Odd Shelf Becomes Old Shelf


I don’t if this happens to any other readers, but I tend to buy new books before I’ve finished reading the old ones. I mean, there’s library books to read first, right, and then you have to catch up on the new releases coming out for all the series you’re keeping track of, and then, by darn, you don’t want to read some classic book you bought, you want to read a cheap, steamy thriller, and so on and so on . . .  until suddenly you have no room on your shelf and you realize you’ve only read half to two-thirds of the book actually up there.

So today I took an inventory and I made a goal that I would purchase no new books until I’d read all the ones on my shelf that I hadn’t read yet.

And holy toledo, there were a lot.

Like, dang girl, you shoulda done this earlier. I thought to make a goal to finish them by the end of the year, buuutt . . . I might need to extend that to an entire year. And why not? July 17th is as good of a start date as January 1st, right? Right.

I’ll still probably read some new release by authors I love or series I’m following. BUT. All other books on Odd Shelf are coming from muh ol’ bookshelf. However, as a rule, I reserve the right to set down any book I start after thirty pages if I’m not enjoying it. Life’s too short to read books you don’t love.

Here’s the list (in no kind of apparent order):

A Dirty Job, You Suck, Christopher Moore

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Susanne Clark

Stern Men, Elizabeth Gilbert

Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

The Color of Magic, Terry Pratchett

Last Night at the Lobster and The Odds, Stewart O’Nan

Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith

Sleeping Arrangements, Madeline Wickham

The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith

(The Narnia Series), C.S. Lewis

Killing Floor, Lee Child

Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins (Some of these I’m reading for the second time, but I got it specifically so I could read it before the movie)

The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett

A is for Alibi, Sue Grafton

The Bourne Identity, Robert Ludlum

Of Human Bondage, W. Somerset Maugham

Second Glance, Jodi Picoult

Super Sad True Love Story, Gary Shteyngart

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

Lamb, Bonnie Nadzam (This was the first book I bought ever on my spankin’ new Kindle, and it’s still there, unread . . .)

The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men and East of Eden, John Steinbeck (I love Steinbeck, and yet, I never have time to actually read him)

Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk

The Stand, Stephen King

The Crucible, Arthur Miller

Stolen Pleasures, Gina Berriault

Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor

Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden

Angel of Repose, Wallace Stegner

The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss

Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris

Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro

Life of Pi, Yann Martel

The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein

American Goddesses, Gary R. Henry

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson

Firefly Lane, Kristin Hannah

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

The Lightning Thief (and accompanying series), Rick Riordan (I haven’t read them yet, seriously)

One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman

Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell

The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde

The Art Forger, B.A. Shapiro

In Sunlight and Shadow, Mark Helprin

And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer

All the Jolly Fish Titles I haven’t edited (there are 8)

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