After months (if not years) of staring absently at the dusty yet pristine unread books sitting enthusiastically on my bookshelf, I realised: if I haven’t read them by now, I probably never will!
In the past, I have carefully chosen one with nothing but the best intentions. But I have rarely succeeded; after reading the first ten pages I remember the reasons why I never read it in the first place (or even pretended to read it at university).
What books are sitting on your shelf feeling under appreciated and unloved? Are there some books that you simply cannot get your teeth into no matter how hard you try!
I’ve been reading Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and Damned for years now! I’ve read the beginning a zillion times over but it just isn’t doing it for me and yet I class Tender is the night and The Great Gatsby as two of my most-loved books, I just can’t seem to enjoy this third endeavor!
As a result of this realisation, I have purchased FIVE new books:
And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Yes, its a kiddies book. I don’t make a habit of reading these AND I don’t have kids… but this was the most challenged book of 2006, 2007, and 2008, and the most banned book of 2009. I will be reviewing this book and its controversies in a forthcoming post…
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Not my usual choice of book. However, I am reading this as part of the ‘challenge’ set by Lauren Myracle on this Banned Books Week, to: “read one of the titles on the current list of most frequently-challenged books” in the hope that I will have “made the world a better place”. Well, one step a time Lauren. Review coming soon…
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
I’ve always wanted to read this. Holiday reading: in the bag!
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Recommended to me by a friend, but sounds right down my street.
Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay
I’m going to see a reading of this by Jackie Kay herself in Glasgow on 10th November. Although I’m not a fan of biographies of any sort, her life is such a heavy influence on her work, which I’m a fan of, so I have high hopes for this. Look out for a review of the show sometime in November…