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The Sunday Salon.com You know what’s sad? No? Well, I’m going to I’ll tell you. It’s been almost a year and a half since I received what I then called “Ooh, a box of nerd porn”, 22 books from my friend John and I’ve only read four, the Charlie Chan mysteries by Earl Derr Biggers, out of the 22. The rest have remain unread on my shelf.

Why am I bringing this up now? Last night, I talked with John, whom I have mentioned since two Octobers ago in another post where I promised I’d read other books he recommended but haven’t yet, and during our conversation, we talked about two of the books:

  • Wycliffe and the Last Rites by W.J. Burley
  • Borrowed Time by Robert Goddard.

The reason I haven’t read most of the books he sent me is that most of the books he sent me, including the Wycliffe book, are parts of series and I am a(n über) stickler for reading books in a series in order. However, after trying to find some of the earlier Wycliffe books and not finding them (at least, not cheaply or in e-book form), and confirming this with John last night, I am going to break my own rule and read a series out of order: this one anyway. The Goddard is not part of a series, which I also learned last night, and so I can read that one “guilt-free.”

So….my next two reads (after the one I’m reading today) will be those two AND furthermore, within the next month, I WILL read two others that John recommended, one of which was sent with the 22, the other which he convinced me to buy and download to my Nook in January. Both are nonfiction.

  1. is Sacco and Vanzetti: The Men, the Murders, and the Judgment of Mankind by Bruce Watson.
  2. is My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth That Led to an American Tragedy by Nora Titone.

As for what I’m reading today, here it is:

Yep, more nerd porn: the final previously unpublished lost last novel of Westlake’s…well, this time anyway since he already had another one, Memory.

So do you have any books that you “promised” someone you would read and yet haven’t read yet? If so, what are they and what has been holding you back? What are you reading this week?

15 responses to “More nerd porn

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  2. I love receiving suggestions for books, some of them I’ve taken a look at, others, not so much. My brother has been trying to get me to read The Catcher In The Rye for years now, and I just haven’t been able to bring myself to actually do it. Maybe this year I’ll actually get around to it, but then again, who knows?

    This week, I’m looking at getting some more Bleak House read for a read-along I’m participating in, and perhaps staring Michael Crichton’s Prey my brothers selection for our little informal reading group. I hope you have a great week!

  3. I love suggestions but bottom line.. the book has to be to my liking 😉

  4. why is she wearing sunglasses indoors?

  5. My mom loans me books all the time, and half the time, I’m really not interested in reading them, but don’t want to hurt her feelings. As I was organizing books yesterday, I found seven! books of hers sitting on my shelf, inducing loads of guilt. Maybe I need a “Borrowed Books” challenge?

  6. I am horrible about avoiding books that people recommend; maybe it is the people who make recommendations to me since they typically include authors I would never read (hello Nicholas Sparks!). I think this is the one reason my family and friends will not gift me books; I almost always hate what they give me. Now that I think about it, that surprises me since I tend to read everything and at least enjoy it all too. Weird.

  7. Well Jamrach’s Menagerie was one and you know how that one turned out. lol. Usually when people tell me I really should read a book I never get around to it because I have so many on the shelf already. I do have two Gaiman books on the shelf though that were lent to me with the sentiment that they must be read – maybe I’ll pick one of those up in the near future.

  8. I am sometimes reluctant to read books plugged by others…I have weird tastes, I think. What pleases other people often leaves me cold.

    But every once in awhile, the opposite is true. I’ve discovered many books on blogs this year that were wonderful. I also turned away from an equal number of books that will never (should I avoid saying never?) appeal to me (think vampires!).

    Good luck with the reading!

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  9. I am TERRIBLE about reading books that people suggest to me. Mostly because I’m often disappointed by “the regular reader’s” suggestion. And also because I have so many books that *I* want to read that I don’t really need to read the crap that you’re reading (you not being YOU obvio). BUT I am trying to make a better habit of reading gifted books sooner than later. But then I guess that means I should be reading 1Q84. Hrmmmm.

    Happy sunday.

    • Oh, ouch…you’ve cut me to the quick. 1Q84: My archnemesis this year. No one gifted it to me, but it’s sitting in my Nook ready to go…just daring me to dig into it. “Nooooo, nooooo, you’re too long. I’m going to have read you when I have time this summer.” “You’re lying to yourself. When are you going to have time this summer?” “I’m not listening.” 😉

    • The thing is about John is he is no “regular reader.” He is…if I were to have one…my reading idol. He is a rock star of reading, but sometimes I feel I’m not worthy to read what he’s read. 🙂