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.
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!