The day after New Years Day was a busy one for us in our house. Hubby had hired a skip to clean out our garage - yes you read that right, a huge skip to clean out all the junk accumulated over 7 years in our garage. It is a job that we have meant to do for a long time and we have attempted to clean it in parts before, but enough was enough, it really all had to go.
I was really rather ruthless and threw out lots of boxes containing videos and books from my childhood, although I only got rid of weather damaged books, the rest have been packed away in plastic boxes.
By the end of the day, the garage looked practically empty and I came back in with a little pile of books that I had forgotten I even owned.
Here is a list of the books I discovered.
1) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night -time by Mark Haddon. I tried to read this book when it came out but found it hard to get into. At the time I was studying as well and just really struggled to read any books, so I am hoping to give this one another try.
2) The Day After Tomorrow by Allan Folsome. This was actually hubby's book and one he really enjoyed many years ago. I think it might be an adaption of the film and it wouldn't normally interest me, but hubby thought it was good, so I thought I would give it a try.
3) The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. I didn't even realise I owned this one, but I am so pleased that I do. I have been meaning to read some of Atwood's work for ages. This one was awarded the Booker Prize in 2000 and is set during the Second World War.
4) Tender Is The Night by F.Scott Fitzgerald. I think this one might have actually belonged to my brother, but we won't tell him. I loved The Great Gatsby, so I look forward to reading this one. This book is based around Americans living on the French Riviera in the 1930's.
5) The Girl in the Swing by Richard Adams, author of Watership Down.
6) Behind The Scenes At The Museum by Kate Atkinson. I can remember buying this book in the late 90's just before I got married and I never got around to reading it. Looking back, it seems strange to think that this was her first novel and now she is quite a prolific and established writer so many years later. I still haven't read any of her books.
7) A Master of Craft by W.W. Jacobs. This had belonged to my husband's father and I couldn't part with it. Jacobs was known for his sea stories and I am struggling to find out what this one is about, so if any of you have read it, please let me know. I think it might be a first edition too as the publishers date in the book is 1900.
8) The Coral Island by R.M Ballantyne. A lovely children's classic that I can't wait to read.
9 and 10) Jilly Cooper books - Prudence and Emily. These are really quite nostalgic books for me. I can remember when I finished my last exam for my O' levels, I was completely exhausted. I had studied from morning until night for a good few months and when I finished I purchased the whole set of Jilly Cooper's short books and didn't leave the sofa for a week. I sat and read them from cover to cover one after another. I remember feeling so free and just enjoying the rest. Unfortunately only these two survived the years, so I hope to collect the other five soon, Bella, Imogen, Harriet, Octavia and Lisa and Co. I really do want the whole set together again.
I have now put all these lovely old treasures upon my shelves waiting to be read. Have you found any old books recently that you had forgotten you owned?