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?