Skip to main content

Booking Through Thursday on Friday

“So here today I present to you an Unread Books Challenge. Give me the list or take a picture of all the books you have stacked on your bedside table, hidden under the bed or standing in your shelf – the books you have not read, but keep meaning to. The books that begin to weigh on your mind. The books that make you cover your ears in conversation and say, ‘No! Don’t give me another book to read! I can’t finish the ones I have!’ “


The current "list" has 144 books on it, though not all of them are actually in my possession or on my shelf of books to read. But here are a few of the books I've been meaning to read:

1. Nine Lives, by Dan Baum. Nonfiction about New Orleans; this one has been sitting around since January.
2. The Women, by TC Boyle. Fiction about Frank Lloyd Wright; sitting around since February.
3. Evelina, by Frances Burney. Sitting around since Dec. of 2007
4. The Falcons of Montabard, by Elizabeth Chadwick
5. Shields of Price, by EC
6. The Champion, by EC
7. The Old Man and Me, by Elaine Dundy
8. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford
9. The Slaves of Solitude, by Patrick Hamilton (been on my shelf since April of 2008)
10. Five Quarters of the Orange, by Joanne Harris
11. The Question, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
12. The Tangled Thread, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
13. The Flood Tide, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
14. Pictures at an Exhibition, by Sarah Houghteling
15. The Last Duel, by Eric Jager
16. Shield of Three Lions, by Pamela Kaufman
17. The Shadowy Horses, by Susanna Kearsley
18. Named of the Dragon, by Susanna Kearsley
19. Murder of a Medici Princess, by Caroline Murphy
20. What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew, by Daniel Pool
21. The Nun's Tale, by Candace Robb
22. Serendipity, by Louise Shaffer
23. The Birds Fall Down, by Rebecca West

Of course, I'd never say that I have way too many books to read--in fact, my lot probably pales in comparison with other readers!

Comments

nbbaker1102 said…
I can't list all the books on my shelves that are on my TBR either. But, next up is The Art of Racing in the Rain and one of the Jane Austen novels I haven't read yet.
debnance said…
Fascinating. I have not read a single one of the books on your list. I must stop myself from adding any of these to my wishlist...which is bigger than my enormous TBR!
bookjourney said…
For me the opportunity lies in what to read next. i will have it all planned, and then I will be emailed by an author, or hear something about a book that is in the pile....
Right now I have so many good books that I cant wait to get too! :)

Popular posts from this blog

Review: Forever Amber, by Kathleen Winsor

Pages: 972 Originally published: 1944 My edition: 2000 (Chicago Review Press) How I acquired my copy: Amazon.com, 2004

Forever Amber takes place in the 1660s, immediately follwing Charles II's ("the Merry Monarch") return of the Stuarts to the English throne. The book features Amber St. Claire, a young woman who starts out as a sixteen-year-old country girl, naieve to the workings of the world. She immediately meets Bruce Carlton, a dashing young Cavalier, with whom she has a passionate love affair in choppy intervals throughout the book. They have two children together, but Bruce won't marry her for the reason he tells his friend Lord Almsbury: that Amber just isn't the kind of woman one marries.

Upon following Bruce to London, he goes to Virginia, leaving her to fend for herself. What follows is a series of affairs and four marriages, with Bruce coming back from America now and then. Amber's marriages are imprudent: her first husband is a gambler, her second is…

Review: Jane Austen's Letters, ed. by Deirdre Le Faye

Pages: 667 Original date of publication: 2011 My copy: 2011 (Oxford University Press) Why I decided to read: How I acquired my copy: Amazon.com, April 2013
This is a compilation of many of Jane Austen’s letters, most of them sent to her sister Cassandra between 1796 and 1817, the year of her death. Although many of Austen’s letters were destroyed by her sister in order to preserve the family reputation, the collection contains over 160 letters in which Austen gives her sister details about her life in Chawton—as well as giving us a tantalizing glimpse of what was going through her mind as she was writing her novels (especially the novel that was to become Pride and Prejudice, First Impressions). There are other letters here, too, giving advice to her niece and professional correspondence to publishers—as well as a couple of letters that were written by Cassandra Austen after Jane’s death.
To the sisters, the letters acted in the way that phone calls do today; Austen’s news is all about pe…

Review: Midnight in Peking, by Paul French

Pages: 259 Original date of publication: 2013 My copy: 2013 (Penguin) Why I decided to read: How I acquired my copy: Phoenix bookstore, May 2013
In January 1937, the body of a young British girl, Pamela Werner, was found near Peking’s Fox Tower. Although two detectives, one British and the other Chinese, spent months on the case, the case was never solved completely, and the case was forgotten in the wake of the invasion of the Japanese. Frustrated, Pamela’s father, a former diplomat, tried to solve the crime. His investigation took him into the underbelly of Peking society and uncovered a secret that was worse than anything he could have imagined.
At first, I thought that this would be a pretty straightforward retelling of a true crime, but what Paul French (who spent seven years researching the story) reveals in this book is much more than that. Foreign society in Peking in the 1930s was stratified, with the British colonials at the top and the White Russian refugees at the bottom, but…