This week the Broke and the Bookish- well, now Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl — are discussing books that have been on our to-be-read lists for the longest time. Here are the top ten oldest books on my ‘to-read-eventually’ list, based on my Amazon wishlist and my Goodreads to-read shelf.
1. The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World
One of the first books I ever added to my Amazon wishlist in 2005, it has not gone under $25-$19 in thirteen years. I will keep waiting. There are many books and I am a patient miser.
2. Greek Ways: How the Greeks Invented Western Civilization, Bruce Thornton
3. Skylab: America’s Space Station, David Shayler
“I want to read something about Skylab again”, I apparently said at one point in 2006. I’ve read a lot of human spaceflight books since then, but not this one.
4. How to be a Gentleman, John Bridges
I used to be obsessed with manners in high school, something that came in handy when I graduated uni and started getting invited to dinner parties. This did make me painfully formal for most of my teens and twenties, but now that I’m trekking into my thirties I have decided that I’d rather be a cowboy, instead.
5. ST Voyager Spirit Walk, Book One: Old Wounds
Added this one back when I experienced Star Trek through its books, not re-watching the television episodes. It’s the first attempt at a Voyager relaunch, but it’s practically never mentioned favorably at TrekBBS.
6. The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, Annotated and Explained
Added December 2008, which was right about when I was starting to learn about Stoicism. This one that would be read if there wasn’t so much competition.
7. The Bhagavad Gita According to Gandhi
Added early 2010, when I was intently getting into reading Buddha and Gandhi.
8. Anarchism and Other Essays, Emma Goldman
Added Sept 2010. I’d already read Red Emma Speaks in February of that year.
9.Coming of Age in the Milky Way, Timothy Ferris
One of the first books added to my TBR shelf on Goodreads when I joined it, based on their reccomendation. This one that has a better-than-even chance of making it into the “read” pile some day, given that it’s a history of science.
10. The Moral Animal: Why We Are The Way We Are, Robert Wright
This is one I almost-buy twice a year.
Of this list, the last two have the most chance of actually being read, and a few others have a shot if they’re cheap and I’m in the mood.