5 Books I Still Haven’t Read

Alexander Chee’s post on Fictioneer gives me a challenge. (An aside: his novel, Edinburgh, is gorgous—I can’t wait to read his next one.) There are many more than five books I still haven’t read that I’ve wanted to read, and to pick five right now, right here, means I should stop saying I want to read them and read them—asap.

  1. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino: mainly because E has read passages to me aloud to show me a workable second person voice (E loves when I slip into second person)…
  2. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn: mainly because my beautiful and talented little sister has recommended it to me on numerous occasions, saying she is sure I will like it. She knows me very well, so she is probably right…
  3. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers: mainly because my very good friend who has known me since I was 13 and is still my friend, if you can believe such things, loves this book and has told me to read it. She even gave me a copy and it sits on my shelf (unless it is her copy and she lent it to me? If I forgot to return it, I am so sorry!)…
  4. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: mainly because I loved One Hundred Years of Solitude and also because I started it, loved it, and somehow lost place of it. Wherever did I leave that book anyway?…
  5. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote: mainly because I really, really want to. My sister (mentioned above) and I saw the film Capote while on a recent trip to Paris—the Parisian movie theater was quite lovely, with such comfortable seats—and yet it was with shame that I enjoyed the movie, knowing all along that I should have read the book first. As always. That’s my motto in life: always read the book first…

That’s my list, today at least. I’m sure I’ll decide on 17 more books I want to read before the end of the month, get through 2, and pay many library fines in the process.

4 responses to “5 Books I Still Haven’t Read”

  1. Hi Nova. Congrats on the new projects, it sounds like you’ll stay on top of your game. In other news, I had the same experience with Love in the Time of Cholera, I bought and lost it twice before I finally bought and read the whole thing this past winter. It is great. The narrative structure is surreal and inventive and illuminating.
    I’m reading Feather Crowns by bobbie ann mason right now. It is another book I had the LTC experience with.
    Happy reading/writing…

  2. Does “Love in the Time of Cholera” lend itself to being lost? How strange that it happened to you, too. I’ve heard Bobbie Ann Mason is great. In fact, I think I read a short story of hers that I really liked. Was it in Zoetrope? My head is all mushy.

  3. I have owned many copies of Geek Love because I always give them away because it is so wonderful that I want everyone to read it.

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