On this day in 1828 on the island of Melos in the Mediterranean Sea, the sculpture we know as the Venus de Milo was unearthed. There's an 'armless joke in there somewhere, but I just can't find it.
Last night I was in the living room, crouched on the rug and petting the cat, Madame Gradka. From this low vantage point I had a rare view of the bottom shelf of one of our many bookshelves, so I was able to see books usually hidden behind an old maple piano bench we use to prop up a television set. A particularly fine book cover--or the spine of one, that is--caught my eye. It was the 50th anniversary edition of To Kill a Mockingbird that Mighty Reader got me for Christmas in 2009. I'd forgotten all about that book. It's a classic and I am now reminded that I want to read it again soon.
I'm always stumbling across books I'd quite forgotten about that are sitting in plain sight on our bookshelves (like Poe's purloined letter). We have a copy of Tom Jones I want to get to as well as all that Stendhal.
When's the last time you discovered a book you already own that you'd forgotten about and now you absolutely must read it (or read it again)? What's the book? Don't be shy: a few months ago I stumbled across 84 Charing Cross Road and Smith of Wooten Major and stopped whatever I was doing to read them. It's not like I quit my job to read Proust or anything.