Friday, October 17, 2008

Thursday this, Friday that

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Okay–here was an interesting article by Christopher Schoppa in the Washington Post.

Avid readers know all too well how easy it is to acquire books — it’s the letting go that’s the difficult part. … During the past 20 years, in which books have played a significant role in both my personal and professional lives, I’ve certainly had my fair share of them (and some might say several others’ shares) in my library. Many were read and saved for posterity, others eventually, but still reluctantly, sent back out into the world.

But there is also a category of titles that I’ve clung to for years, as they survived numerous purges, frequent library donations and countless changes of residence. I’ve yet to read them, but am absolutely certain I will. And should. When, I’m not sure, as I’m constantly distracted by the recent, just published and soon to be published works.

So, the question is this: "What tomes are waiting patiently on your shelves?"

I have enough unread books in our apartment to keep me busy for quite a few years, but of course the lure of new books is too strong to resist so I keep adding to them. But some of them do stand out as having had to wait for a very long time.
As Sylvie mentioned, one of the books that has been languishing in my TBR is My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk. It's currently on my nightstand, and has been there for a few months, in the hope that I'll finally pick it up and read it!
Another long time shelf-sitter is The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. I bought the hardcover when it came out but the size of it has intimidated me ever since.
Speaking of size, I have several big classic tomes that I also hope to read someday, like Les Misérables, or War and Peace. I also have a copy of The Tale of Genji that I got several years ago. But this year I bought a different translation (see link) that I think I'll like more, although that means I now have 2 copies, neither of which have been fully read.
I got a complete set of Proust's Remembrance of Things Past for a great price when we lived in England, but who knows when I'll ever get around to reading it!
Another neglected one is Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross. I've had this ever since Andi first raved about it in one of the many Yahoo groups I used to belong to quite a few years ago.
And many others that have been unfairly relegated to the back of the queue. I'm in denial though. Isn't it the book addict's delusion that we actually still intend to read all the books we own someday, however unrealistic!?

1. Follow the white rabbit.
2. My camera is something I always take with me on vacation.
3. To achieve your goals, you must first determine what those goals are, and then prioritise.
4. ??? is something I'd like you to know about me.
5. I have a craving for chocolate.
6. Ice cream floats.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to putting together a pile of books to have on hand for the 24 Hour Read-a-thon tomorrow, tomorrow my plans include stopping by the store to stock up on snacks, and napping in the afternoon to get ready for the Read-a-thon (it starts at 9pm Japan time) and Sunday, I want to read, read, read!

Here are the books that I added to my wishlist this week:
The Seducer by Jan Kjaerstad. Won Scandinavia's top literary award, the Nordic Prize.
Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay. It's been popping up all over blogland but Bookfool's review is what sold me.
Evernight by Claudia Gray. Even better than the Twilight series, says Andi.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. What a fun title!
The Likeness by Tana French. I haven't even bought or read In the Woods yet, but Iliana really liked it!
The Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff. Recommended by Amy, it sounds like a great read.
The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro. The start of a new vampire trilogy by the writer and director of Pan's Labyrinth and other movies! To be released summer 2009.
The 19th Wife by David Evershoff. Another one that I've seen mentioned on a few blogs but Natasha wrote a fantastic review.

If you're looking to win a book or two, here are some current giveaways:
Diary of an Eccentric - Black Flies by Shannon Burke
Literarily - The Lost Diary of Don Juan by Douglas Carlton Abrams
The Inside Cover - Janeology by Karen Harrington


  1. I do BTT too, so please see my response to that. I could not even make a list!

    Friday: Camera seems to be the answer of the day. Come see my fill-ins and check out the sidebar for the BOX OF BOOKS giveaway.

  2. #5 you & me both!
    Great answers really - I don't know why I didn't think of my camera on the vacation one!
    Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Great answers, I like # 4, of course # 5 and # 6 is same as mine. I will put together books this afternoon for the read-a-thon. If I am not wrong it will start in Virginia at 8am.

    I loved THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE I was so involved reading this large novel, the size did not matter.
    Ah, yes, the classics, I have a few of them sitting, and waiting to be read. Ramya at "Ramya's Book Shelf" is so good at reading those, so patient. I admire this in her.

    Have a gret read-a-thon tomorrow!

  4. I too wish to read Sarah's Keys and The 19th Wife!

    Come read Michelle Moran's guest post on my FF post!

    My Friday find!

  5. Once you start My name is Rose, you will like it! I did.

  6. I just clicked on a few of those book I'll be making a B&N trip soon LOL!

    Loved that you said White rabbit for #1 :-) Good luck with your Read-a-thon!

  7. I can't wait to read Sarah's Key too. And Pope Joan!

    Thanks for mentioning my Lost Diary of Don Juan giveaway!

  8. Hmmm, for *Andi* to say that "Evernight" is "better than Twilight" is pretty impressive, given how much she seemed to like it! LOL. I think I'm going to have to see about this new 'vamp' book... thanks, Nat! (and LOL at myself for now going out and seeking new 'vamp' books to read when, before "Twilight", I wouldn't touch the stuff! LOL. :P)

  9. The read-a-thon starts late there! Do get lots of rest during the day. I have a craving for chocolate too...which is why I included it in my snacks for tomorrow :P

  10. I am also a fan of Crimson Petal and The White.

    Thanks so much for mentioning the Janeology giveaway at The Inside Cover on your blog. :)


  11. I really do plan to read all the books in my TBR room. Really. Actually, I was thinking of spending part of next weekend weeding through some of them, deciding what I am no longer interested in.

    I wish you luck tomorrow with the Read-a-Thon!

  12. Good luck making it through the Read-a-Thon!

    I gave up on The Crimson Petal and the White when I did a TBR purge earlier this year.

  13. Nat- I hope you enjoy The Kommandant's Wife as much as I did.

  14. Thanks for mentioning my giveaway! I really appreciate your help in spreading the word!

    I loved The Kommandant's Girl. I'm always looking for good WWII fiction, and this one didn't disappoint!


  15. Smilingsal - Of course I always have something to read with me too! :)

    becky68 - LOL. It's a regular craving!

    Sylvie - I have a feeling I'd enjoy The Crimson Petal and the White once I finally got into it, it's the starting that's hard!

    gautami tripathy - They both sound good, don't they?

    Janet - LOL! Have fun at B&N!
    And I have H to blame for 'white rabbit'. He watched it so many times when it came out, I could quote parts of the movie!

    Shana - I really should read Pope Joan one of these days, it's been waiting for so long!

    MizB - I know what you mean, I never thought I'd be seeking out new vampire books either, before last year! :P

    Nymeth - One must always have chocolate on hand for when the craving strikes! :P

    Karen Harrington - Thank you for stopping by! I hope your book is getting some recognition from your blog touring.

    Wendy - LOL. I should probably weed through some of mine as well, but... :P

    Florinda - I still want to read it sometime, I just need to get over my irrational fear of the size of it!

    Amy - I really enjoyed your review, thanks!

    Anna - Nice to hear that you loved 'The Kommandant's Girl' too! It sounds like a great read. :)


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