The Books You’ve Been Planning To Read For Ages: I think there are too many to mention here. Any of Dorothy Dunnett's books. I want to read them, but they are so big, and look so detailed. I just have not attempted to undertake a project like that quite yet, but I do hope to start this year! A few other authors that have been sitting waiting for me (and I keep passing by) are Elizabeth Buchan (Consider the Lily), Regina McBride (The Marriage Bed), Sarah Dunant (just about anything, but I wish she would write more Hannah Wolfe crime novels, I only have one left to read--Under My Skin). I could list more but these are the ones which always seem to be consistently at the top of the TBR pile.
The Books You’ve Been Hunting For Years Without Success: There are two books--I am sure completely unknown to just about everyone but myself, but someday I am going to happen upon them. If I knew the titles I would really search for them, but I don't (because that would just be too easy). One is a children's book that I have mentioned here before--a picture book. The other is a novel that I swear I read about in the Common Reader catalog a long time ago. The plot goes something like this--set in Ireland during WWII an Irishwoman falls for/has an affair with an Italian POW. I swear this book exists. Or maybe I saw a movie. But it was probably made from a book, if there was a movie. If it is just a figment of my imgination, don't you think it would be a great book? I also would love to find Patricia Coombs's Dorrie the Witch series of books!!
The Books Dealing with Something You’re Working on at the Moment: Since I don't write and am not a student, this one is hard for me to answer. The closest I can come are two books--since I am sort of reading Virginia Woolf, I bought the first of her diaries. I admit that I have not started Night and Day yet--soon I hope. And the diary will be there to supplement my reading. I also just splurged on this needlework book on the history of Quaker samplers. I am rather into Quaker samplers at the moment and am stitching one, so this is really supplemental reading as well. Really nice books on needlework like this one are sort of hard to come by and very expensive!
The Books You Want To Own So They’ll Be Handy Just In Case: Needlework books like the one above or other stitching reference books, really any other sort of reference books--even though the internet is so handy these days. Of course I could easily just read library books, so I suppose any books I buy really fall under this category!
The Books You Could Put Aside Maybe To Read This Summer: I have a feeling that Armadale by Wilkie Collins is going to end up a summer read (as a matter of fact I am going to be tweaking my challenge lists very soon...). As a matter of fact the longer books on this list might just make good summer reading.
The Books You Need To Go With Other Books On Your Shelves: The rest of Virginia Woolf's diaries to go with the first one. I need pretty much all of the Aubrey/Maturin books,as I have decided already that I am going to like them. I have some of Anais Nin's diaries and the same with Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and I wouldn't mind filling out those sets.
The Books That Fill You With Sudden, Inexplicable Curiosity, Not Easily Justified: I would have to say of late it would have to be seafaring books. I live in Nebraska. Nowhere near the ocean (though I have been to both the Atlantic and Pacific), and I can't say that I have spent much time in boats (though I was on an Irish fishing boat once). All of a sudden I have these books on sailing and compasses and longitude, and well, it is sort of weird,isn't it? Or maybe not. Many times nonfiction books that I read fall into this category!
The Books That If You Had More Than One Life You Would Certainly Also Read But Unfortunately Your Days Are Numbered: This is a hard one. I like Litlove's answer--I don't have much of an inkling to read Joyce either. And while I would love to read the Classics (and here I mean The Classics--ancient Greek or Roman works), I fear I will never get around to them.
Books Read Long Ago That It’s Now Time To Reread: I was just thinking about this today. I don't do much rereading, but when I do, it tends to be the same books over and over. I think it is time to pull out my copies of Chocolat, Pride and Prejudice, Possession and The Blind Assassin!