Way back in September-ish, I developed a list of potential TBR titles that I thought I might put into the reading spotlight and see how that went. (See this post here.)
I had a mixed result, but all good because even though I might not have actually read these exact titles, I did read something equivalent off the TBR pile so I can argue that it still counts. 🙂
- The Ring of Bright Water trilogy – Gavin Maxwell. Non-fiction about a guy who lives alongside a family of otters in Scotland (I think). Supposed to be funny and sad. NOPE.
- The Emperor of all Maladies – Siddhartha Mukherjee (A continuation of the summer TBR pile.) NOPE.
- Death at the Priory – James Ruddick. YUP.
- Short Stories by O. Henry (or another book of essays or similar) NOPE. But did read other essays.
- Cadillac Desert – Marc Reisner. NF about the ongoing water shortage in the American West. NOPE.
- The Go-Between – L. P. Hartley. YUP.
- Couple of books about Queen Victoria and hubby… YUP. Read one of these.
- Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood – IN PROCESS Update: DNF.
- Mrs. Hargreaves – Frank Baker. HAD A GO. DNF.
- How to be a Woman – Caitlin Moran (NF about modern-day feminism which has had good reviews) – YUP (although I would like to take back this time if possible)
- The Worst Hard Time – Dust Bowl history – Timothy Egan – SORT OF DID THIS. Didn’t read the book, but did go to a lecture by him and see his PBS series about the Dust Bowl. That counts, doesn’t it?
- Some odd bits and pieces of fiction that have been on the shelves for a while… YUP. Read two of these. (May Sarton and Annie Proulx.)
So – to continue with this format of book title rotation on the nightstand, I have chosen the following for the next quarter or so. Will update on progress as warranted.
It’s a large selection, but not intended for me as a list of Have-to-Reads. More of a “Here are some titles you haven’t looked at lately if you’re interested” type of list…. Titles are as follows:
Logavina Street– Barbara Demick (NF) – pick this up where I stopped prior to Christmas. READ. (updated 02/13)
- Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism – Natasha Walter (NF)
- The Campaign for Domestic Happiness – Isabel Beeton (NF)
- The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs. Beeton – Kathryn Hughes (NF bio)
- Neverland: J. M. Barrie, the du Mauriers, and the Dark Side of Peter Pan – Piers Dudgeon (NF)
- Time was Soft There (book about the Shakespeare Co. book shop in Paris) – Jeremy Mercer (NF)
- Helen Keller: The Story of my Life – Helen Keller (NF autobio)
- Level 4: Virus Hunters of the CDC – Joseph McCormick and Susan Fisher-Hoch (NF)
- The Devil’s Highway – Luis Alberto Urea (NF)
- As For Me and My House – Sinclair Ross (Canadian F)
- Be the Pack Leader – Cesar Milan (NF)
- Methland – The Death and Life of an American Small Town – Nick Reding (NF)
- Becoming Queen Victoria – Kate Williams (you know Victoria would slip in there somewhere…) (NF)
- Charles Dickens (bio) – Clare Tomalin (NF)
- Chasing the Monsoon – Alexander Frater (NF)
- Going to Extremes – Joe McGinnis (NF)
- The Secret Life of Bletchley Park – Sinclair Mckay (NF)
- The Grandmothers – Doris Lessing (F)
- Strength in What Remains – Tracy Kidder (NF)
- The Marie Curie Complex – Julie des Jardins
- The Best American Sci and Nature Writing 2006 – Brian Greene (ed.) (NF)
Oryx and Crake– Margaret Atwood (F) READ (updated 02/13)
Not too many fiction titles there, so we’ll see. I try to have one F and one NF going at the same time, so we’ll see what pops up fiction-wise. <Rubs hands with glee at new selection of books>