I 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 Leeway 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 Memoir 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 Role 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.
- Malice 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 Terror 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 Priority 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?
- Guinevere by Sharan Newman
Her 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 Attolia 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 Life 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 Prejudice 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 Reading 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 Puzzle 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!
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