Tuesday, November 23, 2010

My tbr List

What is a tbr?

"tbr" is a "To be Read" list. Due to BookMooch and PaperBackSwap it has become huge in the last three years. The truth is though, that I can't read at the pace I used to be able to read, 1-3 minutes a page. So, now a 300 page book, can take me well over a week. Gone are the days where I used to be able to get through 2-3 books in a week. It's not only because of reading comprehension or speed of course. Life, work, chores and other things are part of this equation. Plus, there are always new books that come out that look interesting or are from an author that I want to read, and in the fullness of time, I acquire some of these books, and then they go on my "tbr". As slow as I now read, you'd be surprised how quickly my tbr gets filled-up. It's a losing battle.

I decided therefore, to list some of the books on my tbr here and ask people to choose for me the book I should read next. Why? Because, I can't decide. The last four books I read were kind of disappointing, and I Want something to shake the "cobwebs". I want, "a good read". Something that will really capture my attention or imagination. So, fell free to comment, or e-mail me at BookMooch or LibraryThing with your recommendation. Here is the list (a partial list at that):

  1. The Strain: Book One of The Strain Trilogy
  2. The Host: A Novel
  3. Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
  4. Queen of the Road: The True Tale of 47 States, 22,000 Miles, 200 Shoes, 2 Cats, 1 Poodle, a Husband, and a Bus with a Will of Its Own
  5. The Terror: A Novel
  6. Lottery
  7. The Army of the Republic: A Novel
  8. The Star Fraction
  9. The Secret History of Moscow
  10. Solar
  11. Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, Book 1)
  12. Water for Elephants: A Novel
  13. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
  14. Outliers: The Story of Success
  15. The Last Open Road (The Last Open Road)
  16. Suzanne Collins'sThe Hunger Games (Hardcover)(2008)
  17. Lost Star of Myth and Time
  18. A Gentleman's Game: A Queen & Country Novel
  19. Eon
  20. The Unnamed
  21. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  22. Daniel X: Watch the Skies
  23. The 47th Samurai (Bob Lee Swagger Novels)
  24. The Siege
  25. Chindi
  26. Running With the Demon (The Word and the Void Trilogy, Book 1)
  27. The Eight: A Novel
  28. Lost and Found: A Novel
  29. Directive 51
  30. CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap! Strategies for Coping in a World Gone ADD
That's it. I am stopping at 30 (note: I have most of the follow-up books in the series implied here, except for #18 and #21)... If I was to list my whole library, it would never end. These particular books have been in my mind for a while, either because they start a series, or because I've had them for a while. Some actually continue series that I have already started. So what say you the educated reader? What should I read next? Feel free to provide some input and help me enjoy my Holiday Weekend (Thanksgiving weekend in the USA).


Jon Maloney said...

Hey, a year late ain't bad! :-)
I've only read two in your list -- Eon and The Eight. I can't recommend Eon but I found The Eight very enjoyable.

M.P. Andonee said...

Don't worry about it, I finally read 12 and 21 in my list and I am about to start 16. See how far behind I am? I am actually about to dumb 20 or so reviews into this space, so keep watching this spot for updates.

Thanks for reading!