Taming the Ever-Growing To-Be-Read Pile

It’s time to do some spring cleaning around here, and by that I mean that it’s time to whittle down my stack of books that are waiting to be read.

I guess I’m pretty bad about downloading books to my Kindle or picking up handfuls of used books and then eschewing them in favor of a book recommended by a friend, a shiny new title that I come across in a book review, or a dive into a genre or subject that intrigues me. And thus my stack of digital and paper books gathers figurative or literal dust.

Sidenote: the bad thing about an e-reader is that it’s really too easy to amass a giant pile of books to read and then ignore that pile.

So I’ve put myself on a “no seconds until I clean my plate” plan. With exceptions for the new titles that are already on their way to me from my local library, I’m going to make myself finish what’s already on my plate before I can go for helpings of any other books.

To that end, I imagine I’ll be fairly ruthless as I wade through my piles of titles. Those that don’t pull me in with character, setting, language, or plot pretty quickly will likely be cast aside in the name of expediency and in not wasting my time on stories I don’t connect with.

As you’ll see from my lists below (titles are in random order), I have my work cut out for me. 🙂

My list of physical books:

  • Drive by Daniel Pink
  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
  • Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell
  • A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
  • The Last Summer by Ann Brashares
  • And the Mountain Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  • Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death by Jean-Dominique Bauby
  • The Phillip K Dick Reader
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • Sweetwater Creek by Anne Rivers Siddons
  • Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama edited by XJ Kennedy
  • Autumn Bends the Rebel Tree by Carolyn Guy

On my digital list are:

  • Crystal Blue by John H Cunningham
  • The Garden on Sunset by Martin Turnbull
  • Sentence of a Marriage by Shayne Parkinson
  • The Unimaginable by Dina Silver
  • The Judas Chronicles by Aiden James
  • Ascension Day by John Matthews
  • The Lake by AnnaLisa Grant
  • Mona Lise Eyes by MD Grayson
  • Under the Boardwalk by Barbara Cool Lee
  • Desecration by JF Penn
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • What She Saw by Sheila Lowe
  • Harbored Secrets by Marie F Martin
  • The Mystery of Jessica Benson by CK Lawrence
  • Hushabye by Celina Grace
  • Terminal Value by Thomas Waite
  • Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin
  • Key to Lawrence by Lind and Gary Cargill
  • The Ragtime Kid by Larry Karp
  • The Memory Lights by KM Weiland
  • The Fiction Desk Vol 1 by various authors
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Aurthur Conan Doyle
  • The Long Roll by Kary Johnston
  • Covenant by Beverly Lewis
  • Imhotep by Jerry Dubs
  • Miramont’s Ghost by Elizabeth Hall
  • Contents Under Pressure by Edna Buchanan
  • Under an English Heaven by Alice K Boatright
  • You Know Who I Am by Diane Patterson
  • The Privateersman by Andrew Wareham
  • Fallen Palm by Wayne Stinnett
  • Irreparable Harm by Melissa F Miller
  • Hill of Secrets: An Israeli Jewish mystery novel by Michal Hartstein
  • Hooked by Nir Eyal
  • Mickey Outside by David Lender
  • The Girl on the Mountain by Carol Ervin
  • Wreckage by Emily Bleeker
  • The Dead Key by DM Pulley

UPDATE: Since drafting this post a few days ago, I’ve eliminated a few books from the list already:

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was quick and bittersweet but inspiring little volume. I finally officially gave up on Sweetwater Creek, a nice but somewhat vanilla story that I set down halfway read back in November to read some stories set in Hawaii for a then-upcoming trip and never picked back up again. I’m currently reading Drive, which I should finish in a day or two.

What should I choose next? 🙂

3 thoughts on “Taming the Ever-Growing To-Be-Read Pile

  1. Does this mean no NOLA reads?!

    I really enjoyed A Reliable Wife. I like those harsh winters in the midwest. FWIW, my mom thought it was too dark, but that’s kind of what I liked about it.


  2. Heck no! The NOLA reads are the “exceptions for the new titles that are already on their way to me from my local library”. I’m not totally crazy. 🙂 I just realized I left Nightwood by Charles Frazier off the list since it’s on deck, to borrow a baseball metaphor. I forgot I had it on my nightstand. I’ll let you know what I think about A Reliable Wife once I get to it. Thanks for the recommendation (and warning).


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