Reading from the TBR Pile 2013

Every year I make a new vow to read more books from the TBR pile. Every year the pile grows instead of declines. I have a feeling it will never end. I’m not sure if that’s a bad thing, per se, but I’d like to make an effort to read more of the books I once bought thinking I would love them – there must have been a reason for that, right?

And so, knowing full well that it will probably result in failure, I have made another resolution for 2013. This one is aimed at reducing the pile by reading from across the books I own. Somehow, there are always sections of my shelves that are ignored. I do not have a list of the books I own longest, since I deleted all stats from my LibraryThing last year when I tried to re-catalogue my books (which I, of course, did not complete before turning my shelves upside-down again). So instead of focusing on number of years owned, I will focus on author names. In 2013, I will try to read a book for each letter of the alphabet, based on author names. If I happen not to own a book by an author starting with, say, X, I am allowed to leave it out. Oh, and this goes for books owned before 2013 started.

26 books to strike off from the TBR pile this year, surely this should not be too difficult?

A – Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi – Half of a Yellow Sun
B –
Byatt, A.S. – Possession; Billingsley, Franny – The Folk Keeper
C –
Cunningham, Michael – The Hours; Carter, Angela - Wise Children
D –
Delafield, E.M. – Thank Heaven Fasting
E –
Eugenides, Jeffrey – The Virgin Suicides
F –
Fadiman, Anne - Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader; Fitzgerald, F. Scott - The Great Gatsby
G –
Gaskell, Elizabeth - Cranford
H –
Hornby, Nick - Slam
I –
Ibbotson, Eva – Magic Flutes
J –
Jansson, Tove – Comet in Moominland
K –
Koch, Herman - The Dinner
L –
Lanagan, Margo – The Brides of Rollrock Island; Laski, Marghanita - Little Boy Lost
M –
Mitford, Nancy – Love in a Cold Climate
N –
Nemirovsky, Irene – Suite Francaise
O –
Obreht, Téa - The Tiger’s Wife
P –
Pullman, Philip - His Dark Materials
Q –
(-)
R –
Riggs, Ransom – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
S -
Setterfield, Diane – The Thirteenth Tale
T –
Tolstoy, Leo – War and Peace
U –
(-)
V
- Valente, Catherynne M. – The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
W –
Wharton, Edith – The House of Mirth; Wharton, Edith - The Age of Innocence
X –
(-)
Y –
Yoshimoto, Banana – Kitchen
Z –
(-)

5 responses to “Reading from the TBR Pile 2013

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  2. Good luck! I have the same problem, and I agree a growing TBR list is not bad per se. I don’t know if the same happens to you, but I use to feel stupid for my ‘hoarding’ habit when I realize:

    - a hardcover novel I bought in a frenzy still sits unread on my shelves when the paperback version is published (and used copies are made available on web stores)

    - a novel I am reading after years of neglect would have been a great read back when I bought it but right now is disappointing me because my tastes/interests have changed

    P.S.: I have been reading your blog lately, it is simply fantastic!

    Roberta

    • Thank you so much Roberta! I wish I could read your blog, as the titles listed sound so interesting, but unfortunately I do not read Italian.

      The changed tastes are a problem I face as well. Books I have bought in the past few years are often quite close to my taste now (especially those that entered the house since I started blogging), but books I bought 5+ years ago.. I don’t know. I usually have trouble deciding to get rid of them (what is my taste changes again, what if someday, I remember owning a particular book and desperately want to read it, etc). I haven’t found the solution yet, but at least this way I feel as if I’m *trying*.

  3. I guess the solution doesn’t exist, we just try to cope with an inevitable situation :D What is important is to savour our books, and I think blogging helps. At the beginning of my blogging days I tried to translate every post I wrote but it required too much time (and I was always feeling my english is not good enough for this kind of commitment). Have a nice weekend since, thank God, it’s Friday!

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