There was a time though, when I'd go off to the bookstore and come home with a stack of books I was positive I meant to read immediately if not sooner. But for some books, that 'immediately' just never came. Either my interests changed or shifted or I got caught up reading something totally different or the book was not what I thought it would be. Or, as has been known to happen to me, more and more lately, I simply forget I bought the book to begin with.
Then, of course there are those BIG BEHEMOTHS, usually biographies, that I really and truly do mean to read but somehow have never gotten around to. These books, by the way, are not part of my current TBR List, the books on that list exist in a separate universe. Let's put it this way: the books on my active TBR List are the ones most likely to get read sooner, rather than later.
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So they sit, on my bookshelves, quietly and patiently awaiting their turn. A few will eventually get read. Some, unfortunately, will not.
1) THE SURVIVOR by John H. Harris - The book about Bill Clinton I really want to read one of these days. I like Harris. I like Clinton.
2) T.R. THE LAST ROMANTIC by H.W. Brands - The bio of Theodore Roosevelt. A huge book, possibly that's why I haven't plunged in.
3) THE CONFUSION by Neal Stephenson - This is an undertaking that will probably stay undertook. Once I heard that there was a great deal of animal cruelty in this historical trilogy (because of the time it's set in), I said: nope, not for me. Much as I love Stephenson's classic CRYPTONOMICON.
4) JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR. NORRELL by Susanna Clarke - I've read a third of this but for whatever reason, got distracted and just never went back. I though at one time I had read the whole thing, but I was wrong. I will read this, though. I just have to find the right time. I'm thinking maybe the audio might work a little better.
5) DISRAELI by Robert Blake - Another of those humongous biographies. I am very interested in Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, an extraordinary man, the first and far as I know, the only Jewish Prime Minister England has ever had. I will read this.
6)HELL TO PAY by George Pelecanos - A few years ago, everyone raved about this book and the series. I knew it was graphic, but I bought the autographed copy anyway. I wanted to like this. Read the first few pages and that was it. Not for me.
7) THE GOLDEN BOWL by Henry James - Been meaning and meaning to read James for years. The books pile up on my shelves. I still haven't taken the plunge. I am very intimidated.
8) ERAGON by Christopher Paolini - Bought this with the best of intentions. I love dragons and people did rave about it. But for whatever reason I've just never been able to get much into this one.
9) THE FRIENDSHIP Wordsworth & Coleridge by Adam Sisman - I definitely mean to read this at some point. I like this whole idea of great creative minds being friends. I wonder about it.
10) SEIZE THE FIRE Heroism, Duty, and the Battle of Trafalgar by Adam Nicolson - I know I'm going to read this, the question is when and what type of mood should I be in.