04 January 2013

Overdue Reads: 2013

After thinking for a while (and then some more), I've decided that my "Read the Books I Meant to Read"-type project will be called...

Overdue Reads!  (yup, made that graphic myself and everything)

The premise for this project is pretty basic: I will be going through my bookshelves and NOOK looking for books I've had laying around for some time now and just haven't got around to reading. Could be classics, could be mysteries, sci-fi, contemporary, etc.  The goal is to read at least one of these books per month.  At least one per month is totally do-able.

The initial list of books (and this is probably going to grow as I keep digging in my shelves):

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood (physical book)
The Long Ships by Frans B. Bengtsson (physical book)
2666 by Roberto BolaƱo (three-volume paperback slipcase edition, so easy to break up)
If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino (physical book)
Fanny Hill by John Cleland (physical book - bet that one's a surprise)
A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse (physical book)
Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow (physical book)
Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco (physical book - started this ages ago)
In the Woods by Tana French (physical book - another that I've never finished)
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (NOOK)
Stardust by Neil Gaiman (physical book)
Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh (physical book)
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (physical book)
The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley (physical book)
The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer (NOOK)
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (physical book)
Complete Poems and Selected Letters by John Keats (physical book)
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing (physical book)
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem (physical book)
Life of Pi by Yann Martel (physical book - inorite?)
Birds of America by Lorrie Moore (physical book)
The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa (physical book)
Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig (physical book)
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (physical book - a) gotta have something for every mood and b) damn, I need to finish this series)
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie (physical book)
Blindness by Jose Saramago (NOOK)
The Lotus Eaters by Tatiana Soli (physical book)
The Secret History by Donna Tartt (physical book)
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (NOOK)
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente (physical book)
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (physical book - one I never actually finished, and I got his new one as a review copy so I'd like to get them both read)

Now, obviously, that is way more than twelve books but the point is to read at least one per month. 

So here I go.


  1. Anonymous3:20 PM

    I've been toying with the idea of this project as well, but don't want to make it official. (Too much pressure!) However, I did want to suggest that I have found a good way to make progress on these "Had Forever" books is to choose some shorter ones to start off with. That way you make progress quite quickly which makes it easier to move through the list. (Read "The Go-Between" not too long ago - good fast read and it's on your list! Win Win.)
    liz in texas

  2. I hope you are giving yourself permission to not finish any you truly don't like.... I tried Ragtime years ago and couldn't put it down fast enough.

    1. It takes me a long time to officially DNF anything - if I put something down and don't come back to it for, say, years, it'll just hang out in the periphery all that time.

  3. There are some really good books on this list! I look forward to seeing these reviews.

    1. Therein lies the other challenge - writing the reviews!

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