‘So many books, so little time.’

by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

I’m a multi-tasker, so when it comes to reading books, I can’t read just one. I’m always juggling a couple books at a time. Usually, I read while watching TV or eating dinner. When reading articles online, I’m almost always chatting with friends and checking e-mail in between paragraphs. As a child, I walked two miles to and from school (uphill both ways, in the snow), and always read a book. Somehow, I never walked into any telephone poles.

Sitting on my nightstand tonight are “Lucky” by Alice Sebold, “The Changing South of Gene Patterson,” edited by Roy Peter Clark and “100 Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Every night I try to decide which one to read, but with three books going at once, it takes three times as long to finish any of them. Maybe I just need to stop going to Borders and the library, especially the Poynter library, which is filled with books about journalism.

I’m about to start “Atonement,” which I have to read half of by next week. My friend, her sister and I started a book club so that we would be forced to actually read an entire book within a reasonable amount of time. I’ve tried starting book clubs in the past but haven’t had much luck with them. This one seems to be working so far, though, probably because my friend and I are using our book discussions as a way of keeping in touch.

Below, I’ve listed some of the books I’ve been wanting to read. What books do you think I should add to the list?

The Looming Tower

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

The History of Love

For One More Day

A Room of One’s Own

The Waves

The Historian

My Sister’s Keeper

East of Eden

White Noise

The House in Paris

The Folded Leaf

Lonesome Dove

The Best and the Brightest

The Member of the Wedding

The World According to Garp



Eat, Pray, Love

All Souls

The House of Mirth

A Long Way Gone

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Dreams From my Father (Barak Obama’s Memoir)

Water for Elephants

Marley and Me

The Namesake

The Glass Castle

The Life of Pi (Recommended by St. Pete Times writer Tom French)

The Pact

The Time Traveler’s Wife

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

The Thirteenth Tale

The Other Boleyn Girl

October Sky


The Joy Luck Club

Being Charlotte Simmons

Teacher Man

Mountains Beyond Mountains