Yesterday, like I said, I went to Oxford. It was a strange experience. Going without kids, travelling by train. I can't remember the last time I did that. And the thing that I like most about taking public transport, aside from all that extra reading time, is being nosey and checking out what other people are reading. Other people must do that too, surely? I've never gotten up the nerve to actually ASK such a person what they're reading, but I do try to walk by several times and glance surreptitiously. Who knows, maybe I'm not all that subtle about it like I think I am.
And yes, people were reading mostly newspapers and magazines (boring). But there were a few others like me, with their noses in their books. And as I was quite into my own novel, I wasn't able to check out many titles. I did see one lady with The Shack by William Young and another girl with a Tamora Pearce book. But at one point, I looked up to see if the train approaching was for me and realised I'd been standing next to this man reading who was so engrossed in his own book that he didn't even take a glance at the train. And he was reading in such a way that I could clearly see what book it was. Ninteen Eighty Four by George Orwell.
And I thought to myself, man, there's a book I should read. I've been meaning to for years, it keeps being short-listed as a book I'd like to read and I never get around to it. When I came home and had a look at my shelves, I found there were loads of books like that. Three Sarah Waters' books, On Beauty by Zadie Smith, all those Kate Atkinson books I'm hoarding.
So, I thought I'd try to keep better track of them. Write them all down and maybe by looking at them, things might change. Magically. It's interesting, the things that are on people's TBR shelves, right? I thought so, you can look at the list too. It's here. I tried to change the date so that it wouldn't show up in google reader and whatever, but it didn't quite work. Sorry. Here's the list.
You could make suggestions for me to read next? Which ones to avoid, maybe? You can tell me how great a certain title is and I'll feel guilty that I've had the book for more than a year (or more) and still haven't gotten around to it. I must read more of my own books! I must, I must. Or you can just tell me something nice, like how your TBR list is so much longer and makes mine look puny. Either way, I'll be happy!
How many books are on your TBR list anyway?