By now you all know I spent the month of November writing my ass off and reading books that turn my brain to mush (so far I’ve made it through almost all of Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series. Some of them I’ve read twice. Yes, twice. They’re that good.) Rather than bore all you non-paranormal reading people, I’m going to do something a bit different: a Top Ten list.
The Broke and the Bookish does a Top Ten Tuesday, and once recent topic was Top Ten Unread Books on My Bookshelf. I have a bad habit of picking up books at the bookstore, buying them, and then letting them sit on the shelf unread for months (and in a few cases, years) at a time. It’ll be a challenge for me to see which ones I can even remember are sitting on my shelf at the moment. So here goes:
1. Fall of Giants Ken Follett – I adored Pillars of the Earth. When I heard he’d written another epic (a complex story interweaving five families at the beginning of the 20th century) I had to have it. That was last year. It’s been gathering dust ever since.
2. 2666 Roberto Bolano – So this is mostly unread. I have read the first part (there are a total of five), but the book is so damn heavy it hasn’t moved since I got back from Philadelphia in April. One of these days I’ll stop checking books out of the library and finish it.
3. Murder City Charles Bowden – I took a Mexican history class in college and became fascinated with the disappearance of over 300 women from Ciudad Juarez. I bought this recently…so I may get around it it some time in the next few months.
4. Fly Away Home Jennifer Weiner – I heart Jennifer Weiner. I’ll read anything she writes. This was just released in trade paperback this year, so again, it hasn’t been sitting on the shelf that long. I also have Best Friends Forever, which has been sitting on the shelf even longer.
5. Only Revolutions Mark Danielewski – This book may never get read. When a book actually comes with instructions from the publisher on how to read it, that’s probably a sign that Mr. Danielewski may be a bit too out there for his own good. Still, House of Leaves was so amazing, I feel I need to give this one a shot.
6. House of Spirits Isabelle Allende – I’ve read several of Allende’s books (Zoro, Inez of My Soul), and I’ve tried to read this one. For some reason, I couldn’t get into it. I’m not giving up yet, though. I figure one of these days I’ll be so bored I’ll have no choice.
7. Factory Girls Leslie T. Chang – Like Mexico and its drug war, I’m also fascinated by China. Following the migration of China’s rural population into its big cities, Girls promises to be intriguing. Once I get around to it, anyway.
8. The Shadow Reader Sandy Williams – I picked this up on a friend’s recommendation. The story of a young woman who serves a fae king, only to learn that not everything is as it seems, it sounded good enough to spend $8 on.
9. A Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin – I know. Everyone is raving about these books, and Thrones is still sitting on the shelf, crying to be read. It’ll just have to wait a bit longer.
10. The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler – Along with Jennifer Weiner, I also heart Raymond Chandler. There are several of his Philip Marlowe novels sitting unread on my bookshelf, this just happens to be the first one that comes to mind. Marlowe takes on a billionaire’s request to handle a blackmailer and gets a hell of a lot more than he bargained for.
Sigh. There are others that should appear on this list, but then it wouldn’t be a top ten. Suffice it to say, there are a lot of them. And the BF won’t let me buy another bookcase. Sad panda.