Yes. I am guilty of ‘tsundoku’ — as many bookworms are. Sometimes we just need to know we can read that book at a moment’s notice.
Here are some of the books that have been on my to-be-read list the longest…
Titles link to Goodreads.
The King’s Last Song by Geoff Ryman – I absolutely loved Was and want to be affected by a book in that way again.
The First Detective: The Life and Revolutionary Times of Eugene Vidocq, Criminal, Spy and Private Eye by James Morton – First of all, that title. But I’ve been meaning to learn more about Vidocq after my awesome professor introduced me to him.
A Study In Celluloid: A Producer’s Account Of Jeremy Brett As Sherlock Holmes by Michael Cox – I devour anything written by the late Michael Cox and for me, Brett IS Sherlock.
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach – I do own this one. I have no excuse whatsoever.
The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe by Glynis Ridley – I’m getting annoyed with myself, now. Why haven’t I read about this awesome pirate lady?
Aurorarama (The Mysteries of New Venice #1) by Jean-Christophe Valtat – This steampunkish, mystery adventure novel also has a stunning cover.
Myrna Loy: Being and Becoming by James Kotsilibas-Davis and Myrna Loy – Again, zero reason I haven’t read this. She is my favorite classic Hollywood actress. I even have a lovely vintage copy of this book.
Wodehouse: A Life by Robert McCrum – I added this after I basically ran out of Wodehouse to read (and reread). I don’t know of another author who can so consistently make me laugh.
Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Robert Maturin – Gothic stories about doomed figures is just about my favorite. Now that Sarah Perry has a new book coming out based on Melmoth, I will have to read it soon.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë – Also inexcusable! I have a lovely old copy that was given to me as gift. And I’ve only read a handful of Anne’s poems.
What have you been meaning to read but just can’t seem to get around to it?