Saturday, August 2, 2008

Sunday Salon: Raved-About Books...Goodbye TBR

In June, with my TBR completely engulfing all available space in my house, in desperation, I started a Raved-About Book List. By focusing on these books, I've been able to complete:

The Age of Gold by H. W. Brands
A Crack in the Edge of the World by Simon Winchester
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul
My Mistress’s Sparrow is Dead edited by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer
Sundays in America by Suzanne Strempek Shea
Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat

I'm deleting a few and adding a few, leaving:
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
A Death in the Family by James Agee
Dubliners by James Joyce
The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud
The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
Native Son by Richard Wright
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Once and Future King by T. H. White
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
Praying for Sheetrock by Melissa Fay Greene
Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt
Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany


  1. You still have 'Little Women' to read for the first time? I am so jealous. Don't forget to take in the rest of the series.

  2. I have always wanted to read The Handmaid's Tale by M. Atwood. Those are some amazing books on your list.

  3. Ooh... a list.. I love lists! Let's see:

    The Handmaid's Tale - I have it, but haven't read it yet.
    Little Women -Loved it!
    The Once and Future King - have it, haven't read it... it's a big book!
    The Road Creeped out, sad, but really good read. :-D

    I've also read Old Man and the Sea and Walden and hated them. I don't like Hemmingway's writing style and I found Walden mind-numbingly boring.

  4. You need sit by a River with a Jug of Pimms and put your feet up to enjoy Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome. Lucky you

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  5. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome best enjoyed in a boat swelling up and and down with a large jug of Pimms.
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  6. Making a list of books I really want to read has certainly helped me focus on books many people have loved, instead of simply reading the latest and greatest. Although every now and then I can't help myself and I have to buy Lost on Planet China or Queen of the Road....which I did this week. :-(


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