Books I Have(n’t Read)

After a fleeting 60-degree day on Saturday, this week brought chillier temps and a fresh layer of snow. Immediately after staring out at the wintry weather and pouring myself a hot cup of coffee on the morning it hit, I felt that familiar urge to curl up and get lost in a book.

Looking at the long list of “books to read” that I keep on my phone, I instinctively found myself on Amazon, ready to order a few. Then I thought, wait a minute, what am I doing? I have a whole bookshelf of books upstairs, several of which have yet to be touched. Buying books is my bad habit.

Craving more narratives and less Netflix in my life (though I love me some Netflix), I’ve set a goal to try and get through all the books I own, but haven’t read, over the next couple of months. Here’s my upcoming reading list, in no particular order.

Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
I’ve heard a gazillion times that this memoir is a funny, yet twisted story. It’s a book I’ve had for years, and for one reason or another, just never read it.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Yes, this is a young adult book. Do I care? Nope. I’ve had the first book in this popular trilogy for a couple of years now too, bought on clearance from Amazon, but haven’t dedicated the time to it. I’ve been told that, once I start, I won’t want to put it down. Is it true? There hasn’t been a time when I felt like I could just marathon read, so I’ve been hesitant to start. Winter seems appropriate.

Copper and Stone by Bethany Snyder
This book of short stories was written by a friend of mine. At book readings, I’ve listened to her read several of them and am looking forward to diving in for myself.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Yet another one that I’ve had for a couple years now, but never touched. I’m a fan of Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything Is Illuminated, but am not sure what to expect from this book about a boy looking to solve mysteries left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11.

Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
I can’t remember what led me to buy this book, and I have to admit, I’m least excited about this one. Based on reviews and excerpts, it seems like it might be tough to get through. Written from the perspective of a drug addict, I’ve read that it’s disjointed and written in a stream of consciousness format that doesn’t quite make sense because, well, it’s the stream of consciousness of a drug addict. However, it was banned in several major U.S. cities for years (intriguing), and, in 2010, made Time’s list of the 100 best English language novels published since 1923. That’s gotta be something, right? I’ll give it a shot.

In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney
You may have seen this one pop up on my Instagram stories, if you follow along with me there, because I am in love with this book. There are so many amazing and inspiring women in these pages. I purchased In the Company of Women right when it came out, read a few interviews and flipped through the pages, but haven’t had the time to sit down and get through it all. I think, with this one, I’ll try to read a couple interviews at a time, rather than plowing through it all at once. Gotta savor it.

If you’ve read any of these, I’d love to hear what you thought! Do you have a stack of books waiting around to be read too, or do you read them as you buy? Or, maybe you don’t even buy books at all. As for me, once I get through this pile, I think it’s time for a library card.

What’re you reading this winter? Anything that’s a must-read?