Yesterday over at Broke and Bookish the question of the week was what are your top ten books that you are dying to read. I decided to stay late at work to write the diary rather than come home and get distracted by "life". I happily sat at my desk and compiled a list of ten books that I really want to read but I can't ever seem to find the time and they keep screaming my name. I was pretty proud of my list. It seemed to represent the inner me and the eclectic book choices that I usually make. As I finished the list I decided to go back and add copyright dates. That done, I opted to add a few pictures of the books. First picture added looked great so I decided for another. Big mistake. It attached itself, somehow, magically, maddeningly, to the whole document. When I highlighted the picture, it highlighted the whole document. Weird. How do I undo that? I wondered? Oh I know, I will just hit remove on the picture it will remove it and all will go back to the way it was before I added the thing. Wrong. I removed the whole document. Every word. Every link I'd created. Everything. All gone. Zippo, and no getting it back either, no back button helped. I just logged out and came home. I had just wasted 1 1/2 hours of my life. And now I don't feel like recreating that list.
Today in the light of new day I decided to reinterpret the question. Instead of creating a list of books that I want to read, but just haven't gotten around to it yet, I decided that "Books I'm Dying to Read" are books that aren't published yet. Books that I might stay up late to buy (with my age "might" is getting less likely), books that I am aware of their distribution date and look forward to reading before I process it for distribution in the library. Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins) was one such book. I had the countdown running on my computer. I knew that August 24th was a Tuesday. I was dying to read it from the time that I finished Catching Fire six months earlier. All the Harry Potter books, after the first book, were that way for me. I couldn't wait to read the next one. So what remains on that list of eagerly, anxiously awaited books for me? I can only think of a few.
1. The third book in the Chaos Walking series, Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness. I read the first two books in the series this summer and I am watching the calendar for this one because it is due out the end of this month. I am anxious to find out how the mess at the end of book two will be resolved.
2. The fourth book in the Eragon series. I love going to the world where Eragon and Dragons live. But this one is so far out it isn't even on the radar. I might have to wait for years for this book.
3. The Scorth Trials by James Dashner, sequel to The Maze Runner is due out Oct. 12th and I will position myself to read it before I put it on the library shelf.
That's all I can think of now. Three books I'm eager (not dying) to read.