I’ve been in the mood for a TAG lately. This one was created by Shawn, and it consists in selecting the ten most obscure books on your TBR, by sorting your corresponding shelf on Goodreads according to number of ratings and popularity. It was a funny exercise: I don’t even remember adding to my shelf many of the obscure books Goodreads showed me!
Without further ado, here is my list:
- Selections from the Letters of Geraldine Endsor Jewsbury to Jane Welsh Carlyle, ed. Mrs. Alexander Ireland (1892): I am pretty confident I added this book after I read Jane Carlyle: Newly Selected Letters (2004) last year;
- Hearing Things: The Work of Sound in Literature, by Angela Leighton (2018): a meditation on the role of sound in writing and reading? This sounded too interesting to be left behind;
- The Passion for Pelargoniums: How They Found Their Place in the Garden, by Anne Wilkinson (2007): a book on the history of the pelargonium – I have no idea why I added this!
- Jill, by Amy Dillwyn (1884): this is a story about a gentlewoman who disguises herself as a maid, runs away to London, and falls in love with the woman she works for. This book sounds just like my cup of tea!
- Mimi’s Marriage, and Mimotchka at the Springs by Lidia Ivanovna Veselitskaya (1883): I have no recollection of having read about this book, but it was written by a 19th century Russian woman writer, so I will certainly give it a go;
- Social Practices by Chris Kraus (2018): This is a collection of essays on art, mixing biography, autobiography, fiction, and criticism. I may have added it after I read Krauss’ biography of Acker last year, but completely forgot about it;
- Recollections of a Happy Life: the Autobiography of Marianne North, edited by Janet Symonds (1892): Marianne North was a Victorian amateur botanist and painter. She travelled around the world to paint exotic flora, and this book is a collection of her memoirs, edited by her sister. I am fascinated by North, and I guess I found this book on my local library’s catalogue;
- Irish Women Writers: An Uncharted Tradition by Ann Owens Weekes (1991): I love everything Irish, and this sounds like a collection I would read for Reading Ireland Month;
- Everyday Life as Alternative Space in Exile Writing: The Novels of Anna Gmeyner, Selma Kahn, Hilde Spiel, Martina Wied and Hermynia Zur Muehlen by Andrea Hammel (2007): Again, I completely forgot about this book. I read and loved Manja, by Gmeyner (1938), so I guess I got curious to read more about her;
- Deutsche Dichterinnen vom 16. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart: Gedichte und Lebensläufe by Gisela Brinker-Gabler (1978): a collection of German Women Poets from the 16th century onwards. This sounds like a book I should read…
Now I am curious: What are the most obscure books on your shelves? Tell me about them.