Books on my to read shelf

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  • Foundation - Isaac Asimov
  • Surfacing - Margaret Atwood
  • Digital Fortress - Dan Brown
  • The Teachings of the Compassionate Budda - Edited by E. A. Burtt
  • *Shogun - James Clavell
  • The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit - Storm Constantine
  • The Fulfilments of Fate and Desire - Storm Constantine
  • The Black Company - Glen Cook
  • *Over Sea, Under Stone - Susan Cooper
  • *The Dark is Rising - Susan Cooper
  • *Greenwitch - Susan Cooper
  • *The Grey King - Susan Cooper
  • *Silver on the Tree - Susan Cooper
  • Little, Big - John Crowley
  • White Noise - Don Delillo
  • GreenMantle - Charles deLint
  • Hard Times - Charles Dickens
  • Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Translated by David Magarshack
  • The Devils - Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Translated by David Magarshack
  • *Willow - Wayland Drew
  • Midnight Tides - Steven Erikson
  • The Bonehunters - Steven Erikson
  • Daughter of the Empire - Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts
  • Soul of the Fire - Terry Goodkind
  • Faith of the Fallen - Terry Goodkind
  • The Pillars of Creation - Terry Goodkind
  • Naked Empire - Terry Goodkind
  • Chainfire - Terry Goodkind
  • Phantom - Terry Goodkind
  • Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
  • Leviathan - Thomas Hobbes
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • True Enough - Stephen McCauley
  • *Titus Groan - Mervyn Peake
  • *Gormenghast - Mervyn Peake
  • *Titus Alone - Mervyn Peake
  • The Sleeping Dragon - Joel Rosenberg
  • Franny and Zooey - JD Salinger
  • Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One - Edited by Robert SilverBerg
  • Abuse of Power, The Acadians - Bill Smallwood
  • The In-Between World of Vikram Lall - MG Vassanji
  • Clara Callan - Richard B. Wright
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* entries are ones that I have read at least once already

Some of these are in a series with books either missing from my shelf or not yet written. I have become tired of reading a book then having to wait a year or two for the next book, so now I am waiting until the story is finished before I start or continue it.

I've read quite a few of these, and of the ones I've read need to say that Fahrenheit 451 and Catch 22 need to be read soon ;)

Catch 22 has actually been among the contenders for next book the last few times I have had to pick what to read next. Prehaps your suggestion will get it off the shelf and into my hands. Of course for that to work I have to get some time to read. I started Mists of Avalon in August and have only gotten a bit more than a third of the way through. I am hoping that my two purchaces today will jump start my desire to pick up a book instead of flopping down in front of the TV.

You could do what my dad always does and flop down in front of the TV with a book ;)

Don't start Sailing to Sarantium until you're prepared to read it and Lord of Emperors both.

Foundation is excellent as is Out of the Silent Planet. Catch 22 is a classic and should probably be read as kblax noted before anything else though.

I've read Don Quixote by Cervantes (translated by J.M. Cohen) and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (translated by Gregory Rabassa), and frankly both were awful (IMHO). However, I can recommend Catcher In The Rye as a priority.

I have heard mixed reviews of One Hundred Years of Solitude myself and not much of anything of Don Quixote other then bits and pieces about windmills and giants. I appreciate the warning but will likely still end up reading them at some point. Though the rate at which I acquire books compared to the rate at which I finish them off, it may be a while). Catcher In the Rye is one I have been meaning to read for a while and will likely get to much sooner.

I really liked Life of Pi.
It's not a classic, and shouldn't necessarily be pushed to the top of the list, but it's good.

How do you find the time and money to accumulate so many unread books?
I have to borrow almost everything from the library, and then I have three unread reserve books: "Last of the Mohicans", "The Illiad" and "The Aenid"

About five years ago I was in the habit of stopping at any used bookstore I passed which invariably led to the purchase of at least two or three books each time (I find the price of used books a little hard to pass up). But the build up really started to get big about three years ago when I went through a year and a half without reading much of anything, I think it was only three or four books over the whole period. Since I started reading on a more regular basis I have tried to avoid entering used book stores until my pile becomes a little more manageable, but I must admit that I recently plundered my parents stack of used books (free is an even better price) which bolstered the ranks of my to read shelf by about a third (including Life of Pi, which incidentally was almost chosen over The Idiot, as the book I am currently reading). I am still not reading as much as I was five years ago when quite a few of these where bought and at the rate I am going I expect some of them will still be on shelf in five years time but I do hope to one day get to them all.