Being a librarian is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I get to spend some time everyday thinking about books, talking about books, and ordering books. It’s a curse, though, because the more time I spend hearing about new books or discovering old books that I should have read by now, I realize that I will in fact never, ever get through all the wonderful, mysterious, life-changing books there are to be read.
Here’s a small sample of what my current pile of books to be read (and finished) includes:
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I’ve actually started this one. Several people in our Main Street Book Club have raved about it, and I have determined to read it. It’s an epic love story about a woman honeymooning in Scotland who time travels back a few centuries. I’m looking forward to being immersed in another world.
Spillover by David Quammen. This has begun like a non-fiction version of Contagion, a chillingly good movie about a worldwide pandemic. I am by no means a fan of books with a lot of science in them, but this is too fascinating to be boring. The author details the beginning of diseases like AIDS, Ebola, Hendra, and SARS. It’s really a detective story, with scientists and health officials taking great risks to find the genesis of these viruses.
Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican. This intense coming-of-age tale was recently lauded by Gillian Flynn, who said “With Brutal Youth, Anthony Breznican has captured high-school life in all its gruesome, wild, survival-of-the-fittest lunacy. His portrait of teenagers—and the theoretical grownups who tend to them—is, by turns, painfully funny and painfully painful, but always sharp as a well-carved stick.”
All That Is Solid Melts Into Air by Darragh McKeon. A novel that centers on the Chernobyl disaster and also chronicles the end of the Soviet Union. I’m looking forward to this piece of historical fiction.
Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke. I actually got chills just reading the reviews. A thoroughly creepy novel about a mother and daughter stuck at home during a blizzard. Here’s to a few sleepless nights, at the very least.
What’s in your to-be-read (or to-be-finished) pile?