Nathan Bransford, Author

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What Is On Your "To Be Read" List?

If you're anything like me you have a "want to read" list that is longer than an encyclopedia (ha - remember those?).

Right now I'm reading the fabulous BLUE BOY by Rakesh Satyal, and I'm dying to read LOVE WILL TEAR US APART by Sarah Rainone and THE RUINS OF GORLAN (RANGER'S APPRENTICE #1) by John Flanagan and COLUMBINE by Dave Cullen and THE LOST CITY OF Z by David Grann and SINGER by Ira Sher and SUNNYSIDE by Glen David Gold and and and and (you can see where I'm going with this)........

What about you? What's on your shelf?


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The First Carol said...

Well, if we only get one shelf, and it needs to be writing related, then it's Novel Shortcuts by Laura Whitcomb. IF NOT, then it's the stack floor to ceiling that I just brought home from the library foundation's book sale. I'll pick one out...but right now I'm just petting them.

Deaf Indian Muslim Anarchist! said...

I'm reading THE BELL JAR by Plath for the first time. I also have Into the Wild and Candy Girl (by Diablo Cody) that I will read once I am done with the Bell JAr. Besides the Bell Jar, I am reading CHE, the non-fiction biography by Jon Anderson.

Tiffany Schmidt said...

The two books that are at the top of my stack are Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins & Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I've been hearing such great things about both books and their covers taunt/tempt me each time I walk by. Now I just need to carve out some time to curl up with them.

Rick said...

I've converted almost entirely over to audiobooks. Having done that, managing my "To Read" queue is as easy as logging into Simply Audiobooks and doing exactly that. I've even set up a widget on my website (albeit an unofficial and hackish one) that lets my viewers see the next few audiobooks in my queue.

lauren said...

Oh man. I'm going to limit it to the stack on my bedside table.

MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD - by Francisco X. Stork



TO THE LIGHTHOUSE - by Virginia Woolf

Yat-Yee said...

Rick Riordan: The Last Olympian.
Laurie Halse Anderson: Catalyst
Sonya Sones: What My Mother doesn't know.
Naomi Shihab Nye : Going, Going.
Thrity Umrigar: The Space Between Us
Michael Cunningham: Specimen Days

Julia Hunter said...

My reading stack is mostly research on Native American Indians for my next time travel manuscript. However, I would like to finish No Angel, by Jay Dobyns.

Samantha Tonge said...

I don't read as much as i should, since i'm writing. But hey, lots of upcoming research on the Wild West for my next novel - and Michael J Fox's new autobiography. It's my dark secret - loving sleb biographies...

Elaine 'still writing' Smith said...

'Treasure Island' RL Stevenson (for school)
Edgar Allen Poe - short stories!
Still waiting for 'How to buy a love of reading'Tanya Egan Gibson (nearly available)
Still waiting for 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'

Eileen Wiedbrauk said...

JESUS'S SON collection by Dennis Johnson, THE WIZARD OF OZ -- somehow I manged never to read it before now -- and Dinty Moore's BETWEEN PANIC AND DESIRE.

...They're here in the house, but at this rate I'll have to re-check all of them out of the library again!

Kelly A. Harmon said...

My personal stack of TBR stuff probably has 200 books in it! I want to start with the Hugo and Nebula award nominees and winners that I haven't gotten to...and move on from there.

A bunch of us are participating in "Project Fill in the Gaps" where we've chosen 100 books we want to read in the next five years (five years giving us room to read lots of other stuff, too.) It started as a "missed classics" list, but many of us have other items on the list, too.

You can check it out at Anyone can join...


Nicholas said...

Just finished The Club Dumas.

Currently reading:
Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin.
Edgar Huntley by Charles Brockden Brown.
Moby Dick.
Cosmicomics by Calvino.
Ficciones by Borges.

Rabid Fox said...

Oh, lord. I couldn't possibly list all the books on my shelf waiting to be read. A glimpse of what's in store for me over the summer may be manageable, though.

"The Dark Tower VI: Song for Susannah" by Stephen King, "Bite" by Richard Laymon, "October Country" by Ray Bradbury, "Phantom Nights" by John Farris, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" by JK Rowling, and "Two for the Dough" by Janet Evanovich.

RW said...

On my bedside right now, the fiction alone includes:
Bangkok 8 (as a model for the next project I'm considering starting on)
Anna Karenina (because I always try to have one classic going)
Olive Kitteridge (because it won the Pulitzer last week)
Monkey Bridge (related to some travel I'm doing soon)
Paradise of the Blind (same)
and several literary journals.
I always have a book of poetry going (Merwin now, b/c of the Pulitzer), and a book of history of some kind (Postwar: Europe After 1945).
I just printed a list of 10 essential texts in foreign relations which I plan to get from the library tonight to work on over the summer.

Henri said...

The Secret City of Z is definitely on my list. Currently, I am reading The brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Quadruple Life said...

Shadow Baby by Alison McGhee
Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris

PurpleClover said...

I've joined the Project Fill in the Gaps with Moon Rat and have a top 100 list of books I need to read in the next five years. My list is HERE. You should totally join!

Right now I'm reading MIDDLEMARCH by George Eliot and plan to finish THE BLACK ORDER by James Rollins soon. I really can't wait for Dan Brown's THE LOST SYMBOL (judge me if you must people). My list at PFitG's includes all my must reads as it's pretty balanced.

I really want to find a great Fantasy and/or Space Odyssey to add to my list if anyone has suggestions.

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Damien Grintalis said...

I'm reading LOST BOY LOST GIRL by Peter Straub. Then, I have STIFF - THE CURIOUS LIVES OF HUMAN CADAVERS by Mary Roach. Then I think I'm going to reread some of Stephen King's books. I will probably start with THE SHINING.

Taylor K. said...

I'm currently reading THE TALE OF GENJI, and next intend to move onto the Redwall series by Brian Jacques. Alexander Dumas, Jack London, and Jane Austen books are next on the list (though not necessarily in that order). I'd like to read new stuff, but I've had these books for years, and am forcing myself to read them before I get into new stuff (though I usually read a quick new book in between). This list should keep me busy for a LONG time coming.

My verification word is nogely. Sounds fun.

Ben said...

My entire to-read list is available on Goodreads for any to peruse.

Sitting physically on my shelf right now are Red Seas Under Red Skies, by Scott Lynch, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, by Seth Graham-Smith. I'm quite excited to read those. Plus I've got the first book in a new fantasy series from L.E. Modesitt, Jr.: Imager.

Marsha Sigman said...

I am a speed reader, which sounds much more impressive than it is. My budget has a hard time keeping up with my desired reading list. I have to renew that library card. I am also the designated reader of all instruction manuals and homework projects to my great joy.
Read Last Week: The Immortal Instruments-City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass. Author is Cassandra Clare and she gets better with each book.

Tales From A Small Island said...

Like Lauren I'll stick with the ones by my bed as the list waxes and wanes constantly!:

On the Black Hill, Bruce Chatwin
Baudolino, Umberto Eco
Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino
Six Walks in the Fictional Woods, Umberto Eco
Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami (Mur Lafferty) said...

Heh. I just finally decided to post my shame on Goodreads- I have a list there called "pile of shame". It's not fully representative of the stacks of books beside my bed, but it reminds me.

Unfortunately (or fortunately) I am doing book reviews now, so those books leap ahead of others in the pile.

Madison said...

My Sergi A Love Story by Ekaterina Gordeeva, Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace, and lots of other books on my shelf!

Central Content Publisher said...

There are several piles on several shelves. Also a spot on a bench beside the television, a crowded corner of my desk, and a night stand whose queue is perfectly full. The kitchen table makes for a fine dumping ground, though exceeded in volume by a slightly less austere spot on the floor in the corner of the hall. A few impostures pose upright between books I've already read. I have a bin for books I've almost decided I'm never going to get around to reading. But of all these, two subjects taunt me in peculiar ways.

Back issues of Lapham's Quarterly accuse me of laziness each morning (some strange notion of literary civic-mindedness), and by mid-afternoon a copy of Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day begins to fill me with dread. He's by far the best author of books I have a really tough time finishing. I'm picking it up as soon as I publish this comment. I promise. This time I mean it.

Dara said...

I'm waiting for Lisa See's new release, Shanghai Girls . It comes out in a few weeks.

There are more, mostly YA, like Aprilynne Pike's debut Wings about fairies and Emily Whitman's Radiant Darkness , which is a retelling of the ancient Greek myth with Persephone and Hades.

Rick Daley said...

I recently finished TWILIGHT, didn't hate it, but have no urge to read any further into the series.

Right now I'm halfway through THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE and I'm loving every page.

Cyndi said...

I'm currently reading INK EXCHANGE by Melissa Marr, and I have HOLES by Louis Sachar and THE ASTONISHING ADVENTURES OF FANBOY AND GOTH GIRL by Barry Lyga on deck. I'm also waiting on MONSTER BLOOD TATTOO by DM Cornish. I started the first one but I moved so I had to take it back to the library before I finished it and the library in my new town doesn't have it.

Nathan, I didn't notice any picture books on your list. If we badger you about PBs enough, do you think you might consider them?

Liz said...

Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell
The Discovery of Heaven by Harry Mulisch
The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski
Three Hearts and Three Lions by Poul Anderson
Seven Pleasures by Willard Spiegelman

And for listening, I am in the middle of the Aubrey / Maturin series by Patick OBrian. Awesome books!

Cheryl Anne Gardner said...

Right now I am reading Some of Your Blood by Theodore Sturgeon; then, I have on my TBR/wish list:

From an Otherwise Comfortable Room by Roger Sakowski (this is a review book.)
100 Years of Solitude by Marquez
Boys and Murderers by Hermann Ungar
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davis
The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov
Nausea by Jean Paul Sartre
Teatro Grottesco by Thomas Ligotti
Dexter by Design by Jeff Lindsay
Late Victorian Gothic Tales Oxford World Classics

And the list goes on ...

Anonymous said...

Great question, so I hate to be at all negative, but what's with all the links to Amazon? No love for Indiebound, Powell's, etc?

Fawn Neun said...

Just finished "Widdershins" by Charles de Lint, currently reading "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman and have "Nations" by Terry Pratchett queued up next. I do so much reading for the lit journal that I tend to be a bit more exclusive of my reading for pleasure time.

Laurel said...

Yat-Yee: Just read The Last Olymipian this weekend. It was great! My favorite in the series and he hints there are more coming so, Yay!

Riordan's grown up books are on my TBR list. Also Allison Brennan...I checked into her after "Agent For a Day" and like her stuff.

RabidFox: Azkaban was my favorite in the whole series. Enjoy! I'm jealous you get to read it for the first time.

Nathan Bransford said...


Yeah, that's something I've been kind of grappling with. On the one hand I do really love Powell's and independent bookstores, but on the other hand the reality is that when people buy online the plurality buy through Amazon, and linking through Amazon, in my mind, probably helps the authors I'm linking to the most because people will be more likely to click through and buy with an Amazon link than they would with another (as far as I know).

But it's something I'll be thinking about.

Jeanie W said...

Terry Pratchett's Nation is next on my list. I'm currently reading Carl Hiassen's Flush.

terryd said...

I'm reading post-apocalyptic books exclusively, as I work on my post-apoc. sequel.


Lovin' me some pocky-clipse.

Jacqueline said...

Cheesey as it may be...the Twilight books! I'm just a little into the first book and already love the writing style. I think its one of the best modern fiction books I've ever read.

Also, I'd love to get started on The Completely Sherlock Holmes Volume II.

Having a 7 month old leaves me with little time to read these days.

ryan field said...

Two books on the have-to order list right now:

"Michael's Secrets" by Milton Stern.

"Blue Boy" which I found here, by Rakesh Satyal.


Kristi said...

I just started FOREVER by Pete Hamill - our next book club book - and am loving it so far. My mom just mailed me THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH by Ken Follett and said I'll like it so that's next, and then I've been really wanting to read THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE since it's by a fellow Coloradoan (if that's not a real word, it should be). Oh, and I still haven't read THE BOOK THIEF and tend to love books about books (a la THE SHADOW OF THE WIND). Oh, to have more time to read....

Finally, I always like to throw in a brain candy book since what would life be without the occasional Caramello bar - that one will be the next in the FAEFEVER series by Karen Marie Moning (and they only take about 2 hours to read!):)

Merry Monteleone said...

I've got my five year list of 100 books up at filling in the gaps, too. (Kelly Harmon linked the blog toward the top of the comments)

In the immediate future, I just ordered:

Magickeepers: The Eternal Hourglass by Erica Kirov


Redheaded Stepchild by Jaye Wells

Cindy Pon's new novel is on my list, too. All three of them look fabulous.

Ink said...

Glend David Gold - Carter Beats the Devil

David Grann - Lost City of Z

Dave Cullen - Columbine (because of one of your posts... such cruelty to add to my list)

Philip Roth - The Plot Against America

Jennie Erdal - Ghosting

Antonio Lobo Antunes - What Do I Do When Everything's On Fire?

Scott Phillips - Cottonwood

Haruki Murakami - Kafka On the Shore

Ian McEwan - The Innocents

Cormac McCarthy - Suttree

(please shoot me now or I'll go on forever...)

Flemmily said...

I'm focusing on Gail Tsukiayma's THE STREET OF A THOUSAND BLOSSOMS, but mostly because we're reading it for book club...which meets today.

Did I mention I'm on page 13?

Danielle said...

The stack on the nightstand is ready to topple over, but here are some from the pile:

The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Alison Weir
If I Stay, Gayle Forman
Scoop, Evelyn Waugh
Little Brother, Cory Doctorow
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
Agent Zigzag, Ben Macintyre

2KoP said...

I'm so far behind, but just finished THE KITE RUNNER by Hosseini (thought it was a little over-hyped) and THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (loved her metaphors and practically audible, clear southern voice.

Now I'm knee deep in essays (books of them and books about them):

COURAGE & CRAFT by Abercrombie.

And one quirky YA fiction book:

ella144 said...

I'm currently re-reading The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan, then onto Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn triology, and I'm eagerly awaiting Laurie King's new book, The Language of Bees to arrive in the mail any day now!

Others in the queue:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
Inkheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath by Cornelia Caroline Funke
The Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris

and on and on and on....

ICQB said...

Ha! You have a 'want to read' list. As opposed to what you have to read : )

It reminds me of when I was in Germany and France visiting a relative. When eating out I always got two desserts, the one that I wanted and one for 'research purposes' (I was an aspiring pastry chef at the time).

writeidea said...

My list of TBR books is well over 60 (those are just the ones in my own bookshelves I haven't yet read). After compiling that list, I read on Moonrat's blog a challenge to read 100 books in five years that you always think you should have. So I made a list of those too.

Ian said...

Nathan, as you are so much a book person, you should consider adding a Shelfari Bookshelf to your blog.

My current to read list is:
Miss Chopsticks by Xinran
Sky Burial by Xinran
To the Edge of the Sky by Anhua Gao
Losing Nelson by Barry Unsworth
Land of Marvels by Barry Unsworth
Strangers by Taichi Yamada
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

There are just so many books out there, which is why when people ask you that question, 'Have you read....?' the answer is almost always, 'No.'

Vegas Linda Lou said...

Three books I've started and hope to finish this summer:

1. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon by Crystal Zevon

2. Why We Suck by Denis "I-have-fantasies-about-you that-involve-handcuffs-and-whipped-cream" Leary

3. Too Fat to Fish by Artie Lange

Alex Green said...

I plan on one more Dostoevsky and one Tolstoy this year. Then I'll fill it in with all things Edgar Keret and any other short stories I hear are good because I have deep respect for the short story. I want to get all the classics read that I've been missing or started and had to get back to the library. I've resolved to just buy all my books.

David H. Burton said...

It's in the mail and I can't wait to get it.

WAKE - Robert J. Sawyer

sex scenes at starbucks said...

OMG they're all upstairs, like twenty of them.
LITTLE BROTHER by Cory Doctorow--online. He's a Hugo Nominee and I'm trying to get through all of them this year. So also, THE YIDDISH POLICEMAN'S UNION

AMMONITE By Nicola Griffith

POETICS (my yearly reread)
The latest Jeanne Stein book, and some James Ellroy, and I'm finishing all the Charlie Huston books. (Nathan, if you haven't read Charlie Huston--I think you'd really like him.)

THE DARKNESS THAT COMES BEFORE--not enjoying that so much, but I've been instructed to page through to the fight scenes.

and my never-ending slush, which is like getting a free speculative short story collection every time I turn on my computer.

I also am waiting on a draft from a friend, so I'll drop everything and read that book when it comes through.

WindyA said...

Reading... it's research for writers, right? Let's see, my to read list: CITY OF ASHES and CITY OF GLASS both by Cassandra Clare (working on finishing The Mortal Instruments series), THE GIRL SHE USED TO BE by David Cristofano, FISHING ON THE EDGE by Mike Iaconelli, GLASS by Ellen Hopkins, LOCK AND KEY by Sarah Dessen. Those are just a few off the top of my head. I'm kind of all over the place on what I like to read.

Justus M. Bowman said...

About 75 SF/F books (e.g., I am Legend). It's going to take a while.

Shelia Taylor said...

1. John Connolly's Charlie Parker Series + The Book of Lost Things
2. Tanith Lee's The Silver Metal Lover + Metallic Love
3. John Ajvide Lindqvist's Let the Right One In
4. Greg Bear's Darwin's Radio + Darwin's Children
That's only some though...but at least it's start

Thomas Burchfield said...

Just days away from finishing "War and Peace" . . . next up it's

"The Cutie (aka "The Mercenaries") Donald Westlake's first novel.

"A Special Place: The Heart of a Dark Matter," a section from Peter Straub's upcoming novel that he decided to cut and publish on its own.

"Thieving Fear" by Ramsey Campbell (whenever that shows up over here!)

"The Polish Officer" by Alan Furst

"Rimrock" by Luke Short

"Death in Holy Orders" by P.D. James.

Reserving the right, of course, to change my mind at any time.

Cloudscudding said...

Yes, I do have a scarily long to-read list. The top of the list right now is The Steel Remains by Richard Morgan, China Mountain Zhang, Little Brother by Doctorow, The Graveyard Book by Gaimon, The Name of the Wind, and The Dark Volume by Gordon Dahlquist.

Ian said...

Vegas Linda Lou, if you put titles I and 2 together you'd have a little Vegas story going on there.

Yes, I actually read the other comments.

Mercy Loomis said...

Currently reading BONE CROSSED by Patricia Briggs, on deck are WHITE WITCH, BLACK CURSE by Kim Harrison and BARKING by Tom Holt. Also currently reading a huge stack of non-fiction research material, which is why I'm behind. The To Read stack is actually about thirty books tall at the moment but those are probably the ones I'll get to next. said...

On my reading table:

David O. Stewart's upcoming Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy (A technicality, since it hasn't officially been released yet, but I'm going to the launch party in DC on May 17)

Brad Gooch's FlanneryAnd of course, I ALWAYS seem to be catching up with the latest Complete Peanuts. I'm way behind.

Ian said...

PS Vegas Linda Lou, thanks for visiting my blog, even if it was for only one second.

MitMoi said...

Whoever up there is reading Stiff ... enjoy! I thought it was fascinating to get a glimpse of such a morbid topic.

Right now I'm reading, Everything Ravaged/Everything Burned by Wells Tower (short stories)
Next is Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Olive Kitteridge (Elizabeth Strout)
Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician (Daniel Wallace)
Gold vs Grain, (Robert Kelly - out of print :()

Ian said...

WindyA, you do not have the heart of a Borges, but I guess you could have the mind of an Ishiguro.

Vegas Linda Lou said...

@ Ian: Good idea for the Vegas story. Maybe I'll add in Yeah, I Said That by Wanda Wykes.

I'll be back to your blog soon--looks very interesting. Some of us still have our bloody day jobs, though, and I can't be browsing blogs all day on the clock.

Nona said...

Howard's End
E.M. Forster

Revolutionary Road
Richard Yates

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
Sherman Alexie

Where I'm Calling From
Raymond Carver

Laura Martone said...

I tend to read several books at once - and right now, the stack includes FIVE QUARTERS OF THE ORANGE (by Joanne Harris), THE PRINCESS BRIDE (by William Goldman), THE CITY OF FALLING ANGELS (by John Berendt), THE AMATEUR MARRIAGE (by Anne Tyler), and SAVING FISH FROM DROWNING (by Amy Tan).

On deck this summer are all the classics that I've downloaded to my e-reader and all the Dave Robicheaux novels by fellow Louisianian James Lee Burke. And, now, of course, I'm curious about many of the titles y'all have mentioned. I suppose a visit to the library is in order!

Mira said...

A friend of mine has been clearing her shelves of every book she doesn't want anymore and giving all the books to me.

Stacks and stacks of them.

I'm working my way through them. It's fun. Old and new science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, literature. Authors I've never heard of. Some terrible, some terrific.

It's been an education. I like Sci Fi, but didn't know about the space operas by J.H Schmitz. Fun.

Also, my job is stressful, so I frequently re-read old childhood favorites. Winnie-the-pooh is next on my list.

Aden said...

LOST CITY OF Z was all right, but didn't quite hold me; I'd suggest VANISHED SMILE instead (about the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre). COLUMBINE was brilliant.

For me it's graphic novels and trades. WASTELAND book 4, Y: THE LAST MAN books 5 and 6, the end of Katsuhiro Otomo's masterwork AKIRA, and the Palestinian-Israeli war memoir WALTZ WITH BASHIR.

knight_tour said...

I have several shelves of 'to read' books. Right now, though, since I am editing my manuscript, I am rereading two books. Gates of Fire by Pressfield to help me spiff up my battle scenes, and A Game of Thrones to see if I can figure out some of Martin's dialogue and character tricks.

Patrick Rodgers said...

Currently I am reading On Writing by Stephen King and have recently become fascinated with Mister King because of his rise to fame as an author and interesting facts like him throwing away the first draft of Carrie and his wife rescuing it from the trash. On my too read list is Carrie of course as well The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and Eb White.

I also have several hooks like Daemon by Daniel Suarez that have piqued my interest of late.

Anonymous said...

What an evil post - my to-read list is growing longer by the minute.

Priorities right now are Bone Crossed (Patricia Briggs), First Family (David Baldacci), Dissolution (C.J. Sansom), The Girl She Used To Be (David Cristofano) and Enchanted Inc. (Shanna Swendson)

Megan said...

Well, my to read shelf on goodreads has 79 books on it, so maybe I won't go through all of those. On the short list is working through this year's Hugo Voter's Packet. 4 of the 5 best novel nominees were included and I just finished those, so next are the novellas!

Tamera Lynn Kraft said...

God's Generals by Roberts Liardon
The Plot Thickens by Noah Lukeman
Beloved Castaway by Kathleen Y'Barbo
John 3:16 by Nancy Moser
Before the Season Ends and House In Grosvenor Square by Linore Rose Burkard
Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan
The Elevator by Angela Hunt
The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley
The Rustler by Linda Lael Miller

Bane of Anubis said...

GRRM's next Fire and Ice book, though it's always annoying to deal with series books - Jordan's TWOT had such promise, but became horribly bloated by book 6 (and he could he have possibly found it in himself to write a female protagonist who wasn't exactly the same as all the others?).

The Lost City of Z sounded interesting - was considering getting it for my father for his b-day (but didn't like the modern day tie-in) and ended up getting,

"Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle" - an interesting read for linguists

Ian said...

Linda Lou, I'm liking you more by the minute. You have a day job? In Vegas?

It's night time here and I'm on my first G & T.

Bane of Anubis said...

It's always fascinating to see the dichotomy among people. For example, WindyA has Cassandra Clare on her list - I listened to the first in that series on tape; I found it somewhat interesting but dreadfully written (and only kept listening as guideline to myself of how not to write)... of course, I'm sure some would say the same thing about Martin, Tolkien, Dahl, King, McCarthy :), etc.

Ulysses said...

I do not have a "to be read" list. I have a wife instead. She buys more books than she reads, and reads more books than I do. Much of what I'm going to read has already passed through her hands.

Given that, I see these titles in my future:
*Marching As To War, by Pierre Burton
*Duplicate Effort, by Kristine Rusch
*Self Editing for Fiction Writers, by Rennie Brown
*A book of fantasy short stories, the title of which escapes me.

Vegas Linda Lou said...

@ Ian: It's a bummer, but some of us in Las Vegas actually have day jobs--I'm a technical writer. Fortunately, I work only when I'm between husbands.

Marsha said...

I'm working my way through 'The Believers' by Zoe Heller and 'The Outcast' by Sadie Jones. Neither one is exactly uplifting, so I have a little bit of Sophie Kinsella on the side (I know, I know, but she's a good, fun read!).

Anonymous said...

Atomic Lobster by Tim Dorsey is on my new read list and my re-read list contains The Afghan by Fredrick Forsyth and Crazy Horse by Mari Sandoz.

Jason Crawford said...

Yat-Tee, Riordan's Last Olympian series is great. I'm reading it now.

After that I have the 5th Artemis Fowl book and then the 2nd book of the 39 Clues series...I like MG in case you're wondering.

But hey, I'm slowly fighting my way through the Brothers K- so that lets me pretend I'm a little cultured. :)

Mira said...

Did someone mention Stephen King's On Writing?

God, I hope not. Everyone has an arch-nemesis. That book is mine.

It's evil, I tell you. Pure unadulterated evil.

Bane of Anubis said...

Patrick, love that you have The Elements of Style on there - I actually got in a friendly argument about commas w/ my wife last night and used TEOS to back me up (she believed that a final comma wasn't needed in the sentence and I insisted it was b/c a sentence like - "I'd like to thank my parents, Ayn Rand and God" is ambiguous)

TEOS is a dry read, obviously, but well worthwhile. As King mentioned in his book, one of the biggest helpful pieces of advice is "omit needless words" - something most serial writers forget.

Anna said...

Fitzgeralds and Kennedys by Doris Kerns Goodwin

And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

all of which I've read ages ago, but am dying to revisit!

Kristin Laughtin said...

Ahh, I have a whole shelf of books at home still to be read and a million more on my list. Some of the ones I'm looking forward to most include:
THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss
A FEAST FOR CROWS by George R.R. Martin
AXIS by Robert Charles Wilson
CITY OF PEARL by Karen Traviss
THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE by Audrey Niffeneggar

Mira said...


Do people know that everytime someone mentions or quotes from Stephen King's book "On Writing" a little fairy dies.

Cross my heart. Totally true.

Don't do it. Don't kill the fairies.

moonrat said...

everything, in the entire world.

sigh. my eyes hurt.

Bane of Anubis said...

Mira, it's actually from TEOS - King just used it in his book. Don't worry, TEOS has no anecdotal life stories :)

Bane of Anubis said...

And I don't like little fairies - died you slippery winged bastards :)

Jennifer Shirk said...

I have two I really want to get to right now:


DON'T JUDGE A GIRL BY HER COVER by Ally Carter (not out yet)

Justine said...

Though looking at the pile for me is like looking at an ice cream sunday which is too delicious to turn down- I just can't help but share!

I just read Gregory Maguires "Wicked" and LOVED it! So I just ordered a bunch of his other books and am waiting not so patiently for them to come in. "Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Mirror Mirror, Son of a Witch, and the Cowardly Lion" I hope they prove to be as interesting as "Wicked".

In the mean time I'm in the process of reading "Steal City Magic" by Wen Spencer

I want to start "The Ruins of Gorlan" by John Flanagan.

And since I've read the "The Phoenix Unchained & The Phoenix Endangered" by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory- I went and got the original "Obsidian Trillogy" writen by them and still have to read those.

And I'm trying to memorize "The Annotations of the Brothers Grimm" so that I have some scary stories to share while camping this summer.

Plus many, many more.

My favorites right now are actually books I'm reading for friends. And re-reading my own book. It never gets tiring to me. I like it more every time I read it. (Maybe because every time I read it it litterally does get better because of my edits and comments from others) :)


Justine said...

So Nathan, is this how you figure out where trends are headed?

Lara said...

I'm reading
1. a book called FIASCO, by Frank Partnoy, which is about derivatives and why they are bad and sort of ruined the big, main Economy as well OBLITERATING several important sub-economies...also, how bankers are jerks

2 A cute little Everyman's Library edition of poems by that fella Keats

3. The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy because my Mom and the lady in the bookstore both said I would LOVE it

4. Foundation by Isaac Asimov just 'cause I've never read it before

5. The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer because people say he knows how to weave in that backstory without losing your interest (he does).

Lara said...


why didn't you like Stephen King's "On Writing"? Only curious, because I luvvvvved it. I wanted to write him a fan letter when I finished it...and I'm not really a fan of his work for the most part.

Anonymous said...

I just read the Neil Gaimain's GRAVEYARD book. Loved it. I am currently reading THE CHILDREN OF HURIN by Tolkien.

Hit list:

THE GOLDEN COMPASS (trilogy), Phillip Pullman

Oh and of course your blog every chance I get!


Raethe said...

Well, don't actually have anything "on my shelf" at the moment, since I just finished the "to-read" stack that I actually have lying around. But...

Brandon Sanderson's "Hero of Ages"
Dan Wells' "I Am Not A Serial Killer"
Richard Morgan's "The Steel Remains"
Ursula LeGuin's "Lavinia"

Um, I think I'm going to stop now, or I could be here all day.

Also, I think I have to get my hands on some middle-grade books, on account of a new project I might be writing...

Lara said...

Oh and Aden, I loved Akira. Never hear people mention that one. And Yat-Yee, I LOVED The Space Between Us.

Lara said...

oh, and I'm also reading Catch-22 and not especially loving it.

Vacuum Queen said...

I think it's amazing that you can read for pleasure when your day job is to read for a job. Where do you read??? Couch? Bed? Outside? Sitting? I have one good couch that treats me well and keeps me awake. Otherwise...I'm the slowest reader due to the "3 small children sleep deprivation" thing. I can only get a chapter or 2 in before I zonk out. :(
BUT, in my stack right now is BIRD BY BIRD, and ON WRITING. Just finished a trio of Ruth Reichl lovelies. I didn't want them to end.

Purple said...

alrighty nathan...who is this "famous author" tomorrow??

le sigh. I'm tired of stalking internet pages looking for a blurb mention of your interview tomorrow. i'm finding nada. (except interviews of you which are really interesting btw)

Purple Clover (like there are any other "Purple's" out there)

PurpleClover said...

Can we play twenty questions? Is it a guy or a girl?

Maya / מיה said...

Purple Clover, MIDDLEMARCH is one of my all-time favorite books (along with anything by Barbara Kingsolver)!! Enjoy!

Lately, though, I have to admit that I keep bringing home one lit fic and one chick lit home from the library... and devouring the chick lit in one day... and returning the literary fiction unread. I just didn't have the energy to get into Tom Wolfe! Sorry!

On my list right now:

*WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (I have it in Hebrew, think I want to try in English first)
*Meg Cabot's YA fiction... I want some inspiration for my new project
*TIME OF MY LIFE by Alison Winn Scotch.... I read her blog and have been dying to read her latest novel, just as soon as someone brings it for me from the US

Plus whatever catches my eye next time I go to the library... here in my town in Israel our library has one and a half aisles of English books, and it's actually really great (for now)... the selections is enough that I always find something I want to read but not so big that I get lost in the stacks. I'm rediscovering the joy of browsing library shelves! Then I think I'll go mooch on the extensive book collection of a Transylvanian (really) friend... at least the part not in Hungarian. Oddly, no Twilight books on her shelf. :) (Which is a pity, because I'll like to try out the series!)

Someday I will get a Kindle and start buying books again... btw, Nathan, something I've been wondering about the Kindle-- do you think it will start a trend towards longer books again? With no addition cost of printing longer books, I'd imagine readers would rather "get their money's worth" with a longer book.

Ok, this comment is way to long... sorry, folks!

Matilda McCloud said...

These are the books on my shelf. Sorry if this is a repeat post--it didn't seem to go through first time:

I'm in the middle of MIND OF A RAVEN (my Mother's Day present)

MEMOIRS OF A BEAUTIFUL BOY by Robert Leleux (very funny)

REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS is in my purse right now--DK publishing (long story...)

BLUE BOY by Rakesh Satyal (read about here and then saw a nice review a day or two later in PW or someplace)


books by Neil Gaiman

Someone mentioned NOVEL SHORTCUTS--I read that a week or two ago--good book. I also enjoyed WRITE A NOVEL IN A YEAR (not sure if that's the exact title)



Saw movie, then read REVOLUTIONARY ROAD by Richard Yates and loved it--so more novels by Yates

Never read SECRET LIFE OF BEES or saw the movie so would like to do both

THE READER by Bernhard Schlink (ditto)

That's all I can't think of right now.

Anonymous said...

holy moly. Am I the only one here who reads romance novels? Or am I the only one honest enough to admit it?

Current read: "Blue-eyed Devil" by Lisa Kleypas

Just read: "Fleshmarket Alley" by Ian Rankin--Scottish noir, no matter how the title sounds.

Next read: "Naming of the Dead" by Ian Rankin (love his books)
"Snowflower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See

Would love to read: The next book in Diana Gabaldon's 'Outlander Series"

Don said...

I've got about 8 1/2 meters of books to read on the bookcases next to me, as well as a list of 103 books to check out of the library, and another couple of lists that I'd like to read through. That said, the next ten books (give or take), that I intend to read are:
Joseph Heller Catch-22Graham Greene Ways of EscapeIan McEwan SaturdayStanley Morison A Talley of TypesPete Earley Family of SpiesGraham Greene Monsignor QuixoteSaul Bellow HerzogFrederick Baron Corvo Stories Toto Told MeZadie Smith On BeautyJess Winfield My Name is Will

Reesha said...

The Colour of Magic is next on my list. My writer friend and cousin and I made a list of books to read this summer together and that's first on the list.

Wow. Just reading through all these comments makes me realize how much I love reading.
When I get home I'm going straight up to my room and curling up with a ( e-reader yet until after I get paid.)

Actually, I will probably just read a good, old fashioned book.

David said...

My current reading list is a little bit short. I need to add some more to it, but right now it looks like this:
3.5 books in the Dresden Files series left to read.
Mistborn Trilogy, by Brandon Sanderson

Lara said...

Anonymous 12:18, I read romance novels! I'm just not reading any right now. I read everything.

Scott Parker said...

Just finished: Old Man's War by John Scalzi and Gabriel Hunt at the Well of Eternity

Listening to: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Next up: The Shadow of the Wind in advance of the new Zafon book to be published in June.

After that: The Lies of Locke Lamora, Road Dogs, The Way Home, new Megan Abbott, How Fiction Works

karen wester newton said...

Well, since the Worldcon folks really got their act together, I am now reading my way through as many of the Hugo-nominated works as I can. Seriously, if you are registered for this year's Worldcon, you get an email Hugo-voting packet that contains ebook versions of almost everything nominated. And since I sent them all to my Kindle, I might actually get them read in time!

Amy Jane (Untangling Tales) said...

Hoo! I don't know you (bother to) keep up with this many comments!

I just finished the second Ranger's Apprintice book, and I have to say my favorite thing about the series so far is that the Adults are as brave, honorable and self-sacrificing as the younger main characters. That is so awesome to me and I love books I find like this.

My TBR gets narrower the more I read (I can't tell if that's good or bad) since I'm trying to read to my type and have limited time to read and still write. Right now: The Darkest Age (Book Two)--The Book of the Sword, The Looking-Glass Wars and Impossible by Werlin.

To limit it to three.

Mira said...

Bane of Anubis, I fear for your soul.

Also, I heard the fairies are organizing. Just to give you a heads up.

Lara - Thanks for asking, but I'll drive people nuts if I rant too long - I've done it alot here. Suffice it to say that I resent a lazy book on writing that has maybe 3 pages of actual writing advice, and 10,000 pages of life anecdotes.

I'm not really sure if it was 10,000 pages, though. It seemed longer.

Anonymous said...

I've still got to get to On Writing by Stephen King, The Art of the Novel by John Gardner as well as his On Moral Fiction.

Michael Pickett said...

There are too many to name, but the next on the list is What is the What by Dave Eggers. I saw that he wrote the script for the movie of Where the Wild Things Are and I have to know that my favorite picture book is in good hands.

Dawn said...

Hmmm, off the top of my head: The Road by Cormac McCarthy, On Writing by Stephen King, Odd Hours by Dean Koontz, Books of Blood by Clive Barker, A Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin, and anything else I can find by James Lear.

csmith said...

Okay, I have possibly one of the oddest TBR piles at the moment:

"FALSE COLOURS" Alex Beercroft
"SPARES" Michael Marshall Smith
"THE SERVANT" Michael Marshall
"IL PRINICPE" (in italian) Machiavelli
"DE RUINA MUNDI" Girolomo Savonarola (in italian)

And yes, these are just the books sitting by my bed. If I look at the bookshelves, I crumble.

Well, that is what a 120pages per hour reading speed does to you.

Btw Nathan, the Singer book? So going to get it for my mum. She used to teach sewing for Singer back in the 1970's.

PurpleClover said...

Maya - wow reading in another language. I can't even imagine. I have a hard enough time with the one I learned from infancy. :)

But I did hear Water For Elephants was phenomenal and I'm not sure why it didn't make it to my list (or did it?). I will have to add it to my TBR list.

I WISH I had a Kindle.

Nathan - I think you are ignoring me because you're afraid I'll get it out of you.

Nathan Bransford said...


I'll never tell.

At least, not until 8am tomorrow morning when the interview posts.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your honesty, Lara! Romance readers and writers, make yourselves heard...

Casey McGill said...

A whole lot of Scott Westerfeld.

Bane of Anubis said...

Mira - bring on the fairies - I've got goblins in my posse (and they're hungry) :)

Anonymous said...

Water for Elephants, which I plan to read on my husband's Kindle. Which I bought him for Christmas. But didn't receive until March. It rocks. Totally.

Lara said...


Yeah, I guess if you didn't like the life anecdotes, that book would be pretty darn annoying. Especially since the writing advice is mostly stuff you can get elsewhere.

I just liked how concise the writing advice was (I guess I'm kinda lazy) and I like hearing people yap on and on about their lives ... :-)

Mira said...


I'm with you. There are all kinds of things Nathan does that he doesn't mention on his own blog!

Well, that's just criminal.


I think Nathan should have a side-bar of his schedule. That's what I think.

Walter said...

A series of Neil Gaiman graphic novels.

Chuck H. said...

I have the Easton Press series, The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written. They are beautiful books but, alas, I have limited time to read. I've managed Aesop's Fables, Moby Dick, The Prince, Of Mice and Men and am now in the midst of Huckleberry Finn. So many books, so little time.

PurpleClover said...

Nathan -

I'm reading in between the lines. So far I've gathered it is, in fact, a man.

Still investigating the white space. I'll get back to you.


Mira - You are too funny. You want stalking to be legal don't you? hehe. If you are any kind of stalker you could probably tell me who he has been interviewing huh??

PurpleClover said...

Dangit! I just realized 8am your time is 11am my time. I have an appt at school. I guess I'll have to make sure my phone is charged since the school doesn't let us on blogger. grrr.

I guess I'll be late commenting...again. :(

Lara said...

Moby Dick, such a great book. (Er, I know that's not exactly the most nuanced opinion ever expressed about a great book)

StrugglingToMakeIt said...

Up and coming on the summer reading list:

Breathe My Name - R.A. Nelson
The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things - Carolyn Mackler
Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

Bane of Anubis said...

Also Outliers by Gladwell... love those social psychology statistics books (Tipping Point, Freakonomics, etc) - especially when they've got sports references.

Eric said...

The Plants
Life Nature Library series.

Mira said...

um, er, yes I can tell you who he's interviewing.

It's a famous author.

Bane of Anubis,
I can play this game. The fairies have automatic machine guns. If that doesn't work, they plan to offer the goblins jello shots.

I know that lots and lots and lots of people like that book. You're in very good company. It's just that most of the major disasters for the last 300 years have been attributed to that book.

Do you really want to be responsible for another Krakatoa?

I'm just saying.

Shannon Gugarty said...

I've always wanted to read some of the classics. Being a victim of the education system, I haven't read much.

Alice In Wonderland has to be read, along with Through the Looking Glass. I also want to read the Aeneid, the Odyssey, and other works like that. Not necessarily in English, though. I love being a Latin student.

Also, to try and understand the appeal of it, Twilight has been added to my list.

Bane of Anubis said...

Goblins like jello shots - lubricates those scratchy fairy wings and reduces likelihood of esophageal perforation. The machine guns might be a problem, though.

Jil said...

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
Ghost- on tape

I have bookshelves filled with books I want to read again, from "Black Beauty" to "White Ladies" so if the world collapses I will be well fed mentally.
I would like to read the mysteries of one very well known person but since he brutally divorced my good friend's daughter following the success of his first book, I have sworn not to.

Marilyn Peake said...

I’ve spent the past week cleaning my home office where I write, and discovered stacks of books – on my bookshelves, desk, and floor. I even found second copies of some books I had purchased because my office was too messy to find the first copy. (When I write, I just let my office go.) I now have a HUGE "To Be Read" list. Here are 20 books on that list:

Currently reading: Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco

Currently reading: Breaking the Time Barrier: The Race to Build the First Time Machine by Jenny Randles

Started reading: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Time Travel in Einstein’s Universe: The Physical Possibilities of Travel through Time by J. Richard Gott

Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal

The Stars above Veracruz by Barry Gifford

Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Baltasar and Blimunda by Jose Saramago

Precious by Sandra Novack

Suttree by Cormac McCarthy

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan

Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry

The Folded World by Amity Gaige

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson

Ulysses by James Joyce ... I started it. Hope to finish it ... eventually.

Anatole said...

Right now I'm in the middle of "Betwixt" and "Tuesdays with Morrie," but there a whole crapload of books waiting for the next time I go on vacation.

Lara said...

Mira:, I don't...that is...I didn't...Krakatoa?


Seriously though, I have books that I hate like that...It makes you hate it more when EVERYONE seems to love/worship/quote/recommend the book.

Soul Trekking said...

The Gift - Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World by Lewis Hyde and
Banewreaker by Jacqueline Carey are the current reads right now (one non-fiction, one fiction). After that, I look forward to The Spartans by Paul Cartledge for my non-fiction read and Spirit Gate by Kate Elliott.

PurpleClover said...

Okay I've narrowed it down to

Dan Brown
Noah Hawley
Jeff Abbot

I'm gonna laugh when it's Tami Hoag and I thought it was a guy. ;)

Okay I need more white space. Tell me something else about him.

Laura Martone said...


I'm loving SAVING FISH FROM DROWNING - hope you do, too! As for ULYSSES, good luck with that. It's currently on my Sony reader, but I've never made it through the entire book. Perhaps this time will be different?

Dawn Maria said...

My picks- MIDDLESEX, THE READER and the Star Wars Thrawn Trilogy. But not necessarily in that order.

Audrianna said...

Well - *cough* - I would have something to read on my shelf if I hadn't read most everything I've bought for myself and borrowed for the library. So...I've got nothing, but it won't last long. Ask me in a week.

Marilyn Peake said...

I noticed a number of people here (including me) have Neil Gaiman books on their list. I love Neil Gaiman's writing! In case you're interested, he posted an amazing blog article, Entitlement issues on his blog yesterday. One quote from that article: "George R.R. Martin is not your bitch." Seriously.

Lupina said...

On the nightstand, coffee table, and dining room table right now:

Body Surfing, Anita Shreve

Carnival, Elizabeth Bear

The Brave Little Toaster, Thomas M. Disch

Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake

Whale Season, N.M. Kelby

It's the frivolous mix of May.

abc said...

Someday I really am going to read Infinite Jest and House of Leaves, but I'm officially giving up on the idea of reading Ulysses. I've been meaning to read Amy Bloom's Away for awhile now. Don't get me started on the parenting and psychology list.

Now I'm going to get hives thinking about all the unread books.

Marilyn Peake said...


I started reading SAVING FISH FROM DROWNING on vacation some time ago, but got busy and still mean to finish it. I love how Amy Tan got the idea for the story, and it really is an amazing book. Have you read anything else by Amy Tan? I love THE KITCHEN GOD’S WIFE and THE JOY LUCK CLUB.

Marilyn Peake said...


In my opinion, HOUSE OF LEAVES is crazy awesome!

PurpleClover said...

Second question:

You've already read their book...Oooorrrr it's TO be read??


Emily Cross said...

Like others have mentioned, i'm a member of the ,'fill-in-the-gaps' project and am currently wrestling with 'Middlemarch'

My TBR list is getting very long at this point.

Lilith des Cavernes said...

Since I'm trying to break into the Romance field... after being weened on classical literature and snappy wits like Carrie Fisher... I am reading Elizabeth Hoyt at the moment to be followed by Eloise James. I usually go through a library of an author before I move on. LOL It's new territory for me but it's a learning experience.


Yat-Yee said...

Hi Laurel, *wave*
The only question is if I'll be mature enough to share and let my daughter read it first. Or I can put down my proverbial, parental foot.

Ian said...

Emily, Middlemarch doesn't need to be wrestled with; it needs to be loved. It's one of the greatest novels ever written. The characterization is exquisite.

abc said...

House of Leaves certainly does seem like it would be "crazy awesome" and right up my alley. It's a sign! I'm starting it today. Or tomorrow, after I finish my Stephen White mystery. Love Stephen White. Psychology+thriller=delicious book soup. what?

Emily Cross said...

Ian - i agree about the characterisation and also the dialogue is excellent, but when i say 'wrestle' - i mean that i find i have to reread/read slowly to get the full grasp of GE's narration.

you should drop by the 'fill in the gaps' blog - we're having 'middle'may' at the moment

Lisa said...

Top five on my running list:

Leap of Faith, Memoirs of an Unexpected Life by Queen Noor

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls

The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee

Walk the Blue Fields: Stories by Claire Keegan

Empire Falls by Richard Russo

Laurel said...


Be strong. You're in charge! I had to wait for my mom to get through "Superfudge" by Judy Blume before she would let me have it. I got over it.

It's a quick read. Tell her she'll get her hands on it faster if she leaves you alone. Reward positive behavior!

Mira said...

Bane - I saw we get the fairies and goblins toasted, and give them alittle privacy.

Lara - exactly. Thanks for understanding. It's a nightmare. But really, that book has been known to open it's big wide pages and swallow people whole.

Seriously. Chomp, chomp, chomp. So, just think about that. Is it worth it?

Heidi the Hick said...

RAINCLOUD by Richard S Todd





you know what, if I go on listing books I plan to read, we'll be here all day....

Jane said...

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson (not in English until end of July, but I've preordered it)
Storming the Gates of Paradise, Rebecca Solnit
The Tourist, Olen Steinhauer
The Brief Wondrous of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz

Mira said...


I vote for Dan Brown. I think that would be awesome.

I detect an under-current of excitement in Nathan's voice. I think it's someone cool.

allegory19 said...

To be honest - nothing!

Okay, to be fair there are tons of books I want to read, but I'm not reading any of them right now because I'm obsessed with writing and I don't want anyone else's work influencing mine - it happens.

Genny said...

My pile is growing. Always. The three books at the top of the pile right now...The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice, The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, and The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer.

KathyF said...

I just finished:
Dead and Gone, by Charlaine Harris
The Next 100 Years, A Forecast of the 21st Century, by George Friedman
The Art and Craft of Storytelling, by Nancy Lamb

I'm currently reading:
Common Wealth, Economics for a Crowded Planet, by Jeffrey D. Sachs
Novel Shortcuts, by Laura Whitcomb
The Right to Write, by Julia Cameron

I've never tried having an actual plan of what to read. I may try that.

PurpleClover said...

Mira, I thought I was the only one detecting an undertone/undercurrent of excitement. His silence is making me think I may be warm. OR he's just really really annoyed by me. :)

I can do that to people.

But seriously. I will let it go. I will wait like everyone else until tomorrow and then look like a really bad student nurse in her scrubs checking her phone for updates while the new orientees are trying to ask important questions.

Ben Dutton said...

This evening I started Oliver Twist. I decided to read Dickens's novels in chronological order, one a fortnight. In addition to this I'm in the middle of Tom Raworth's Collected Poems, a collection of essays from Bruce Chatwin and Sun Shuyun's history of The Long March. I try and have a novel, poetry collection, essay collection and non-fiction work on the go at all time. The pile of 'to read' works on my desk stands at 70 books at the moment and includes Alaa Al Aswany, Deirdre Madden, JMG Le Clezio, Roth, Barry Unsworth and HG Wells, as well as most of the Library of Wales's reprints of major Welsh novels of the 20th Century - guaranteed you've never heard of them or read anything by them before. It's wonderful to come to works without preconceptions, which is rare in our modern world.

Lara said...

Ian, agree about Middlemarch, I got lost in it and lived in it (which is one reason why everyone keeps recommending The Forsyte Saga to me, methinks.)

Marilyn Peake, your list is fabulous. Loved Sutree, Bean Trees, several of those Gaiman titles (and meaning to check out the others) and Foucault's Pendulum.

And anything with Stars / Veracruz in the title sounds right for me...herewith I shall commence to Googling...

Mira said...


No, I think he's not going to give any more hints because it's a secret. He doesn't want to give it away.

But isn't anticipation half the fun?

Maybe it's Paris Hilton. Didn't she just write a book?

I just hope to god it's not Stephen King.

That would truly be mortifying.

T. Anne said...

OK I'm actually in alignment with a lot of your commenters so I won't repeat. I would also like to read a positive enthusiastic response from a literary agent who is in the market for an author just like me. :)

Meg said...

Currently reading Treasure Island, and Dracula is next on my list.

Then I'm thinking of dusting off some Shakespeare.

I'm on some kind of classics kick.

And I have yet to read the Twilight books, those are on my list too. Mainly because I have friends who will maim me if I don't get around to reading

Lara said...

I MUST stop commenting on this post, because I am starting to feel like a loony, but I HAD to chime in ONE MORE TIME and tell Meg that I LOVE Treasure Island.

I guess I just likes to talk about books ;-)

Laurel said...


You do that, too? I read a lot of something and find I mimic the tone. Noticeably. I try not to read too much of the same author back to back for that very reason. I do the same thing talking. I'm kind of a chameleon that way ;)

Yamile said...

I doubt you'll get to my comment because it will be #174, but I'm about to read "Rumors" and "Envy" from the Luxe series by Anna Godbersen, Riordan's grown up books (I'm obsessed with his Percy Jackson books), Sarah's Quilt (sequel of These is my words) by Nancy turner, and reread Here Be Dragons by Sharon K Penman.

Yat-Yee said...

Jason: I love MG too. And a friend just recommended Suzanne Collins's Gregor the Overlander.

Ian said...

Emily Cross, OK I will do that.

Becky Rippy said...

I have "I Am Not Myself These Days" by Josh Kilmer-purcell, and Sellavision by Augusten Burroughs, in my cart at Amazon. Has anyone read either?

Anonymous said...

Right now, I am reading Come In Character, the Tueday group write:


Martin said...

Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen
Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben
The Rabbit Factory by Marshall Karp
Rain Fall by Barry Eisler
Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
Prey by Alison Brennan
Tishomingo Blues by Elmore Leonard
The Eight by Katherine Neville

(Geez...more than I thought.)

I'm currently reading Lincoln Child's Deep Storm and I took a peek at Neal Stephenson's Zodiac the other night just to read the opening, but I'm having trouble stopping. :)

Silicon Valley Diva said...

Buried in my huge book stack is "Exiles" and "Atticus" by Ron Hansen. I went to a book signing of his last year and bought a handful of books from him LOL.

FlossieT said...

Ooh, I love these posts.

Currently reading:
The Twisted Heart - Rebecca Gowers

Probably about to start if something else doesn't jump into my hands first:
All the Living - C.E. Morgan

(may be pipped to post by Christopher Brookmyre which I am forced to read by my bookswap circle - am definitely giving up on circle after this year, have had to read too much bad - as in not enoyable - trash this year)

What I should be reading:
Villette - Charlotte Bronte
The Brontes: A Life in Letters - Juliet Barker (filling Bronteana gaps is a minor reading project for the year)

Laurel said...


GET Gregor! They're great! And Jason, I love Artemis Fowl, too. I just wonder how he's going to grow up to be so villainous when he's clearly trending toward an improvement in character.

Patrice said...

Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo-Stieg Larsson
Duma Key - Stephen King

Lisa said...

Becky Rippy-

Sellavision is the perfect audio solution to rush hour traffic. It's an easy read (listen), but it will make you laugh. It’s true Augusten Burroughs; although, I would give Running with Scissors a few more stars than Sellavision.

Scott said...

I've not been able to find and good, solid masculine voices in new fiction, so I always find I have to reach back. Where are our great American male writers? Anyone?

Just finished The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

At the moment I'm reading Norstrilia by Cordwainer Smith.

On deck, Henry Miller On Writing, and I'm going to crack into a Philip K. Dick trilogy I've had sitting on my shelf for a few years.

D. G. Hudson said...

The books I have waiting to be read are: Ernest Hemingways's TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, Sandra Scofield's THE SCENE BOOK, Celia Leaman's PAST PRESENT I - WEB OF LIES, and an old copy of Mary Higgins Clark's WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN, A STRANGER IS WATCHING, and THE CRADLE WILL FALL.

I'm looking locally for Stephen Mertz' novel, NIGHT WIND, but no luck yet. Will probably have to order it online. (He's an author and an instructor).

Hemingway and Leaman books are for pleasure reading, Scofield's is for improving my writing, and Clark's is for studying techniques in mysteries.
Books, like music, can soothe the soul.

Discussions like this are a good way to find out what books people are buying or selecting to read. Now, I have to peruse these comments, and check out some titles.

Lara said...

Scott, I just got done reading a bunch of Philip K. Dick. What're you reading? Just read Ubik, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, and The Man in the High Castle. Good stuff. Probably wouldn't be published today.

You might (or might not) like the Olen Steinhauer book I recommended earlier.

Michelle said...

Wow, My list is always much, much longer than I can ever keep up with, but here are the ones at the top of my list:
"Stone of Tears" by Terry Goodkind, "Inkheard" by Cornelia Funke, Book 6 of Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan (when it comes out), "Defenseless" by Celeste Marsella, "The Shack" by William P. Young, "Sloppy Firsts" by Megan McCafferty, "Taming the Spirited Child" by Michael Popkin, "The Measure of a Man" by Sidney Poitier, "A Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson, "Finding God in the Garden" by Balfour Brickner, "Never Have Your Dog Stuffed" by Alan Alda

Lisa said...


By solid masculine (I don’t know why this makes me laugh) voice, I’m sure you meant something other than what springs to mind for me; but, my first thought immediately lands on Robert Bly (Iron John). As a point of reference, I had lunch with him after a reading years ago, and I can attest, with all due respect to Mr. Bly, he’s the epitome of a masculine voice/writer/subject matter.

Annie Reynolds said...

The next in the house of night series, the next in the new Vampire academy book, oh can you see a theme going here... Yes i get to read all the book before i hand them on to my 12 yr old daughter, just to make sure they are suitable of course, good thing i love to read teen lit.
You do know Nathan you have inspired her to become a literary agent, she thinks all you do is read great books all day.

Becky Rippy said...

Thanks Lisa, I've read all of his nonfiction books and loved them. He said he wrote Sellavision in seven days, so I wasn't sure. I'll give it a go:)

AstonWest said...

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Hawg by Steven Shrewsbury
Blade Dancer by K. M. Tolan (currently reading)
For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls by Nancy Mehl well as a few e-books loaded on my laptop that I don't recall the names of.

Mira said...

Thanks for the mention, Anon 3:30.

We are creating a masterpiece. Anyone is welcome to join in.

must-love-comma said...

I'm reading Mansfield Park...still. I've been at it for a while now, which is not a reflection on the book or on Austen in general. It's just that I got caught up in Moll Flanders and then in The Hound of the Baskervilles. Truly, after I finish Swine Not?: A Novel Pig Tale (who danced a happy jig when Amazon delivered it?!? MEEEEE!) I am going to finish Mansfield Park. For real.



Trisha Pearson said...

My list is growing daily so I'll just stick to the ones on my nightstand. They are: THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH by Carrie Ryan, THEODOSIA AND THE SERPENTS OF CHAOS by RL LaFevers, and THE LAST OLYMPIAN by Rick Riordan.

Kathleen Noud said...

I'm reading the LOST CITY OF Z as well. I'm so crazy about. Anyone else who is mad about explorers and history must read this book!

After this, I might have to follow on with THE LOST WORLD by Arthur Conan Doyle.

MaLanie said...

Finishing up on SECRET LIFE OF BEES

Write Great Fiction Series:
Plot & Structure, Description & Setting, and Dialogue.


I have lots of catching up to do!

Anonymous said...

Hey Nathan,
You have starred twice in the Tuesday "Group Story" story at Come in Character.
You'd better go over there and at least have a laugh!

Jill Lynn said...

I love getting a peek at what's on other people's bookshelves. Way better than checking out medicine cabinets, and not embarrassing if caught either.

I was just thinking the other night that I've read a book or two a week for...well, as long as I can remember, and there are still SO many books I haven't read. Shows the magnitude of how many books are published. (So why not mine too? But I digress.)

Waiting to be read on my shelf:

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

The Emperors Children by Claire Messud

A Spark of Heavenly Fire by Pat Bertram

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wrobliewski

My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger; whom, I might add, wrote
one of my favorite books of all time that I recommend to everyone: "The Last Days of Summer." You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll enjoy. And, no, I don't know him (LOL).

I'm also into Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books right now. I like reading them in between other books. Cleanses the palate. Such wit she has.

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