“How many books do you have on your shelves that are unread?” is probably a question that’s better left unanswered (although, I’ll have you know it’s not as many as I thought…it’s bad, but not as bad). And when it comes to my good old phrase of “I’ve been meaning to read this one for years!” you can guarantee I’m not exaggerating. But it had me thinking – which books have I been meaning to get round to the longest?
I actually loved doing this post and unearthing the lost treasures on my shelves. Not that they were ever hidden…they just became vastly overshadowed by at least 3 or 4 years worth of shiny new books (yikes). But since I log all the books I own on Goodreads, I managed to trace back the ones I’ve had on my shelves the longest quickly enough. And so here’s the books I gave a home to all those years ago, but have still yet to read…
• The Host by Stephanie Meyer •
Given a home in: January 2013 (although probably before 2013, that’s the year I joined Goodreads)
This book gives me a weird sense of nostalgia even though I haven’t read it. I just remember everyone talking about it when I was younger because it was Stephanie Meyer’s next big thing. The movie came out, Saoirse Ronan played the main character and young me had a slight love for her after seeing her in The Lovely Bones years earlier (anyone remember the yellow flared trousers?).
Being a SciFi about aliens taking over human bodies and using them as hosts, it never was my usual choice of book. Still isn’t, in fact. And yet I’ve never gotten rid of it because something is still tugging me towards it. I do want to get to it eventually. Hopefully it won’t sit on my shelves for another 5 years before doing so.
• The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger •
Given a home in: December 2014
I actually know nothing about this book, it’s just one of those classics I want to read because it’s a classic. All I’ve seen is people mention teenage angst, and to be fair I’m pretty intrigued as to how a classic will represent that stage on life. Will it be full of brooding teens and dagger-like glares? I mean, I’d find out the answer to that question a lot quicker if I read it, wouldn’t I?
To be honest when it comes to this one I’ll probably buy another copy when it comes to reading it. This one was given to me years ago, and honestly it must be decades old with how tattered it is. Some of the pages completely fell out while I was taking photos, so…yeah. New copy needed.
• A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens •
Given a home in: April 2015
Okayy, this one I’ll freely admit that I was highly intimidated by the reputation Mr Dickens has been given over the years. I always hear people comment on how his work can be tough to get through, using flowery language and dragging descriptions out for ages because he was paid by the word (fair play to him). But at the end of 2017 I read a collection of his short stories and honestly? I enjoyed his writing, and it brought that intimidation down a notch. So maybe I’ll finally get round to reading this one sooner than I initially would’ve. All I know is that it’s set in the time of the French Revolution, and I’m guessing – now this is a truly wild guess, hold onto your seats – that it’s set in two different cities. Either way, I’m intrigued.
• Lord of the Flies by William Golding •
Given a home in: December 2015 (although it was my mum’s book before mine so I attempting reading it long before 2015)
I’VE TRIED. TWICE.
I am determined to read the entirety of this book one day. I think I first tried when I was around 10 years old and got bored quickly. 10 year old me didn’t want to read about a bunch of boys stuck bickering on an island, she rolled her eyes at every page and ran off outside to climb everything possible and read about magic instead. Cue 13 year old me, trying again…and finding myself still too impatient to deal with the boys. Again. Maybe one day I’ll get past the point of losing patience with them. I’m pretty sure it’s meant to be a statement of sorts, and I do actually want to know how the hell the boys manage on the island they’re stranded on.
• The Rose Labyrinth by Titania Hardie •
Given a home in: April 2015
I picked this one up from a book sale all those years ago on a complete whim, mainly because I saw it had something to do with historical fiction. It follows someone who inherits a key and an ancient script, which leads to them trying to figure out riddles set in place by an Elizabethan spy and astrologer. Sounds pretty intense, right? This one is kind of similar to The Host, where I never reach for it ad yet every time I consider giving it away, I just can’t. I do want to read it. When that time will come, I don’t know. Maybe I’ll give it a small trial of sorts – read the first chapter or so, and decide from there whether I actually will read it sometimes soon or whether to just unhaul it after all this time.
So those are the books that have been sat on my shelves unread the longest! Let me know if you’ve read any of these and if I should read them – please actually shove them in my face if it’s a favourite of yours that I must read immediately.
What books have been sat on your shelves waiting to be read the longest? I’d love to know!
Until next time…