To Be (No Longer) Unread: Backlist

At the beginning of every month I like setting out a few backlist books that I’m trying to get to sooner than later. Sometimes I get to them, sometimes I get distracted and read a book about snark and violence (my weakness).

This month’s tentative picks:

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris

A book about a man whose identity gets stolen only to have the impostor living his life better than he was doing it? I was already intrigued. Now Ferris is on the long list for the Man Booker. Time to move it up the TBR list. I know it’s technically not backlist, but it’s my list so I get to make the rules.

The Remains of the Day

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

This will be my third Ishiguro. I’m not in love with his stories, but there is something about his writing that keeps me coming back. (Plus I need an “I” for one of my spell it out challenges.)

Ghana Must Go

Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi

I just finished Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (I just love typing her name out) and feel like continuing the theme of learning more about regions I know very little about.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

Now that I’ve dived headfirst into comics I feel like this is the right time to read this one. I still feel bad I pulled a DNF with The Yiddish Policemen’s Union (the want was there, the action, not so much).

The House Girl

The House Girl by Tara Conklin

I have no other reasons than it just called to me from the shelf. I’ve got to respect that.

The Forty Rules of Love

The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

I adore Rumi. I found a book of his poetry when I was in high school and started collecting them ever since. I got my husband into him to the point when my husband travels he takes a copy with him as a kind of talisman. In fact when any of us travel we take a copy. I even put a volume in my young sons’ suitcase when they went to their grandparents’ house for three weeks this summer. So this historical fiction about the Sufi poet? I’m in.


What books are you hoping to put on your “no longer UNread” pile?


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