Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library


This week’s topic is just meant for a reader like me who prefers to “try it before you buy it:” Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library. I am aware that once my own manuscripts go out I will start wishing I bought every book I’ve ever read since I will want folks to buy MY books, but the sad truth is I’m a librarian and the pay is not fabulous. I was a single mother, too, so buying has not always been an option. Here are ten books (multi-book series counted as one) I hope to own someday. (These are not presented in any sort of ranked order).



Shelby Foote’s Civil War books–all of them.



Bruce Catton’s Civil War books–all of them, too.



Winston Churchill’s History of the English Speaking Peoples



Churchill’s World War II memoirs–though I’d prefer them to be hardbound.



I collect on Churchill, but somehow haven’t yet acquired this one.



I’d love to have ALL the books in this series, but they are sooooo expensive.



The book that represents my childhood dream and became my favorite Disney movie.



I collect on the British royal family. I want all three of this author’s Queen picture books.



I also collect on the Roosevelt family. This one is pretty far up my wish list.



I own most of this series, but would like to have them all finally.




Check out the rules at That Artsy Reader Girl and join in next week!

14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library

  1. I’ve never heard of a lot of these, but I can definitely see a theme here in the sort of books you like. xD It seems sort of silly saying it now, but I guess it had never occurred to me that Churchill had a WWII memoir? But now I’d love to read those, too, and I’m sure they’d make a lovely addition to any bookshelf!

    Here’s my TTT post.

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  2. It’s weird since I read so much, but I don’t feel the need to own all that many books (maybe since I don’t re-read too many?). Anyway, I love a lot of the ones you showed here, although I haven’t read any. The TRoosevelt one is adorable!

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  3. If you’re a Churchill collector have you come across The Roar of the Lion by Richard Toye, a professor of history at the University of Exeter. Its an examination of the effect of Churchill’s speeches – they’re considered to have had a tremendous impact on morale during WW2 but Toye argues this has been exaggerated

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    1. I haven’t heard of that one, but will take a look–thanks. I think the same is true of FDR’s Fireside Chats. People listened, sure, but probably in part because nothing else was on. I imagine the same was true with WSC’s speeches. Though having heard poor Neville announce war, I can see why WSC is the one remembered for speaking! lol


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