BOOKS THAT I HAVE EITHER NOT STARTED OR NOT FINISHED

Physically scattered throughout my life, mocking me. Somehow whenever get my hands on a YA novel, I immediately swallow it whole. Must be deeply telling of my mental state, definitely parallels life.
  1. The White Album by Joan Didion
    I have now brought this book to over three continents over three years...
  2. Where I'm Calling From by Raymond Carver
    Has been everywhere The White Album has. Never can remember my place. End up rereading stories. Love them more and more each time. Haven't even made it to the title story which I love.
  3. Life by Keith Richards
    Have both in hardcover and book on tape. Both are just so overbearingly large I get overwhelmed and cannot manage to operate or hold or handle.
  4. Just Kids by Patti Smith
    Need to finish, substantially started at a friends house, never opened my own copy at home.
  5. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    Hear only great things, started on audio tape in impromptu download, have yet to then find place in actual physical book that I already owned. Gotta be ready for Lupita!!
  6. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    Like not even 40 pages in, reading aloud to my mother, switched additions half way through so EVERYTHING actually changed, I am BUTCHERING the names, so hooked.
  7. Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys by Viv Albertine
    Started this today, reading to my mom, picked up from my dad's place so missed first 17 pages, read like 10, looooving it. Will keep reading, but tag teaming it, so l will have to reread in whole.
  8. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    Know I started this, have NO recollection, will finish (start over) eventually.
  9. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
    This was a middle of the night electronic purchase during my fleeting and random recent obsession with murder. So close and yet so far. It's so long!! Uuuuuhh losing momentum must finish just to be done uuuuh
  10. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
    I see it right now. Have I read it? The color scheme of cover is so familiar. I have this awful problem where the moment I finish a book I cannot recount a THING about it.
  11. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
    Do I like her? Do I hate her? Will I finish? I'm pretty deep in and on a countdown. Stole it from a friend somewhat secretly after an awkward/hilarious interaction between her and her mother... @sharkate
  12. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
    Friend's mom just finished it and gave it to me. Started it. Few pages in, loving it. Can't wait because it plays to my ultimate dream of having twins and raising one feral. I don't think it really has anything to do with that. But a chimp is raised as a twin sister? I love monkeys.
  13. White Girls by Hilton Als
    Purchased at my start of the summer Strand binge. Captured by the cover and title. Flipped it over-- "...WHITE GIRLS is a book, a dream, an enemy, a friend, and, yes, the read of the year." - Junot Díaz. Sold. Have not opened it once.
  14. Thirty Girls by Susan Minot
    Written by family friend. Only opened to read the personal inscription on title page. Sounds good though, wanna read.
  15. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
    Starting the section of books where I decide I'm actually going to be an academic and read extracurricularly and the syllabus' of classes I couldn't fit into my schedule. Honest attempt. Will read, I swear. This is what I'm interested in, right? (It actually is.)
  16. The Cruel Radiance by Susie Linfield
    Loved the excerpt I read in class! I'll order the book! Another honest attempt. Another book collecting dust. Another one I swear I will read.
  17. The Crisis Caravan by Linda Polman
    ^exact same as above^
  18. Neighbors by Jan T. Gross
    Ordered the book, had to drop the class, but this is my interests! So kept it. It's about the Holocaust. It's been a year now. I will read it.
  19. "A Problem From Hell" by Samantha Power
    ^Same as above. The fact that the spine just says "Power" is so fitting. I feel like I get the point just from that.
  20. We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch
    ^Above continued... Sounds so uplifting right? Light, fun read!
  21. While America Sleeps by Russ Feingold
    Saw him speak at my college. Sudden urge to become aggressively political. My dad so excited by any interest or hint at me actually following politics, he orders immediately. Never touch.
  22. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
    Not even a YA novel. This is like for tweens. It's so skinny. It was in the free pile at my school library. My best friend who hates to read (how are we so close?!) said it was her favorite book as a tween. I grabbed it. It's about the holocaust.
  23. Redeployment by Phil Klay
    Saw online that Obama said it was the best book of the year. I love Obama as a person. Emailed link to my dad. He surprise ordered. So sweet. But I was stressed because becoming aware of the growing list above. He read first story and loved it. I can't wait to start it. I think it's now top of list, probably starting in next two days...
  24. Mick Jagger by Philip Norman
    I LOVE MICK JAGGER I walked by a book store that I didn't know had moved. It was on sale for $6.98. I bought it. This was last night. Had been talking about this list all day prior.
  25. The Secret History by Donna Tart
    I will NEVER read this. I go to Bennington. It is way to close to home on so many levels. Like from my vague understanding, I think I'm actually living the plot... Way too scary. But it's on my dresser.
  26. Also all these books that people have sent me...
    Still in the bulky envelopes, I have a general sense of where they actually are...?
  27. ...i listen to the wind that obliterates my traces by Steve Roden
    Gift from my father I don't even know when. So cool so obscure he's so great he wants me to be so great but I just can't be as cool and get into music like him I think it's how I rebel?
  28. Don't even get me started on coffee table books
    Do those even count?
  29. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
    My mom's favorite book. I MUST read. We have copies. I always see it around. Will do it. One day.