Booking Through Thursday: The "Drowning in Books" Edition


“So here today I present to you an Unread Books Challenge. Give me the list or take a picture of all the books you have stacked on your bedside table, hidden under the bed or standing in your shelf – the books you have not read, but keep meaning to. The books that begin to weigh on your mind. The books that make you cover your ears in conversation and say, ‘No! Don’t give me another book to read! I can’t finish the ones I have!’”


The books on the left are library books, and the stack is books I own but haven’t read yet.

Here’s a list, from left to right:

  • Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen (I hope this is good; the circus during the Depression has always been interesting to me.)
  • The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft by Ulrich Boser (I waited maybe three months for this book. Who would have guessed that a book about a crime in Boston would be popular…in Boston?)
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  • The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (Love her books.)
  • Genesis by Bernard Beckett

And from top to bottom:

  • Sappho’s Leap by Erica Jong (Someone left this outside and I felt bad for it.)
  • Finding George Orwell in Burma by Emma Larkin
  • The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver
  • Southland by Nina Revoyr (This was outside, too!)
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • Ghostwalk by Rebecca Scott
  • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
  • The Woman at the Washington Zoo by Marjorie Williams (Suggested by a friend.)
  • Hiroshima in America by Robert Jay Lifton and Greg Mitchell (Light read, right?)
  • The Modern Prince by Carnes Lord
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  • Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, From the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Coll (…may “forget” to read this one.)

I forgot to add Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs to the pile! Oh well. I picked up the mass-market paperback for .25 at the thrift store. I’m hoping I don’t find him quite as disappointing as I did David Sedaris. Fingers crossed.

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