What’™s Sitting on Your Shelf? Booking Through Thursday on Wednesday

 btt buttonBTT is a day early this week!

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 the 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 works.

So, the question is this: ‘œWhat tomes are waiting patiently on your shelves?‘œ

I have too many unread books that have been sitting on my book shelves or in piles for years. Every now and them I move them all round trying to fit in more books or re-organise them to encourage me to actually read them. It’s really helpful having them on LibraryThing as I can now easily check which books I’ve yet to read.

Here are a few that I’ve owned a long, long time:

  • No Longer At Ease, Chinua Achebe
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
  • The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  • The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot
  • King Solomon’s Mines by Rider Haggard
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  • Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
  • Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
  • The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf 

Quite a classical list really. After my post last Sunday about the number of books I have on the go right now I really mustn’t pick up any of these, but as I finished The Secret Scripture this morning maybe I could start one of these, but which one?

24 thoughts on “What’™s Sitting on Your Shelf? Booking Through Thursday on Wednesday

  1. As much as I love VW, I didn’t think The Voyage Out was very good. If I were looking at that list, I’d read Laurie Lee. I have it waiting on my shelf, too. I started Barchester Towers and just couldn’t get into it. If Dickens was the only author, I’d never read. :<) Same with Hugo. I just have no interest. My long list would be mostly biographies. I have a slew about people I am fascinated with and I just must get going on them. I don’t want to be 100 and say, geez, why didn’t I read that book on Kipling or Disraeli or Churchill or Rosemary Clooney. :<)


  2. I say go for Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope. His books are usually of daunting size but they are gripping and entertaining. I always pack a Trollope book for a long-haul flight.


  3. I’ve David Copperfield, but it was a children’s adaptation. I may not know the dialogues and all that, but I know the story hehe.

    Classics are usually the last to go on my shelves.


  4. Every time I start a Dickens novel, I feel as though I need to read it aloud or have someone read it to me while I knit. Which is why, I suppose, that those novels sit on my shelves waiting…


  5. I wouldn’t dare even think about counting up the books on my shelf that have been waiting to be read for say ten years or more. I would go for ‘Barchester Towers’ myself, but only if you have already read ‘The Warden’. If not you can use this as an excuse to acquire yet another book.


  6. I have some Dickens sitting on my TBR shelf. I too have quite a few classics lingering on the shelf. Someday, I’ll find time to escape from the everyday world and read them.


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