Sunday Salon: November Short-List
I love having unread books around the house (good thing, too, since I finally topped 200 books in my TBR pile), but I will admit, it can get a bit overwhelming sometimes. There’s so many books that I want to be reading, and I want to be reading them all *right now*. New books will come in the mail, and I’ll want to stop everything and start reading them – even when I want to keep reading the one I’m reading!
I’ve found in the past that vacations, or any time I’m away from home and have to decide ahead of time what books I’m going to be in the mood to read in the future, really helps me plow through my books. Having a limited selection helps force me to finally get around to those books that I really do want to read, but that kept getting bumped down the list by a new acquisition or a library book that just has to be finished.
So, I’ve made a short-list of books that I’d like to read in November. Some are from my TBR pile, some are ones that I know are coming from the library, some are audiobooks. Without further ado, here’s my virtual box of books for the next month:
– A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon. I’m currently about halfway through this, although it’s almost 1000 pages long, and with fairly small, close-set font, it’s taking a while. Enjoyable so far, though.
– The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. My hold on this just came up at the library. So excited! I loved the first two, and have been dying to read the third one since I finished the second this summer… only problem is it wasn’t published until a few weeks ago. Guess what I’m doing for the rest of today! (My fatty-fat Diana Gabaldon book is just going to have to go on pause for a while.)
– Fables, Volumes 7, 8, 9, 10 (and possibly 11, which is being released towards the end of the month – depends on how quickly my library gets it in.) by Bill Willingham. Technically, I’m already at work on my short-list, since I read Vol. 7 yesterday.
– Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener’s Bones by Brandon Sanderson. Technically, this was just released yesterday, but I got an ARC from a lovely BookMoocher a few weeks ago, so I feel like I should get this one read as soon as possible.
– The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent. Have heard SO MANY good things about this one, but somehow each time in October that I finished a book, there was always something else calling for my attention just a leeeeetle bit louder.
– The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. Ditto.
– Abarat by Clive Barker. Dave already finished it, I think, but I’d still like to read it before he forgets about it.
– Spook by Mary Roach. Totally failed to read this during October, when it would have been seasonally appropriate. Ah, well, “appropriate” is one of those things which I don’t get accused of being very often.
– Shield of Three Lions by Pamela Kaufman. This was “assigned” to me in the Go Review That Book! group at LibraryThing over a month ago, and there just always seems to be something else I’d rather be reading. This month, though, I *will* get to it.
– Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire. My current audiobook. I actually got a good chunk of the way through this yesterday, both at the gym and then working on piecing together the blanket I’ve been crocheting. Shouldn’t be too long before I can start…
– Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke. Another one I’ve been waiting for what feels like forever, even though it’s been only about 6 months. Also, the audiobook wasn’t released until two weeks after the print version. I was tempted, but since I listened to the first two, I figured I’d keep up the trend. I might have to re-read Inkheart before the movie comes out in January, too.
That’s totally manageable, right? I can (and will!) get through those, and still have a little leeway for that exciting new book that catches my eye – because god knows, one always will.
What do you have on your reading/listening plate for November?