Tuesday, December 1, 2009

What Books Have You NOT Read This Year?

I was hanging out on Twitter the other night and one of the topics making the rounds through my bookish tweeps was this: What book haven't you read, that you wish you had read, in 2009? As a follow-up, is it possible to fit it in this last month of the year?

Some of the titles I saw from various folks included Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese, and Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games. For those of you who said Cutting for Stone is your unread regret- read it now or we're not friends anymore. Okay, just kidding. Seriously, I loved that book. Loved. Read it, please. For me.

My pick? Probably A Gate at the Stairs, by Lorrie Moore. I've been a fan of her short stories for years, and I kept seeing it around, I kept hearing about it- and hearing wonderful things, from people whose taste I trust as guides for my own- but I haven't picked it up yet, although I probably will get it when it comes out in paperback.

Am I going to get to it this year? Probably not. I have a lengthy list of books to read for review, and I rarely buy hardcovers, even as a librarian/blogger with the pressure I feel to stay current on fiction. I buy them more often than I used to- I used to only buy hardcovers by my top three or four favorite authors- A.S. Byatt, Margaret Atwood and the like- but it's still unusual. And I still almost never get to them right away.

Of the books currently in my TBR pile, I think I would really like to read Songs for the Butcher's Daughter, by Peter Manseau, because a big part of it is about a Catholic man working in a Jewish library- the only representation I've seen yet in fiction of someone like me who does what I do. How can I not read this book? I think I need to resolve to make time for this!

What about you? What's your haven't-read regret of 2009? Is there hope, or is it a lost cause?