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Here’s my list of books-to-read. I’ll be adding to it periodically, perhaps with a quick snippet of why I want to read something or where I heard about it.  It’s incomplete, of course…but if I truly put down EVERY book I want to read on here….I’d be overwhelmed with paralysis by the sheer enormity of the list.

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill–Every now and then I need a creeptacular read and he delivers.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas–After reading The Black Count, a biography of his father, as well as seeing the tribulations of Edmond Dantès referred to in various other texts (I’m looking at you La Reina del Sur) I realized that relying on the various movie versions probably isn’t enough.

Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon–I’m committed to working harder to add these titles more frequently in an effort to remember where I originally heard about them.  This one, again, I have no idea, but its intriguing idea is how much should/do parents influence their children.

Fever by Mary Beth Keane–This novel tells the story of Typhoid Mary.  It has great reviews and is squarely located at the intersection of history and disease so it’s definitely in my neighborhood of interests.

The Hangman’s Daughter Series by Oliver Pötzsch–Another one I started when it went on sale and now I borrow one a month.  Although a guilty pleasure, I’m please I passed the title on to a friend who also enjoys the series!

The Undercover Economist by Tim Hartford–This is kind of a should read sort of book.  I feel woefully under-educated about the state of the world’s economy.  Does it count as educational if I really just bought it because of the cover?

The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning by Hallgrimur Helgason–This book had me at hitman, the housecleaning…not so much. Already downloaded the sample.

Independent People by Halldór Luxness–I spotted this epic by an Icelandic Nobel Prize for literature winner at the bookstore and, in a rare display of self-restraint, didn’t purchase it, but put it on my tbr list.

What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched and Obama Tweeted by Tevi Troy–This book highlights popular culture and the presidency and was recommended by a childhood friend who also happens to be married to the author.  September 2013

Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku.  Picked this one up at Powells earlier this year, but after having read a review at criticbookpages, have bumped it up in line.


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