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To Read List: July 2013

When I first moved to San Francisco, and I was sitting amid stacks of boxes filled with books, I vowed to place a ban on buying any new books and read every single one of those untouched books that I had lugged across the country.  We all make rash promises of “Never again!” when we move, I suppose.

For a while, I did pretty well… I blogged about my To Read list to hold myself accountable, and I crossed books off my list when I read them.  Most of the books were passed on to friends or listed on – they weren’t keepers that I wanted to live on my bookshelves with my other treasured favorites.

But of course my resolve fizzled, and now I’ve let the stacks of unread books pile up again.  I read a lot more eBooks, especially on my commute, and it’s become harder to read the real books that have amassed.  So last weekend, I made a list of all the books I own but haven’t read yet.  And then… I bought even more books when we went to the beach.  I know, for shame!

Once more, I will attempt to read them and decide: Keep or Pass On.  Maybe I’ll try to read at least one a month, since I know I won’t be able to help buying more new books.  Let’s see if I can whittle down this list… the challenge is back on!

The Amateur Librarian // To Read List

To Read List (as of July 2013)

  1. Al Capone Does My Shirts, by Gennifer Choldenko
  2. The Annotated Emma, by Jane Austen and edited by David Shapard
  3. Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner
  4. The Air We Breathe, by Andrea Barrett
  5. The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron
  6. Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons
  7. Diary of a Provincial Lady, by E.M. Delafield
  8. The End of Your Life Book Club, by Will Schwalbe
  9. The Fledgling, by Jane Langton
  10. Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Colins
  11. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
  12. Jane of Lantern Hill, by L.M. Montgomery
  13. Just Like Family, by Tasha Blaine
  14. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir), by Jenny Lawson
  15. Life Itself, by Roger Ebert
  16. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt
  17. Miss Seeton Draws the Line, by Heron Carvic
  18. Mr. Emerson’s Wife, by Amy Belding Brown
  19. Of Bees and Mist, by Erick Setiawan
  20. The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett
  21. The Plague and I, by Betty MacDonald
  22. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
  23. Promises I Made My Mother, by Sam Haskell
  24. The Red Leather Diary, by Lily Koppel
  25. Roses, by Leila Meacham
  26. The Sanctuary of Outcasts, by Neil White
  27. The Tales of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo
  28. Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson
  29. Too Much Happiness, by Alice Munro
  30. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, by Joan Aiken

6 thoughts on “To Read List: July 2013

  1. This is a great idea. I not only have a pile of books I need to read but several gig of ebooks and audiobooks. Good luck with your progress. There are a couple of books on your list that I want to read too and some I don’t know. Good luck and happy reading!


  2. I have such a terrible habit of buying a book and then taking it home and realizing I have about fifty other new books that I haven’t read and then I resolve to not buy anymore until I legitimately read some of them. Then I see a new book that I want, or I have a bad day where I need the comfort of a new book and then I’m back to square one. I’ve thought of getting a second bookshelf (which I need anyway, I’m overflowing at this point) and separating the read from the “need to read” ones.


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