The Monster in My Bookshelf

I’m cross-posting this from Speculative Faith. I hope no one minds.

I wanted to talk about the monster on my bookshelf. It’s been glaring at me lately. And growing. Oh, yes. It’s growing ever larger.

It’s my to-be-read pile.

I know, I know, we all have them. That stack of books that we’re intending to read when we just get the chance. I do my level best to prune it back regularly, but it still continues to multiply.

Here’s a picture of it in its natural habitat:

DSCN1990I know, it doesn’t look all that threatening right now. I was able to sneak a picture when it was resting. But I think the flash of my camera angered it, for it rose up and called on its ally, my Kindle, which contains even more books that are waiting to be read. And when I saw my to-be-read pile in its full glory, my friends, I shuddered. In the spirit of adventure, though, I managed to take another picture before I ran screaming for cover:

DSCN1991A truly awe-inspiring sight.

Okay, so I’m being a little silly. But I do honestly get intimidated by my pile at times. I manage to thin the herd, only to have more pop up. It’s like fighting the mythical hydra. As a matter of fact, Patrick Carr’s A Draw of Kings arrived in the mail the day I took those pictures. By the time this posts, another book may have arrived as well.

It’s a sickness, I tell you. I just like having a lot of options to read. That’s why I’m grateful for my Goodreads account. I can keep track of all the books I have, either digitally or tucked away on a shelf, waiting to be read.

So how about you? What’s on the top of your to-be-read pile right now? And are there any books you think I should add to mine? Let me know in the comments below.


  1. I see that you have His Majesty’s Dragon on your Goodreads wall. My only complaint is that it is too far down on your list. It is imperative that you move it farther up and make room in your precious reading time for this book (I would suggest trading places with Invasion, but of course, you’re free to use your own discretion). That is all. 🙂

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