Bookcase and Blog "Filler"
Books I Just Had to Buy
But That are Still Sitting on My Shelf
I'm doing this meme today for the symmetry. Or the parallels. Whichever.
Memes have been taking some flack in certain circles of the book blogosphere, where they are perceived as "filler" and not real "content." While I see where the detractors are coming from (after all, every stereotype has a basis in truth), I know I've always tried to make my own submissions to link ups as meaningful and meaty as possible. This post shall be no exception.
The idea of "filler"--stuff for the sake of stuff--is echoed by the concept of the "TBR" pile or shelf: one's collection of books that are still To Be Read. What does it say about book bloggers that the books we have not yet read--whether we've bought them or are still coveting them--make up a substantial segment of what we post about? Are such posts also just filler? Even if they are, can we write them in such a way that they are not?
Let me know in the combox if you think this post counts as "real" content--or conversely, if you think it doesn't.
Bargain Books That were in Such Great Condition
That I Bought Them without Knowing When I'd Read Them
Amandine by Adele Griffin
Because her novel The Other Shepards is still one of the best YA novels I've read in my entire life and I was determined to snap up her other books as I found them.
The Bar Code Rebellion by Suzanne Weyn
Because I like Dystopian Fiction and didn't know until after I bought this that it is the sequel, not the (still currently overpriced) first novel.
Dragon: Hound of Honour by Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton
Because I was in the middle of a personal reading project that involved reading my way through the Middle Ages and I still had good reason to believe that I'd soon bust out of the twelfth century and get to read this book set two hundred years later.
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Because I wanted an excuse to start the Little House series at last . . . not that I have.
Mariel of Redwall by Brian Jacques
Because I wanted an excuse to continue the Redwall series, and this was the book right after the actual book I'd have to buy next . . . which I still haven't bought. =P
Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief by Wendelin Van Draanen
Because it's another first book in a series I felt (and still feel) I should have started reading many years ago.
The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
Because it's one of the stories that inspired what was then my favourite novel in the world, The Man Who was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton.
Tracker by Gary Paulsen
Because long before I learned how vehemently anti-gun he is, I had big plans to do a Paulsen read-a-thon.
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
Because I was planning to write about it for another meme on owned but unread books--which makes this chance to write about it at last kind of funny.
Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush? by Jerry Spinelli
Because I had just finished reading Maniac Magee and Crash (both also by Spinelli) to my brothers and had naively hoped they would want to read this one together as well.
To this list, I could add: Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Jane Gray (another one for that Medieval Historicals reading project), Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery (another excuse to continue a great series), Sons of Liberty by Adele Griffin (another Griffin novel I was lucky to find), and four Baby-sitters Club books (another bunch that are just waiting for me to find the books which precede them in the order they should be read).
Filler, filler everywhere . . .
Image Sources: a) Amandine by Adele Griffin, b) Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief by Wendelin Van Draanen