My "To Read Soon" Pile

  1. The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
  2. Seventeen by Booth Tarkington
  3. Walking a Literary Labyrinth: A Spirituality of Reading by Nancy M. Malone
  4. The Red Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal by Lily Koppel
  5. The Snow Empress by Laura Joh Rowland
  6. Great Projects: The Epic Story of the Building of America, From the Taming of the Mississippi to the Invention of the Internet by James Tobin
  7. An Iliad by Alessandro Baricco
  8. Hitler's Private Library: The Books That Shaped His Life by Timothy Ryback
  9. The History of Sexuality: An Introduction by Michel Foucault
  10. The Blackest Bird: A Novel of Murder in Nineteenth Century New York by Joel Rose
  11. Neuromancer by William Gibson
  12. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  13. Nightwatch by Sergei Lukyanenko
  14. Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf
  15. The Once and Future King by T. H. White
  16. A G-Man's Life by Mark Felt
  17. The Society of S by Susan Hubbard
  18. The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allen Poe, and the Invention of Murder by Daniel Stashower
  19. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  20. Gulliver's Travels by Johathan Swift
  21. The Secret Life of Salvador Dali
  22. The Monk by Matthew Lewis
  23. The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo
  24. Henry James: The Conquest of London by Leon Edel
  25. Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel
  26. Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen E. Ambrose
  27. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams
  28. Memories, Dreams, Reflections by Carl G. Jung
  29. Death Is a Lonely Business by Ray Bradbury
  30. The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama
  31. Candles Burning by Tabitha King
  32. The Boys from Brazil by Ira Levin
  33. The Varieties of Scientific Experience : A Personal View of the Search for God by Carl Sagan
  34. The Physician's Tale by Ann Benson
  35. Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman
  36. After Dark by Haruki Murakami
  37. The Anatomist: A True Story of Gray's Anatomy by Bill Hayes
  38. Always Running - La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. by Luis Rodriguez
  39. Giants of Jazz by Studs Terkel
  40. Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson
  41. The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
  42. Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
  43. Gormenghast by M. Peake
  44. War and Peace: Tolstoy's Mirror of the World (a Twayne's Masterwork Study)
  45. Inside Inside by James Lipton
  46. Present at the Future by Ira Flatow
  47. Interred With Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell
  48. Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris
  49. Crossfire by Miyuki Miyabe
  50. Fangland by John Marks
  51. Breakfast With the Ones You Love by Eliot Fintushel
  52. From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury
  53. Serving Crazy with Curry by Amulya Malladi
  54. The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic that Shaped Our History by Molly C. Crosby
  55. The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex and the Meaning of Life by Armand M. Nicholi, Jr.
  56. The Scientist as Rebel by Freeman Dyson
  57. A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash by Sylvia Nasar
  58. Me and Shakespeare: Life-Changing Adventures with the Bard by Herman Gollob
Author Comments: 

Kind of a wide variety. Some I am reading because they sounded interesting, others because they are bestsellers (or the first book in a bestselling series) and I am trying to keep up with those better for work (I am a librarian). Still others are from my Mega List of lifetime reading. I am hoping to finish some of these before too long so I can post them on Bookmooch and send them on to their next reader. However, as with all things, sometimes that newly discovered AWESOME book just seems to find its way to the top instead of having to wait until I read the several thousand pages I'd planned to read before it. haha :)

I think you should change the title of this to "to read soon PILES", since they're scattered all over your house!

So as a librarian, do you get to read at work?

Sadly, no - I give some a quick look-through as they arrive in our "new books," but all the reading is done on my own time. I do have multiple piles. lol! ;)

I love that War and Peace is on your list. I think it's on everyone's list. The problem is it literally takes months to read, so not many people seem to actually get around to it. I reccomend you move that one to the forefront, because once you actually DO finish it, your sense of accomplishment will be worth all the extra time you took. Trust me.

I've actually read War and Peace and really enjoyed it (I read it in a Tolstoy in Translation class I took - I think I was the only one in the class who finished all the reading!). The book on my list is one I discovered that's *about* the book. I totally agree with all your comments! I am also intrigued by a recently published version of War and Peace that was an earlier draft before Tolstoy expanded the historical and philosophical aspects of the novel. I'm interested, but I don't know when I'll get to that....

Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake is a masterpiece (at least the first two volumes, anyway).

I recently read Molly Crosby's American Plague and was a little disappointed. The story is great, as is Crosby's research, but the narrative doesn't flow well, hitting the same points again and again, and goes into too many digressions. Still worth reading though, especially if you like American history or medical/scientific history.

Johnny Waco