A: Before D gets going on his origin story –
D: Of course you would interrupt my glory.
A: I’m not interrupting. This is an addendum to yesterday’s origin story post.
D: Oh, sure.
A: Oi, Druid – you get 2/3 of this 3-part origin story! Besides, I think the germ of you may be among the books I decided I could not live without.
D: Yeah, well, just don’t take too long. Can you do that, A? Can you strive for brevity?
A: . . . (sigh).
Okay, so Melissa Janda asked yesterday which 30 books I absolutely had to bring to Ireland. Since I took a picture of those books (don’t ask. I love books. I just. . . don’t ask), I was able to recreate some of the list. Frankly, I think there were more than 30, but these are what I could (sort of) see in the picture and recall from what was stashed in my room.
In no particular order:
- “I’d just as soon kiss a Wookie” Quotable Star Wars
- The Jesus Incident
- The Lazarus Effect
- The Ascension Factor
- Absalom, Absalom
- The Russian Revolution
- The History of Ireland
- The History of Costume & Fashion
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
- Gone with the Wind
- Mists of Avalon
- The Last of the Savages
- The Prince, Machiavelli
- The Gratitude of Kings
- Unnatural Exposure
- The Stranger
- Heart of Darkness
- King Lear
- Ireland, A Graphic History
- The Folklore of Ireland
- Medicine Man, Shaman (Something – too small to read)
- Anne of Green Gables
- Emily of New Moon
- The Witching Hour
- The Feast of All Saints
- Cry to Heaven
- The Barbarian Conversion
Not all of these books were read, mind. I had been given The Barbarian Conversion: From Paganism to Christianity as a graduation gift, and it sat on that shelf, looking pretty, for a few years.
Eventually, it became my bible – and inspiration when I was writing about the lives of a clan of Picts and the convergence of religious and political strife. I never knew about the Celtic monastic resistance to Rome (Oh, that’s why St. Patrick was sent back to Ireland? To bring the de-centralized monasteries to heel – those same monasteries that had maintained Christianity and the shreds of civilization while various invasions swept across England and mainland Europe? Huh.)
D: Nice rant, A. I could have told you that.
A: I think you did – someone whispered it in my ear and said “This – this is the world I came from. Write me.”
D: Which we will delve deeper into when A lets me write my origin story.
A: Indeed – enjoy your day, folks, and thanks for reading!
Part 1: A’s Writerly Origins | Part 1.5: Bookish Origins | Part 2: D’s Character Origins | Part 3: The Druid himself – an origin narrative
13 thoughts on “Moments to Remember: A bookish addendum”
We share ten books. Of course, I have read and have a copy of everything by Anne Rice. Gone With the Wind and Scarlett are a given. I am from Georgia with an Irish ancestor. Right now, time is only allowing sporadic reads from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader: Plunges Into Great Lives.
I thought of you when I remembered bringing the Mayfair Witches chronicle – I seem to remember that you’ve read them. I won’t deny that Lasher and Taltos are where I first recall hearing about the Picts.
I love the title of the bathroom reader. I have a bedside ‘devotional’ to philosophy and pop culture, which I dip into every night. Keeps the brain active when I can’t actually crack open a book (or hit the kindle app!)
Impressive list. I may download a few of these, because I’m coming to the end of my current read.
Old list – a new book that I really want to read is The Burning Dark by Adam Christopher. It was up on Terrible Minds today. Sounds very cool.
I have to say that s some list. I’ll bet you are a hit when it comes to literature discussion time.
Sometimes – I’m a little behind the times at the moment – but I can always pull out a good recommendation or two! 🙂
I’ve only read 5 from your list: Mists of Avalon, The Stranger, Heart of Darkness, King Lear, and Anne of Green Gables. Actually, it’s a pretty eclectic list you have there … a woman with many interests 😉
Oh so many! 🙂
I think I still have most of those books, too.
Hmm, I’ve got some reading to do. I think I’ve only read 3 or 4 from your list.
🙂 I know I’ve read most of them – although I’m not sure I actually made it all the way through Absalom, Absalom!
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