Soooo, we were supposed to be all moved on Tuesday, but we're not because of various last-minute admin delays and our buyers' generally rubbish super-lackadaisical conveyancer. So I thought I'd while away a little time by showing you the books I'm going to be reading soon...
As I've already mentioned, probably several times (I do repeat myself a lot, sorry!), I've been splitting my books into three loads for packing: books to go to my dad's for the foreseeable future (several cardboard boxes and a couple of strong bags), books to go into our temporary storage for a month or so (several large plastic boxes, which might be their home for a while given my lack of bookshelves at the new house) and a few books to go into a kind of mixed box that will be travelling with me when we move. It's got all sorts in it - a glass window dangly thingy and a picture to make my new room feel more like mine, a stack of DVDs to watch on my laptop, my journal, a pair of knitting needles and a new ball of wool... and a load of books. Obviously.
I'm basically going to try and work my way through these books before I start opening the other boxes. I've picked a mixture of books - adult fiction, YA, dystopian, contemporary, historical, plus various non-fiction books covering everything from autobiography to social sciences. This, then, will be my new, diminished, miniature TBR pile. I saw someone on YouTube describe it as 'book hauling from your own shelves', which I rather like! You wanna see? OF COURSE YOU DO! We all like a little book porn around here!
Having listed all of the books while I was prepping this post, I realise that in fact I have a LOT of books here - 42, in fact, not counting my current reads - which is probably enough for another ten months of reading the way I'm going at the moment. But hey. The fact that this seemed like a small, reasonable number of books to keep out for imminent reading just highlights the out-of-control scale of the REST of my book collection. Ooops. So, I'm currently reading The Pirates! In an Adventure with Moby Dick by Gideon Defoe, How Do You Want Me? by Ruby Wax, Screen Burn by Charlie Brooker, The Book Addict's Treasury by Julie Rugg and Lynda Murphy, An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison and the delightfully-titled Sitting Pretty: An Uninhibited History of the Toilet by Julie L. Horan (what can I say, sometimes these things come into the shop and my curiosity gets the better of me...). On to the books in the box!
~ The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke - Hanna made me buy it!
~ We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver - I've been meaning to read this for SO LONG and I'm looking forward to finally being able to watch the DVD.
~ So Many Books by Gabriel Zaid - An essay about how the unstoppable tide of new books affects readers, librarians and those in the publishing industry.
~ Wish You Were Here: England on Sea by Travis Elborough - The closest I'm going to get to a holiday until October!
~ Pete: My Journey with Tourettes by Pete Bennett - Autobiography by the sweet dude from Big Brother 7.
~ Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs: The Left Bank World of Shakespeare and Co. by Jeremy Mercer - A long-overdue reread of an old favourite.
~ Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson - I haven't read one of her books since I was about 11!
~ Damned by Chuck Palahniuk - My #1 auto-buy author... though having finally seen the movie, now I kinda wish I'd kept Fight Club out instead.
~ Stepford Wives by Ira Levin - I've been looking forward to this one for years!
~ Is It Just Me? by Miranda Hart - Katie recommended it, and when I saw it on my way home from our epic Leeds shopping spree, Charlotte persuaded me that just one more book wouldn't hurt... :)
~ Hotel Babylon by Imogen Edwards-Jones - Should be more fun now I have the brilliant TV cast in mind.
~ My Mad Fat Diary by Rae Earl - I loved the TV series, and Laura read and liked the book already.
~ If This is a Man/The Truce by Primo Levi - I've been after a copy for years, and finally found one in a charity shop last week!
~ Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon - This one's been culled and on the shop shelves once, but I took it back again for some light reading.
~ The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan - A load of people stuck on a lifeboat together in 1914? YES PLEASE.
~ The Radleys by Matt Haig - I refuse to cave and buy The Humans until I've read this one.
~ Easy by Tammara Webber - A gift from Jess, who read and adored it back in January.
~ Vivien's Heavenly Ice Cream Shop by Abby Clements - I liked Meet Me Under the Mistletoe when I read it in December, so Katie sent me this when she was done reading it for the Once Upon a Readathon.
~ Catch-22 by Joseph Heller - This seems to be a love/hate book, so it's about time I found out which side I'm on!
~ The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender - Hanna recommended it, and it looks light and sweet (exactly as a good cake should be!).
~ Exchange by Paul Magrs - YA novel about a bookshop. That was enough to persuade me!
~ A Note of Madness by Tabitha Suzuma - YA novel about a manic depressive musical prodigy.
~ A Voice in the Distance by Tabitha Suzuma - The sequel to A Note of Madness.
~ Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris - I've had it for a year and a half, but Alley recommended it recently which boosted it right up the pile.
~ The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson - This was a TV Book Club choice, and sounds deliciously bizarre.
~ An Education by Lynn Barber - Finally, FINALLY, I'll be able to watch the DVD!
~ Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan - A reread of the first novel in the series.
~ Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan - Because the new movie's coming out, woohoo!
~ Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan - I've been meaning to read this for ages, but Dani's recent 5-star review pushed it up the pile...
~ It's Not Me, It's You! by Jon Richardson - If I had a spirit animal, it would probably be Jon Richardson. Or maybe a puffin.
~ Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture by Ariel Levy - Hello, neglected social science books!
~ Once More, With Feeling by Victoria Coren and Charlie Skelton - Two very smart funny people try to make the best porn film ever. Say no more.
~ Chocolate and Vicodin by Jennette Fulda - I get so many headaches, I couldn't not buy this one.
~ Bad Book Club by Robin Ince - He read all these awful books so I could get the same lolz without reading them.
~ Ashfall by Mike Mullin - Novel about what would happen if the Yellowstone supervolcano erupted.
~ Voluntary Madness: My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin by Norah Vincent - Satisfies my hunger for all books mental health-related.
~ The Fix by Damian Thompson - A book about our modern addictions to everything from illegal drugs to social media. Ironically, I couldn't resist!
~ Twenty Something by Iain Hollingshead - Humorous diary-style novel about a young City boy in the grips of a quarter-life crisis.
~ An Idiot Abroad by Karl Pilkington - I now have the DVD and the second book too, yet I still haven't read this first one. PILKINGTON FAIL.
~ Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian by Scott Douglas - One of those books where I've had it for years but am looking forward to it so much that I haven't read it. *sighs*
~ Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein - Books about media, branding and its effects on children are a bit of a weakness for me...
~ Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua - I bought this ages ago and was DESPERATE to read it to find out what all the controversy was about. Time to catch up!
Okay! I think I've probably set myself up nicely for the next year of reading there, oops. Oh well, you never know - I might get chance to read a couple before we actually move, given the ongoing issues (I've written this over several days and we STILL don't have a moving date!). At least my priorities are straight - the last few clothes can wait, the other stuff can be shoved into bags, THE BOOKS ARE ORGANISED WITH MILITARY PRECISION. :)
Any thoughts? Particular recommendations from the pile? If you've moved house recently, how have you dealt with the inevitable I Have Too Many Books Situation? Tell me in the comments!