This week's Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish is:
Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR.
1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
I read it last year, I will read it this year, and I will read it next year.
2. The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare.
"A sad tale's best for winter. I have one
Of sprites and goblins."
(Act II scene I)
3. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope.
This I bought today, and plan on reading as soon as I've finished my James Joyce biography.
It's by Fanny Trollope, Anthony Trollope's mother, and it's a rather damning account of her travels in America (published in 1832), which led her to be, in Mark Twain's words,
"so handsomely cursed and reviled by this nation".
4. The Legend of Good Women by Geoffrey Chaucer.
For my Chaucer Challenge.
5. Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott.
I re-read Little Women last Christmas and decided to save Good Wives for this Christmas.
6. Armadale by Wilkie Collins.
This, I hope, is going to be one of my first 2015 reads. One of the lead characters, Miss Gwilt, is described as "One of the most hardened female villains whose devices and desires have ever blackened fiction"! It's at least partly set in Norfolk (I'm going off the blurb at the back) so I will read this as part of my Reading England Challenge.
7. Exemplary Stories by Miguel de Cervantes.
I've been meaning to read this since I read Don Quixote.
8. The Nibelungenlied
I haven't made my list yet for Fanda's Literary Movement Challenge, but I think I'll be reading this for the first month, which is medieval literature.
9. The Life and Letters of Leslie Stephen by Frederick William Maitland.
I've been meaning to read this practically since it came out (ok, that might be a slight exaggeration), so it will be on my TBR 2015 Challenge (I still need to decide on the final titles for this challenge). It's said to contain the first published words of Virginia Woolf: I've flicked through it, and I think I know the part that is being referred to, and I'm convinced they are Vanessa Bell's words. But I shall read it and find out!
10. The Diaries of Francis Kilvert.
Another book I've been meaning to read for quite a while! It's the diaries of the Rev. Francis Kilvert, who lived in both Wiltshire and Herefordshire (so I'll also be reading it for my Reading England Challenge).
A busy winter lies before me!