Geeky TBR List

For this week’s geek, we’re talking about books you’ve been meaning to get around to.

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?

Um, that describes nearly everything on my TBR list… actually, I try to keep up with all the recommendations that everyone gives (not just in comments, but in great reviews on their blog), but there’s only so many hours in a day, and I can only read so fast, and there are just WAY too many books out there.

Most of my list like this is adult books; I seem to get to the YA/MG books I hear about and want to read before I tackle the adult ones. That definitely shows my bias there… though my MG list is shorter than my YA list, which I find interesting.

Anyway. Some (very few) of the adult books I should get around to eventually:

  • The Deptford Trilogy, Robertson Davies — Julie’s favorite author… and I checked it out once, but didn’t read it. (By that token, I should read Patrick O’Brien.)
  • Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman — because I’ve heard it’s his best.
  • The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova — vampire novel. Right?
  • The Sugar Queen, Sarah Addison Allen — because I liked Garden Spells
  • The Spellman Files, Lisa Lutz — because Jen likes it, and that’s good enough for me.
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer — don’t remember. Good buzz?
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Mark Haddon — again, NYTimes best seller, probably
  • anything else by Georgette Heyer — because she rocks
  • the rest of the Outlander series — so many of my friends (not book bloggy ones) love this series, and I’m curious as to why (since I only read the first one, which was okay, but not great)
  • North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell — because I loved the movie, and I should.

My solution? Freeze time and then spend a week or so doing nothing but reading. Either that, or you all need to stop recommending great-sounding books. But neither is going to happen, so I’ll just have to be satisfied with always having a HUGE TBR list.

C’est la vie.

15 thoughts on “Geeky TBR List

  1. I really liked both Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. I haven't read any of the others, but a few of them are on my TBR list too. If only there were more time in the day, eh?


  2. LOL! I forgot about almost every book you mentioned here. it just goes to show how much what you said about 'mean to read' is really all we have on our TBR lists/shelves.

    Especially the Outlander series and Georgette Heyer. Heyer does rock, doesn't she?!


  3. Christina — oh, yeah. Wish the gods would grant me that power!

    Corinne — LOL

    Lilly — Heyer does. Totally. I need to read more of hers.

    Nymeth — so which one is his best?

    and Amanda — yes, it is. But fun.


  4. Oh yes, I need to make a list like this as well – which like yours would also include The Historian, which I actually started a long while back but need to pull the bookmark out and start over.

    I think I might make a list of 12 and make sure to read at least one a month.


  5. I second (or third? or fourth?) the Curious Incident and it's a pretty quick read, too.

    I also feel that I should read The Spellman Files, because I've heard it's hilarious, and North and South, because I loved the DVD and want to compare. I've also been thinking of trying Georgette Heyer but have no idea where to start! 🙂 Plus, The Historian, I've heard mixed things but vampires! but it's sooo long.

    Happy reading. TBRs are never ending and sometimes overwhelming but it's so great to have such a wonderful selection to choose from.


  6. Neil Gaiman is an author I have discovered this year. Haven't read Neverwhere yet. The Historian was on my list as well. I loved The Sugar Queen and can't wait for the next book to come out!

    I've only read a couple of Heyer's books but I know that I need to read more. Loved the Outlander series, and was inspired to read North and South the book because of watching North and South the mini series. Sigh…love that man!


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