Whether it’s a stack or a list, all bookworms have one. The To-Be-Read (TBR) Pile. No matter how many books I read, my pile never seems to get smaller. Oh, I hide it now. I invested in digital e-reader devices, so now the stacks of physical books are neatly stored on a Kindle, a Nook, a Kobo or my iPhone.
Yes, I actually bought one of each. And I wrote them off as business expenses. Now I can read everywhere.
But I saw this online article the other day about Marilyn Monroe’s personal library, and it made me a little homesick for the days when you would visit someone’s home and learn all about them from the books on their coffee table and on their shelves. The photo of Marilyn surrounded by books made me look longingly at my bookshelves in my office. There are some “keepers” on my shelves—a slew of old Georgette Heyer paperbacks, plus some Jane Austen hardbacks, an old edition of The Count of Monte Christo. I have my E.B. White books, including the autographed Charlotte’s Web, and Peanuts Treasury by Charles M. Schulz. The Harry Potter books and most of The Clan of the Cave Bear series. My complete collection of The Williamsburg Novels by Elswyth Thane and a volume of Rudyard Kipling’s Verse.
I have books on writing, from Robert McKee’s Story to Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat. I have Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way and Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones. Plus there are research books on the Civil War, period clothing, the medieval and Tudor periods, and a dozen books studying The Wars of the Roses. And I even have Windows XP for Dummies and QuickBooks for Dummies. I’m hopeless when it comes to Windows and accounting…
My TBR stack/list contains an eclectic mix of books: For I Have Sinned by Kathleen Irene Paterka. (I started the first chapter, and it’s beautifully written.) Contagious by Jonah Berger. (Recommended by fellow muse Edie Ramer, looks excellent!) Lost in Italy by Stacey Joy Netzel. (Read the teaser in the back of another book and was totally hooked on it.) The 5th Realm by Constance Gillam. (My husband borrowed my Nook months ago, so I recently bought a second one–and discovered this in my library. Can’t wait to read!) Deadly Recall by Donnell Ann Bell. (Read and loved her first book, so eager to see if this one’s even better.) Daughter of the Sky by Michelle Diener (I’ve had a chance to skim and can’t wait to totally dive into the characters!)
What about you? What’s on your TBR pile? Is it a stack of physical books, or a list on an e-reader? Or both?