#8: TBRs Awaiting In The Wings
I have three books by the nightstand, I just finished two audio novels, and two books are patiently tucked wating their turn in my library bag. As the saying goes:
I can’t imagine not having a book ready and waiting for me. And as the clock suggests, I feel time is fleeting in terms of getting around to all my TBR books. I have had to stop writing down book suggestions from other bloggers since my list has grown longer than my left leg. Contending with my prior list of must-get-tos is causing me to wonder what would happen if I stopped everything that wasn’t absolutely pertinent and simply read. Rod Serling asked the same question back in 1959.
Witness Mr. Henry Bemis, a charter member in the fraternity of dreamers. A bookish little man whose passion is the printed page, but who is conspired against by a bank president and a wife and a world full of tongue-cluckers and the unrelenting hands of a clock. But in just a moment, Mr. Bemis will enter a world without bank presidents or wives or clocks or anything else. He’ll have a world all to himself…without anyone.
“Time Enough at Last” is episode that deals with Henry Bemis who would much prefer reading to working as a bank teller or spending time with his wife. He gets his wish, only with a dark twist. The episode has been much parodied over the years and it makes me ever so glad that I am near-sighted after all.
As for my TBR list, it’s daunting; I’ve divided it up into categories to help sort it out. Maybe if I take one read from each category and move through the list I can get to the top of the list by the year’s end. Sounds like I’m either trying to make a resolution or a concession. Maybe I should get back to my reading. Any of these on your TBR list? How many are awaiting in the wings for you?
The Iliad, Tartuffe, The Misanthrope
Crime and Punishment, Anna Karenian, A Doll’s House
Don Quixote, Les Miserables, Faust
Heart of Darkness, The Awakening
This list comes courtesy from one of my AP resource books. Looking it over I have decided I am fairly illiterate and must get busy. To make myself feel a bit better I have read many of the suggested work, but I am still way behind.
Getting to these TBRs doesn’t give me too much opportunity to read the likes of a Hunger Game when it comes about. Those count too, right?
Fortunately, I am not derided for being a “reader” as was Henry Bemis. And I hope I won’t get my wish for more time in the manner of Henry. Until then there is summer vacation, my hammock, and my understanding family.
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