Okay–here was an interesting article by Christopher Schoppa in the Washington Post.
Avid readers know all too well how easy it is to acquire books — it’s the letting go that’s the difficult part. … During the past 20 years, in which books have played a significant role in both my personal and professional lives, I’ve certainly had my fair share of them (and some might say several others’ shares) in my library. Many were read and saved for posterity, others eventually, but still reluctantly, sent back out into the world.
But there is also a category of titles that I’ve clung to for years, as they survived numerous purges, frequent library donations and countless changes of residence. I’ve yet to read them, but am absolutely certain I will. And should. When, I’m not sure, as I’m constantly distracted by the recent, just published and soon to be published works.
So, the question is his: “What tomes are waiting patiently on your shelves?“
The better question would probably be what's NOT on my book shelves?? I have shelves of books just waiting to be read. In all honesty, I probably have over 500 books in my home that are just waiting to be picked up. Mind you, I have never actually COUNTED them. That would be just too scary. And it's probably the reason I will never move!!
I went through an eBay phase where I bought boxes of books about 2 years ago. Then there are the library sales. And finally, the stragglers that I pick up one or two (or 5!) at a time from Barnes & Noble or Borders. I've been really good lately about not buying any though.
But for the sake of the question, here are a few of the "tomes" that are awaiting the opportunity to tell me a story:
- The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
- Middlemarch by George Eliot
- Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
- Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
- A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
- Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susannah Clarke
How about you? What's on YOUR shelves?