I am sad to say that there are some books I have had on my shelf for the longest time and completely neglected. I have mentioned before now that I am almost unable to bypass a good book deal, and my literature related whims can be impossible to control. It’s the one area of my life I allow myself to splurge on, everyone needs an outlet and reading is mine! But the problem with books is you have to invest the time, something which can be tough to do in 2013, a world of endless information, social networking, TV channels and music. Not to mention all our responsibilities, from family and friends to education and work.
Possibly my worst bookworm trait is that I get distracted by my current book purchases and so some of my older ones occasionally slip through the cracks and get left on my shelf to collect dust for years! So, allow me to direct you to the realm of my forgotten books. 🙂
First up is a hoard of Dan Brown. This one book is representative of all the novels of his I own, Digital Fortress, Deception Point, Angels & Demons and finally The Da Vinci Code. I invested in the Da Vinci Code five or six years ago now when I came across it super cheap and second hand. I wanted to know what the fuss was about so I grabbed my own copy, oblivious that it was a part of the series. I had heard from many people that you didn’t need to read the books in order, but one of the weird traits I have is that I refuse to read series out of chronological order, even if they don’t connect. So, I bought all the other books above in various second hand shops, not realising that Digital Fortress and Deception Point weren’t actually a part of the series, whoops!
Dan Brown doesn’t write a genre I would usually go for and all the criticism that follows him around has probably put me off a bit. The combinations of the two is probably why all his books have been stuck on the ‘to read’ pile for so long!
Next up is Free Lunch by Nancy Sparling. This novel doesn’t even seem to be on the map anymore, it’s photo-less on Goodreads and only stocked by users on Amazon, I’m not even sure it’s in print anymore. This book was a completely random, spur of the moment buy and I picked it up at the same time I found The Da Vinci Code. Do you ever get into one of those moods where you just feel like buying a book for the sake of buying a book? I think I was in one of those and I was a lot younger at the time, I hadn’t ever heard of a tbr pile and I certainly didn’t have a blog!
I never normally go for books like this, but something about the design caught my eye and I liked the concept. The story is supposed to be about a guy that poses as the best friend/brother/son of famous actors and actresses to get freebies. It sounded like a lot of fun so I took a chance on it. Unfortunately, it had gotten so hidden away behind other books I had almost forgotten I owned it, and not even it’s desperate screams of ‘readddd meeee’ could be heard from it’s place behind a stack on books.
Now we have Shiver and Linger by Maggie Stiefvater, the first two books in The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. I have owned these for a little longer than the previous books above, but not much. I think I probably got them for my fifteenth of sixteenth birthday courtesy of a friend. While I loved the covers and was curious to try them, I was also very wary of the werewolf craze and reading about it never overly appealed to me. Then I attempted Kelley Armstrong and fell in love with the way she crafted her werewolf characters and became adamant that no one could do werewolves better than her! So I decided to give this series some distance. Next thing I knew Angels were in, then immortals and the next thing you know I had forgotten all about Maggie and her werewolves and moved on to other things. I’m hoping now that time has passed that I might even appreciate them more, an oversaturated market is never a good thing. 🙂
Lastly but far from least is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. After reading Wuthering Heights and discovering it was Emily’s only novel I was hugely disappointed. So when I found out she had two sisters and that the writer of the famous Jane Eyre was one of them, my fourteen/fifteen year old self rushed out to buy it. (I actually have two copies now!) I think I can blame GCSEs for neglecting this one, but I was also concerned that it would pale in comparison to my beloved Wuthering Heights, so similarly to Kelley vs Stiefvater I wanted to put some distance between the two. Distance turned into a year, and then two years and then oh gosh, FIVE YEARS. I’m a bad bookworm! The problem is, after so much time I have almost built up the hype in my head, especially after viewing a few adaptations and now I’m once again worried the novel won’t live up to the picture I have of it in my head. I know curiosity will get the better of me soon though, I feel it calling as I’m writing this!
Which books have been on your ‘to read’ list the longest? If anyone has read any of the books above and enjoyed them please let me know, it could be the much needed motivation I need to pick them up! 🙂
P.S. I’m way behind on replying to comments at the moment, but I’m looking forward to answering them and reading all the great things you guys have to say! Just so you know I haven’t forgotten! 😉
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