Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Reading Corner

When I moved to Melbourne at the beginning of the year I only brought a limited selection of reading material with me. Two boxes and my Kindle to be precise. Now ever since I succumbed to the  E-book I've ignored my vast collection of unread texts. Instead of back-reading I purchased any novel or short story that took fancy without a moment's hesitation. Not anymore.
                 I once read somewhere that you should alternate between reading an old book and a new book in order to push through the backlog people inevitably acquire. In order to avoid buying any new novels I'm going to take "new" to mean written in the last twenty years and "old" to mean written any time before that. You can take it however you choose. "Old" could mean a book you already own, and "new" one you don't. But since my goal is to finish all the (fiction) books in my house and already on my Kindle before buying anything else I'm going to take it the other way.

What follows are the all the fiction I have available to me under these rules divided into read, half read and unread. I was going to accompany the titles with book covers but the lists turned out to be a lot longer than I realised so only selected covers will be included.

First... the read

I love H.G. Wells and his old school Sci Fi. The Time Machine is well worth a read as well.

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth
Windsinger, Slaves of Mastery and Firesong by William Nicholson

Half read

Spells of Enchantment, a collection of Fairy Tales edited by Jack Zipes
Graveminder by Melissa Marr
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
Metamorphoses by Ovid
Legends a short story anthology edited by Robert Silverberg
The Girl Most Likely by Rebecca Sparrow


The Collected Stories of Katherine Mansfield
Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Prose Edda translated by Snorri Sturluson
The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare
Changing Planes by Ursula Le Guin

Something that should make this challenge a little easier is that my tablet has broken rendering my Kindle inaccessible (it's already spread across too many devises). So I won't even be tempted to buy a new book on a whim... scratch that I have Google Books on my phone, temptation abounds.
Wish me luck and if you want to keep track of which books I'm reading head on over to my Pinterest board "Books".

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