I’m going to be honest and tell you guys a little secret: I like buying and owning books more than reading them. I know! I’m terrible! And as a result, I own many, many books that I haven’t read.
This week, the prompt is to list ten books that you’ll probably never read. I’m changing that slightly to “ten books from my bookshelf that I’ll probably never read,” because there are a lot of books out there in the world that I’m definitely never going to read, so this narrows it down a bit. (Plus, if you guys decide that I should read one of these, I’ll have easy access to it. Or if anyone wants to borrow my copy.) So here we go.
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
I think I missed my window for this one. I bought this book ages ago, I think when I was still in middle school, but never got around to reading it. And now I’m a bit older and less inclined to read fantasy and series, so I’m not sure I’ll ever get around to it.
Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
I purchased this book after I unknowingly bought its sequel because it looked interesting. A few years later, I found this for really cheap at Goodwill. I haven’t read either of them yet, and I’m not sure I’m interested enough to want to.
The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
I want to read this, I do! But it’s pretty big, and I’m not sure what it’s about, and I’ve heard mixed things about it, and I don’t want to tarnish the god-like image that I have of J. K. Rowling in my mind. I’m nervous and I’m not sure it’s worth putting my fears aside for.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
Again, I want to read this! The story really intrigues me. But again, it’s really large, and French (not that this is bad, I just feel like the names/places/etc will be confusing and difficult to remember), and I feel like it’s not going to be as exciting as I want it to be.
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
I realize that this is one of the greatest novels of the 20th century, but it intimidates me! I’m afraid that it’s going to be too complex and everything is going to just fly right over my head.
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
I bought this because I wanted to own something by Margaret Atwood and they were currently out of The Handmaid’s Tale. Since then, I’ve purchased and read The Handmaid’s Tale, which I liked but need to read again because a lot of it was lost on me. And I thought, The Blind Assassin must be good, because it’s the only Atwood book that’s won the Booker prize. Then I heard an instructor talking about how that this was ironic because it was her worst novel. I’m also a little nervous that I won’t be able to follow the plot on this one. HOWEVER I did just read a good review over it, so maybe I’ll give it a chance? Maybe.
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
I’ve never really been a big fan of the whole Wicked thing. I saw the musical in London once, which was great even though I kept falling asleep (not the fault of the play–I hadn’t gotten any sleep the night before). I’m interested in this story, but probably not enough to sift through this giant novel.
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
This was my sister’s book, which she was going to sell in a yardsale until I saved it. The premise is interesting, but I’ve read other books–really good books–with pretty much the same topic, so it might be a little overdone for me.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
I bought this around the same time as I bought Eragon because I didn’t own anything by Agatha Christie.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The only thing I know about this book is that it’s another crime/mystery thing, which really isn’t my favorite genre. I hear it’s pretty good, but I’m just not that interested.
I realize that these are all probably worth reading–that’s why I bought them in the first place! I’ve just since lost interest.
I do value your opinion, though, so let me know–Are there any books on this list that you think I absolutely, without-a-doubt, MUST read? Are there books are on your bookshelf that you don’t think you’ll ever get around to? Do you only buy books that you know you will read, or do you buy books for the sake of buying them?