For several months (or years?), my shelf in our bedroom where I keep the books I want to read next has been mostly full of LDS last-days stuff, which I intended to read as research for a novel project. Tonight, I decided to put all those books down in my basement and bring up a fresh crop of books, which I'd like to think I could read my way through within the next year.
Below is the new list on my reading shelf, in no particular order. In choosing these, I admit I stayed over on the west side of my basement library, where I have been stockpiling more recently purchased books; I did not venture over to the large eastern shelf, where much guilt is shelved along with hundreds of books (on average, I tend to read only one out of every ten or twenty books I purchase).
The Widows of Eastwick, John Updike
Goodbye, I Love You, Carol Lynn Pearson
LaVell Meldrum Bigelow (my grandfather's personal history)
The Bad Girl, Mario Vargas Llosa
It Sucked and Then I Cried, Heather Armstrong
Summer of the Apocalypse, James Van Pelt
Earth Abides, George Stewart
Deliverance, James Dickey
Underworld, Don DeLillo
The Overton Window, Glenn Beck
The Hangman's Daughter, Oliver Potzsch (wow, five consonants in a row)
Room, Emma Donoghue
Kings of the Earth, Jon Clinch
The Keys of the Kingdom (Book 4, Standing in Holy Places), Chad Daybell
Heroes of the Fallen, David West
Realistically, I'm afraid this is more like two years' worth of reading than one, especially now that I've also got a Kindle stocked with a few books. I find that I tend to get through books more slowly on the Kindle because there's not a physical book sitting next to my bed, importuning to be read.
Any comments on any of these titles?