My to-be-read shelf is shameful. I read every day, but there are just too many wonderful books out there for me to keep up. My eyes are bigger than my stomach, too. I buy way more books than I read. I just paid the library $12 in overdue fines and this afternoon I'm going back for more!
I have read a big percentage of the classics of English and American literature--you might be surprised. But that was in a previous life. Nowadays I'm so swamped with reading books by my prolific friends, I haven't read some of the most popular books of the last few years. I want to read them not just for enjoyment but also for my own good as a writer. When a book is extremely popular, I think it's important for a writer to know what draws people to that story rather than another story. Sometimes I can't figure it out at all (The Bridges of Madison County), but I want to try. Here are some of the best sellers on my list to read before the end of the year:
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (currently reading)
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Harry Potter. The first one!
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
How about you? Are you able to keep up with your reading, or are you missing key pieces of the best selling puzzle?