Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Bookish Meme: Matching Book Covers from my Personal Library to the Category Titles

Thanks to Janani of The Shrinkette I found out about this bookish meme of matching book covers from my personal library to the meme category titles.

A book with the letter "Z" in its title or in the author's name:

On Writing Well: the Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser. My copy was published by HarperPerennial in 1998. I took a nonfiction writing class in 2000, and this was our textbook for the course.

A Classic:

How could I not choose this one? I have many editions of this book, including a board book!! This P&P by Austen is a Dover Thrift edition published in 1995. I acquired this book recently in 2015.

The oldest book on your shelves:

First Book of Botany: An Introduction to the Study of the Anatomy and Physiology of Plants: Suited for Beginners by John Hutton Balfour, M.D.. It was published by G.P. Putnam's Sons in 1876. This book is the pride and joy of my collection. I acquired it on May 20, 1993, and I've faithfully carried it through all the house moves I've made since then.

A book with a key on its cover:

Slightly Scandalous by Mary Balogh was published Dell in 2003. I acquired it on in 2010. The cover has a picture of a copper-colored key on it. This book is part of Balogh's famous Bedwyn series and is the story of strong-minded Lady Freyja and the Marquess of Hallmere. Balogh is one of those authors whom I'm dying to meet but haven't yet.

Something on your bookshelves that isn't a book:

This little fellow is a clay troll and he came all the way from Oslo, Norway. In the summer of 2002, I traveled over the North Sea from Newcastle, England to Bergen, Norway by a ferry. That ferry even transported a helicopter. I enjoyed watching it being loaded on. It was on this journey that I was introduced to the Scandinavian Smörgåsbord-style breakfast, which included many types of fish even for breakfast. After our excursion through the jaw-dropping fjords, I headed to Oslo on the fastest train I'd ever been on then. It was on my first day in Oslo, that I acquired this cheerful fellow.

A book with an animal on the cover:

The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans made a huge splash by Dell in 1995. There was even a movie made on it. I had always meant to read it, but for some reason, other books kept rising higher in the priority queue. I finally bought it for my husband at the end of 2006. Both of us really liked it.

A book with a girl on the cover:

In the late 2000s, publisher Sourcebooks reprinted many of Georgette Heyer's books with beautiful art on the covers, particularly featuring women. Many of the prints were from the collections of the Bridgeman Art Library. Black Sheep features one of the most memorable of Heyer's bad boy heroes. Miles Calverleigh is recently returned from India and riddled with a scandalous past and shocking manners. Naturally, he's very rich and is received in many places, except by the highest sticklers of the ton. Abigail Wendover is past her prime and grimly determined that her niece with a sizeable dowry not succumb to Miles's fortune-hunting nephew. The book features delightful gloves-off dialogue. This book was published in 2008, and I acquired it in 2010.

A non-romance book:

In September of last year, I attended a book talk by Salman Rushdie, which is where I acquired my autographed copy of Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights. While his commanding stage presence and formidable intelligence were on full display, what I had not realized was how witty he was and how swiftly he responded even to audience questions and remarks with funny ripostes. This book was published by Random House.

A book with stars on its cover:

If you peer closely at the cover of The Shadow and the Star, you'll two stars there, one above the word "the" and the other to the left of the word "Star." I have read all of Kinsale's books, and I have come away wowed by every one of them. She has more talent in the tip of one finger than most writers have in both their hands. The plots she weaves, the complex ways she expresses them, and the complicated characters she develops, all build up to marvelous stories. This book was published by Avon in 1991, and I acquired in October 2009. That was the year, I acquired all the Kinsales and read them back-to-back. I was shell-shocked after that experience for days on end.

A book with golden letters:

Oh, who doesn't love a Julie Garwood medieval historical? Ransom was my first Garwood and remains by favorite. And it's autographed, too! I treasure that autograph. It was published by Pocket in 1999, and I acquired it the same year. The book's set in the days after the death of Richard Coeur de Lion. It's a medieval book set partially in England and mainly in Scotland. There's a mystery and above all, there's a romance. It one of the Garwoods that launched medieval Scottish romances as a popular trope. Almost every historical romance reader worth their salt has cut their teeth on Garwoods.

This was a ton of fun. Thanks, Janani.