During the super-downsizing process prior to becoming a full-timer, there was no greater anguish than slimming down my library: my current reads, my collection of keepers and recommended reads, as well as major books/authors I am embarrassed I’ve never read.
I had decided to allow myself only 36 books.
Then I realized I had ten books of scenic drives and historical areas of he country, and ten more travel guides, directories, operator manuals, and log books, and fifteen more books for my hobbies and pastimes.
Somehow, I must make space in my coach for books to be read for pleasure. It will be necessary to carry fewer canned goods, fewer changes of socks, I will be giving up fresh vegetables in order to devote the drawer in the fridge to books. Life is about choices, eh?
I decided to allow myself only 36 more books for my personal enjoyment. Here is my list
Books I couldn’t part with.
The poetry of Merritt Malloy
Off to Sea, Richard Stine
Moxie, Philip Weld
The Yachts and Ships of Jack Hargrave
Books I want to read because the author is a personal friend.
A Page From a Tennessee Journal, Francine Howard
East of Indus, Gurnam Brard
Pastiche, Lucille Belluci
Books recommended by people I respect
Last American Man, Elizabeth Gilbert
The Stones of Summer, Dow Mossman
The Little Book, Selden Edwards
Books I want to read again
Round heeled woman, Jane Juska
Fooling With Words, Bill Moyers
Patron Saint of Liars, Ann Patchett
Inner Work, Robert Johnson
Books or authors I should have read (or finished) by now
The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
Kill Two Birds and Get Stoned, Kinky Friedman
Paint it Black, Janet Fitch
White Oleander, Janet Fitch
The Gathering, Anne Enright
A Widow for One Year, John Irving
Flush, Carl Hiaasen
The Book of Ruth, Jane Hamilton
Long Lost, Harlan Coben
PrairieErth, William Least Heat Moon
Holmes on the Range, Steve Hockensmith
The Novel, James Michener
Danse Macabre, Stephen King
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Tom Robbins
My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult
Books of Stories
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float, Farley Mowat
Creek Walk, Molly Giles
For the Relief of Unbearable urges
Down to a Soundless Sea, Thomas Steinbeck
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Tampa Review #36
Memoir and personal narrative
Hurry Down Sunshine, Michael Greenberg
Revenge, Laura Blumenfeld
Rogue River Journal, John Daniel
Woman In Charge, Carl Bernstein
The Silk Road, Frances Wood
America on Trial, Alan Dershowitz
This is Burning Man, Brian Doherty
So this is the Bookacholic’s Bucket List. All 51 of them. I will be giving up any frozen food that is not labeled Ben and Jerry’s.
What is on your Bucket List of Books? What are you reaching for to curl up with when your first choice is already snoring?