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What's in your to-be-read pile?

Asked by Hawaii_Jake (35234points) 1 month ago

Next, I want to read Harvey Fierstein’s memoir I Was Better Last Night.

What’s on your nightstand that you’ll be reading next?

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Demosthenes's avatar

These are my kinds of questions. :)

Next up for me includes:

Runaway Horses by Yukio Mishima
Black Swans by Eve Babitz
Professor of Apocalypse: The Many Lives of Jacob Taubes by Jerry Z. Muller
Anti-Intellectualism in American Life by Richard Hofstadter

Caravanfan's avatar

Starting a trilogy on the US involvement in WW2 African, Italian and Northern European theater.

janbb's avatar

Klara and the Sun by Ishigura
Harlem Shuffle by Colsun Whitehead
The next Louise Penny when it comes out in August

James McBride The Color of Water

filmfann's avatar

Blood, Sweat, and Chrome by Kyle Buchanan, about the making of Mad Max: Fury Road.

canidmajor's avatar

Something with “Paris” in the title (I have eight I haven’t read yet)
The next in the Sholan Alliance series (sci fi)
Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippe Gregory
Violeta by Isabel Allende
Fledgling by Octavia Butler
Something by Ellis Peters (Brother Cadfael)
And if I have the patience for it, White Lotus by John Hersey

It depends on my mood when I’m ready to start something.

KNOWITALL's avatar

I have a lot of lovely poetry books mom left me. I believe I’ll read selected poems by Robert Frost. Emily Dickinson is next.

Blackwater_Park's avatar

I happened on a first print of the Godfather by Mario Puzo at a yard sale, that’s next.

JLeslie's avatar

How Doctors Think
100 Side Hustles

My dad sent the books to me.

gondwanalon's avatar

“Mindful Athlete” and “Mind over Water”


gondwanalon's avatar

@JLeslie I need to read that book.
Over the last 21 years I’ve had a few debates with my cardiologists about what is the best treatment for my heart condition. I’ve always gotten the treatment most suitable for my lifestyle. One time it ugly.

JLeslie's avatar

@gondwanalon I’ve read the first chapter. It only reinforced what I knew already, which isn’t good! Lol. I rarely read books, but this book has drawn me in. I do think the book will teach me something that will be useful in the future.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Literally in a pile by my bed. I bought all these from the used book sellers on Amazon. Ridiculously cheap, always below $10 US and often below $5 US.

The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead

Annals of the Former World
by John McPhee

Leonardo da Vinci
by Walter Isaacson

Mimishu1995's avatar

Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth
A People’s History of the American Revolution
Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners During the Revolutionary War

A bit off-topic, but to be honest, I think I’m experiencing burn-out right now regarding my story. I have been working so hard on it that now I just feel really worn out looking at my work. I’m taking a break from it for a while, and those books are the research books that I should have read but can’t :(

Zaku's avatar

That’s a ridiculously long list . . . I’m currently on Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses

KNOWITALL's avatar

@Zaku That sounds interesting, moss has many uses.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@Zaku That’s interesting. The question is asking for what you have in a stack to be read.

Zaku's avatar

I have a stack (well, a few stacks) of books that I have started reading, and would like to finish, but have not finished yet.

And I have quite a few books I want to read, that I haven’t started reading yet, or started reading years ago, and haven’t made it into the current slowly-occasionally-reading stacks.

I could list most of them, but it would be a project that might take a while . . .

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@Zaku I’m not sure whether to smile serenely or open my mouth in horror.

Jeruba's avatar

I have scores of books, maybe hundreds, awaiting my attention, some new and some decades old, but I virtually never know what I’m going to read next. Usually I just wait and see what I feel like when I finish my current read. There’s a stack of ten next to my bed and a whole bookcase next to that, many of which are TBR.

I often alternate between heavy and light, and/or fiction and nonfiction, but there’s no system to it. More likely I just reach for a mood and then see what I’ve got that fits it.

I’ve just finished Emily St. John Mandel’s wonderful Sea of Tranquility. Not sure where I’ll go next. Sometimes I just read magazines for a day or two between books. I’m kind of thinking about either a Dickens novel, maybe Bleak House, or another book on Russia.

@canidmajor, I read White Lotus in my twenties and loved it.

@Call_Me_Jay, I think all those big Isaacson biographies are great reads. I hope you enjoy that one as much as I did.

canidmajor's avatar

@Jeruba There was a whole weird family story about why I didn’t read it before, and I always meant to sneak read it later, then I forgot. I just rediscovered it, and I’m kind of looking forward to it.

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