Sunday, June 19, 2005

So Many Books, So Little Time

Isn't he dreamy? I just watched six hours of Pride and Prejudice on DVD this weekend, including scenes that were cut when it was shown on A&E. Since I don't have time to re-read P&P at the moment, the mini-series had to do, and watching Colin Firth is never a hardship.

Do you ever look at your TBR pile, and wonder if you'll ever get to the books that are lying there, just waiting for you to open them, and see what lies within? I do. Right now, my TBR pile is in danger of falling over on me, so that I can't get up!

At the moment, I'm reading:

Nemesis by Peter Evans (Did Ari Onassis conspire to kill Bobby Kennedy?)
Enchanted Inc. by Shanna Swendson
Wonder Woman down to Earth
Brian Trust by Christpher Golden and Rick Hautula
The BAP handbook
No Plot, No Problem

At the top of my TBR pile are:

The Lawless Decade - A pictorial history of the 1920's
Jewish History and Culture
Harlem Renaissance
If Andy Warhol had a girlfriend by Alison Pace
The Break-Out Novel Handbook
Fire Me Up by Katie Macalister

This list doesn't include the 15 books I listed earlier as my summer reading. I just read in Entertainment Weekly, that John Berendt, who wrote one of my favorite books, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, has a new book coming out this fall set in Venice, one of my favorite cities. Bastard!

Nick Hornby has a new book out, Candace Bushnell also has a book coming out. Every month, I open my copy of RT, and nearly swoon from the number of books reviewed. I'm totally behind on my Nora Roberts reading. Do you know it would probably take you around 3-4 years just trying to read her backlist? I have to limit myself to her single titles and her J.D. Robb books. Then there are the writers in my chapter I need to read, not to mention my chick-lit friends who have books out. Some of these wonderful women (Lani, Alesia, Marianne, Liz) have more than one coming out this year! I get tired just thinking about it.

I still have books from two Nationals ago that I haven't read yet. THe one good thing about missing National this year, is I won't be dragging home a suitcase full of books. Of course, that's also one of the reasons I'm upset about missing Nationals. The free books!

Then there are all the classics I haven't read yet. Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Wharton, James to mention a few. I've read some of their books, but I haven't touched the surface. And what about the poets?

I want to read them all, but I just can't. Not to mention all the stories bouncing around in my head ready to be written. Excuse me while I have a lie down from all the effort.

Anyone else about to be swallowed whole by their TBR pile?


Anonymous said...

Wow! That's a lot of books. I'm not swamped by my tbr pile :) You can't go wrong with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in Pride & Prejudice }:)

MaryF said...

Honey. I am addicted to buying books. I haven't read the books I brought back from the NEW ORLEANS conference, if that tells you. I've stopped going to the UBS because I can't keep up with what I have. I have about a dozen Intimate Moments, another dozen hardcovers that have since come out in paperback, about 3 Linda Howards, 3 Noras, 3 Suzanne Brockmanns, 3 Catherine Mann. And I have about $70 worth of books on my Amazon wishlist. It's sad, really.

MHGibson said...

You know, I went to the movies yesterday to see the Traveling Pants and one of the previews was for "Pride and Prejudice" coming in September with Keira Knightly as Elizabeth. And they showed some schlub as Mr. Darcy and my husband and I turned to each other and said, "He's NOT Mr. Darcy!" Colin Firth will always be Mr. Darcy to me.

And yes, I've owned the P&P DVD for three years. *BG*

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

Mary, I feel your pain. I just got rid of my books from the NO conference!

Marley, the Austen Blog has some early reviews of the new P&P. Apparently, Ms. Knightly doesn't come off to well although Darcy does. Yes, Colin will always be Mr. Darcy to me. I don't know why they had to remake P&P, when Northanger Abbey hasn't been done, and we need a decent version of Mansfield Park!