Given that I will be needing to pack up my bookshelf in its entirety in the next few weeks, I have realised that there is an actual bona fide time limit on the TBR book pile. These are the books I bought for reading groups I never went to, or picked up cheaply at charity shops, or (in the case of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine) books I have tried and tried and tried to read in various formats and am keeping out of determination to one day finish.
On my actual shelf, I have a set of such books. I’ve got the books I can’t bear to part with, and the ones I haven’t actually read yet. As much as I want to re-read Alice and ADSOM, I must restrain myself and read these. I think I’m going to try and read them in order because the mood reading has had these sitting here for years (in some cases).
Perhaps I should do that – if it hasn’t gripped me in 100 pages I need to DNF. I do have a tight turnaround for reading these after all… but I dislike doing that. Even when I don’t like a book I keep going! I know, I know, life’s to short to read books you don’t like – but (more often than not) I bought that! I’m going to finish it.
So my backlog busting promise to myself is that if I am not enamoured, I do not read. And these are the books I need to read
- A Room of Ones Own Virginia Woolf
- To The Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
- All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr
- For the Most Beautiful Emily Hauser
- The Vagina Monologues Eve Ensler
- The Argonauts Maggie Nelson
- Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome
- A Week in December Sebastian Faulks
- The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine **Side note for this one, this would clock attempt five to get past the first thirty pages, so not holding out much hope…
- I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou
- The Colour Purple Alice Walker
- Wonderstruck Brian Selznick
- Nocturna Maya Motayne
- Alias Grace Margaret Atwood
I think that is more than enough to be getting on with, even if I do want to be re-reading other things (I caved and reread the long way to a small angry planet the other day and it is better than I remember it!)
I guess this is pretty prescriptive, so yay me!