Yesterday, as I was catching up on the NYTimes Book Review I went to add a couple of books and realized there were pages and pages of books I'd listed and had yet to read.
When I noted the books, I made little notations as to whether they were fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or other (e.g. photobooks, crafting books, etc.) and if fiction, whether they were collections of short stories or not. Later on, I began to write a brief description because frankly, as noted above, I can't always remember why they're on the list.
Today, I started a list on my library's website of the books they have that are on my list, and I picked up the first one today: Molly O'Neill's Mostly True. My goal is to write a brief review here of each book I read from the list. Of course there are always other books that butt into line, but the idea that I'm actually going to follow up on the books that at one time caught my imagination is really exciting.
A few years ago I remember reading a brief piece by Lisa Moore in The Walrus (I'm pretty sure) about how as she got older she realized that she had a limited number of books she could conceivably read. That's not the impetus that's moving me (at least consciously); it's more of a "I have all these books on my To Read list; better start working on them now." I'm a list-maker, and I like to check things off.
Stay tuned for reviews.