Gayle Madwin (queerbychoice) wrote,
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Books To Be Read Survey

gamesiplay tagged me for a meme about books To Be Read. Yay, I get to talk about books! Without even actually getting around to reading them!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
I have a floor-to-ceiling bookcase next to my bed filled entirely with books I haven't read. Once I read them, I move them to my other bookcases in other rooms.

Is your TBR list mostly print or e-book?
It's essentially all print. When I occasionally read books online, I just leave them open in my web browser until I finish reading them. (I don't have an e-book reader.)

A Book That's Been on Your TBR List the Longest
Since I have hardly any idea which books have been in my TBR bookcase the longest, for this question I'll turn to my Amazon wish list. The book Post-colonial, Queer: Theoretical Intersections by John C. Hawley has been sitting on my wish list since October 21, 2004.

A Book You Recently Added to Your TBR List
The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality by Suzanna Danuta Walters (because I was thrilled by the articles "The Power in 'Choosing to Be Gay'" and "Why Rick Perry Is Beyond Repair" by the same author).

A Book on Your TBR List Strictly Because of Its Beautiful Cover
I pretty much always choose my books to be read by browsing online, often in places where the covers are not pictured. So book covers don't tend to factor into my reading decisions. The closest thing I can come up with is that I bought the book The Singapore Grip by J. G. Farrell pretty much exclusively because it had Singapore in its title and I had a huge crush on someone from Singapore. That was years ago. I still haven't gotten around to reading it.

A Book on Your TBR List That You Never Plan on Reading
I have Rayuela by Julio Cortazar in the original Spanish, and that's going to be seriously difficult because my Spanish skills haven't really been at an adequate level to handle that since, really, about a decade before I bought the book. Also, I have In Search of Lost Time Volume II: Within a Budding Grove by Marcel Proust in an English translation, but I'm not sure I'll ever get around to reading it, since I nearly died of boredom during Volume I.

An Unpublished Book on Your TBR List That You're Excited For
California Bees and Blooms: A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists by Gordon W. Frankie, Robbin W. Thorp, and Rollin E. Coville.

A Book on Your TBR List That Basically Everyone's Read But You
I tend to have read most of the books that everyone else has read. But let's see, maybe Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, and The Pearl by John Steinbeck.

A Book on Your TBR List That Everyone Recommends To You
People don't all tend to recommend the same book to me, so I have no idea. Let's go with Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges, just because it comes up a lot on published lists of experts' recommendations.

A Book on Your TBR List That You’re Dying To Read
There's the one that I actually am reading, which is Lincoln by Gore Vidal. And I guess I'm looking forward to The Tin Drum by Günter Grass.

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?
I don't think I've actually gotten around to joining Goodreads yet. (Sorry, woo2step!)

And I am adding a question here! Because my TBR bookcase sort of begs for it:
List some TBR books that reveal something about you.

Colonialism and Homosexuality by Robert Aldrich
Lesbian Choices by Claudia Card
The Construction of Homosexuality by David F. Greenberg
Ritualized Homosexuality in Melanesia by Gilbert H. Herdt
Islamic Homosexualities: Culture, History, and Literature by Stephen O. Murray and Will Roscoe
Sexuality and Eroticism Among Males in Moslem Societies edited by Arno Schmitt and Jehoeda Sofer
An American Obsession: Science, Medicine, and Homosexuality in Modern Society by Jennifer Terry
Same-Sex Love in India: Readings from Literature and History edited by Ruth Vanita and Saleem Kidwai
Sexual (Dis)Orientation: Gender, Sex, Desire and Self-Fashioning by Tamsin Wilton
Unexpected Pleasures: Leaving Heterosexuality for a Lesbian Life by Tamsin Wilton

(Mainly what this reveals is that I'm not very good at actually finishing reading the queer theory books I intend to read. I've actually read substantial portions of most of these, but I haven't actually finished them, so they're still sitting in the TBR bookcase.)

Here's another list:

The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andrić
Billiards at Half-past Nine by Heinrich Böll
Three Trapped Tigers by G. Cabrera Infante
My Friend, My Enemy: Essays, Reminiscences, Portraits by Ismat Chughtai
The Obscene Bird of Night by José Donoso
Hunger by Knut Hamsun
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
Identity by Milan Kundera
The Tower of Myriad Mirrors by Tung Yüeh
The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz
Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
Blood of Requited Love by Manuel Puig
Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo
The Event by Juan José Saer
Botchan by Natsume Sōseki
The Red and the Black by Stendhal
Five Plays by August Strindberg
Naomi by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
The Makioka Sisters by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
Tales from Djakarta by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
The Girl from the Coast by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Walk in the Light and Twenty-Three Tales by Leo Tostoy
Diary of a Madman and Other Stories by Lu Xun

(These are all works of literature originally written in languages other than English. What they reveal is that I try to be well-read in world literature, but sometimes I fail to follow through by actually reading the books. Though I have read others, I swear! It's just hard to keep up with all the great literature that's ever been written in any language.)
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