This week’s BTT question is:
Okay–here was an interesting article by Christopher Schoppa in the Washington Post.
“Avid readers know all too well how easy it is to acquire books — it’s the letting go that’s the difficult part. … During the past 20 years, in which books have played a significant role in both my personal and professional lives, I’ve certainly had my fair share of them (and some might say several others’ shares) in my library. Many were read and saved for posterity, others eventually, but still reluctantly, sent back out into the world.
But there is also a category of titles that I’ve clung to for years, as they survived numerous purges, frequent library donations and countless changes of residence. I’ve yet to read them, but am absolutely certain I will. And should. When, I’m not sure, as I’m constantly distracted by the recent, just published and soon to be published works.”
So, the question is his: “What tomes are waiting patiently on your shelves?“
Ahhh, the good old to-read shelf— a topic that is a bit too near & dear to my heart. I currently have around 115 books sitting unread on my to-read shelf. All of these books are as yet unread by me. I am hoping to get that number to under 100 by the end of 2008. Some of these books have been sitting unread on my shelf for over 4 years. They’ve been lugged from place to place when I’ve moved. They glare at me angrily as if asking “when on earth are you going to pay attention to me??” I feel a bit like a neglectful parent.
My shelf contains a nice mix of classics and more contemporary works of both fiction and non-fiction. A random sampling of books on my to-read shelf:
- Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
- Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore
- Consuming Passions: A Food-Obsessed Life by Michael Lee West
- Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
- Across the River and into the Trees by Ernest Hemingway
- Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories by Chuck Palahniuk
- Clear Light of Day by Anita Desai
- Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
- The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis by Jose Saramago
- Between The Tides by Patti Callahan Henry
- A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Some books on my to-read shelf are ones that I’ve actually purchased, but most are ones that I’ve gotten in a swap. I’ve swapped dozens of books with real life friends and dozens more via Paperbackswap.com. I get to a point where my to-read shelf has a number that is not as outstanding and then I can’t resist the allure of new-for-me books received via a swap. In fact, I plan on hosting a book swap party later this fall. I have a box of finished books under my bed just waiting for new homes.