Sunday, June 16, 2013

TSS - Oldies, but Goodies? Unreadies!

Happy Sunday, folks! It's been a spectacularly bookish weekend. I spent a portion of my Saturday running errands and cleaning house and all that obligatory stuff, but after a delightful lunch with my mom, I came home and spent the rest of the day reading!!! I also recorded some BookTube videos for the week, including the one I'll be sharing in this post.

I've been really talented at ignoring my TBR lately. I've been reading lots of new books (downloads, purchases, ARCs), but I haven't been picking up NEARLY enough of those oft-ignored tomes that have lay in wait for YEARS. So in today's video, I've pulled down some of the books that have been waiting patiently  for my mood to swing their way.

Some of the oldest unread books on my stacks.
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  • Never Let Me Go by Katzuo Ishiguro
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  • The World According to Garp by John Irving
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  • Oracle Night by Paul Auster
  • The Bell by Iris Murdoch
  • Rebecca  by Daphne DuMaurier
  • The Body Artist by Don DeLillo
Which ones have you read, and what should I pick up first?

Rambles? Got 'em!

 

68 comments:

  1. I Capture the Castle has been on my shelf for a lonnnnng time too and I'm pretty positive I would adore it. I think I'm in the minority, but I was not a fan of Never Let Me Go. Kavalier and Clay, however, gets all my love.

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    1. Right! What's wrong with us, Shannon?! You're one of the few peeps I've heard who dislike Never Let Me Go (take a stand!), and I'm excited about Kavalier and Clay. It's another crap copy, so I might treat myself to a better version.

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  2. Rebecca has been on my shelf for ever as well, actually, my oldest daughter has had the time to read it now, and I still haven't!
    I'm like you, I pick up new releases, ARC's and all kinds of books that are coming my way, all the while ignoring my poor TBR pile.
    Have a beautiful Sunday, Andi!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. LOL, Lexxie! Hate it when that happens! I must restrain myself and read some of these TBRs or GET RID of them. Desperate measures, I tell you.

      Happy Sunday!

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  3. I'd skip all of them, and send them to Good Will :). I wasn't enamored with Kavalier and Klay and Rebecca has been sitting on my bookshelves too. It probably will be there in about five years.

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    1. Ha! Bryan, you're always the voice of reason. I seriously am thinking of chucking a good portion of my TBR if I can't make myself read them. Really...what's the point of having them sit unread.

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  4. I have a Tree Grows in Brooklyn on my shelf too- keep meaning to get to it. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is wonderful - definitely take that off the shelf and read it!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed Kavalier and Clay! And I wish you luck getting to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. :D

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  5. I've read and LOVED Rebecca...I plan to reread it one of these days!

    Enjoy!

    Here's SUNDAY UPDATES/MAILBOX MONDAY

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  6. Holy Christ on a popsicle stick, read Never Let Me go right now!

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    1. LOL! I've heard pogo stick, but never popsicle stick! Will do, sir! ;)

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  7. I haven't read any of them, although it's in the back of my mind to read Rebecca ... but that might never happen. I'm a ruthless "get rid of stuff person" so any books that languish on my shelves for too long, and I'm pretty sure I'll never get to them, I donate to my library ... and borrow them in case I actually ever do want to read them.

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    1. Tanya Patrice, I have been in the last few years. I've culled a lot of books but I need to do more. As I was telling Bryan above, if I don't read them soon I'm going to be ditching a lot more. There's no reason for them to sit there unread clogging up my reading mojo.

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  8. I have books on my tbr stacks that have been there since I was in high school. And yes, I know I should just cull them if I haven't managed to get around to them yet (I just had my 20th *college* reunion if that gives you a sense of it) but I am just certain that some of these are undiscovered gems that I will eventually live long enough to read.

    I've read some on your list and have many others stashed away in my tbr piles too. ;-) I Capture the Castle is great, as is Northanger Abbey. Most people love A Tree Grows in Brooklyn but I found myself lukewarm on it. I read The World According to Garp at the tender age of 12 but I still remember parts of it vividly. Whether that's because it was good or because it was so shocking to my innocent self, I can't really say. And I may be alone in this, but I loathe Don DeLillo. I will admit I was probably too young when I read The Body Artist but I disliked it immensely. So, a bit more than 2 cents worth of input there. ;-)

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    1. I hear ya, Kristen. I feel the same way -- especially about classics (and new classics) and books I've seen recommended by some of my fave bloggers. Those are books I can rarely cull.

      Thanks for sharing the ones you've read. And the ones you've loathed! That seems to be a popular sentiment with DeLillo. AT least it's a short book if I decide to try it. I Capture the Castle, Never Let Me Go, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn are probably nearest the top of my intentions to read.

      I love your 2 cents+!

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  9. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one of my favorites - I first read it when I was 11 and then reread it a few years ago and it was just as good as an adult. I also recommend I Capture the Castle, which I listened to as an audiobook and it was excellent.

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    1. Thanks, Alyce! These two are definitely at the top of my intended list. There's no way they would get culled.

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  10. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn! Ohhh my word. That is one of my all time ALL TIME favorites :)You will adore it. I promise!

    I went through a Irving phase where I gobbled up everything of his. Cider House was my favorite and I'm sure I read Meany but I'm doing the readalong anyway because I can't REMEMBER.

    I've meant to read Rebecca for a million years..sigh.

    We really ought to make some sort of rule for ourselves. Read an old book in between the new ones? I don't know but you've sure reminded me of all of the books languishing on my own shelves.

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    1. Yayyy! If I can buckle down and get past the first 50 pages. I can DO IT!

      LOL re: Irving. I started and stopped Owen Meany, Garp (at some point), and A Widow for One Year. But I do remember that with Cider House it took a while to get REALLY hooked in. I'm looking forward to trying again.

      We should! That would really help cut down on some of the ignoring of the piles. That's one of the reasons I find myself really invested in projects like The Estella Project because it does prompt me to read some of those backlist titles I've been ignoring for so long. I need a push!

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  11. I say trash Body Artist and pick up Tree Grows.

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    1. LOL, thanks, Debbie! That seems to be the consensus.

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  12. The only one I've read is The World According to Garp and it's been years. I do remember liking it though. I need to cull my books.

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    1. Kathy, it's a daunting process isn't it? Mine are really down to a much more management level than they have been in years. I shucked off a lot of miscellaneous titles throughout the last couple of moves. But now it's far more obvious the books I'm NOT reading. They can stare at me with disapproving looks. lol

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  13. You have some great books there! I studied The Bell at school and it's one of my favourite books & the book that got me hooked on Murdoch. I'd read that or Rebecca first if I were you.

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    1. Thanks, Sam! I hear and read so little about Murdoch. What others of hers have you read? I have The Sea, The Sea and The Book and the Brotherhood on my shelves.

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  14. I kind of agree with Bryan and think that you should chuck the ones you're pretty sure you're never going to read. On the other hand, I have some of the same books in my reading pile that's been sitting for years too. :-)

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    1. From this list, I think I'll read all of them. But as I look over my shelves I do see some that can go -- books I won in giveaways that I didn't really want, or unsolicited ARCs that I've been holding onto and not reading. Those can definitely go.

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  15. I did a massive book purge last month. I finally conceded that there were some shelf-sitters that I was just not going to get to. That was hard though :)

    Right now I'd say pick up Rebecca. Love that!

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    1. It's tough, but good for you for being strong, Iliana! Definitely buying a new copy of Rebecca so I don't have to deal with the yucky mass market copy.

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  16. I've read:

    I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
    Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier

    I'm pretty sure I've read The Body Artist, but I might be confusing it with another DeLillo. Can't remember. If I did, it didn't stick with me. Loved I Capture the Castle but Rebecca is one of those books that I loved so much I'm disappointed that I can never read it for the first time, again.

    I have a few of the other titles on my stacks, of course. The Paul Auster, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, the Irving and Northanger Abbey. Actually, Jane Austen is excellent *any* time.

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    1. Read a description of The Body Artist and I'm sure it's the one I read. It's worth throwing at a wall or placing in the circular receptacle of your choice. Terrible book, IMHO.

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    2. Yay for Castle and Rebecca! They do look so good.

      Jane Austen is delightful always.

      And bummer about DeLillo. I may give it a few pages because it's short, but I doubt I'll seek out anything else of his.

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  17. Never let me go and a tree grows in Brooklyn, very different, both great.

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    1. Thanks, Joanna!! They both look wonderful.

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  18. Don't skip all of them. Some are so good! I loved Never Let Me Go, I Capture the Castle, and Rebecca. I hope you get to some of these soon.

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    1. No intentions to skip all of them. IN fact, this stack is all stuff I fully intend to read. I have others on my shelves that I should go through and give up because I probably, realistically, will never read them. Sad, but true. :(

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  19. I've read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Rebecca, and Never Let Me Go. I'd start with Never Let me go.

    I read one Don DeLillo and that was enough for me. I don't feel an overwhelming need to read another Paul Auster, either, but I know people love him. To each their own!

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    1. Thanks, MJ!

      I don't think I'd like Paul Auster as much as I do if I hadn't read his memoirs. It was a great insight into his work, and I like seeing anecdotes from his real life pop into his fiction. That part is fun.

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    2. That's a good point. I read "Sunset Park" maybe a year or two ago, and was really put off. Maybe I should try something else by him. Eventually.

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  20. The only one I've read is Northanger Abbey, but it's been SO long I don't really remember it very well. I think I recall liking it, but truly, I just don't remember all that well :-/ Guess I should re-read it someday, lol.

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    1. Austen is pretty reliably good, but I think this is the least-read of her stuff. Maybe there's a good reason for that (forgettable?).

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  21. Well this makes me feel better! A Great and Terrible Beauty and Adventures of Kavalier and Clay are both on my TBR list! I think you should read Never Let Me Go right away. It's really good, and a quick read.

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    1. LOL, I'm glad! We're all in the same big readerly, overstocked boat! Thanks for the rec of Never Let Me Go.

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  22. I vote for reading Never Let Me Go. I read Rebecca and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn as a kid and that's so long ago. I read Northranger Abbey, but it didn't stick. I also recall reading Garp when it came out because everyone was reading it -- but it just seemed very clever and didn't interest me that much. I remember rip tides, wrestling and bears from my early Irving period, but little else.

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    1. Thanks, Barbara! That seems to be an overwhelming favorite so far. Irving does have that pretentious way about him sometimes.

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  23. I Capture the Castle is one of my all-time favorites. I should really do a re-read soon. I'm reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn right now, and I think I am a little bit in love with it. I kinds want you to read A Great & Terrible Beauty because it's spool cheesy, and yet I loved it. I have never successfully finished an Iris Murdoch novel, so good luck with that one.

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    1. Yayyy for Capture the Castle! And I'm so glad you're in love with Tree Grows in Brooklyn!

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  24. I really enjoyed Never Let Me Go. :)

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    1. Woot! Another vote for that one!

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  25. It depends. Did you see the movie of Never Let Me Go? If NOT I'd read that first. I Capture the Castle is short but sweet, and I think you'll like it.

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    1. I didn't even know there was a movie! Oh! Yes I did! But no, I haven't seen it.

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  26. Oh, don't remind me of all the unread books on my shelves! There are over 300 there *blushes*

    As for your list, I have read:
    Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
    Never Let Me Go by Katzuo Ishiguro
    I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
    Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier

    I am in the minority in liking Northanger Abbey, so I wonder if it'd be a good fit for you. I particularly loved I Capture the Castle and Rebecca and I think either would be really good to start with.

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    1. You've read all the best ones! :) I'm always up for Austen, so I'll definitely try it.

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  27. Loved Northanger Abbey, still have my school copy from 35 yrs ago! Also a big fan of Never Let Me Go, Rebecca, The Bell but less impressed by Castle. I have the Betty Smith and Libba Bray TBR but I have so many ARCs these days God knows when I'll get round to them...a serious case of book neglect here!

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    1. That's an awesome endorsement of Northanger Abbey! I hear ya re: ARCs and book neglect. I'm thinking of forcing myself to read something from the TBR between new books.

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  28. There are so many good books on this list but you should definitely start with Rebecca! It is amazing!

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    1. Thanks, DeniseF! I should be near one of my fave book stores tonight and tomorrow, so maybe I can snag a new edition that I'll actually read!

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  29. My brother in law let me borrow Kavalier & Clay about two years ago, and I still haven't read it yet. I really should get to that, as I know he wants it back!

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    1. LOL, sounds like me, Sarah.

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  30. A Great and Terrible Beauty is a favorite of mine.

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    1. Thanks for letting me know! Some of my bestest YA reading book buddies have really enjoyed it, too.

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  31. Rebecca is my favorite on the list! I read Northanger but I didn't love it as much as other Austen novels. I'm not a huge fan of A Great and Terrible Beauty, but I love The Diviners by Libba Bray! I didn't really connect with Never Let Me Go or I Capture the Castle, but I'm definitely in the minority on both of those.

    Several of the books I haven't read sound very interesting! Good luck on reading them! Paul Aster and The Bell both sound great!

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  32. Love your rambles! :) It's always a nice change to hear and see a blogging friend!

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  33. Reading I Capture the Castle and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn back to back could either be a super-fantastic double feature or a bad idea b/c they have some similarities. They are both coming-of-age tales of smart young women who aspire to be writers, and who have interesting, complicated families. And they are both awesome. I vote I Capture the Castle as I think of it as being the more summery one, for some reason.

    A note about Tree Grows in Brooklyn - I thought the book seemed a little too 'precious' at first, but I didn't feel that way as the novel progressed. So perhaps that is what has stalled you about before.

    Northanger Abbey is lovely, I think - and Mr. Tilney is kind of snarky which I enjoy.

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  34. Northanger Abbey is the least Austen of the Austens but still well-worth reading. I adore Rebecca as well. Kavalier and Clay - I see that you mentioned treating yourself to a new copy. I'd highly recommend going audio on this one - I listened to it a few years ago and the audio was excellent.

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  35. REBECCA!!! Oh, and I totally got a nook HD today. I partially blame you. :) Also, why do we have to have books RIGHT NOW when we know that we won't read them for years. I'm notoriously bad about this--as if ALL THE BOOKS will disappear one day.

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  36. I won't say i loved Never Let Me Go is a favorite but i am very glad i read it. You'll cry though!

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