Last April, I condensed my list of Things To Do Before I’m 30 into 29 Resulotions.
Number 10a and 10b on that 16 item list goes something like this:
Read all the books I’ve left unread/people have thrown at me.
Not buy another book for myself until the above item is checked off. (Except The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest.)
Well. I failed. Not by much, because I had this in mind and not a lot of money in the bank. But I failed. I will say that I bought most of these a LONG time ago. One or two, I got with a Christmas book voucher from Sarge’s parents. I know it upped my number of unread books, but it would have been rude not to use it. And it’s not cool to be rude to your boyfriend’s parents.
Top Ten Books I Just HAD To Buy…But Are Still Sitting On My Bookshelf
I thought I’d share mine, and in doing so, show just how grabby-grabby-want-want I am when it comes to books.
In no particular order, I own but haven’t read:
The Bullet Trick. I bought this as soon as it came out, because I loved The Cutting Room. Currently three rows back on my middle shelf.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Because it was nominated for the Man Booker Prize. In 2007.
The Children’s Book. Because I loved Possession, and only had a mild migraine by the end.
A Thousand Splendid Suns. Because I was crying by the second page of The Kite Runner.
The Little Book. I bought this for a friend, and then bought myself a copy. My friend finished it. Last year.
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. I once asked for books ‘I could get lost in.’ Someone on Twitter suggested I try this. I haven’t. Yet.
Snow. I bought this because I thought it was something else.
The Piano Teacher. This was a second-hand shop find.
If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller. This wins a longevity prize, having followed my around for ten years.
The Selected Works of T.S Spivet. And this is a relative newbie, only waiting since Christmas.
I’ll read through this list after I finish The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, my 15th book of the year, previously 11th on this list!