From the Stacks – Forgotten Books to Read in 2018

I don’t mention it often, but I own a LOT of books. Like maybe 3,000 or more (I haven’t counted in a while, lol!) I’ve been collecting books since about 1988, when I discovered that my Stephen King collection consisted of mostly first editions/printings, and that some of those were actually worth a lot of money. Since then, I’ve paid close attention to the value of books, how to spot first printings and how to check the condition of books before I buy them. In recent years I’ve scaled way back on new purchases, simply because I am lucky enough to get review copies from publishers. BUT all those years of book buying have resulted in a lot of unread books, as you can imagine.

Do not be alarmed. Yes, I know my bookcases are a mess.

The purpose of this post is to select a few books from my personal stacks and commit to reading them in 2018. I’m starting with five books, because I’m pretty sure I can handle that amount. The books I’ve chosen aren’t necessarily collector’s editions or valuable, but they are books I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t read yet. I’ll be reading these throughout the year as I have time between review commitments, and of course I’ll be posting reviews here on the blog.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. I kick myself now for not buying the first edition hardcover of this book when it came out in 2000 ( I believe). It’s probably worth some $$. This is the “two color” paperback edition and it’s not even a first printing, it’s a 6th. BUT as a horror fan I really need to have this in my repertoire.

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. I’m a big fan of Beukes’ Broken Monsters and Zoo City, and this is a must read for any Beukes fan (so I’ve been told). This is another horror book that I need to read this year.

Three Days to Never by Tim Powers. It breaks my heart that there’s a Tim Powers book out there that I haven’t read! I bought this in 2006 before I started blogging, so I really have no excuse:-)

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. I don’t get to talk about Ann much on this blog, since her books fall firmly in the category of literary fiction. But she has written two of my ALL TIME FAVORITE books, Bel Canto and State of Wonder. Commonwealth is her most recent release, which came out in 2016. I automatically buy all her new releases, but I’m sad that I haven’t been able to tear myself away from my review commitments to read this. And in case you don’t know, in addition to being a best-selling author, Ann owns an independent bookstore in Nashville called Parnassus Books. I’m signed up to follow their blog, and I just love their weekly posts about upcoming book signings, author spotlights, lists of staff recommendations, and best of all, tales and photos of their “shop dogs,” employees’ dogs who come with their owners to work every day! I’d love to know if anyone here has visited Parnassus Books, and if I ever have the chance to travel to Nashville, that is going to be my first stop!

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. This might seem like a strange choice to include in this list, and this is actually an unsolicited review book that I received last year. BUT I want to read this SO BADLY that I’m including it on this list to make myself accountable. Plus I’ve never read anything by Rowell before and I want this book to be my first.

And there you have it. Obviously there are many more books from my stacks that I’m dying to read, but I want to tackle these first. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these, and which you recommend I should start first!


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Posted January 25, 2018 by Tammy in From the Stacks, Uncategorized / 58 Comments


58 responses to “From the Stacks – Forgotten Books to Read in 2018

  1. 3000+ books?! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ You have your own full-blown library, Tammy!

    I actually read Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl last year, which I think(?) is what led Rowell to write Carry On. Fangirl’s main character is a college freshman who writes fan fiction about a popular fantasy series for teens, and Carry On was the title for the novel-length fan fiction she was writing during that school year. (Hopefully that’s not too confusing…?) Anyway, I enjoyed Fangirl more than I’d expected, so I’d definitely like to read Carry On as well. So that book gets my vote.
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  2. Have you invested in a bookcase with glass doors for your most valuable books yet?

    I keep moving, which keeps reminding me of a significant downside of owning a lot of books, which has tamped down my book buying. Now I just need to save enough money to install built-ins at the new house so I have room for the books I already own, let alone new books.
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    • Tammy

      Sadly I haven’t invested in a glass door bookcase, but I really need to. I need a couple of weeks off work just to reorganize and go through everything. And part of the problem is that I used to move around a lot, and so each move resulted in reorganizing by necessity. But I’ve lived in this house for almost 17 years without HAVING to pull down each book from the shelves.

      • I still haven’t properly organized my books from our move almost a year ago. Which may not sound like a long time to you, but I waste a lot of time looking for books (I spent more time trying to find those C.L. Moore books for yesterday’s post than I did on the post itself). But I’m not very motivated since the limited space means some books on a storage shelf in the basement storage and since eventually I want new bookcases built.
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        • Tammy

          Me too! I spend so much time searching. One of the “forgotten” books I wanted to include in this post was The Goldfinch. Sadly, I couldn’t locate it!

    • Tammy

      I’m very excited to read it! Now that I’ve committed, I need to request less review books so I can actually fit these in!

  3. I read and very much enjoyed Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, it’s not the best book ever written but it is very cute and it made me laugh a couple of times!
    Commonwealth has been on my TBR since its release but I didn’t have the chance to pick it up either even if it sounds amazing!

    • Tammy started with sorting by author, but after all my bookcases were filled up, there is basically no sorting system at allโ˜น

  4. What a great idea. And finally, at the end, you posted one I read – Carry On. It’s not my favorite Rowell book but it was quite enjoyable. I’m pretty sure I own the same copy of House of Leaves and nope, I’ve not read it either. I’ve followed Parnassus Books ever since you linked me with them and I would love to go there someday – Nashville isn’t THAT far away but it would be a hard day trip. I love the idea of a bookstore with dogs – go figure!
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      • I loved Attachments. A lot of it was told in email form and it was just a fun, light read. My least fave so far is Landline. The only one I haven’t read yet is Fan Girl which seems to also be her most popular. Seems I am staying away from the hype once in my life ๐Ÿ™‚
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        • Tammy

          Ha ha, I think I have a copy of Attachments somewhere (lol see above photo of book shelves), I’ll have to dig it up!

  5. Margo

    Shining Girls is on my list. I usually don’t like horror (I know, I know) and was thinking of it as time travel mystery. Now I’ll have to go read some reviews…

  6. Wow, that is a lot of books! Feel free to send some my way ๐Ÿ˜‰ The good thing though about having so many unread books is that you are totally prepared for an apocalypse and will have lots of reading material lol.

    I also plan to read Carry On this year! And it will also be my first Rainbow Rowell book. I’m a little jealous you have the pretty paperback with the artwork XD
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    • Tammy

      I think the paperback is fairly new, it’s very different from the hard cover. I hope we both get to read this and love it!

  7. What a fascinating range of books – as I haven’t read any of them, I don’t feel in a position to make any recommendations as to where to start – except with your heart… I look forward to hearing how you get on with these, Tammy and I look at your marvellous bookshelves with envy!

  8. Such a great book collection ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish I had space for so many shelves. I have layers of books in small cases, then boxes of books which won’t fit onto the cases, it’s a nightmare. I mostly only buy e-books now because they don’t take up space.
    I read Carry On and really enjoyed it. I loved Fangirl as well so going into the world of Simon and Baz was great.
    I think I have The Shining Girls on my e-reader. That’s one for my TBR this year as well I think.
    Hope you manage to read the books you’ve chosen ๐Ÿ™‚
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  9. The Shining Girls is excellent. You should start with that one definitely (although I only say that because I haven’t read the others). I always fancied reading The House of Leaves, I did pick up a copy from the library a couple of years ago (I think) but it was so daunting…. Hope you have better luck with it that me (never even got started before I had to return it. Maybe I’ll try again after I read your thoughts).
    Lynn ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Tammy

      Oh good, I’m happy to hear you loved The Shining Girls:-) I’ve heard House of Leaves is pretty wild and might be hard to get into, but I’m going to try:-)

  10. I laughed when I saw House of Leaves….! I remained on my desk for *so* long before I summoned the courage to start (and even more to finish it). But I needed to have -just like you. Good luck ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. I absolutely love the looks of your shelves though!! I think mine is slowly going to resemble yours in a couple of years too hahahah I need to check out House of Leaves too someday!! Hope you enjoy all these books when you get around to them Tammy! I want a post telling me how to spot the 1st editions that are worth $$$$$ though!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Tammy

      I’ve actually thought about doing a book collector’s post, although I’m certainly no expert, but great idea, I might do one! Thanks for the idea:-)

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