I've gotten better about this as I've spent more and more time working in libraries, but I do have a pile of books that I just kind of hang onto, and tiptoe around, and half of them, I'm not sure I'll ever read. Here's some of them:
- Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. I bought the first two books in the series, because I was desperate for fantasy. I'm not sure why, because I tend not to like fantasy very much, and I think it's my natural disinclination toward the genre that keeps the books sitting in the corner, unread. But I don't want to give them away, as I do plan to read them... eventually.
- Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. I blame The Vlogbrothers YouTube channel for this. John Green has mentioned many times that Infinite Jest is a favorite book of his, and even though it is absolutely epic in length, I decided that I need to read it. Ten pages in, I was so confused, I put the book away and never went back to it. I still have a very clear memory of the images that popped into my head during those first few pages, though, and I do think I'd like to revisit it sometime. Thus, I keep it.
- Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. This book was on my birthday list one year when I was in college. But it turns out listening to a Broadway soundtrack is a lot easier than reading a huge, long book. I am not sure I will ever conquer this one, but it was a gift, so I hesitate to part with it.
- Zelda: A Biography by Nancy Milford. I bought this back in 2003 when I was reading Nancy Milford's Savage Beauty, which is a biography of Edna St. Vincent Millay. I expected to finish the Millay bio and immediately crave another. Sadly, I never finished reading either one.
- The Chicago Manual of Style. Obviously, I never intended to read this book cover to cover, but I did ask for it for Christmas with the idea in mind that I would go into proofreading. That fascination faded quickly, but I've still got the book. It's a nice copy, I almost feel guilty.
- Devon Delaney Should Totally Know Better by Lauren Barnholdt. I was on a tween fiction kick when I ordered this book. By the time it arrived, I was on a new kick. I'm hoping to catch it the next time the tween urge hits.
- Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I bought the entire series in one volume back when the first movie was released. And then I lost interest. But it would be a good idea to read them, and I plan to. Someday.
- The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb. I've been looking forward to reading this one, but it's just so long. Kids' books are so much quicker, so I tend to gravitate toward those and avoid big, long grown-up novels.
- Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg. I love Fannie Flagg, and I've read the first chapter of this book at least three times, only to get distracted and forget to read the rest.
- Fool Moon by Jim Butcher. Another title from my brief fantasy fascination, this one is from The Dresden Files series. I'm hoping I have another wave of interest in fantasy sometime soon, since I am more than halfway through this at this point. Oy.
Well, that made me feel sort of guilty. I read so much, I swear, just not the books I own! Oh well. Maybe at least a few of these will be finished by the end of this year, now that I've been reminded. Time will tell.