This is what I want to do...
1) Stop wearing flannel. (However, this is not up to me. March doesn't seem to want to act like spring this year. Just more winter. And more winter. And more winter...)
2) Get in enough running miles that when I run the 17-mile trail run in April that I foolishly signed up for last December, I won't want to roll over and die in the middle of the woods somewhere. (Again, a little warmer weather would help with this...)
3) Finish edits on the second book in my UNDER THE BLOOD MOON series, called HOW TO DITCH DEAD GUYS.
4) Finish a YA dystopian WIP I started last September, but haven't touched since December due to other writing commitments.
5) Tackle the mountains of books waiting in cupboards, stuffed on bookshelves, or stashed on tables that I need to start or finish reading.
Here goes the list (this is meant to embarrass me into action--feel free to criticize me for my slacking in this department and I apologize ahead of time if I spelled any of the author's names incorrectly, but this is a mega-long list, so the probability of that is high):
MY TBR (TO BY READ) PILE:
*** (# 1-7 are due to a book-to-movie reading and watching club I joined)
1) THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY by Richard C. Morais
2) THE GIVER by Lois Lowry
3) THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU by Jonathan Tropper
4) THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner
5) UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand
6) WILD by Cheryl Strayed
|Somehow I don't think this movie will be as funny as LEGALLY BLONDE...what do you think?|
7) SERENA by Ron Rash
*** (the rest are either due to my obsessive book-collecting nature, or from clearing out my parents' house, or for research purposes)
8) SHARP OBJECTS by Gillian Flynn, because I must read everything this woman wrote
|This author's mind is a thrilling place to be...and creepy...and terrifying...you get the idea|
9) UNDER THE DOME by the one-and-only Stephen King, who freaked me out so much in highschool that I threw one of his books across the room (sorry) screaming because deep water is creepy enough as it is, and then he had to go and make it ten times worse
10) LIFE OF PI by Yann Martel, yes, it's taken me forever to pick this one up
11) BRIDGET JONES MAD ABOUT THE BOY by Helen Fielding, but I'm not sure I would've grabbed this if I had known ahead of time that DARCY IS DEAD---NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! (At least, that's what I heard in a review I read after I purchased it.)
|Jane Austen would be so pissed the author killed Darcy.|
12) THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS by Grahame, somehow I've never read this one or at least don't remember doing so
13) ONE OF THEM by Pavlik, this was a book from my parents' shelves
14) THE LILIES OF THE FIELD by Barrett, also from my parents' old house
15) ERAGON by Paolini
16) THE FLEDGLING by Langton
17) SURPRISED BY JOY by C.S. Lewis, also from my parents, and I don't think Aslan is in it much (sigh)
18) INKHEART by Funke
19) THE ENGLISH GOVERNESS AT THE SIAMESE COURT by Leonowens, actually I've tried this one before but have a hard time with it
|The musical THE KING & I is based on this book,|
which is why I want to read it.
However, Yul Brynner isn't even mentioned in the book...bummer
20) OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET by C.S. Lewis, from my dad's shelves
21) THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS by C.S. Lewis, also my dad's book--methinks we both loved this author a little too much
22) THE SILVER CHALICE by Costain, this was my mother's book but I'm not sure she ever read it
23) MAY BIRD AND THE EVER AFTER by Anderson
24) CITY OF ASHES by Cassandra Clare, of course, but it's been so long since I read the first one that I may have to do so (or cheat by Wikipedia-ing it...naughty, naughty)
25) WAR AND PEACE by Leo Tolstoy, another book I suspect my mother bought because it was pretty
26) TORN by Amanda Hocking
27) HAUNTED WISCONSIN by Norman
28) G-DOG AND THE HOMEBOYS by Fremon, I've been reading gang-related books as research for my writing and it's so sad
29) RUN BABY RUN by Nicky Cruz, more depressing, gang-related reading
30) DEVIL'S FLOWER by Lisa Collicutt, my first e-book ever
|I've said it before, but this cover is beautiful.|
I'm lucky enough to have the same cover artist for my book.
I'M NOT PROUD OF THE FOLLOWING LIST...
BOOKS I'VE STARTED BUT NOT FINISHED YET:
1) MONUMENTS MEN by Edsel
2) WINTER'S TALE by Helprin
3) THE CROSS AND THE SWITCHBLADE by Wilkerson. Ever since I read a scene where it's mentioned that these gang members viciously tortured cats I've had a hard time continuing my gang-related research, but it's something I'll have to do. Just because I don't read about it, doesn't mean it isn't happening.
4) CLOAK by Gough
5) FORGOTTEN GARDEN by Morton
6) RUN LIKE A MOTHER by McDowell and Bowen Shea, who both are much more obsessed about running than I am, which at times makes me think I'm not trying hard enough, but I guess I just have enough other things in my life now
7) FALL FOR ME by K.A. Last
8) BEAUTIFUL CHAOS by Garcia and Stohl
9) SPOOKY WISCONSIN by Schlosser
10) and numerous witchcraft books I've collected to use as resources, but never read from cover to cover
So...can I please get a time-turner now? I really need one.
How crowded are your bookshelves?
- Ann M. Noser