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Confession: I have a major book buying compulsion. If I go anywhere NEAR a bookstore I HAVE TO BUY SOMETHING. My reading habits can’t keep up with my buying habits and that leaves me with shelves of unread books. The following books are books that I’ve actively hunted down, but have been sitting on my shelf, unread, for a year or more.
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn: This book was recommended to me years ago and it sounded so weird and wonderful that I just had to have it. Now I have to actually read it, because it’s been collecting dust for too long.
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen: Guys, try not to judge me too harshly but I have never read any of Sarah Dessen’s books *runs away and hides*. I know! I know! I picked this up hoping that it will be a good introduction to her, but I just haven’t gotten around to it.
The Summer Before Boys By Nora Raleigh Baskin: Nora Raleigh Baskin also wrote Anything But Typical which comes highly recommended in the special education scene, so I was eager to get my hands on this one as well. I figured it would be nice summer reading, but summer came and went and it’s still unread.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: Anyone who knows me knows I love books about heavy topics (I’m a psychologist who works in a high school—I like when my reading material mimics the real life issues I’m addressing with students). I know this book is about some serious stuff, though I’m not exactly sure what that “stuff” is because it’s been sitting on my shelf for over 2 years.
Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You by Joyce Carol Oates: I wanted this book because I’m a fan of Joyce Carol Oates’ short stories and I was really interested in reading something longer by her. BUT I made a mistake and read some of the mixed reviews on Goodreads and then I became less interested in reading something longer by her.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys: I love historical fiction and I especially love historical fiction from this era (1940s). I hear nothing but GOOD THINGS about this book. I have absolutely no excuse as to why I have been using this as a night-stand drink coaster for over a year.
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson: Let’s review: So far, we’ve learned that I like historical war fiction and emotionally heavy stuff. Know what else I’m really into? SERIAL KILLERS. The psychology of it all is really fascinating to me. So when I heard that Maureen Johnson was writing a thriller that is loosely based upon the Jack the Ripper murders, I had to have it. I pre-ordered that shit. But *womp womp* it’s still unread.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon: I love love love Michael Chabon (What’s not to love– he’s from Pittsburgh and he’s a good writer). I’ve read most of what he’s written, but I failed to even attempt this Pulitzer Prize winner. I’ve owned this one for over 4 years *hangs head in shame*
My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger: I think Steve Kluger is great. His books are so FUN and FUNNY they make me so HAPPY. Bonus: the books I’ve read by him are mostly set up in letter form, so they end up being really quick reads. SO WHY HAVE I NOT READ THIS ONE?! I DON’T KNOW. I JUST DON”T KNOW.
The Creative Habit Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp: I ordered this book after I saw Twyla’s production of Movin’ Out on Broadway in 2004. I was blown away by the concept and the production and I wanted to learn everything I could possibly learn about Twyla’s “creative habit”. I’ll get to it one day.
Talk it out: Are there any books on your shelves that you’ve been neglecting for much too long? Have you read any of these books and/or have any strong feelings as to why I need to immediately read a certain book on this list?