My Mount TBR 2013 List

With hundreds of books on my ToBeRead shelves, it has been hard to select 24 for this challenge. Mysteries, science fiction, history, classics, philosophy, religion—which ones should I commit to reading this year?

Some of these books have been on my TBR shelf since before we moved to this house 20 years ago; some are relatively recent. Some I inherited from my mother. Others were gifts. Some were purchased new, others from library sales, garage sales, or thrift shops. I’ve settled on these, in order of publication year.

  • A Modern Utopia, H.G. Wells. 1905. (The print edition I have is a hardcover edition from 1910, but that book is too heavy for my arthritic thumbs. I’ll be reading an ebook edition I downloaded in 2011.)
  • The Eye of Osiris, R. Austin Freeman. 1911. (hardcover)
  • Nicholas Goade, Detective, E. Phillips Oppenheim. 1929. (hardcover)
  • The Starship and the Canoe, Kenneth Brower. 1978. (hardcover)
  • Chop Wood, Carry Water. Rick Fields. 1984. (paperback)
  • Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card. 1986. (paperback)
  • Xenocide, Orson Scott Card. 1991. (paperback)
  • Spiritual Journey, Anne Bancroft. 1991. (paperback)
  • A Word After Dying, Ann Granger,. 1996. (paperback)
  • McNally’s Puzzle, Lawrence Sanders. 1996. (paperback)
  • Children of the Mind, Orson Scott Card. 1996. (paperback)
  • The Bone Collector, Jeffrey Deaver. 1997. (paperback)
  • Liberating the Gospels: Reading the Bible With Jewish Eyes, John Shelby Spong, 1997. (paperback)
  • Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge, Edward O. Wilson. 1998. (hardcover)
  • Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew, Bart. D. Ehrman. 2002. (paperback)
  • The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith, Marcus J. Borg. 2003. (paperback)
  • Cat vs. Cat: Keeping Peace When You Have More Than One Cat, Pam Johnson-Bennett. 2004 (paperback)
  • The Lincoln Lawyer, Michael Connelly. 2005. (paperback)
  • Ender in Exile, Orson Scott Card. 2005. (paperback)
  • A War of Gifts, Orson Scott Card. 2007. (paperback)
  • The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science, Richard Holmes. 2008. (ebook)
  • Seeing Further: The Story of Science and the Royal Society, Bill Bryson. 2010. (ebook)
  • The Lens and the Looker, Lory S. Kaufman. 2011. (ebook)
  • Use All the Crayons: The Colorful Guide to Simple Human Happiness, Chris Rodell. 2012. (paperback)

A nice mix, I think. There will also be a few books for my book clubs, but I’ll be borrowing those. These have been on my shelves (or taking up space on my nook) for a year or more.

About Kat

Cat lover, singer, early music addict, reads a lot. Former R&D chemist with an obsessive need for variety. Now active as a freelance technical writer and editor, web designer, photographer, computer coach, and trainer. Owner, MasterWork Consulting (
This entry was posted in Ideas, Life and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Thank you for visiting! Please leave a comment: