I’ve been putting together TBR posts for almost as long as I’ve been writing this blog. And it’s probably not a secret that I don’t exactly stick to my reading lists. Personally, I don’t really have a problem with that. Reading lists are a good way to help me organize my reading (like if I need to read ARCs by a certain date) and keep track of the books I want to read. But I hate forcing myself to read things I’m not in the mood for, because that’s a surefire way to trigger a reading slump.
Still, there are quite a few books I put on reading lists long ago and never got around to reading. I thought it might be fun to make a series out of this, and look back on books I still haven’t read (and why). Today I’m starting at the very beginning. We’re going back to 2015 – have I really had this blog for that long? – and
A History of Love by Nicole Krauss. Honestly, I kind of lost interest in this one. I’m still on the fence because 1) I already own it, 2) a friend recommended it, and 3) Krauss is married to one of my favorite authors – Jonathan Safran Foer – and that makes me a little bit curious.
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. This book has made several appearances on my TBR over the years, and despite the fact that it has literally been sitting on my desk that ENTIRE time, I have managed to not read it. I still really want to, though, so hopefully it happens soon.
Paradise Lost by John Milton. I have absolutely no idea why I put this on my TBR other than I was being overly ambitious. Will read it someday, but have no plans to do so anytime soon.
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. I don’t know what it is about this book, but I can’t seem to just finish it. Every October for the past three years, I’ve picked it up and managed another three chapters or so. And that’s it. It might take me another three years to finish it, and I have no idea why.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith. This made my list because I’m liked Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and wanted something fun to read. I’ll probably still read this at some point, because it seems like a good Halloween book.
This is How: Surviving What You Think You Can’t by Augusten Burroughs. This was back when I first discovered Book Outlet (and my books all fit on my shelves) and planned on reading all of my new books. Also, I hadn’t read anything by Burroughs in a while. Still haven’t, actually.
Last Call by Tim Powers. I bought a few of his books on Book Outlet because he’s actually the brother of my high school English teacher and I thought it would be fun to read them. Guess how many I’ve read?
The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll’s House by Neil Gaiman. HOW HAS IT BEEN SO LONG SINCE I’VE READ SANDMAN? I loved the first volume and apparently just stopped there. Ugh, I’m so ashamed. Must fix this soon.
I finished my whole reading list from this month!
All in all, I’m not mad about this. I think the books on this list I’m most likely to get to soon are Something Wicked This Way Comes because I have been reading it for about four years now and Sandman because I cannot believe it’s been this long since I read Vol. 1. Shame.
I should also note that I did not finish all of the books in the month/year of my list. But I have read them at some point between publishing my list and now. That counts, right?
Let me know if you’re interested in seeing more of these posts – I have another couple years worth of TBRs to get through.
Have you read any of the books on this list? Any of them you think I should make a priority?