More Of My Perpetual TBR List
Back in October, I told you about my ever growing list of books I’ve been wanting to read for ages, yet never seem to get around to.
I received a lot of feedback on that post. It turns out everyone has their own version of this list, which made me feel much better about all the fantastic books I own and continually ignore!
Well that’s not true, I don’t ignore them. I know they’re there. I look at them all the time. I genuinely want to read them, and I will. Eventually. Maybe. Hopefully?
I don’t know how many books I own (and I’m not going to count, because it’ll make me even more obsessed with them than I already am!) but I can comfortably say it’s a lot…
So while I was sorting my shelves and planning my reading for this year, I took notice of the titles I thought I’d read last year but didn’t, and all the others I’m still hoping to get to eventually:
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
I’ve been wanting to read this novel for years. I even had it penciled in for a Read Harder category last year, which I never completed. I bet this book is lovely, and I really want to read it. But I haven’t because I’m scared. It seems to be a polarizing book, and I’ve heard so many mixed things about it. It’s long, and I know it’s not exactly easy reading material. So I continue to avoid it, while I occasionally pick it up off the shelf, pet the pretty cover lovingly, and then put it back.
Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
When my husband read this a few years ago, he really liked it and told me a lot about it. Every once in a while he’ll mention “You really need to read that Bad Science book.” And I know I do. But I also know it’s probably going to tell me things I don’t want to know! It’s about all the “bad science” touted in advertising and referenced to convince us of things that aren’t true.
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
I’ve been told by friends that I’ll like this and I probably will. I own it and the second book in the series. I’m simply intimidated by the length and the fact that it’s an author I haven’t read before.
Villa America by Liza Klaussman
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote Tender is the Night based on his real life experiences with his wife and their friends in the French Rivera in the 1920’s. Liza Klaussman wrote Villa America based on Tender is the Night. Fitzgerald is my favorite writers of his generation, even though his novels can be tough to get through. I’m genuinely interested in this novel and will likely read it eventually, but my feelings on the concept have cooled a bit since I bought the book.
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway is my husband’s favorite author, so over the past few years I’ve tackled a couple of his works. I prefer his short stories over his novels because the despair is in a much smaller dose! I also find Hemingway easier to digest in audio book format. This novel is considered one of the author’s masterpieces and solidified his role as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, so I really want to get to it at some point. I just have to be in a certain headspace to take on a Hemingway novel!
Do you have a list you’ve been meaning to get to forever but haven’t?
Why do you avoid books you want to read?
Why do you think this is common?