The Infinite Reading List

Almost anyone who appreciates the printed word has one.  It’s the terrifying, insurmountable To Be Read List.

My list was at its peak when a bedbug infestation hit the fan in 2009.  I had to discard most of the unread books, and the rest were wrapped for eighteen months before they could rejoin the community.  Even after a year and a half of staring at books in sealed plastic bags and gently moving them to a new apartment, I left many on the proverbial back burner.

Eventually, the books were unwrapped, and allowed to resume breathing.  However, most were denied the love which had been promised to them.

I continued collecting books faster than they could be read, but I was a bit less extreme with it.  Just a bit.

One book which I thought would be read immediately was Room by Emma Donoghue.  Actually, I believed I was going to start reading it on the flight home from New York in 2012.  No such luck.

My copy of Room was purchased at a newsstand at Grand Central Terminal.  It was the first mass market paperback copy I saw anywhere, and that was the excuse for buying a book when I already had heavy bags to take to the airport.  It just didn’t seem possible a mass market edition of that novel would turn up anywhere near my home, so I absolutely had to have the one on the rack at Hudson News.

That was on October 2, 2012.  This morning I began reading it.

Don’t judge.  If you’re a sincere book lover, you’ve done the same.  And probably worse.

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