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29 December 2015 @ 05:14 pm
To Be Read 2016  

I’ve just moved most of our TBR shelf into the living room, where it can be seen and therefore perhaps take on greater urgency than being in the library (which seems like the sensible place for it, but we, y’know, *live* in the living room…). 90% of the books on it are more than 6 months old; 75% are more than a year old. Anything LEFT on it at the end of 2016 is going to the used bookstore unread, because enough is enough. I personally have about 40 books on the shelf, excluding graphic novels, ten of which are non-fiction and which I don’t reasonably expect to read all of in 2016.

Behind the cut lies the almost inevitably incomplete To Be Read list. Books with a star beside them are first-in-series and may be moved to to the end of the list, depending on whether the whole series is available; books marked L/I/K/E T/H/I/S are books I bounced off, and books in parentheses are new purchases in 2016.

My next goal is to be buying more books on my Kobo, so a *physical* TBR shelf doesn’t have to be moved from one house to another ever again. :P

The TBR Shelf of Books By People I Know:
Berg, Carol: DUST & LIGHT*
Cornell, Paul: LONDON FALLING*
Elliott, Kate: COLD MAGIC*
Harkaway, Nick: ANGELMAKER
Kay, Guy Gavriel: RIVER OF STARS
Lynch, Scott: THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES
Macallan, Ben: DESDAEMONA
McKenna, Juliet E: BLOOD IN THE WATER, BANNERS IN THE WIND, IRONS IN THE FIRE
Robinson, Kim Stanley: AURORA, GREEN EARTH
Sagara, Michelle: SILENCE, TOUCH
Shevdon, Mike: STRANGENESS & CHARM + a couple others i think
Sperring, Kari: THE GRASS KING’S CONCUBINE
Tchaikovsky, Adrian: EMPIRE IN BLACK AND GOLD

The TBR Shelf of Books By People I Don’t Know:
Brin, David: EXISTENCE
Buchanan, Col: FARLANDER*
Delaney, Joseph: THE SPOOK’S DESTINY
Friedman, Celia: LEGACY OF KINGS
Hambly, Barbara: RAN AWAY, GOOD MAN FRIDAY, CRIMSON TIDE
Heyer, Georgette: FRIDAY’S CHILD
Knight, Francis: /F/A/D/E/ /T/O/ /B/L/A/C/K/
Kristoff, Jay: SHADOWDANCER
Lyle, Anne: THE ALCHEMIST OF SOULS
Tregellis, Ian: BITTER SEEDS

Non-Fiction:
Clements, Jonathan: A BRIEF HISTORY OF KHUBILAI KHAN
Emmerson, Charles: THE FUTURE HISTORY OF THE ARCTIC
Farmelo, Graham: THE STRANGEST MAN
Garfield, Simon: JUST MY TYPE
Goldstone, Nancy: JOANNA
Isaacson, Rupert: THE HORSE BOY
Leon, Vicki: 4000 YEARS OF UPPITY WOMEN
Weatherford, Jack: SECRET HISTORY OF THE MONGOL QUEENS
Weir, Alison: ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE
Wilson, Ben: DECENCY & DISORDER

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

 
 
 
anthony_lionanthony_lion on December 29th, 2015 04:25 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking of plonking down the cash for an audiobook version of Brin's EXISTENCE.
(I have a 35 minute bus trip, one way, when I use the bus to work. eReaders or even paperbacks doesn't work all that well in a very crowded bus)
I just don't know if I'm ready for a 32Hour 30minute audiobook...
Alix (Tersa): iPod (tersa)tersa on December 29th, 2015 05:34 pm (UTC)
It's 2-3 months of commute entertainment!

Edited at 2015-12-29 05:35 pm (UTC)
Nicholas: manga-menwhyte on December 29th, 2015 05:37 pm (UTC)
I worked with Charles Emmerson about ten years ago. He was very young and keen then.

Alison Weir's Eleanor of Aquitaine is one of the best of many books about my favourite historical figure!
kitmizkit on December 29th, 2015 05:48 pm (UTC)
I've actually read the Eleanor book before! It's wonderful! Do you have other recommendations for books about her?

I'm about a third of the way thru FUTURE HISTORY and have learned things I didn't know about the Arctic. Lots of things, in fact. :)
Nicholas: astrologynwhyte on December 29th, 2015 06:05 pm (UTC)
I was lucky in that at the peak of my obsession with her, I had access to a copyright library!

In my early livejournal days I really enjoyed a collection of academic essays, Eleanor of Aquitaine: Lord and Lady ed. Bonnie Wheeler and John Carmi Parsons. No idea how easy it is to get hold of, mind you.

I'm sure you read A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by E. L. Konigsburg as a kid? That was the start of my own obsession, followed by W.L. Warren's Henry II.
kitmizkit on December 29th, 2015 06:39 pm (UTC)
I have not, in fact, read A PROUD TASTE! I'll have to remedy that! And I'll have a look for the essays, which sound absolutely fascinating. Woo! Thank you!
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on December 29th, 2015 06:47 pm (UTC)
The Carol Berg book is next up on my TBR shelf--she gets to jump the queue because she is so good.

Do I dare mention that the third Baba Yaga novel will be out in February? *ducks*
M. C. A. Hogarth: presenthaikujaguar on December 29th, 2015 08:20 pm (UTC)
Friday's Child is charming, and a quick read!
peadarogpeadarog on December 30th, 2015 05:27 pm (UTC)
Of the people you don't know, I'd highly recommend the Ian Tregellis, Bitter Seeds.
kitmizkit on December 30th, 2015 05:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah? I just blew through SPINDRIFT. Maybe I'll have a look at BITTER SEEDS next!
Chrysoulachrysoula on December 30th, 2015 05:43 pm (UTC)
The biggest problem with a virtual (ebook) TBR shelf is that it's really easy to lose stuff on it. >.> Unless you're a lot more compulsively organized than I am.
kitmizkit on December 30th, 2015 06:01 pm (UTC)
I should, now that you mention it, make a TBR category on my Kobo! Good idea! :)
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on December 31st, 2015 09:39 pm (UTC)
One of the reasons that I like this post (and do, every year or two when you make it) is that I can update my own lists from it. So thank you, and good luck. :)
kitmizkit on December 31st, 2015 09:41 pm (UTC)
thanks. <3 sorry about the calendar this year. maybe next year. :}