Howard's End is on the Landing by British author Susan Hill. I've read a number of her fiction books and when I saw this one on Amazon I was intrigued.
The book opens with her going through her house looking for the book Howard's End which she was sure was on the landing but she is unable to find it, and from there the book goes on to be the account of how she spent a year reading or in many cases rereading the books she found that she already had in her house. It's a book about authors she had met and known, the many she'd never met, but admired, and how their writing had affected her life and writing. She explains how she came to own many of the books, and sometimes was surprised by why she'd ever bought certain titles.
For many reasons he loves the writings of Charles Dickens, Graham Green, Thomas Hardy, P.G. Wodehouse, and most of all Virginia Wolfe. How's that for eclectic taste?
As she moves through the year reading different genres of books, diaries, travel books, plays, biographies, autobiographies, and fiction, she decides to pick the 40 (no I don't know why she picked 40) books she would have to keep if that was all she could have for the rest of her life. Her book sorting was knowledgeable, humorous, entertaining and it got me to thinking about the books I own, and whether I could just read them for a year. I also wondered about which books I would pick if I could only keep 40 of them .
Well, I don't know about going a year without buying a book, I tend to be a bit of a bookaholoic, but I'm going to give it a try for a month. After deciding to give that a go I took a look through my bookshelves to find where I'll start and I've decided that I'm going to start with my King Arthur books, I'm an Arthur freak having read numerous books about him, visited every site in England that people associate with him and just plain love reading about him. Probably the best books about Arthur are the Camelud series by Jack Whyte, but I just reread them last year, so with that in mind I think I'm going to start with The Winter King by Bernard Cornwall. I'm not sure where I'll go after Arthur.
As for my 40 books, I'm going to have to give that a lot of thought. The first book on her bookshelf of 40 was the Bible, not a bad one to begin with.