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Shameless Hoarding: A Top Ten List

I have long since reached the conclusion that I’ll never get to read everything I would like. Can it be ‘long since’ anything if I’m not yet 30? I say it can. Regardless, it is a well-known fact that most bookish people buy more books than they can read. I am no exception. I would say it’s a vice, but there are worse things than wanting to read more. So I’ll continue to wish for longer days and even longer nights. I’ll still buy books that may never be read and I’ll be happier for it. Though certainly not as happy as I’d be if I actually read said books…


If stacked, my unread collection of owned books would look something like this.

This week’s top ten list (as hosted by The Broke and The Bookish): books I just HAD to buy, but have not read. Sadly, there are more than just ten of these.

10. Wool by Hugh Howey. I’ve actually read part of this (and now own the novel). I’m only including it on this list so I can tell you I went to his talk this past Friday. He is a very nice author who wrote a fantastic book – so read it (with thanks to Annabel for making me read it). The rest of you can thank me later. Now the important part – while signing my book, he said he liked my name so much he might use it for a character. I hope he does, I can’t explain how excited I would be. Also, apparently it doesn’t take much to make me happy, just write a story with a character named Rory (rhyme not intended, but unavoidable).

9. Heft by Liz Moore. I know it’ll be good. It just isn’t happening.

8. Proof by David Auburn. This one is the most likely to languish and die unread on my bookshelf, despite how short it is. Math and a bit of madness should be high on my list…

7. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon. Also known at Outlander #3. I love Jamie Fraser as much as the next girl, I really do. I think men could use Jamie’s speeches as a modern guide to women. However, the series just doesn’t appeal to me. Maybe I should rethink that modern guide notion?

6. The Regulators by Richard Bachman. I have no valid explanation…

5. Stonemouth by Iain Banks. In the interest of full disclosure, I haven’t read my copy of Skagboys yet either. Two friends were married this past summer in Aberdeen, I had planned on, but ultimately wasn’t able to attend. Maybe that explains the Scottish fiction? After Ireland and Sweden, Scotland just wasn’t going to happen (I’m still trying to figure out how I am going to make San Francisco, Vancouver, and London happen this year – lottery?).

4. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell. This is a favorite book of a favorite author. I want to read it, but…nothing. I just haven’t read it.

3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I have no excuse given the number of times this one has been recommended to me.

2. A Step Beyond Innocence by Nora Johnson. It took me months to find this at an affordable price, then I had to pay extra to have it shipped from the UK. I HAD to have it. Given that it’s on this list, it’s still not been read.

1. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. I swear this book, in its unread state, is mocking me.

Photo found here.

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