To read, or not to read, that is not the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
or to take arms against a shelf of troubles,
and by reading end them.
Before January is completely gone, I must make a resolution for this year. With all the good fortune, yes, books I’ve hoarded over the years at outrageously low prices, like slings and arrows raining down from shelves, many more shooting out from boxes… I must conquer them.
No excuse, but… loots hauled back from the annual Crossroad Market book sale is the Trojan horse of latent guilt. Why, wouldn’t you have fallen into the trap too, 15 books for $30? All in mint condition, some look like they’ve never been opened.
Upon reading two bloggers, Grad and Terri B, resolving to do similar courageous acts, I must start doing something to end the onslaught. I thereby resolve that in 2013 I’ll read from my TBR piles
only , ok, mostly. Actually, the Bonheoffer and the Proust read-alongs are within this strategic move.
Here are some of the slings and arrows of my good fortune. Any of these in your TBR piles too? Read-along?
Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale
Anne Bronte: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
A. S. Byatt: Possession
Kate Chopin: The Awakening
Kiran Desai: The Inheritance of Loss
Junot Diaz: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Jonathan Frantzen: The Corrections, Freedom
Shilpi Somaya Gowda: Secret Daughter
Henry James: The Ambassadors
Nicole Krauss: The History of Love
Ian MacEwan: Enduring Love, Saturday, Amsterdam
Herman Melville: Moby Dick (Will be reading in August with TerriB)
Hilary Mantel: Wolf Hall
Claire Messud: The Emperor’s Children
Toni Morrison: Love
Irène Némirovsky: Suite Française
Marilynne Robinson: Home, Housekeeping
Arundhati Roy: The God of Small Things
Salman Rushdie: The Enchantress of Florence
John Steinbeck: East of Eden
Zadie Smith: White Teeth
Jane Urquhart: The Underpainter
Winifred Watson: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Edith Wharton: The Age of Innocence
Julia Briggs: Virginia Woolf, An Inner Life
Joseph Campbell: The Hero With A Thousand Faces
Mary Karr: Lit
Marilynne Robinson: Absence of Mind