Thursday, August 27, 2009

Weekly Geeks - Good intentions and all that!

My history of participating in Weekly Geeks rather sporadically has continued! Most of the time it isn't because I don't like the theme. Usually I start a post but never actually get around to finish it. This week's theme is tailor-made for me! I am always buying books and not reading them.

I think just about every reader has a least one book that they've been meaning to read for awhile (months or even years) but, for one reason or another, they just haven't gotten around to it. Maybe it's a book a friend recommended last year, or a title you've flirted with in a bookstore on more than one occasion, or maybe it's a book that's sitting right there on your
bookshelf, patiently waiting for you to pick it up -- but the thought is always
there, in the back of your mind: Why haven't I read this yet?This week, tell us
about a book (or books) you have been meaning to read. What is it? How long have
you wanted to read it? And, why haven't you read it yet? When you have written
your post, be sure to come back and leave a link to the post's URL (not your
blog's main URL) to Mr. Linky. Be sure to visit other Geeks and see which books
they've been meaning to read. Have a great week everyone!

I have a list of books a mile long that I have been meaning to read! Far too long in fact for one post. In order to try and narrow done the list a little I have decided to only focus on those books that I own that I have been meaning to read and not think about all the books that I know that I can get from the library. Some of these books I have owned for six or seven years and I still haven't read. Others are books that I really, really wanted to read more recently but still haven't been able to get to.

Even with only that criteria there are still a LOT of unread books around my house! In fact, I just shocked myself and all my workmates when I discovered that there are actually more than 300! Obviously I am not going to list them all here. I thought that instead of just listing the books here, I would make this an informal poll! Every year I always try to read some of the books that I owned before the start of the year so that I can kid myself that all these unread books are not completely taking over my bookshelves. Below are the 10 books that I really MUST read, and so if you all vote on which book you think I should read by leaving a comment, then I will promise to read the winning book before the end of September. So here are the choices:

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis - I bought this book more than 4 years ago. I think I first heard of it after reading the early Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon and looking for more time travel novels.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - Bought this one when it first came out. Never read it.

Time and Chance by Sharon Kay Penman - I love Penman's writing, but I had been waiting to read this one until it was closer to the release date of the third book in the trilogy, The Devil's Brood. That book came out nearly a year ago. Whoops!

Tully by Paullina Simons - I am a huge Paullina Simons fan, but I still have two books by her to read. With a new one coming out in November, maybe now is a good time to read this one as well.

Frenchman's Creek by Daphne du Maurier - I loved Rebecca when I read it, but really haven't managed to read any more of her books. Every time I read a review of one I think "I really must read more".

Winter in Madrid by C J Sansom - One of those authors I fully expect to love to read, when I get around to actually giving him a go!

Tangled Webs by Anne Bishop - I was so excited when I heard this book was coming out. I actually won it in a contest which possibly makes it worse that I still haven't read it.

Fire Study by Maria V Snyder - The third book in the Study trilogy. This author has now moved onto a spin off series that I really, really want to read.

The Huntress by Susan Carroll - I was so excited at the prospect of this book being released. The next book in the series has recently been released which makes it worse that I haven't read this one yet.

Mariana by Susanna Kearsley - This is a relatively new acquisition. One of my favourite books so far this year has been The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley, and I really want to read more of her books.

That only leaves 290+ more books that I have wanted to read enough to buy!

So, which book do you think I should read?


  1. I hope you will read "The Historian". I read it about six weeks or so ago and posted on it on my blog. I would like to see you read it for the simple reason that I would love to read your post on the book.

  2. I have more than 300 books too. It was a little shocking when I realized I had over 100, but it's only grown since then!

    I'd probably recommend Time and Chance. I love Sharon Kay Penman and Devil's Brood was good.

  3. I am voting for To Say Nothing of the Dog. It was a really great read and had some extremely funny moments.

  4. I can't advise on which to read, but 300 UNread!!??? omg, poor neglected books. lol Get to reading them!

  5. I'd read To Say Nothing of the Dog because I love love that book. Or Winter in Madrid because I've heard only good things about that book.

  6. This is too funny. I won't tell you how many unread I have but it's a lot!

    anyway, my vote goes to To Say Nothing of the Dog. It has romance, time travel, historical bits, oh it's just so fun.

  7. You haven't read Tully? I am shocked...will be interested in your review.

    What's this Penman trilogy about?

    How long did it take for you to count he books?

  8. Tangled Webs is on my TBR pile, too--and I bought it when it first came out. *sigh*

    Don't feel bad about 300 books. I have (at last count) over 600 unread books on my to-be-read shelves. I finally declared a moratorium on book-buying, at least until they all fit on the shelf space allotted to them.

    The sad thing is that 90% of the books I was really excited about reading. The other 10% were recommendations, whims, or gifts.

  9. I think you should read The Historian. It's one I plan on reading in the future.

    I feel like I'm in the same place as you as far as books I've been meaning to read. I'm not sure I have 300 books around my house, but I'm sure my list is somewhere around that number. I just buy/add books to my list way faster than I could ever read them. Still, having all those books ahead of me is comforting. I know I'll never really run out no matter how fast I read.

  10. I will never run out either Jennifer, especially if I keep on acquiring books the way I have been.

    Darla, most of the books on my shelves were books I was really excited about too. Some of them still catch my eye when I walk past them, but others are destined to languish there for a long time before I actually get to them.

    Jane, I know. It's bad that I haven't read it isn't it? This trilogy is about Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine mostly. I actually didn't count them, I relied on my list. Of course, that could be wrong and there might actually be more!

    Iliana and Amanda, I think it is going to be To Say Nothing of the Dog.

    Mon, they are poor neglected books aren't they. I need to cut back on my library loot and actually read some that I own. I have read two this week that I own. Unfortunately I have bought three so far, so I am still further behind! LOL!

    Zibilee, I am going home tonight to find To Say Nothing of the Dog. It is unfortunately in my absolutely stacked to the brim bookshelf, but it shouldn't take me too long to find it...hopefully.

    Meghan, I will definitely read Time and Chance and The Devil's Brood eventually as I do love Sharon Penman's writing, and I don't believe I can call myself a true fangirl if I don't at least make the effort to read those two books!

    Mel, The Historian does keep on calling my name every time I notice it on the shelves. It would be a perfect read for the RIP challenge as well.



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