Many book bloggers had posts up Tuesday about top ten books on their spring TBR lists or something like that. And casting around for a topic because I remain firmly in the middles, I thought, hey! TBR, I have one of those! Actually I have more than one of those. There’s the real life books such as the ones on my poor reading table that I am supposed to be reading this year but somehow am not doing a very good job of it. Then there are my many many TBR lists scattered around the virtual world. Anyway, I had to ditch the post because it involved my library TBR lists and for some reason I kept getting errors every time I tried to login. But tonight my friends, tonight you are going to get lucky! (Not that kind of lucky, get your minds out of the gutter!)
My library. They allow me to create wishlists. Last year I began using this feature far more than I probably should. But the way I see it, it is better to put an interesting book on my virtual TBR list than to buy it and have it sit around for years and years and years. My library wishlist began as just one list called “Default List.” Seriously, that is what the list is called. I never bothered to change it and now that there are 297 books on the “Default List” I am terrified to try and change the name for fear the list will go *Poof!*
Once Default began to get large and a bit unwieldy, I started creating other lists like one for poetry and one for nature and gardening books. I also created a “priority” list to help me keep track of the books I really really want to read but just can’t right now. My priority list currently has 45 books on it. See how well it works? Now, given that I read about 65 books a year, it will take me most of a year to read all those priority books and we all know that’s not going to happen. Because more books will be added and there will be books that don’t get added because new and shiny and I have to read right now and contrary to popular belief I do, on occasion, actually read a book I already own. I can conceive in some, probably not so very distant time, that I will make a move to create another list and call it something like “immediate priority.” And then when that gets too big there will be another list, “the first priority.” And it will just keep going on and on becoming more and more absurd because that’s the way I roll.
But for now, there are 45. Do you want to know what some of those 45 books are? I’ll give you ten:

  • After Nature: Politics for the Anthropocene by Jedidiah Purdy. “Nature no longer exists apart from humanity. Henceforth, the world we will inhabit is the one we have made.”
  • Cities I’ve Never Lived In by Sara Majka. Linked short stories.
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab. Adventure, magic, parallel universes. You can almost tell me parallel universes and I am likely to bite.
  • Death in the Garden by Elizabeth Ironside. A murder mystery, rare reading for me!
  • Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan. A graphic novel set in modern day Tel Aviv.
  • Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins. This is a climate fiction novel set in California where disasters love to happen. Since I was born and raised in California I am totally allowed to be delighted about any kind of California disaster scenario, especially ones set in Los Angeles. And yes, I totally love 1970s disaster flicks! Also the one with the volcano under LA. I always knew there was something weird going on under the La Brea Tar Pits!
  • Montaigne by Stefan Zweig. No explanation needed.
  • Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow by Andy Sturdevant. Essays about the midwest, including Minneapolis.
  • The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson. Political science fiction. Oh how I lurve political SF.
  • The Mersault Investigation by Kamel Daoud. A fictional response to Camus’ The Stranger.

Essays, fiction, nonfiction, science fiction, a mystery, a graphic novel. All sorts of yummy goodness to look forward to. It’s all a priority. Obviously I am a little fuzzy on the definition of that word.