Saturday Snapshot: First and Last Books

I thought I’d share a couple of recent book purchases this week.

A Tale of Time City is one of the first Diana Wynne Jones books I ever read, and oddly enough, is the first of her books I’ve deliberately set out to buy.  I’ve read many, many of her books, but all from the library, and the only ones I own are ones I happened to stumble on at a library book sale, or got as a gift.  My collection is woefully small, and I thought I’d better do something about that–so I started by buying this lovely new edition of one of my favorites.

The Poetry of Lucy Maud Montgomery is my last L. M. Montgomery book.  I have read and own every other published book of her writing.  Novels, short stories, poetry, letters, journals, autobiography–I have it all.  This is the last one.  At least, until someone, somewhere, somehow decides to publish the 200-odd additional short stories that exist in an archive but are not currently available.  In the meantime, I’ll just have to have a bittersweet read through the last new-to-me book of L. M. Montgomery writing. Although the name makes me laugh–having read everything else, I’ve read her journals where she commented that she didn’t like having her full name written out.  Now I’m always amused when people do that!

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I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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20 Responses to Saturday Snapshot: First and Last Books

  1. Melwyk says:

    I know she didn’t like “Lucy” at all, and preferred Maud — the opposite of what I’d expect but then, it was a different time! I think it is interesting that what so many authors think of as their best work (as LMM seemed to of her poetry) is the work that doesn’t really hold up in future. Conan Doyle also thought his historical novels were better than the Sherlock Holmes stories, but we all know which ones have lasted!

    • It is funny how an author’s opinion often doesn’t match general opinion. I know The Story-Girl was her favorite of her books (at least at the time she wrote it), but it’s never appealed to me as much as many of her others!

  2. Kailana says:

    Wow! I wish I had read everything by Montgomery…

  3. Susan says:

    I think Lucy Maud Montgomery was such a remarkable lady! Her stories of Anne and Emma are my favorites.

  4. irene says:

    Two great authors, I shall have to re-read some of their works.

  5. Barbara says:

    She sounds like an interesting author, whom I’ve never read. Must look her up. Thanks.

  6. A very nice post. I like the idea of firsts and lasts….

    Here’s my Saturday Snapshot.

  7. Paulita says:

    It’s nice when books are the things we cherish. These look like keepers. Here’s Mine

  8. I haven’t read a Tale of Time City, but always enjoy Diana Wynne Jones’ work – I only discovered her when my daughters were young, and I’ve kept the books they had! My Snapshot is at

  9. dianem57 says:

    Maybe she didn’t want people to know she was a woman writer, at least until she got more established. I guess there was a point when she got pretty famous, though. Maybe she also just didn’t like her given names.

  10. Anne says:

    Book treasures indeed.

  11. Kim V says:

    I like to won books of my favorite authors too! I will always prefer hard copies of favorites to e-versions (despite the instant gratification).

  12. Those are some good looking book choices!

  13. I wasn’t aware that she wrote poetry, or that she didn’t like her full name written out. But I haven’t made it through the journals yet. 🙂 I have the first volume and it’s been so much fun to dip into now and then.

  14. Louise says:

    I haven’t read any Diana Wynne Jones, but have her in the TBR. Well done for completing your collection of LM Montgomery. I’ve read the first few Anne books, but certainly not the whole series.

  15. I’ve read some of Diana Wynne Jones’s books but none of L M Montgomery’s. Quite a contrast by the look of the books.

  16. Carl V. says:

    I had no idea L.M. Montgomery wrote poetry. I’m head over heels about the Anne series and I’ve read some of her other books and enjoyed them. I’ll have to check that out.

  17. What a great tribute to the authors…I haven’t read nearly enough of L. M. Montgomery. I haven’t even finished the Anne of Green Gables series, but I want to do that!


  18. My book club just decided to spend 2013 reading Montgomery’s Anne series but I did not know about this book of poetry. We need to add it to our list as well. Thanks for sharing!
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

  19. trish says:

    I do that with authors I especially like, too. There’s just something so comforting having their books nearby on my own shelf, even if I’ve already read them.

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