Why I Don’t Need More Books, and other Vicious Lies

Confession time: If you leave me alone in the mall with a $100 burning a hole in my pocket and nothing pressing to buy, I guarantee you I will leave having spent the entirety of it on books save for just enough to hit the food court before leaving. I don’t buy make-up, or many movies/albums, and I only buy clothes as needed (though I have developed a wee fetish for bags that is becoming alarming). This meant that at times I had as many books to-read as I had already read in the house, and moving them can become quite challenging.

Recognizing this pattern, I started getting very strict with myself. I purged a lot of my old to-read books, keeping the ones I’d paid full price for verses most of the ones I’d picked up second-hand. These went back to the same store and I gave the resulting store credit away. Since then I usually replenish the collection at conventions, where I limit myself to four or five books. This has kept the pile manageable and I was making progress.

Until now. My glut of non-fiction reading, mostly entirely fed by the library, has backlogged the system. Here’s what I still have to look forward to:

Novels:
Dreamsongs, Volumes 1 & 2, By George R. R. Martin
Deathless by Catherynne Valente
Kushiel’s Chosen by Jaqueline Carey
Darkborn by Alison Sinclair
Julian Comstock: A Story of the 21st Century by Robert Charles Wilsom
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
The Collected Stories or Roger Zelazny, Volumes 1-6, by Roger Zelazny
Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay
An Evil Guest by Gene Wolfe
Armageddon Rag by George R. R. Martin
The City and The City by China Mieville
Tempestuous by Lesley Livingston
Lonely Werewolf Girl by Martin Miller
Twilight Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko
Queen of Candesce by Karl Schroeder
Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton

Non-Fiction:
What it is We Do When We Read Science Fiction by Paul Kincaid
Rhetorics of Fantasy by Farah Mendlesohn
Booklife by Jeff Vandermeer

Anthologies:
The Year’s Best Science Fiction 23rd Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois
The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year’s Best Science Fiction edited by Gardner Dozois
The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 15th Annual Collection edited by Ellen Datlow and Teri Windling
The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 20th Annual Collection edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
Wolf Men edited by Stephen Jones
Steampunk edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer
The Secret History of Science Fiction edited by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel
Warriors edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois

E-Books:
The Mirador by Sarah Monette
Corambis by Sarah Monette
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
Paradise War by Stephen Lawhead
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

And that doesn’t include some classics I’ve downloaded for the various formats, including Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, Sherlock Holmes, Anne of Green Gables, and so on.

Nor does it include a stash of historical novels that I picked up at a used book store. They live in my bedroom and are my back-up, back-up, books, to be counted on when I was raided after the apocalypse by knife-wielding, leather jacketed SF readers that steal all my other books to fill the Last Library on Free Earth. Or, when I really want to switch gears. But anywho…

Apologies for not linking them all back to Amazon, but that’s a lot of books! (And they will get linked in the Bookshelf page eventually.) I have a shelf devoted to just new books and I giggle like a school girl when I spy them all. I can honestly say I am excited about each one of them. Uber geeky excited. Sort of embarrassing, really. There’s isn’t any more room on the to-read shelf. Like a goldfish, the collection has expanded to the size of its tank, so no more until I’ve caught up!

No more. Even though Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss is out already, and George R. R. Martin’s latest Song of Ice and Fire book, A Dance With Dragons, is coming this summer. And I already cheated by buying Deathless by Valente now…erk. Um. Yeah.

I gotta get reading.

*grin*

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