I bring it into the house, sink down on the couch, and curl up to read all about the new and upcoming releases on their list. They consistently publish interesting and different books that appeal to me. The very first time I got the catalog, I spent hours poring over each page. Now I can restrict myself to the Frontlist pages as I own so very much of the backlist that I don't have to review it anymore. Actually, I thought it would be fun to count this time so here are my rough numbers for the backlist: of the approximately 123 or so non-fiction titles (which I only started reading a lot of in the past 4-5 years), I only have 22 (but many more are on my wishlist) and of the approximately 130 fiction titles, I have 51. Numbers are apporximate given my couting issues, incidentally. This does not include the Algonquin books I have that are out of print, nor does it count the books from the frontlist, many of which I also already own. I think it's fairly safe to say that I have always gravitated to the capital A on top of a book on spines.
For those of you who aren't lucky enough to have gotten this glimpse of nirvana in your mailbox recently, here are the titles that I am most likely to add to my ever burgeoning wishlist from this season's frontlist (ignoring, of course, those titles I do already own which are now coming out in paper and which would be on the list if they weren't already on my shelf):
Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt (Jan. 2011)
Missing Lucille by Suzanne Berne (Oct. 2010)
Blind Your Ponies by Stanley Gordon West (Jan. 2011)
Nothing Left to Burn by Jay Varner (Sept. 2010)
Paris Was Ours edited by Penelope Rowlands (Feb. 2011)
I just know that if they come from Algonquin, they are pretty much guaranteed to be wonderful reads. I know what I'm going to have fun diving into this fall and winter. How about you?