‘So many books, so little time.’

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

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Poynter.org. Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at mjtenore@gmail.com.

4 thoughts on “‘So many books, so little time.’

  1. What an ambitious list! AM reading Glass Castle after I finish Linked. In recent years, I have stopped reading multiple books at the same time! I think I just have too much others stuff to do, not that my mind is turning to jelly!

  2. Definitely keep the Woolf books on there! Also, try How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez. I just read it, and I really think you would like it!

  3. if your going to read the pact, you should add on your list all of Jodi picults other books as well because they are all amazing, Plain truth and my sisters keeper are my favorites. another book to consider is called ahab’s wife, i finished it and it was so amazing i wanted it to go on forever, i felt like the main charcter was my best friend. I hope you’re doing well!

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