(Copied from this post since I am planning making this a thing.)
I recently ran across a blog post in which a woman has begun to read a shelf of books in her home. She got the idea from a book called, The Shelf: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading by Phyllis Rose.
I’m always saying I need to read the books I have in my house before buying another one. I took a sabbatical from my book group to do just that, but failed miserably.
We have at least 8 bookcases in the house, most filled with many unread books so I am going to see if I can read the books I have not already read that sit on the top shelf of one of my living room bookshelves. The only exceptions are books that I’d planned on throwing away, unread, anyway. Also I do not have to read non-fiction or scientific books that might have ended up on the shelves. One more exception — if a book is on the shelf and is part of a series and I have not read the book just before that book in a series, I get a pass on that one until I read the book before it. (Jasper Fforde’s Something Rotten, for instance. I read the first book in the series and thought this was the second, but it was the third. I never got around to reading the second).
The books are:
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons Lorna Landvik(May 8-12, 2015) Blog post Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin (Good grief — this ought to be fun)(May 12 – June 14) Blog post The Book of Ruth Jane Hamilton(June 14 – June 26) Blog Post The Bronte Myth Lucasta Miller (June 26Did not read this book. Gave it away instead.
- Charlotte Gray Sebastian Faulks (June 2015 – March 18, 2017) Blog Post
- Come Along with Me Shirley Jackson (October 2016 – )
- A Death in the Family James Agee
- Dubliners James Joyce
- Essays of Elia Charles and Mary Lamb
- The Flanders Panel Arturo Perez-Reverte
- Herland Charlotte Perkins Gilman
- A High Wind in Jamaica Richard Hughes
- The Literary Legacy of C. S. Lewis Chad Walsh
- The Liars’ Club Mary Karr
- Love, Again? Doris Lessing
- My Brother Michael Mary Stewart (I think I read this when I was a teenager, but don’t remember much of it)
- No Country for Old Men Cormac McCarthy
- Not Quite What I was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Famous and Obscure Writers Smith Magazine
- On Writers and Writing John Gardner
- Resistance Anita Shreve (I have many of this author’s books and have read none of them)
- Selected Poems Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Lord help me)
- Somehow Form a Family: Stories that are Mostly True Tony Earley (I bought this along with another book for an online memoir writing course. I didn’t get very far in the course and never read the book)
- The Tiger Rising Kate DiCammillo
- Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie Holly Black (I think I read Tithe, but maybe I didn’t finish it. I bought both for Clare, but she was over the whole fairy loving humans thing before it started.)
- What I Think I Did: What I Think I Did: A Season Of Survival In Two Acts Larry Woiwode
So, wish me luck — I will need it with Joyce, Franklin, the Lambs and Longfellow…