Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!
Here’s my musing for this week–
This great illustration by Tom Gauld has been making the rounds lately, and I’ve read several posts from bloggers who examined their own bookshelves to find examples from each category. I decided to join the fun!
Here are my picks from my bookshelves that fit these categories. I’m only selecting physical books that are on my actual bookcases at home-no library books or eBooks allowed!
The last book I read that I own was The Gastronomy of Marriage: A Memoir of Food and Love by Michelle Maisto. I’m a big fan of books about all aspects of how food and cooking impact our culture, and I liked this memoir of how food, cooking, and eating played a role in the author’s courtship and marriage to her husband. Plus–cool cover!
INTENDING TO READ
Chang and Eng by Darin Strauss has been at the top of my TBR list for awhile. Unfortunately it keeps getting bumped by library books that have non-negotiable due dates. This is a historical fictional account of two conjoined twins who lived during the late 1800s-early 1900s—and who actually married two sisters. Once my library pile is under control (wishful thinking!) I want to get started on this book.
I’m in the middle of The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach and although I ‘m really enjoying it, it’s a huge book and it’s not one that I want to rush through. There are so many other books that I also want to be reading–plus, a ton of library holds have all come in at the same time—so I’m choosing to take a lot of breaks from this book and read other things. I know I’ll finish this book eventually—I’ve got too much invested in the wonderful characters to abandon them!—but I just don’t know when that’s going to happen.
PRETEND I’VE READ
I really can’t recall pretending to read anything. I’m pretty honest about what I do and don’t read. I can’t find anything on my shelves that I’ve fibbed about reading.
SAVING FOR WHEN I HAVE MORE TIME
I really want to read and savor Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln by Janis Cooke Newman—but at just over 600 pages, it’s going to take me some time. I’m so intrigued by the premise of this historical novel that’s told through the voice of Lincoln’s wife, but this may be a book that I save for winter. I can totally see myself reading this all curled up in a quilt while there’s a blizzard outside!
WILL NEVER READ
I’ve got a paperback copy of Crime & Punishment by Dostoyevsky sitting on my shelf that I’ve had since high school. The reality is that I’m never going to choose this book over the others that are on my TBR list—but for some reason, I just can’t get rid of it.
PURELY FOR SHOW
One of the many perks of working at a bookstore years ago was taking advantage of the very generous employee discount. I have several big “coffee table” books that I never would have been able to afford otherwise. One of them is the history-geek-worthy Homes of the Presidents by Bill Harris. (No—it is not filled with page after page of White House photos—it’s all the pre-presidential houses!) This is a great browsing book but I’ve read very little of the text.
READ, BUT CAN’T REMEMBER A SINGLE THING ABOUT IT
For awhile I was really into David Baldacci’s thrillers, and I’ve got a bunch of them sitting here—but for the life of me I cannot remember a single character or plotline from any of them!
WISH I HADN’T READ
I’m stumped on this one! I’m sure there are books that I wish I hadn’t spent time reading, but I must have given them away. If I don’t want to remember reading it, I probably don’t want it taking up space on my shelves!
How about you? Do we have any books in common in any of these categories? Which of your books would you choose? Please share!