So that I, and others, don't have keep looking over at my to-read list and seeing the same titles post after post, as if I haven't read a book all year long, I've decided it's time for some book blogging quality control here. Surely this maintenance is long overdue. It totally salts the point of advertising a list that appears I'm ignoring; particularly given all the books I have been reading and posting reviews on elsewhere. I have no ready-made answer for how I let this happen, however rather than getting windy about the matter, I'll labor on with what I've done to fix this riddle.
Below is a list of titles categorized by outlook of when I hope to read the book.
Note: If I've received a review request, but that title isn't listed below, then I either haven't purchased the book, or haven't yet completed my due diligence to see if the book is a subject I'm interested in adding to a list already in need of serious love.
Double the note: I've replaced my to-read list with a list of books I've read this year. Each I do recommend. At least five I expect to be among my top ten reads read this year. They are not in any particular order.
Back to the To-Read List:
Books I've skimmed, and have my fingers crossed really tight that I'll start reading… in the right mood;
Before I Forget by Leonard Pitts Jr.
Church Folk by Michele Andrea Bowen
A Choice to Yield by Laurence Cook
Getting Roosevelt – A Homeowner's Nightmare by Yvonne Mikell
Standing at the Scratch Line by Guy Johnson
Books I've skimmed, (or started reading), but may add to my library without reading; (It's possible I may one day pick up one of these books to read. And even more possible that one, or more of these books are really good. But……)
Lost In Shanghi-La by Mitchell Zuckoff
Come on People by Bill Cosby and Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D.
Warriors Don't Cry by Pattillo Beals
No Biking in the House Without A Helmet by Melissa Fay Greene
Lost Knowledge of the Ancients by Glenn Kreisberg
Books I've not opened and (in some cases) have been on my desk for some time, but I refuse to put aside. I'm convinced a mood will come along, ripe for reading them:
The Agitators Daughter by Sheryll Cashin
The Undiscovered Paul Robeson by Paul Robeson, Jr.
War at the Wall Street Journal by Sarah Ellison
An Unquiet Mind; A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison
No Disrespect by Sister Souljah
An Unlikely Arrangement by Patty Wiseman
Assata by Assata Shakur
The Last Train from Hiroshima by Charles Pellegrino
Book I started reading, put aside, but look forward to getting back into; (Perhaps I'll pick back up next).
Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee (Really good. And really requires some extra good eye-coordination to follow. Smooth jazzy writing, plus intriguing and quite suspenseful. Now, if only I can get the eye-coordination down pat!)
I'm currently reading...
Fate is the Hunter by Ernest K. Gann (Superb!)
Although I primarily read memoirs, I'll dig into a book of any variety. Storytelling is my primary must. Doesn't have to go over-the-top, in fact I prefer that it doesn't. I am sensitive when reading about children. I'm also a slow reader. When I sink into a book, I really go in, and enjoy going under. Humorous books are highly favored. Chic-lit I just love. I don't mind sex in books. I don't mind lots of sex in books, provided it flows with the story. Short stories I enjoy as well. Poetry I'm hesitant to read. e-Books I do not (as of yet) read. I collect books. Actual books. Physical books. All those I purchase, I add to my library... to showcase. And oh;-) I do not loan out my books.
*Also* and this is most important, I DO NOT ACCEPT gifted books. Please do not send any books. I only read advanced physical copies of books that are a part of Amazon's Vine Program, or as stated above, I will purchase the book.