Too Much To Read

One half of the TBR stack

Over the many years that I’ve been reading, now and then I get a restless feeling. I wander around the house aimlessly. I try to concentrate on the television. I know what’s wrong but I Hate to spend that money. I know I’ll give in eventually (twist my rubber arm, why don’t you?). I have nothing to read! That means either a bookstore visit where the staff all run outside to greet me warmly or a trip to the library. They know me there, too.

My parents were readers and both of them would trade books with relatives and friends and they read to us all the time as we grew up. Thanks for that. I mean it. I can’t imagine life without reading. In fact, I’ve always been one to have more than one book on the go at any given time, one or two fictions and a non-fiction that I can pick up and put down when I’m in the mood for it. Now that I’ve more or less gone digital, I juggle four books on a regular basis. One of those is often a real paper book which I’ll read in bed at night. Sometimes the stack of paper books by the bed may contain two or three books depending on whether someone has lent me one or I’ve come across one I wanted on sale.

Over the past 6 months or so, I’ve set up my library card to be able to take advantage of borrowing ebooks through the Overdrive app (or the Libby app, just test driving that one now). I browse the virtual stacks for books that have been reccommended via CanadianContent on Goodreads or on best seller lists and place them on a wishlist or put a hold on them. I’ve joined Netgalley where you can also read upcoming releases for free if you are chosen (it’s kind of like a lottery) and you should write a review for the book in exchange. There’s a short window of opportunity to get accepted for the Netgalley, they don’t keep the copies forever. Check out this paragraph. Putting a hold on a book means it will get checked out to me and that could mean multiple books at the same time for the library or Netgalley,with a limited time to read them.

You guessed it. I currently have three books on my ereader or phone app, with at least two others I had started. I hate to drop the books I “won” as much as I hate to *not* finish.

In addition to the ebooks, I got a big, thick Ken Follet for Christmas that I’m picking away at. My Christmas gifts also include $50 gift card which I have used. Twice.

The other half of the TBR stack

I now have too much to read.

I’m going to have to put them into priority order and concentrate on the temporary files, the library and NetGalley books plus the hard back one. The photos for this post are the growing stack of paper books that are on my night table. Normally my ereader is laying across the top with my reading glasses. I confess there is another stack of paperbacks that I borrowed from a cousin who discovered I liked the author and I think there’s at least one more biography floating around that my mother gave me. I’m ignoring the stack of travel magazines for another blog post.

That TBR pile is fairly diverse between semi-classic (20th century), fantasy, historical fiction and modern fiction.

The Ken Follett book is A Column of Fire, his latest in the “Kingsbridge” series that started with Pillars of the Earth. Loved that book, liked the next one and am liking this one quite a lot as well even though it’s based far less in Kingswood than the other two were.

The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan is in the heap because I really like the Clint Eastwood movie made of it in the 1970s. I didn’t realize it was based on a book. It’s been remade with that little Irish actor with the intense eyebrows…Colin Farrell, that’s him. I haven’t seen it yet, but somehow I have a feeling I will remain faithful to Clint Eastwood.

Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende was recommended by my Aunt Denise when we were browsing a superb second hand bookstore in Sidney, British Columbia called The Haunted Bookstore. I have heard about Isabel Allende for a long time, with high hopes, I’ve decided to take the leap.

Six of Crows is the first of two fantasy books by Leigh Bardugo. I like a bit of science fiction and fantasy now and then and this looked interesting. It also has a feeling of Guardians of the Galaxy about it. Could be fun.

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. Sometimes I really enjoy the book behind a movie, they always have more detail about the characters and back-plot.

Muriel Sparks wrote The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie which was a wonderful 1960s film starring Maggie Smith as a dotty teacher of young “gels” with her philosophies leaning towards Nazism. I didn’t realize Ms Sparks had written quite a lot of books so I ordered a few off Amazon awhile back and haven’t got to them yet.



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