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On Friday, Diana in NoVa published her diary:

Books That Changed My Life—Which Book Do You Regret Not Buying?

Some people mentioned books that they loved and now could not find.  

I remember a few years ago that I mentioned that as a child I loved the Golden Book Bobby and His Airplanes by Helen Palmer.  A reader posted immediately a place that had the story and I was able to buy it pretty reasonably back then.  I was so delighted to have it and I read it to my grandson several times and he enjoyed it, too.

I started thinking that maybe if we mentioned the lost books here that we loved and would like to find, there might be people who know where to find them.

I also said in Diana’s diary that I sometimes see Barnes & Noble ask people what book they would like to see published on Nook and that might be something to try.

Of course, there are some amazing older stories to be found at
The Gutenberg Project collection

The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew is there…by Margaret Sidney.

It also has the audible version there.

Top 100 EBooks  (Sunday 2-9-14)

Some on the list:

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Grimms' Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

War and Peace by graf Leo Tolstoy
Ulysses by James Joyce
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Moby Dick; Or, The Whale by Herman Melville

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
A Doll's House : a play by Henrik Ibsen
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Dubliners by James Joyce
Emma by Jane Austen
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare
Jane Eyre: An Autobiography by Charlotte Brontë

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
A Christmas Carol in Prose; Being a Ghost Story of Christmas by Charles Dickens

The Iliad by Homer
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
Complete Original Short Stories of Guy De Maupassant by Guy de Maupassant
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Essays of Michel de Montaigne — Complete by Michel de Montaigne

Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
Don Juan by Baron George Gordon Byron Byron
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 1 by Edgar Allan Poe

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Andersen's Fairy Tales by H. C. Andersen
Anna Karenina by graf Leo Tolstoy
The Odyssey by Homer
Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

I am still looking for a book that I loved as a child that had a monkey king who lived behind a waterfall and learned an important lesson.  I have no idea what the title is or who the author was, but as children my brother and I kept begging my father to bring it home from the library again.  Sometimes the librarian would find the right one and sometimes not.

What are some lost books that you wish you could read again?  

Diaries of the Week:

Write On! The long haul, digging deeper, and fears.
by SensibleShoes

Contemporary Fiction Views: More Toni Morrison
by bookgirl

Dignity in Education (Part 1)
by Robert Fuller

NOTE: plf515 has book talk on Wednesday mornings early

Originally posted to Readers and Book Lovers on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 05:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Progressive Friends of the Library Newsletter.


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