I’ve forced myself to reduce my book collection by half in order to move to NYC, but there are 58 (can’t count!) 60 titles that I can’t decide whether to take or leave, because I haven’t yet read them. I need to get through the overwhelming majority of the list by March 31, so that I can choose to pack or give them away as I ready the last boxes.

There are some volumes on this list that I’m really looking forward to reading (and am amazed I haven’t gotten around to yet!), which should make things easy. I welcome (constructive) book reviews and feedback on anything listed here. In no particular order (well, large hardcovers are on the bottom of each stack and smaller paperbacks on the tops) …

  1. Aphrodite, Isabel Allende
  2. One Thousand White Women, Jim Fergus
  3. Gods & Heroes, Gustav Schwab
  4. Get Happy: The Life and Times of Judy Garland, Gerald Clarke
  5. Otherwise, Jane Kenyon
  6. The Volcano Lover, Susan Sontag
  7. Ayn Rand, the Russian Radical, Chris Matthew Sciabarra
  8. The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai
  9. First Loves, Carmela Ciuraru
  10. Elemental, the Tsunami Relief Anthology, Steven Savile and Alethea Kontis
  11. The Year of Reading Proust, Phyllis Rose
    Read enough to know this one goes far away from me
  12. Imagining London, Anna Quindlen
  13. Socrates Cafe, Christopher Phillips
  14. Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi
  15. Ahab’s Wife or, The Star Gazer, Sena Jeter Naslund
  16. Plainsong, Kent Haruf
    Turns out I have read this one before. So memorable. Goes.
  17. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
  18. Atonement, Ian McEwan
  19. Crooked Little Heart, Anne Lamott
  20. The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri
  21. The Night Watch, Sarah Waters
  22. The GOD Delusion, Richard Dawkins
  23. The Space Between Us, Thrity Umrigar
  24. The Persia Cafe, Melanie Neilson
  25. Wobegon Boy, Garrison Keillor
  26. I Never Came to You in White, Judith Farr
  27. Girl With a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier
    Loved the tone of this novel, and the deceptively simple language. Keep.
  28. The Working Poor: Invisible in America, David K. Shipler
  29. Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes
  30. Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
  31. Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  32. The News From Paraguay, Lily Tuck
  33. Refuge, Terry Tempest Williams
  34. Lighthousekeeping, Jeanette Winterson
  35. Now is the Time to open Your Heart, Alice Walker
  36. Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman, Alice Steinbach
  37. The Pilot’s Wife, Anita Shreve
  38. The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
  39. The Young Hemingway, Michael Reynolds
  40. The Lady and the Unicorn, Tracy Chevalier
  41. A Pound of Paper, John Baxter
  42. Magical Thinking, Augusten Burroughs
  43. Metropolis, Elizabeth Gaffney
  44. Zorro, Isabel Allende
  45. Falling Angels, Tracy Chevalier
  46. Water for Elephants, Sarah Gruen
  47. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Susannah Clarke
  48. Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America, Karenna Gore Schiff
  49. The Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama
  50. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe, and Everything; So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish; Mostly Harmless; and Young Zaphod Plays it Safe), Douglas Adams
  51. Oxymoronica, Mardy Grothe
  52. Irish myths and Legends, Lady Gregory
  53. The Mermaid Chair, Sue Monk Kidd
  54. The Bronte Project, Jennifer Vandever
  55. Old Songs in a New Cafe, Robert James Waller
  56. Greek legends and Stories, M.V. Seton-Williams
  57. The Seven Daughters of Eve, Bryan Sykes
  58. Marjorie Williams: The Woman at the Washington Zoo, Timothy Noah
  59. Oh My Stars, Lorna Landvik
    A lovely read, but not one I’ll need again. Passing along to my sister.
  60. Suite Francaise, Irene Nemirovsky

Wow. Considering how many of these are hardcover and purchased new (or special edition!), that’s nearly a paycheck in books. Note to Self: help the budget by visiting the library more frequently!