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I don’t have a lot of disposable income these days, so my TBR list is the longest it’s ever been. I buy a couple books at time when I know I’ll be able to read them; but there are some that have been sitting on my shelf for months or years. Here’s 10 of them.
1. The Red Queen (Margaret Drabble) – I accidentally ordered Drabble’s The Red Queen (I meant to get this one) and was surprised to find from the summary that it’s right up my alley. Despite the reviews pegging it as solidly average, I kept it. Now I just need to read it.
2. Warm Bodies (Isaac Marion) – I’ve never been the biggest fan of zombies, but I knew that I needed to get Warm Bodies. What an interesting premise!
3. At Home: A Short History of Private Life (Bill Bryson) – I’ve always enjoyed Bryson’s writing, and At Home sounds like a great read. But at 497 pages it’s definitely a chunkster, and I don’t have that kind of time right now (or perhaps ever).
4. The Book of Pirates (Jamaica Rose and “Captain” Michael MacLeod) – Pirate stories are fun, and true pirate stories are fascinating. From the skimming I’ve done, The Book of Pirates looks funny and informative, and I need to read it.
5. Deerskin (Robin McKinley) – One of the bloggers I follow reviewed Deerskin a few months back, and highly recommended it. If the dog dies I’m going to throw the book through a window.
6. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (Charles Yu) – Part Thursday Next, part “Dr. Who,” How to Live Safely sounds perfect.
7. Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs (Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah) – I bought Inbound Marketing for work, but have yet to get to it — mainly because I’m too busy actually working!
8. Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen) – I bought Water for Elephants just after the movie came out and everyone was fawning over it. I don’t think I was that enthusiastic about it to begin with, so it’s been sitting on my shelf since.
9. My Antonia (Willa Cather) – My mother-in-law bought a nice copy of My Antonia for me while she was on vacation over the summer. But it’s another long one, and I haven’t had the courage to pick it up yet.
10. Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women (Harriet Reisen) – My mom got me a copy of The Women Behind Little Women as a birthday present (back in June), but I was in the middle of Alcott madness and had read a lot about her; she didn’t have a happy life, and reading too much about her was depressing me. So this one’s still on the shelf.
What books have been gathering dust on your shelves?