I have a dilemma. There is no possible way that I can read every book that I brought home from the library today. A couple of these books I actually requested quite some time ago and my turn finally arrived - but most of the books from this week's visit are a direct result from book blog recommendations. My usual mode of operation is to quickly skim all books (which I will probably do this weekend) and then decide which ones I may want to have in my own personal collection (and then perhaps use my 20% off coupon at Half Price Books this weekend to purchase them) --- which ones I do not necessarily want to purchase, but would like to read soon --- and which ones I can probably wait and read at another, more convenient, time. Here is the list of the "stash":
The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff -- this has been on my list for quite sometime and I managed to pick up a copy at the library from the "new releases" shelf. Since this one is a limited loan book, I will probably start reading it this weekend.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I am a great fan of The Thirteenth Tale, and this book has been paired with that one quite often. I have read some good reviews and am anxious to read it for myself. If it begins as well as the Thirteenth Tale, it will definitely be put on the "to be purchased for personal library" list.
The Meaning of the Night by Michael Cox. I really have heard very little of this book, except that it is another book that is often paired with The Thirteenth Tale.
I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb. I have read an excerpt of this and loved what I read so far. I understand that the narrative can get a little dry after a bit - but I am truly fascinated by the events of Columbine High School.
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. I truly do not remember when I saw this recommendation, but I do remember going directly to the library website and putting a hold on it.
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. I did not see the movie, nor do I think I want to -- but I am fascinated by this true life story.
Cotillion by Georgette Heyer. I have never read any of Heyer's novels. In fact, I had never heard of Georgette Heyer until about a month ago. I am fascinated by Jane Austen (but I think I am more fascinated by her sarcastic wit than I am about her Regency period romances) --- but I wanted to try one of Heyer's 50 novels to see how she compares. For those of you who are familiar with her work -- would you consider this to be one of her best?
So....are there books listed here that you would consider "must" reads? Can you recommend which book I should read first - and which ones perhaps can wait until summer - when I have more time and less stress in my life?