- The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky
- A Reliable Wife by Goolrick
- The Women’s Room by French
- Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Bradley
- The Help by Stockett
- Interred With Their Bones by Carrell
- The Brutal Telling by Penny
- Cathedral by Carver (reread)
- The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Huston
- The Long Fall by Mosley
- The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by McCullers
- Broken by Clay
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Chabon
(I linked to a couple reviews. If you have reviews of any of the above, let me know, and I’ll link them.)
The mail just came, and lo and behold, I got a magic shipment from amazon. I love mail – especially when it comes in packages. Over the past couple weeks, I have dusted off some books that I started reading but never finished or forgot I had and came up with the above TBR stack. The Brothers Karamazov won’t be read until April because I’ll be reading with Dolce Belleza over at her blog. It will be my first read along with another blogger, so I’m definitely excited about that. After reading With Extra Pulp’s review of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Klay, I had to pick that one up and put it back in the pile. It was one of those that I got to about page 160, wasn’t just fascinated and put down. It eventually made its way to the shelf, and I forgot about it. As I’ve already begun that and The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death and Cathedral, I think I’ll finish those first.
I’m rereading Cathedral specifically because I am presenting a paper on one of Raymond Carver’s stories at my first-ever conference on Saturday (CCTE – Conference of College Teachers of English) and am so incredibly nervous. It’s odd. I don’t have a low self-esteem, but when it comes to my writing, I never ever feel that it’s up to par. The paper had to be submitted to the conference and accepted, so obviously it’s no goof, but then I tell myself: Oh, it’s a little conference. Or, oh, they had to pick you because your university is hosting. Or, or, or. It’s not at all healthy or attractive. Once the chair of my department told me there is a Q&A after the presentation, I flipped. I wrote the essay a couple of years ago and feel like a fish out of water. So… reread quickly.
After I finish those, though, it will be extremely difficult to pick the first out of the box. Suggestions or bidding wars are quite welcome. I hope everyone has a wonderful TBR stack awaiting them. Happy reading!