Still waiting to be read…

A couple of days ago I asked readers of this blog (okay, perhaps readers should be singular, but I can dream!) to help me sort through my endless tbr pile, which I’d posted here. These are books I actually own; my tbr list is likely 1000 books long! (And, yes, I do have a list – well, a book actually:

I keep track of all the books I want to read, listed alphabetically, by author. It’s ridiculous, isn’t it? I’d have to give up sleep and food and work…and apparently when you have kids you’re required to spend time with them. Who knew?

Anyway. I wanted some help going through the list and trying to decide what should get moved up to the top. You can still help out, if you’d like. If you’ve read anything on that list which you think should make my reading list this year, I’d love to hear about it.

But it did make me wonder – what prevents us from reading books we should (I mean I did, after all, select and purchase 90% of the books on my shelf!)

Then I came across this great little article on AbeBooks. com

Remaining Unread: The Top Ten Reasons We Don’t Get To Certain Books

It’s a wonderful (and wonderfully funny) look at book procurement and guilt. I, too,  have purchased books because I’ve liked something else the author has written; I’ve snatched something out of the bargain bin even though…I’ve caved under peer pressure. There are classics I have never read…and I call myself an English teacher!

What are your reasons for not getting to certain books?

4 thoughts on “Still waiting to be read…

  1. Easily distracted! I add so many books to my TBR list but well I dream of one day getting to them 🙂

    I saw your list and I highly, highly recommend Disgrace. It’s not a comfortable read but definitely one that stays with you.

  2. Is that some sort of cool Nancy Drew journal? I love it.

    On your list, I would recommend The Historian. It goes by much faster than you would think, given its huge page count. It’s one of those can’t put it down books.

    Although Iliana’s comment has made me move Disgrace up to the top of my reading list, as it’s been on my tbr list for a long time, too.

  3. It is a Nancy Drew journal…it has The Secret in the Old Attic on the cover and the first page of the book inside. Kinda cool.
    I’ll move The Historian up the list – I’ve wanted to read it forever anyway since I have a big thing for vampires (of the non-sparkly variety!)

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