‘So here today I present to you an Unread Books Challenge. Give me the list or take a picture of all the books you have stacked on your bedside table, hidden under the bed or standing in your shelf – the books you have not read, but keep meaning to. The books that begin to weigh on your mind. The books that make you cover your ears in conversation and say, No! Don’t give me another book to read! I can’t finish the ones I have!’ ‘
My first thought was “impossible, I’m not listing all my unread books, way too many!” My second thought was OK – just the books in piles by the bed. These are there because at some time I thought I’d read them next and then forgot about them when others got added on top. I dragged them out and here is the list, in no particular order:
- Turbulence by Giles Foden – a book from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer Program. I have just started this and it promises to be good.
- The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Fry – another one I’ve started. It looks excellent but it’s not one to read striaght through – that’s my reason (excuse) for not having finished it.
- Roma by Steven Saylor – a chunkster that I really want to read.
- The Tuscan Trilogy by Derek Adie Flower – this was forgotten about at the bottom of a pile – sorry Derek.
- The House of a Thousand Spirits by Isabel Allende – can’t remember why I haven’t started this one.
- Resistance by Owen Sheers – I was full of enthusiasm for this when I bought it and since then I’ve never been in quite the right frame of mind to read it. I loved his series on BBC4 recently, A Poet’s Guide to Britain.
- Stockings and Suspenders: a Quick Flash by Rosemary Hawthorne. This is a history of stockings etc full of fascinating information. Did you know that stockings are 3,000 years old and the first stocking machine was invented by a Nottingham vicar? It’s only a short book – must read it soon.
- Shoe Addicts Anonymous by Beth Harbison – a library book – chic lit I think.
- Fleshmarket Close by Ian Rankin – for when I get up to it in his Rebus series.
- The Naming of the Dead by Ian Rankin – as above. (Both books borrowed from our son).
- Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy. I have started this and was disappointed it didn’t appeal much.
- The Chymical Wedding by Lindsay Clarke – started but thought it a bit heavy going so I left it for a while.
- The Appeal by John Grisham – again forgotten about at the bottom of a pile.
- The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris – forgotten about it because it was buried at the back of the piles.
This is a good exercise if only to remind me of the books buried by the bed.
My third thought came to me as I passed yet another pile of books on the bookcase on the landing, so instead of listing them here is a photo –
I’ve had the Thomas Hardy book a long time now and although I’d started it once I put it to one side whilst I read more of his books and haven’t got back to it yet!
I’m in no danger of running out of books to read – I just need more space for them and time to read them!