Saturday, May 11, 2013

Saving Books

Does anyone else save books they know they are going to love for a special occasion? I am saving DOGS OF THE SOUTH and the final book in the Hoke Mosley (Willeford) series for such a time. What are you saving?



My story READING MOTHER is up for Mother's Day on the Huffington Post.

23 comments:

David Cranmer said...

I haven't read the last Spenser yet. One of these days. And it will be a long read. Like vintage wine, eh?

pattinase (abbott) said...

I haven't read that either.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Patti, I "save" books for no particular occasion. There are some I don't part with, random titles by Steinbeck, Cronin, a few Classics, Wodehouse, Christie, Oliver Strange and Louis L'Amour (western), my daughter's Harry Potters, Stephen Crane, J.D. Salinger, Richard Bach (especially JLS), a couple of Alan Sillitoe, and the Harper Lee book.

The two books that I'm saving for another day are "Twelve Works" by Shakespeare and "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert M. Pirsig. It was a fashion to merely own this book in college. Those like me who read it then never got it!

Margot Kinberg said...

Patti - I have to admit it. I'm not much of a book saver. I can't wait that long if it's a book I really want to read...

Anonymous said...

I used to do that - the last Maigret, for instance - but what if something happens and you never get to read it?

I do ocasionally "save" books for one reason or another - for instance there are certain authors I've been reading in Florida so always keep one available. Before I read the last Maigret I'd read a few at Christmas time each year. I think it started one year when I was trying to get a few more books finished before the end of the year and 2-3 short Simenons fit the bill.

But other than that, I'm not hoarding the last book of a beloved series.


Jeff M.

F.T. Bradley said...

I've used books as a reward after finishing a round of edits, etc. They're usually brand-new ones my library doesn't have and that I spent money on :-)

None on my pile now; usually, the holidays have my favorites.

John said...

Sometimes I save books with a Christmas setting to read in December. I guess I ration out books rather than save them. I collect so many authors I enjoy I tend to rip through a bunch at a time usually setting aside a particular title considered "the best" of that author for a special occasion. I still haven't' read all the John Dickson Carr books I own, for example.

Dave Zeltserman said...

I'm saving all the Dan Brown novels. I figure I'll wait until I'm on my deathbed and in a coma before reading them.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I like to read CHristmas stories on a hot July day and vice versa.
I wish I had thought of it in time, Dave.

Richard R. said...

The last Resnick novel by John Harvey.

Whatever the most recent William Kent Krueger book is. I read that one when the next appears. Same with the most recent Pronzini, Val McDermid, Marcia Muller and Megan Abbott novels. The last Colin Dexter book, which has been sitting a long time. I guess I should read it.

Some other authors I just can't wait to read the latest, like Louise Penny.

Rob Kitchin said...

I save books for trips as I like to read books set where I'm travelling to. I might buy them months in advance and slip them to one side. Otherwise, anything that I really want to read gets to the top of the TBR pretty quick.

michael said...

My Bucket list of books to read is too long to hold off on any one book. But since my mood plays a role in what book I choose next, maybe I do. I keep putting off Don Quixote due to how many other books I could read in the time it would take to return and finish Quixote.

BTW, is that painting above by Edward Hopper? It has his style and loneliness of his work.

Anonymous said...

Patti, I'm with you. I like to read books set in the Arctic in the summer.


Jeff M.

Cap'n Bob said...

That suggests some sense of organization, which I lack. I just grab what's handy as the mood moves me.

neer said...

I save (murder) mysteries for the days when i am down in dumps and want to immerse myself in a book to tide over the tension.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Don't we all, Neer.

Kieran Shea said...

I held off on the last Walker Percy book released after he died SIGNPOSTS IN A STRANGE LAND. I'm still holding off on I WAS LOOKING FOR A STREET & SOMETHING ABOUT A SOLDIER by Willeford.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I have I WAS LOOKING FOR A STREET waiting too. Loved Walker Percy. THE MOVIE GOER would be on my top ten. But all are good.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I have I WAS LOOKING FOR A STREET waiting too. Loved Walker Percy. THE MOVIE GOER would be on my top ten. But all are good.

George said...

I'm slowly working my way through all of Anthony Trollope's novels. I've read 21 of Trollope's 47 novels. I plan to read a couple Trollope novels per year. That should take me more than a decade.

Todd Mason said...

So...how'd the HUFFINGTON POST placement come about? Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Patti, that was a really good story. Congratulations. The beginning reminded me of my mother, who we always joke about as being a terrible nurse. You could have a broken leg and after two days she'd be tired of acting sympathetic,. "You're better. Get dressed and go to school."


Jeff M.

Charles Gramlich said...

I've got half a dozen John D. MacDonald saved for special occassions.