Thursday, December 3, 2015

Blogmas 2k15: Day 3-- The Still Need to Finish Pile

Those of us in the bookish blogosphere are well acquainted with our TBRs (to be reads) and DNFs (did not finishes), but what about the SNFs?—the books that we still need to finish? 

Any hardcore reader knows that there are books that you begin reading and, for one reason or another, put them down.  This isn’t to say that these books are boring or even that you lost your interest, you just got . . . distracted.

As the year winds down, there are a few books that I started reading within the last few months that I want to pick back up and complete.  Here are some of the highlights from my SNF pile:

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
This novel—and all Donna Tartt novels, actually—have a lot of hype attached to them.  I originally started reading The Secret History a few months ago and liked the book . . . but I wasn’t as enamored by the novel as everyone else in the Anglophone seems to be.  To be honest, I found the book slow-going and I wasn’t as enraptured by the niche-y private school vibes the book gives off.  I went to a niche-y private university, too—the cliquishness of these institutions doesn’t wow me like it seems to wow others.  So, when newer purchases and newer stacks of library books made their way into the house I set this one aside.  I hope— *hope*— to complete the novel by the end of the year. 

Under the Skin by Michele Faber
I started reading Under the Skin at the end of summer, around the time I started my new job.  Needless to say, I put the book down in large part because I was overwhelmed on the professional front.  When I was reading the novel I was enjoying it . . . in a slightly unsettling way.  For those who are unfamiliar, Under the Skin is meant to be an allegory about the factory farming industry . . . but with aliens.  Trust me when I say that the novel is more readable than my description makes it sound.  I will definitely be picking this one up before the year’s end. 

Brave Genius by Sean B. Carroll
This is a nonfiction work about the war experiences of novelist Albert Camus and biologist Jacques Monod, both eventual Nobel Prize winners, who were involved in the French Resistance.  I was sent this for review about a year ago and have been reading it piece-by-piece since its arrival. The books is engaging and suspenseful, it’s just a heavy read.  With all that has been going on in the news for the last year, it’s been hard to immerse myself in the WWII era.  The present day is rough enough.  I hope to complete this one by the end of my winter vacation in early January. 

These are some of the books I hope to get to sooner rather than later.  What books are in your SNF pile?  Tweet me and let me know @thelexicondev . 

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