On Books: My TBR Pile Keeps On Growing, and Growing, and Growing

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Hi, there, Dear Reader.

If you’re a regular visitor to this space, you know that I’m an avid reader. It’s a trait that runs in my family, at least on my mom’s side; most of my relatives, including both of my grandparents, Mom, and even my half-sister Vicky are/were readers, and family legend has it that I’ve been reading since I was two years old or even younger. So, if there’s anyone who embodies Thomas Jefferson’s statement, “I cannot live without books,” that would be me.

As you remember, I rarely sit down to read just one book at a time cover to cover and move on to another once I’m done. Oh, when I was younger – especially during summer vacation when I was in elementary and middle school – I used to do that sometimes, especially if I was caught up in a particularly delightful book (non-fiction, fiction, comic book…. genre didn’t matter, so long as it was a captivating story).

Most of the time, though, I usually have a stack of “to be read” (TBR) titles that includes a mix of non-fiction and fiction titles. Usually, the non-fiction books are about aviation, military history, or political history, while the fiction titles are a mix of Tom Clancy, Stephen King, or Star Wars-related works mixed with an occasional classical work a la The Iliad by Homer or For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway.

As October 2021 begins, this is what my TBR list looks like so far:

Reading List for October 2021

  1. The Odyssey of Star Wars: An Epic Poem, by Jack Mitchell
  2. I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trumps Catastrophic Final Year, by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker
  3. On Writing Well: 30th Anniversary Edition, by William Zinsser
  4. The Great War: A Combat History of the First World War, Peter Hart

I still have a few titles from previous TBR lists – especially  MacTrump: A Shakespearean Tragicomedy of the Trump Administration, Part I (Ian Doescher and Jacopo della Quercia) and And the Last Trump Shall Sound: A Future History of America (Harry Turtledove, James Morrow, and Cat Rambo) – that I have not finished from my September TBR pile. Fret not, though, I’ll get back to them before the year is out.

I woke up much too early today – at 3:30 AM Eastern – so I’m tired and a bit puckish. So, I’ll just keep this post short-n-sweet and go off to take a quick shower, grab a bite to eat, and see if I can wake up a bit more. 

So, until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and grab an enjoyable book to read. Just not one from my TBR pile!

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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