This month’s library book haul is pretty nonexistent since most of the books I want to read are currently on loan. So, after being disappointed for a few minutes, I thought it was time to address my bookshelves and what seems like the TBRs that never get read.
Upon going through shelf by shelf and making a list, I have 50 books to be read so now is as good a time to address it. My plan is to pick at least one to read as part of my monthly reading list.
I love reading classics but alas I have so many on my shelf I never read. Many of them are from college or I picked up during a library book sale.
- Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Brave New World, Alduous Huxley
- A Room with a View, E.M. Forster
- In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
- Women in Love, D.H. Lawrence
- Nightwood, Djuna Barnes
- The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
- Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
- My Antonia, Willa Cather
- White Fang, Jack London
- The Call of the Wild, Jack London
- Moby Dick, Herman Melville
- To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
- The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, James Weldon
- The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
- Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Lord of the Flies, William Golding
- An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser
- The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
- The Modern Mephistopheles, Louisa May Alcott
- Under the Lilacs, Louisa May Alcott
- Sherlock Holmes Vol. 1 & 2, Arthur Conan Doyle
I thought this one should have its own subject because .. well … it’s Dickens.
- Nicholas Nickleby
- David Copperfield
- A Tale of Two Cities
- Great Expectations
Half of these have to do with journalism and I picked up in college to learn about some of the older writers. Many of the books I had started but never finished. Now that I understand the industry more, I might have a better appreciation for these.
- The Choice, Bob Woodward
- Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt
- Teacher Man, Frank McCourt
- My Paper Chase, Harold Evans
- The Gang that Wouldn’t Write Straight: Wolf , Thompson, Didion, Capote and the New Journalism Revolution, Marc Weingarten
- The New, New Journalism: Conversations with America’s Best Nonfiction Writers on their Craft, Robert S. Boynton
- It’s Not News, It’s Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap as News, Drew Curtis
- Night Draws Near: Iraq’s People in the Shadow of America’s War, Anthony Shadid
I don’t read a lot of poetry but I found one on my shelf.
- T.S. Eliot Selected Poems
I am surprised that my fiction list isn’t longer but I think because I have stopped buying books and mainly go to the library. Also there were one or two of these that may belong on the classics list but wasn’t sure.
- Dragonfly in Amber, Diana Gabaldon
- Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline
- Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver
- The Lost Sisterhood, Anne Fortier
- Holes, Louis Sachar
- Shindler’s List, Thomas Keneally
- What Alice Forgot, Liane Moriarty
- After You, JoJo Moyes
- Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
- House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus III
- Farewell My Lovely, Raymond Chandler
- Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee
- The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing
You may say that 50 books are not so bad but mind you, these are ones I personally own. My TBR list on Goodreads is nearly triple this and grows every day. It’s time to address this issue!