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Unread books - an attempt to prioritise

What with the older car having died, and Anne needing the newer one to ferry B back and forth to her new place in Tienen, it looks like I will be reading even more books in the future as I will have about an hour and a half on the train every day. We were planning for this to happen after I start at the new job in January anyway, so it's just come a bit sooner than expected.

Despite my best intentions, my list of unread books now stands at 153, actually up from 146 the last time I counted, despite my efforts to be disciplined. Of those 153, 52 were acquired this year (plus, er, about 165 that I have already read); in other words, of the 130-odd I mentioned at the end of last year, I have read about a quarter. Thanks to LibraryThing I can list certain priorities as follows:

Most recently acquired:

Robert A. Heinlein, Variable Star (for review)
Elizabeth Pond, Endgame in the Balkans (for review)
Charles Stross, The Atrocity Archives

Added earliest to my catalogue:

Anne Lamott, Crooked little heart
Dee Brown, Bury my heart at Wounded Knee
Theodore Zeldin, An intimate history of humanity
Marina Warner, Joan of Arc
Christopher Donaldson, The great English pilgrimage

Most popular among LibraryThing users:

Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49
Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Terry Pratchett, Pyramids
Patrick Suskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Bill Bryson, Notes From a Small Island

Most often tagged "unread" by LibraryThing users:

Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49
George Elliot, The Mill on the Floss,
J.R.R. Tolkien, Unfinished Tales
Dee Brown, Bury my heart at Wounded Knee
Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim

With less than a month to go in the year, my reading resolutions are in mixed form. But I still have a chance of meeting some of my targets by the end of the year by:
  • Finishing Don Quixote.
  • Finishing Dhalgren, reading Grey Lensman, and buying and reading one other out of A Princess of Mars, Tau Zero, Again, Dangerous Visions, The Female Man, Last and First Men, and Deathbird.
  • Reading seven other books that I acquired before the end of 2005.

Comments

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loveandgarbage
Dec. 3rd, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
Is that Grossman's new translation of Don QUixote? I've been working my way through that this year with the hope that the Christmas break will let me finish it (small children permitting).
mallory_blog
Dec. 3rd, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
Okay, the RULE is - one for one otherwise the damn tribbleish things will start to take over your world - so, if you have 153 to read - it must mean you have GIVEN away 153 in the same time period...
raycun
Dec. 3rd, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
the ones I've read -
Crying of Lot 49 - very good, short, so accessible
Lord Jim - interesting
Bury My Heart - repetitive. Indians live somewhere, palefaces move in, superficially different but fundamentally identical events mean bye-bye natives
Pyramids - identikit (non-series) Pratchett
Perfume - I thought it was quite good, lots of people love it
nwhyte
Dec. 10th, 2006 09:56 am (UTC)
Bury My Heart - repetitive. Indians live somewhere, palefaces move in, superficially different but fundamentally identical events mean bye-bye natives

You were so right about that.
mireille21
Dec. 4th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
I am too afraid to either count or try to prioritise the *many* books I have not read.
inuitmonster
Dec. 5th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
If "Grey Lensman" is one of those EE "Doc" Smith books then there are probably better things you can do with the time it would take to read it, like lie around vacantly staring into space.
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