Ahh the To Be Read shelf. It's a lovely thing, isn't it? So many books acquired and catalogued with the excitement of reading them . . . soon. Always soon. Ideally I'd like to read every book the instant I bring it home, maybe even before, in one sitting, right there on the spot, without even putting it down first. But alas, life does not allow for such indulgences, so the TBR shelf. Trouble is, the number of books on my shelf far exceeds the number of hours in a day. Unfair! Books that simply must be read keep getting published, discovered and aquired at an alarming rate - how's a person to cope? I keep glancing at my shelf and thinking, Maybe I'll just get this new one out of the way first and THEN I'll be able to settle down with these older ones . . .
Perhaps taking them off the shelf and exposing them to the sunlight will help.
10. Four Spirits by Sena Jeter Naslund - Coming-of-age in 1960s Alabama. Sounds good, doesn't it? Kind of Secret-Life-of-Bees'ish.
9. A Blade of Grass by Lewis DeSoto - Friendship between a black woman and a white woman in South Africa. Also sounds really good.
8. The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway - I wasn't interested at first but I found a copy at a used bookstore, read a few pages and decided it needed to come home with me for a closer look.
7. Say You're One Of Them by Uwem Akpan - Short stories, how I've grown to love your existence! Why can't I muster the energy to pick you over the newer stuff? Don't know.
6. There is a World Elsewhere by F. Gonzalez-Crussi - Memoir of a Mexican barrio childhood
5. Out of Place by Edward W. Said - Memoir of a Middle East childhood
4. Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk - Memoir . . . ehn, I'm kind of memoired out.
3. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid - I really should read this already but the word 'fundamentalist' makes me cringe.
2. Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry - India! Yes, I see you there, bookish controversy and all.
1. All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy - Soon, I promise. Soon.
A Top Ten Meme from The Broke and The Bookish