Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Oops! I Did It Again - A Little Help, Please

August 28, 2012

My TBR stack groweth steadily!

I am finally crawling from the wreckage of work and home chaos, only to emerge with another problem.  The looming TBR stack.  While I wasn't paying attention, the monster has grown to behemoth status.  I must be sleeping next to a tottering tower of at least 10 books.  Now, I know some of you hardcore readers scoff and think "10 measly books? Quit yer belly-achin' and get reading, missy."  Why I give major props to those of you who can handle a To Be Read stack of monstrous proportions, I simply cannot.  I have issues and I cannot tell a friend or a colleague "no" when they offer to lend me a book they enjoyed.  As of this writing, a sampling of my stack includes: The Devil in the White City (it's true - On rare occasions I read nonfiction), The Lost Symbol, Love the One You're With, Shadow of Darkness, and Lucia, Lucia.  I've also got a couple of titles from BEA including Veronica Roth's Insurgent and a super creepy (think The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) thriller, The Absent One, by Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen.  There are a few more in the stack but they are at the bottom and I can't read the titles.

To put it mildly, I am overwhelmed (never a good feeling unless you are being lavished with praise).  I am also reading Harper Lee's classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.  (Alas, I have never read the book.  During freshman Honors English, I had to forego Harper Lee and revel in the relevant plays of Shakespeare's Corialanus and Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding - insert sarcasm here).  Why Lee?  Why now?  Well, it is my eldest's summer reading assignment and I wanted to read it along with her.  She is about to enter high school and I am determined to hold on to any educational connection I can with an iron grip.  The downside of my situation is that once I finish To Kill a Mockingbird, I am going to have to face the dreaded TBR stack.  If any of you are familiar with the books in my stack, would you be so kind as to offer your advice as which to tackle first?  Thanks!!

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