Priority List

The purpose of my priority list is to avoid impulse buying and, consequently, reduce my TBR pile. It works as follows. First I make a list of the fifteen books I’d like to read next. Then, whenever I am tempted to buy a new book, I’ll look into my list. I can only buy books from that list. To include a new book in the priority list, I’ll have either to buy or delete another one.

As of today my priority list is as follows (in no particular order):

  • The Terrorists, Maj Sjöwall & Per Walhöö
  • The Drop, Michael Connelly
  • The Cold Cold Ground, Adrian McKinty
  • Winter’s Bone, Daniel Woodrell
  • The End of the Wasp Season, Denise Mina
  • A Dark Redemption, Stav Sherez
  • The Unlucky Lottery, Hakan Nesser
  • The Caller, Karin Fossum
  • Until thy Wrath be Past, Åsa Larsson
  • Phantom, Jo Nesbo
  • Máscaras, Leonardo Padura (English title: Havana Red)
  • The Smell of the Night, Andrea Camilleri
  • The Rage, Gene Kerrigan
  • Taken, Niamh O’Connor
  • The Cut, George Pelecanos

14 thoughts on “Priority List”

  1. I am looking forward to reading Phantom, Jose. I have ordered the first book in the Martin Becck series on your recommendation. I am looking forward to starting it.

  2. José Ignacio – I like your idea of this priority list! I should do something of the kind myself. What a good idea to keep the TBR under control. I’ve actually put A Dark Redemption on my own TBR, so I’ll be interested to see what you think of it.

  3. I stuck to my new principle, read 3-4 books before you can buy a new one, for a month or so….
    There are just too many temptations for a Kindle owner ;(

    I recommend “Winter´s Bone” though there are many fine books on your list. Some of my colleagues watched the film recently, and they were also very impressed.

  4. This is a very good idea, Jose Ignacio. And of the books I’ve read on your list (most) I’d say it is a very good list! How about calling this the “premier league” list and allowing yourself a “champion’s league” list as a reserve? 😉

  5. It’s a good list Jose Ignacio. However I find myself constantly changing my lists as new books arise and some lose their appeal

    1. Thanks you Kerrie. I’ve been running this list before my post here and I can tell you I’ve changed it a couple of times at least.

  6. I admire your restraint Jose Ignacio. I’ve given up planning my reading and book buying – every time I make a plan and fail to keep it I feel bad – so now I don’t make the plans and I feel good 🙂

  7. Hi Jose,

    Thank you so much for putting my book on the TBR list!
    I totally recommend Winter’s Bone and the Drop too, great books.


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