Guest Blog Box of Books

This is a guest post that reviewer and book blogger Karen Laird asked me to write for  ShadetreeBlogging.  It’s part of her Box of Book series. Thanks for including me, Karen!

Box of Books

One box? One? Oh, the agony! There’s no weight limit for this Box of Books, right? Because while compiling the list I realize my selections are weighty tomes!

My choices clearly reflect my love of learning, metaphysics, art, history, the classics, and the exotic.  Hope this Box is sturdy!

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin: Darcy and Elizabeth…their story never gets old! “I’m all astonishment!”
  2.  The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George: A delicious saga of love, lust, power, and ancient Egypt.
  3. Vanity Fairby William Makepeace Thackeray: Fun-fun-fun! A Regency era  Desperate Housewives. And good for a cry too.
  4. Bible: King James Version
  5. The Zohar: This is the guide to ancient Jewish mysticism, aka Kabbalah.
  6. The Story of Art by E.H. Gombrich: Better than visiting an Art Museum.
  7. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon: History! Yummy!
  8. The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence: A sweeping romantic war story about Lawrence of Arabia.
  9. The Complete works of Shakespeare: Well, I do have a degree in English literature so not including The Bard is a literary sin!

10: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: One of my faves. Gothic creepy at it’s finest.

11:  The Clothing of the Renaissance World by Ann Rosalind Jones and Margaret F. Rosenthal: Both the detailed descriptions and exceptional woodcut prints in this 500-page text appeal to my fashionista side. Folks knew how to dress back then! (Well, at least the nobility.)

12. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie: I recommend this book to my students. I tell them to memorize it if they want to rule the world. Mwahaha

13. Gardners’ Art Through the Ages by Richard G. Tansey and Fred S. Kleiner: With extensive commentary and beautiful photos it’s a  visual and educational feast.

14 & 15:  The Far Pavilions volumes 1 & 2 by M.M. Kaye: A tale of love, war, maharajas, the Himalayas, and India.

Now, all I need is Box of TIME to read and reread all these treasured volumes!




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