Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Sunday Salon - The Shrunken TBR

Mornin' bloggers! It's been a very bookish weekend. I dropped Greyson off yesterday for a visit with the fam, and quickly did some shopping. With some new jeans and a rad military-style jacket under my belt, I headed home to settle down with Madame Bovary. Just as many of you have pointed out, Madame Bovary is not a nice person. But I also know this novel is considered a hallmark of literary realism, and bitchy is the m.o. of the movement. I read Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie in grad school and really liked that one, and it was a whole lot of bummer. I'm ok with bummer sometimes!

I've been looking at my TBR a lot this weekend. Wanna see? Click to embiggen...



Having so few books in my possession is a great help (the rest are in storage). I don't spend tons of time waffling about what to read next when I have a small group of great choices in front of me. Also, note the jack-o-lantern candle holder. A Greyson original. So, in short, I'll be choosing from this pile next. Let me know what you'd like to endorse. :D

The rest of my day will be uneventful. Kiddo will be coming home, I'm hunkering down with more Madame Bovary until then, and doing a little blog surfing to see what the rest of you are up to on this lazy Sunday.

19 comments:

  1. When we moved to Pierre I unpacked very few of our (my) books. I decided that I'd read library books and books from this one small box, and then I could open the next box, etc. Eventually we had to give up some of our storage and now we have one small set of shelves of our own (my) books unpacked. I think I've read four of my own books in the last year. Meanwhile, my shelf of library books is groaning.

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  2. I don't think I've read any of the books you've pictured, so I'll pick Never Let Me Go. My mother really enjoyed Queen Elizabeth in the Garden.

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  3. I am jealous of your TBR pile. Mine is astronomical to the point that it causes major stress. :)

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  4. Is that I Capture the Castle I see up top? That gets my vote!

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  5. Ooh, I love Sister Carrie! Fantastic book. Though I like An American Tragedy even better.

    I don't know. Madame Bovary just didn't work for me. When I read it, Jason looked it up and discovered that Flaubert was apparently a wildly romantic writer, and a friend challenged him to write a realistic novel about the most boring topic he could find. This novel was the result of the dare, which really cracks me up. It reminded me so much of Anna Karenina (a novel I also despise) that I had an even harder time with it. I'm glad you're liking it tons more than I did!

    As for your TBR, there's only one on there that Ive both read and liked so I'm choosing Never Let Me Go. :D

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  6. Your TBR pile is what mine should look like - I think someone really needs to host an intervention on my behalf.

    I haven't read many of the books you've pictured, but I have I Capture the Castle on my shelf waiting desperately to be read so I'll choose that one. The movie's great fun too!

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  7. Most of my books are in storage, too. It is why I read so much from the library... I finally have a bit of a TBR pile here now, though, so I am going to actually start reading them.

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  8. You should read I Capture The Castle soon, it's a wonderful book.

    I love how small your TBR is,you've almost made me want to separate a few of my TBR books out and put them somewhere else, just so I can create the illusion of a small TBR!

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  9. I haven't read Madame Bovary, maybe someday. Never Let Me Go is the only one on you pile that I've read, and I thought it was pretty good.

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  10. I'm trying to get my TBR to look like this... slowly. Many of my books are at my parents house, so I only have about 60 here in our apartment. My goal is to read all of them this year.

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  11. Is that The True Story of Hansel and Gretel hiding in the corner? I love that novel.

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  12. I have my Old TBRs and my New TBRs...I keep them in separate rooms.

    The old stack is down to thirty right now...and the newer ones, probably at around the same number.

    So I am making progress...Yay!

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  13. Looks like you've kept yourself a nice variety of books. I just redid my bookshelves and seeing what all I had made it so much harder to pick my next book. Maybe I should box some up and just leave myself some prime choices!

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  14. I vote for I Capture the Castle!

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  15. Having a small TBR to choose from - genius idea. They all look pretty good, so I can't really decide on one. I'm THAT indecisive when it comes to the next book to read, even for other people!!

    I haven't tried Madame Bovary yet but she is waiting on my own (mammoth) TBR pile. I'll try and get to her this year.

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  16. Congrats on being able to create such a slim pile of books! I, like most bloggers, wish I could tame mine that well. One of my New Year's goals is to focus on quality fiction (such as Sister Carrie which I adored) instead of quantity, and I think you're on to something with only have a small selection to choose from instead of an overwhelming bookcase.

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  17. I'm backing I Capture The Castle.

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  18. Never Let Me Go and I Capture the Castle are my two choices. And I do think it's easier to choose when you don't have books scattered all over cluttering up every room in the house, which is what is happening here. Good luck with the picking!

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  19. I really like I Capture the Castle so much - the book and the movie!!

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