100 things to do in 1000 days IN PROGRESS; #62: Read one bookshelf’s worth of my unread books.
I have a lot of books. A lot. It’s not only that I buy six books every time I go into a Chapters or Costco, or that it’s everyone’s go-to present for me for birthdays and holidays, or that I used to work at a bookstore and abuse my employee discount. When my high school library gave away the books they didn’t want anymore, I took in the refugees. When I worked for that bookstore, and people dropped off paperbacks they didn’t want, I cared for the orphans. My last job provided me with copies of all 20 memoirs they’d published so far. And when anyone I know is cleaning out their book stock, I’m usually there within minutes. Also, I never throw anything away. So when I say I have a lot of books, I do mean a lot. Many of which I have never read. The problem is that it takes a lot less time to buy books then it does to read them, so that damned To Read pile is always growing exponentially faster than the Read pile. But there is no point in owning a bunch of books you’re never going to read. I certainly meant to read them when I bought (or otherwise obtained) them. So one of the items on The List is to read one bookshelf’s worth of my unread books – put all the unread books that will fit onto one shelf in one place, and make my way through them.
This will absolutely not include new books bought between now and the completion of that shelf, but I may substitute a book here or there, if I’m not enjoying it, or it’s a particularly slow read (hey, I’m on a deadline here; “finish all books I’m currently in the middle of” is on the next list). Note: I am only starting this item now, because “complete a Cannonball Read” was also on my list, and I didn’t want books read for that (which could include books borrowed from libraries or friends, books I’d re-read, and books I’d just bought) to count for this item. I have now read 52+ books (although I have yet to review all of them), so I consider the spirit of that item complete. Books read for this item will count toward the 5th CBR, however.
Books on The Shelf:
I, Mona Lisa – Jeanne Kalogridis We Are here – Ellen Cassedy If Only They Could Talk – James Herriot Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clarke The Piano Man’s Daughter – Timothy Findley The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson High Fidelity – Nick Hornby The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls The Transformation – Catherine Chidgey Late Nights On Air – Elizabeth Hay Barney’s Version – Mordechai Richler The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton The Sirens of Titan – Kurt Vonnegut Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally Black Swan Green – David Mitchell
- Exodus – Leon Uris
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll Loving Frank – Nancy Horan The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway Survival Kit – Zuzana Sermer The Road – Cormac McCarthy The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress – Dai Sijie A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli The Sisters Brothers – Patrick deWitt Lamb – Christopher Moore How To Be A Woman – Caitlin Moran Elements of Style – E. B. White