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Last year, Paula at Bookjotter put up a challenge of putting together a list of 100 books that you would choose to own, if you ousted every other book you owned. (Find her post here). I had planned to try this out as well but still hadn’t gotten down to it, and initially at least kept wondering whether I’d be able to to it at all–cut down to so few that is. But anyway, lately amidst all the talk about Marie Kondo’s comment about her having only thirty books or recommending that one have only thirty books (Still don’t know which is the correct statement), a smaller number popped up. Booktuber Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) made a video about the thirty books she would keep (hypothetical of course, no actual chucking of books involved) if she took the Marie Kondo challenge (find that video here). Sparked off by that into thinking on that track again, I have come up with a list of thirty books from where I will work up to the hundred (separate post in the next few weeks).

So here are my thirty. I have to say though that in making this list, I didn’t actually go and look at or through my bookshelves but compiled it off the top of my head (giving it some thought, of course), so there may be things I missed which I will correct in the 100 list. Also, while I’ve included both fiction and non-fiction, I haven’t included the other books (like my birdwatchers books which I’d never give up or Utterly Loveable Dogs (dog pictures and quotes) which I wouldn’t either–and such others). Also, this list is in no particular order.

  1. The Complete Short Stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. Emma by Jane Austen
  3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  4. Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
  5. The Folk of the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
  6. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
  7. The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie
  8. 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie
  9. The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes
  10. Daughters-in-Law by Henry Cecil
  11. The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery
  12. Alex in Numberland by Alex Bellos
  13. The Luck of the Bodkins by P.G. Wodehouse
  14. Spring Fever by P.G. Wodehouse
  15. A Pelican at Blandings by P.G. Wodehouse
  16. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  17. All-of-A-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
  18. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (Jim Kay, illus)
  19. William the Bad by Richmal Crompton
  20. The Mystery of Holly Lane by Enid Blyton
  21. Emil and the Detectives by Eric Kastner
  22. A Twist in the Tale by Jeffrey Archer
  23. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  24. Picture Imperfect and Other Byomkesh Bakshi Mysteries by Sardindu Bandyopadhyay
  25. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  26. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  27. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  28. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  29. Nicholas Nickelby by Charles Dickens
  30. A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley

So those are my thirty–a start at least to the 100-book list! If you’re doing a list too, thirty or a hundred, do share your links in the comments.

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