Book binges and the TBR stack

I’ve blogged before about the TBR (“to be read”) pile that seems to sporadically take over the bedside bookshelf. Part of the problem is I am a binge buyer, an event set off not only by some sort of pent-up quest for books but out-of-state travel. My “hobby” when I’m out of state is to check out the local bookstores. A trip this last week to look at potential colleges for middle daughter led to coming home with 6-7 books I didn’t have when I left.

So, I figure it can’t hurt to create an anchor post to update as items are added to and removed from the TBR stack. Books are listed alphabetically as there is no particular pecking order. Their priority depends on such things as official release dates for advance copies, any review obligations and what strikes my fancy at the time I finish one book and am ready to start another.

That said, here’s the current list:

A Writer at War, Vasily Grossman

Death in Slow Motion, Eleanor Cooney

Edenborn, Nick Sagan

In the Bin, Lloyd Freeberg

In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs, Christopher de Bellaigue

Johnny U: The Life and Times of John Unitas, Tom Callahan

Koba the Dread, Martin Amis

Nothing’s Sacred, Lewis Black

Old Twentieth, Joe Haldeman

The Aquariums of Pyongyang, Kang Chol-Hwan

The Code, Ross Bernstein

We, Yevgeny Zamyatin

What If Our World Is Their Heaven?, Gwen Lee (ed.)

NOTE: In light of the change of cyberspace address, the TBR list now has its own page.

An ordinary man can … surround himself with [2,000] books … and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy.

“Book-Buying,” The Collected Essays and Addresses of Augustine Birrell

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