Okay–here was an interesting article by Christopher Schoppa in the Washington Post.
Avid readers know all too well how easy it is to acquire books — it’s theSo, the question is his: “What tomes are waiting patiently on your shelves?
letting go that’s the difficult part. … During the past 20 years, in which books
have played a significant role in both my personal and professional lives, I’ve
certainly had my fair share of them (and some might say several others’ shares)
in my library. Many were read and saved for posterity, others eventually, but
still reluctantly, sent back out into the world.
But there is also a category
of titles that I’ve clung to for years, as they survived numerous purges,
frequent library donations and countless changes of residence. I’ve yet to read
them, but am absolutely certain I will. And should. When, I’m not sure, as I’m
constantly distracted by the recent, just published and soon to be published
I have a really hard time getting rid of books. We've moved 4 times in the last 5 years, and every time I try to get rid of a few, but it's really difficult - especially with the ones I've not yet read. So, I have a pretty good amount of TBRs that have been on my shelves for years, including:
- The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
- Queen of the Damned and many others by Ann Rice
- Preserve and Protect by Allen Drury (I love Advise and Consent, and I've always wanted to go back and reread it before I got to Preserve and Protect, but I haven't run across a copy)
- The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve
- Books E, F, G, I, J, K, M, P, Q, and S of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone mystery series (Why have I kept buying these - and out of order - if I stopped reading at D? I have read T, but really?!? I'm not sure what the thought process was here...)
- The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Seriously, I could probably list 100 more. So, what about you? Do you obsessively hold on to books you've never even read??