The above photo is of part of the bookcase in our living room. On the bottom left is books that my wife is planning to read; on the bottom right, books that I’m planning to read. Yesterday, I organized the shelf because we have friends visiting Tuesday for a Catholic couples meeting at our house, and, in the process, took out about 50 to 75 books that either we had read or never will get to read, despite our best intentions. For example, I took out Dante’s Inferno and James Joyce’s Ulysses. I’ve never read War and Peace either, and I don’t think it’s going to happen now.
The books on the left might look familiar to you, if you’ve been following along at home. Many of them have appeared in previous posts: here and here, with links galore about the books, so I won’t bore you again with the details. However, I will add one book (and a link, of course) that I didn’t mention previously: Eye of the Red Tsar by Sam Eastland. I actually finished it last week and forgot to mention it in last week’s Sunday Salon post. I haven’t gotten around to reviewing it, but will say that it is worth picking up at your local library.
I also will let you know that I had a review earlier this week: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, which also is included in this month’s Agatha Christie Reading Challenge Carnival, sponsored each month by Kerrie of Mysteries in Paradise. If you’ve read and reviewed the book, please leave a link to your review on that post and I will include it at the bottom of the post under “Other reviews.”
Today, I’ll continue reading Donald E. Westlake’s Don’t Ask, another Dortmunder novel, which will be my 12th book this month. For the others I’ve read so far this month, please refer to my listography list of 2010 books read, No. 28 through No. 38 or my Goodreads 2010 read list. I would like to read at least one more book this month to bring my total count for the year to 40. I’m guessing it will either be River of Gods by Ian McDonald or Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith, the third in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series –or who knows maybe it will be both, so I don’t end the month with reading 13 books.
Today’s questions: Do you have books on your bookshelves that you know you’ll never get around to reading? What are they? And, of course, what are you reading today? Plans for reading this week?