I haven’t done a “Feature & Follow” post in awhile and it’s probably long overdue. It’s the only real activity I participate in that allows me to connect with other members of the blogging community. Sometimes I feel like a Lone Pooka (less well-known than the Lone Wolf, but just as bad-ass & solitary). Answering this week’s question, posed by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read, is my attempt to rejoin the pack (if only in a very minimal way).
Q: “Which books did Santa stuff your stocking with this holiday season?”
A: It may surprise you to know that I received zero books this Christmas. There’s an easy explanation for that: I asked for zero books this Christmas.
My small apartment is stuffed with more than enough book-filled bookcases at the moment, and I may be moving soon. The last thing I need is to do is add more weight to what’s already sure to be a backbreaking burden. I have a surplus of unread reading material on my shelves, in addition to the two stacks I currently have checked-out of the library. The only real book desire I have is a complete flight of fancy — an unrealistic dream. I lust after Penguin’s new Drop Caps set (which would never fit in a Christmas stocking).
Seriously. Have you guys seen this shit?
They’ve chosen an author to represent each letter of the alphabet, and have designed an all-new cover for each character. “A” is for Austen, “B” is for Bronte, “C” is for Cather (the selected tomes are Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and My Antonia, respectively). They haven’t gotten to all 26 yet. They’re only up to “P.” But they’re beautiful, colorful, and, as far as I’m concerned, a word nerd’s idea of Heaven. My favorites are “M” for Melville, which is designed with a harpoon shot straight through the letter, and “G” for Golding, which looks a bit like orange slices due to the color scheme, but is actually a representation of Piggie’s broken glasses. So clever!
I do wonder at some of their choices, though. Like “K.” “K” puzzles me. There are any number of authors they could’ve picked who would’ve matched their chosen “Classics” theme, but instead they went with Sue Monk Kidd & The Secret Life of Bees. One of these things is not like the others…
It got me thinking. If I were on the selection committee, which authors/texts would I have volleyed for?
Below, you’ll find my selections. Let me know what you think! Have I bested Penguin? Did I make any mistakes? Which 26 authors/books would you choose? Leave a comment, or write your own post & link to mine (don’t forget to let me know if you choose the latter option!)
The hardest parts for me were the end of the alphabet (“X” is impossible… unless it’s acceptable to use “X” as “Anonymous.” That’d make things a lot easier), and making a final decision on “G” (it pained me to leave out Neil Gaiman & American Gods, but I think I did the right thing). It’s also interesting to think about how different demographics play into it. I’m sure Penguin has to consider the ratio of male to female authors, Brits to Americans (as well as other, multicultural authors), etc. etc. I’m also amused to find that the only letter I kept intact (I chose a different work for James Joyce, but stuck with the man himself) was “M” for Moby-Dick. I also have to admit that I haven’t read every book on my list (nor on Penguin’s).
The whole thing’s just fascinating. And I want it. Anyone have ~$600 to donate to the cause? Money is wasted on the rich. (They just do silly, indecent, inhumane things – like buy rabbit fur coats. I’d make much more worthy investments. I’d pay good money for knowledge – and for that pair of pumps I saw last week… you can’t blame a Pooka for wanting her legs to look as good as possible).
Alright. That’s all she wrote.
It’s time to strike out on my own again.
But perhaps I’ll visit your neck of the woods (the populated area) next week! Until then, may the wind be ever at your back (and the odds ever in your favor. Of course).