Twitterature: The Tyranny of the Library Edition

Tyranny of the Library TwitteratureI recently did some rearranging of items in my house. New bookcases downstairs led to old bookcases moving upstairs letting me finally get all of my library books, in progress books, and “books that I want to read SOON” books consolidated into one area.

All that reorganizing really opened my eyes about just how many non-library books I have on my “want to read soon” shelf, and how little progress I’m still making at getting to them, thanks to library books and their pesky due dates demanding attention. Here’s hoping my theme for this month’s Twitterature post helps inspire me to get to some of these books soon.

People are Waiting for Me
  • Velma Still Cooks in LeewayVelma Still Cooks in Leeway by Vinita Hampton Wright by Vinita Hampton Wright
    Borrowed from a friend because the library doesn’t have a copy. I’d like to get it back to her soon, but without a firm due date it keeps getting pushed aside for other books.
  • Wait Till Next Year: A MemoirWait Till Next Year: A Memoir by Doris Kearns Goodwin by Doris Kearns Goodwin
    It’s my mom’s book, and she’d probably like to have it again before she forgets that she ever loaned it to me. Might already be too late for that. I loved the two books I have read by her, I love memoirs, so why am I not diving into this one?
Review Books In Limbo
  • Beyond Bath Time: Embracing Motherhood as a Sacred RoleBeyond Bath Time: Embracing Motherhood as a Sacred Role by Erin Davis by Erin Davis
    Lost this one for months and months, and discovered it buried underneath the front seat of our truck. How it got there I have absolutely no idea, but I still need to read it. And write that ridiculously overdue review.
  • MaliceMalice (The Faithful and the Fallen) by John Gwynne by John Gwynne
    Won this one, and the promo was in hopes of getting reviews, but it’s been almost a year. I love fantasy, I’m not scared of big books, so why the hesitation? No idea.
  • Deadly Times: The 1910 Bombing of the Los Angeles Times and America’s Forgotten Decade of TerrorDeadly Times: The 1910 Bombing of the Los Angeles Times and America's Forgotten Decade of Terror by Lew Irwin by Lew Irwin
    This one hasn’t been waiting too long (September I believe), and I did warn the publicist that I was backlogged on review books. Want to get to it before I start feeling embarrassed.
  • Worship: The Ultimate PriorityWorship: The Ultimate Priority by John MacArthur by John MacArthur
    Another review book that’s been waiting for well over a year. It wasn’t until after accepting it that I finally acknowledged that I generally don’t like reviewing Christian books. I’m dreading writing the review, so I haven’t even read more than the intro.
Why did I buy it if I’m not going to read it?
  • GuinevereGuinevere by Sharan Newman by Sharan Newman
    Her historical mystery seriesSharan Newman Catherine LeVendeur historical mystery series is one of my absolute favorite, and I bought this one because the library didn’t have a copy. Why am I letting it languish on my shelf??
  • The Queen of AttoliaThe Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner by Megan Whalen Turner
    Read The Thief, the first in the series as part of my reading challenge, and then felt compelled to buy the sequel. Haven’t felt compelled to start reading it however. Sometimes I drive myself crazy.
  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian LifeSpiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald S. Whitney by Donald S. Whitney
    Skimmed a library copy of this one, enough to know that it was one that I’d want to read carefully and thoughtfully. So I keep telling myself I’m not in the mood for that sort of book.
These might win an award for “have been waiting the longest for me to finally read them.”
  • Pride and PrejudiceThe Annotated Pride and Prejudice: A Revised and Expanded Edition by Jane Austen by Jane Austen (did I really need to specify that?)
    I really liked Sense and Sensibility. It’s perhaps THE Jane Austen book I should read most of all. Think I’m scared that it’ll never live up to the expectations I have for it, as much as I am trying to keep them in check.
  • How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent ReadingHow to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren
    One I feel like I “should” read – maybe it’ll be eye-opening, or I’ll learn some tips or techniques or ideas that’ll have me wishing I’d read it ages ago. So far though, it feels like a school assignment, and I usually avoid those.
  • PaperQuake: A PuzzlePaperQuake: A Puzzle by Kathryn Reiss by Kathryn Reiss
    Has been on my kid lit shelf for decades – no, I’m not kidding. Want to get it read to decide if it’s worthy of keeping that space, or if it should get the boot.

For more peeks at what people are reading, head over to Modern Mrs. Darcy’s link-up!

recent reads, twitterature-style

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  1. I *so* hear you on the tyranny of the library and its due dates! For what it’s worth, I really liked How to Read a Book, but I didn’t read the whole thing; it’s worth skimming for gems and leaving the rest…unless you’re in seventh grade. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I am definitely not in seventh grade. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for your thoughts on that one – helps me not think of it as an assignment. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Wow, no P&P?! I will say I think it and S&S are the best, and quite comparable, if that helps. It’s just that Lizzie is a more popular/outgoing heroine than Elinor, so P&P gets all the hype.

  3. I could have written this post — there’s been way more “planning to read” than actual reading going on at my house lately! Luckily many of my to-read stack are library books, so hopefully those due dates will encourage me to get reading!

    • I hate it when I get into stretches of doing more “thinking about reading” instead of reading, so I understand what you’re saying. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I own and have read “Wait Till Next Year” and really enjoyed it. It’s a very gentle read, if that makes sense–quite different from her biographies (which I adore!) but still really good. I don’t think you need to be a baseball fan to enjoy it, but it helps!

    • That does make sense. And I *love* baseball, so that’s yet another reason I should have already devoured the book. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  5. I recently tried to read “How to Read a Book” because my homeschooled freshman daughter’s literature curriculum highly recommended it. I, a passionate reader, could not get through more than half of it. Maybe it was my time of life, but I’m not going to make my daughter read it. There are so many more enjoyable ways to learn how to assess the books she reads! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Thanks for your input – I’m still hoping I love it, but won’t be too surprised if I end up skimming it and not really finishing it.

  6. If it makes you feel better, I prefer Emma to P&P. I understand your hesitation though. I started reading Divergent, and my expectations were set so high that I can’t get excited by this book. ๐Ÿ™

    • I haven’t read Divergent, and that’s part of the reason why. I’m hoping if I can hold off on it and sort of let myself reset on my expectations it’ll be better.

      Clearly I need to read Emma too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I would definitely skim How to Read a Book, and I agree with Jessica, if you love S&S, you will love P&P. I’m a huge Doris Kearns Goodwin fan, too.

  8. I just heard about the bombing in 1910 book for the first time the other day and I’m so intrigued! I hope you get to it and it’s as good as I hope it is.

  9. Hope you’re still considering reviewing “Deadly Times.”

    • Definitely still planning on it – my daughter dropping her afternoon nap has had a huge impact on my reading time, so I feel like my reading pace has slowed to a crawl.

      • Thanks, Sheila.

        Read aloud to your daughter. It doesn’t make any difference that she’s too young to understand. Infants love the sound of their mother’s voice when she’s reading aloud, and they’ll develop an appreciation of reading as part of their daily lives.


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