would take an awfully long time to go through every shelf. And I still have all Phil's books too. As I am sure it would for you to go through your shelves. And is it even interesting?
Black Wings Has My Angel, Elliott Chaze. I don't think I read this. It is pretty new and it sounds good but unfamiliar.
Phantom Lady, Cornell Woolrich. This I read and liked. I think I used to have Waltz Into Darkness too. Another very fragile book.
The Third Man, Graham Greene. I am not sure if I have read this or just seen the movie. The movie was so good and I seem to have two copies of the book. So maybe I read it.
So Long See You Tomorrow, William Maxwell, One of my favorite writers. And one of his best novels. Reading the first page, makes me want to read it again. I love to have a first person narrator tell me his story. And I like it when he/she is a child at the start. It starts with a tenant farmer being killed. It is not a crime novel but a crime is a good place to begin with a lot of stories. What is more dramatic. I may have to read this again.
Falling Angel, William Hjortsberg, I did read this but have little memory of it. It was turned into the movie Angel Heart. It is identified as a horror novel and has a blurb by Stephen King. Another book that I would have to read very carefully because it is fragile. I think I bought it used. So many of my books were bought at used bookstores.
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen. I have probably read this five times. This shelf is really a mix. I don't know why some of these books are classics and some are classic crime novels. I think it comes from moving and consolidating book cases. And then I never get around to organizing them. And now I don't like crawling around and lifting books so they will probably stay like this. In some things I am organized but apparently not with this.
All of my books that are in really good condition are in the living room. This bookcase is my study/office.
The Stories of William Trevor, One of my favorite short story writers.
And then we have four crime books, none of which I have read. Highsmith, Armstrong, Thompson and Goodis. I have four or five Highsmiths but not this one.
All of these were picked up at used bookstores over the years too. I got a lot of them at a used bookstore in Ann Arbor called Dawn Treader. I wonder if I will ever go to Ann Arbor again. It's only an hour away but it seems too far now.
If I went into a used bookstore now, I wouldn't buy any of these books probably. The days of "collecting" are over. I only buy books I am pretty sure I will read.