December 3, 2018
Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners and highlights a book from your Goodreads TBR that you’re looking forward to reading. I think this will be an excellent opportunity to motivate myself to read something that’s been on my Goodreads shelf for a long time. I currently have 105 books on my To Read shelf!
For Goodreads Monday, I’m chosing 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff from my TBR shelf. I placed it on my Goodreads shelf in August of 2017 (although it has been on my mental TBR list for years before that). I also placed it on my 2017 Spring TBR list, so it’s not like I’ve forgotten about it.
Published in 1970, 84, Charing Cross Road is a charming, classic love story. The book consists of correspondence between Helene Hanff, a freelance writer living in New York City, and a used book dealer in London. Although they never meet, they develop a warm friendship based on their common love for books. For many readers who love books about books, this story is a sentimental favorite.
Why did I put this book on my TBR shelf?
- I hear this book referenced all the time in the most positive ways.
- I have enjoyed other epistolary novels such as Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (the Netflix movie is great too!), Last Christmas in Paris, and The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir.
- I love books about books (and movies about book shops, too, like You’ve Got Mail!).
Why haven’t I read it yet?
- Last spring I tried to obtain the e book online through Amazon. I guess because it’s an older title, it’s not available for Kindle. Since I am in the process of minimizing the amount of physical books I own, I didn’t want to purchase a hard copy and planned to get it through the library.
- I went to the library and they didn’t have it in circulation. I knew I could probably have it sent to the branch but I was in a hurry that day and decided to come back (That didn’t work out so well because I obtain all my library books digitally through Overdrive/Libby and don’t actually visit the physical library.)
- I went to Barnes and Noble to purchase a gift for someone and remembered that I wanted to look for this book, but they didn’t have it in stock. They offered to get it in but I hesitated because I still feel conflicted about buying physical books since I’ve converted exclusively to Kindle.
- I am greatly distracted by new releases!
- That’s my sad story of why this book is languishing on my TBR shelf!
- Go back to the library and wait for it to be sent to my branch.
- Break down and buy a physical copy. I think that if I buy a copy I could do a giveaway here!
So, now I’m accountable to YOU, dear reader!
By the way, are we friends on Goodreads ?
My library hold of Dear Mrs. Bird came in, so I hope to have that review ready Friday.
Please let me know in comments if you’ve read 84, Charing Cross Road.
Which book have you had on your TBR list for the longest?
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