Like many of you, I use Goodreads to keep track of the books I’m reading, have read and want to read. Yesterday I noticed that there are now 550 books on my Goodreads “to read” shelf – they are not all books that I actually own, but at some point in the last five years I must have clicked the “want to read” button to add them to my shelf. The question is, do I still want to read all of these books?
I have used a random number generator to pick ten numbers corresponding to ten of these books and have listed them below. My task now is to either read these books or make the decision to remove them from my shelf on Goodreads. No time limit, no pressure – and when I’ve finished with these ten books I’ll pick another ten.
177 – Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
I’ve been meaning to read something else by Margaret Atwood since I read The Handmaid’s Tale, which I loved. I have a few of her books on my TBR and do like the sound of this one.
347 – The Thief of Time by John Boyne
I have read three John Boyne books and enjoyed them all, so I definitely want to read this one!
158 – Royal Mistress by Anne Easter Smith
This is the story of Jane Shore, Edward IV’s mistress, and was added to my TBR because the Wars of the Roses is one of my favourite time periods to read about. I don’t know if I actually still want to read it, though.
84 – The Odd Women by George Gissing
This was on my original Classics Club list but I have amended my list several times since then and must have decided to remove this book so that I could add a different one. I think I would still like to read it but I’m not sure.
1 – April Lady by Georgette Heyer
I tried to read this in May 2010 and couldn’t get into it so left it unfinished. I was a relatively new Heyer reader at the time, so maybe I will like it now that I’ve read a lot more of her work.
147 – The Bones of Avalon by Phil Rickman
I was drawn to this book because I saw that the main character was Dr John Dee, the Elizabethan astrologer. Do I actually want to read it? I’m not sure.
315 – Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac
I can’t even remember adding this book to the shelf! I do want to read something by Balzac, though, so maybe I should start with this one.
125 – The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson
I don’t know much about this book but I’ve enjoyed other novels by Stevenson, so I would like to try this one.
409 – Wieland by Charles Brockden Brown
This is an early American Gothic novel and must have sounded appealing to me once, but it doesn’t now. If you’ve read it maybe you can convince me to try it!
127 – The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini
I love Sabatini and am still looking forward to reading this book. I’ve just been waiting for the right time to read it. Maybe that time has arrived?
So there are my first ten choices! Are there any of these you think I should definitely read? Any that you wouldn’t recommend?