November 8, 2018

Backlist Books I Still Need To Read

Yesterday's Top Ten Tuesday topic was Backlist Books I Still Need to Read. Backlist is kind of a nebulous criterion. Basically it means books that aren't newly published. But what is "new"? This year? The last 2 years? The internet is no help. The point is moot in this case because all the books on my TBR are backlist. I'll still give you a nice list of 10, though, because it's fun to read about books.

Fall of the House of Vanderbilt

Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt by Arthur T. Vanderbilt II - This was published in 1991. I don't even know if I can find a copy of it, now. It's been on my list for over 4 years. I have a strange fascination with the lives of the rich and famous from time past. Today's rich and famous I don't care about. Unless they're rich and famous and royal.

Midnight in Siberia

Midnight In Siberia: A Train Journey Into the Heart of Russia by David Greene - Another weird fascination of mine: modern Russia. Or just Russia in general, really. I read Gorky Park in middle school, and it just took off. This came out in 2014.

Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay by Lindsay Hatton - We took our honeymoon in Monterey and I have meant to read this book ever since it came out in 2016.

Shades of Milk and Honey

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal - This is supposed to be like Jane Austen with magic. It came out in 2010. There are now 5 books in this series.

The Madwoman Upstairs

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell - This one is only 2.5 years old, but it's got a Bronte connection. I only just realized that. Now I know why it's on my list.

Gold Fame Citrus

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins - This one is from 2015. It's a dystopian novel about California after the water runs out.

A Share in Death

A Share In Death by Deborah Crombie - Because what I definitely need is to start another long-running mystery series. Definitely. This came out in 2003.

Three Bags Full

Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann, translated by Anthea Bell - I put this on my list 2 years ago when I overheard a Barnes and Noble employee recommend it to a customer as a fun mystery wherein the sheep are the detectives.

Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin - I put this on my list before the book was even published 2 years ago. And there it still sits. In my defense, I've been a little busy, but I didn't realize it'd been two years!

Swing Time

Swing Time by Zadie Smith - I have a lot of Zadie Smith books on my TBR, despite having never actually read a Zadie Smith book. This one has been on my list since it came out 2 years ago. I think there are at least 2 more since then.

I made this more fun by keeping it to books I don't already own. Because I'm a nerd who thinks limiting my list makes it "more fun". I hate to ask, but I will anyway: what books are on your TBR list for way too long?