I promise this is the last one I'm signing up for. And I'm kind of re-using some books from one of the other TBR challenges I'm doing, BUT this is the challenge that caused me to create my blog, so I have feelings of fondness towards it.
All right. The other ones I picked kind of at random, but these are books I LEGIT want to read and get off my shelf:
1. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke - I mentioned before, I have two copies of this, and it's just...it's just GIANT and intimidating, but also has the best blurbs I've ever read on the back of a book. And the hardcover version takes up so very much space on my shelf.
2. The Looking Glass Wars, Frank Beddor - I tend to hate it when people get into series because they have the same name as the heroine, but...well...it's not my fault; my mom's collected Alice in Wonderland things since I was born. And this looks cool. So I bought it ages ago but never read it because I suck.
3. Henry VIII: The King and His Court, Alison Weir - I went through a period in my teens when I read everything by Alison Weir. She was popular. But then I bought this, which I've started maybe three times and never gotten far because omgggg so many descriptions of Councils and Chambers and I cannot be interested. But I shall read it and Learn Things.
4. Twilight Sleep, Edith Wharton - Aw man, Wharton writing about the '20s? Amazon calls it her "superb satirical novel of the Jazz Age." And you know she hated that time period, because even though she didn't like her OWN time that much, when you get to be in your 60s, you hate what the kids're into. I'm 26 and I hate what the kids are into NOW, so I can only imagine how much fun I'll be in 40 years. Anyway. Grouchy Edith Wharton, I am ready for you.
5. Gigi, Colette - I've owned this (en français, thank you very much) for like three years. Maybe longer. The musical version is delightful, and now I need to read the damn book. Plus, Colette! She's famous and stuff!
6. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett - One of my many brothers (I have three) lent me this. We're both very much on the Pratchett side of the Pratchett/Gaiman divide, and yet I have not read anything of Pratchett's work besides his part of Good Omens (note: if you have not read that GET ON IT). I have been promised this one is Very Good Indeed.
7-12. This post is too long, so here's just a list with no explanation given. Mwahaha!
The Woman in White
Dear Fatty (Dawn French)
And Then There Were None (Christie)
Rats, Lice and History
My alternates are Little Altars Everywhere and Cranford.
If I actually stick to this and the other TBR challenges, I should be getting basically nothing from the library next year. Yeah. We'll see how that pans out.