This might be a weird post. An SOS of sorts. But here goes.
I was very fortunate to add two new bookcases to my living room this summer. Now I finally have so much room to display what I’ve read over the years . . . and, well, what I haven’t read!
I have a bad habit, you see. I pick up books to read “someday” all the time. At the bookstore. At Goodwill. At library sales. At Commonwealth Books, my favorite pre-dentist stop. At Crow Bookshop in Burlington, VT when we visit each October. New, used. It doesn’t matter. I am a book fiend.
And, until this bookcase, I just tossed them in random places all over the house. But now, seeing them lined up like idle sentries, I am a bit befuddled about which ones to read next. There are so many!*
And since I cannot stop myself, I fear there will soon be more now that I have the real estate to give them homes.
So, tell me, dear reader, which of these books have you read and is a must read?
The Known World, Edward P. Jones
Postcards, E. Annie Proulx
Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout
State of Wonder, Ann Patchett
So Much a Part of You, Polly Dugan (I just picked this one up; still very recent)
Wisdom of the Last Farmer, David Mas Masumoto
The Big House, George Howe Colt (I actually started this in 2013, but only got about 20% in, though I can’t recall why)
Me Before You, JoJo Moyes
The Dirty Life, Kristin Kimball
The Orchardist, Amanda Coplin (I’m about 20% in and love the story/prose, but got distracted with other books this summer)
Still Life With Insects, Brian Kiteley (50% done; put down for other books this summer)
Dreams of Sleep, Josephine Humprhies (10% done; really was enjoying it…then distracted by other books)
Mennonite in a Black Dress, Rhoda Janzen (10% done…again, distracted)
Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Berg (yes, I am the last female on Earth to not have read this)
About Alice, Calvin Trillin
Women, Animals, and Vegetables, Maxine Kumin
Freedom, Jonathan Franzen
The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman
The Emperor’s Children, Claire Messud
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
The History of Love, Nicole Krauss (started in late 2012, but was having a hard time getting through beginning)
The Circle, Dave Eggers
I’m about to start a new book (Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, by Mira Jacob) for my book group once I finish what I’m currently reading (My Family and Other Hazards, by June Melby), but after that I’d love to know what I should tackle from my “TBR” shelf. Help!
Please leave me a comment about what I should read/finish next (and maybe a bit of why). Do you see an author here that maybe has another book that is stronger than the one I’ve got and should read instead? (Or, if there is something that is NOT worth my time, tell me and I promise to keep those comments private.) Thank you!
*Admission: I actually have way more than what’s on this list and shelf, but the others are a kind of nonfiction that I tend to read in short bursts anyway, or were otherwise given to me and I can tell are not up my alley at this point in my life.
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