Weekly Geeks – The books you’ve waited too long to read

This weekend, Weekly Geeks host EH asks about books we have waited too long to read.

Is there a book that has been hanging around your reading pile for far too long before you got to it. A book that probably got packed away until you accidentally got to it or a book that you read a few pages in and never got back to.

There are quite a few books over the last few years that I have started to read and not finished. I don’t mean the ones that I don’t intend to finish. Rather these are books I would like to read all the way through but have not so far got round to it. They are mainly non-fiction and the reason I’ve not finished them is usually that they take more time to read than fiction and so I slot other books in between reading sessions and sometimes just don’t get back to the non-fiction.

These are some of them – all books I do intend to finish:

  1. Thomas Hardy: The Time-Torn Man by Claire Tomalin – I stopped reading this partway in as I decided I needed to read more of Hardy’s own books before going further. I’ve read a few more of his books, but have never got back to this biography.
  2. A Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela – I must have read about half of this book before I stopped. It was so long ago that I can’t remember why I didn’t finish it.
  3. A Dead Language by Peter Rushforth – this one is fiction. I loved Pinkerton’s Sister by Rushforth. I found A Dead Language hard-going, but I will get back to it one day. The downside is that I’ll have to start it again as I’ve forgotten who all the characters are.
  4. 1599: a Year in the Life of William Shakespeare by James Shapiro – I can’t remember any specific reason I haven’t finished this book.
  5. Body Parts: Essays on Life Writing by Hermione Lee. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each essay that I’ve read so far. As the essays are self-contained there is no problem in reading it in instalments.

6 thoughts on “Weekly Geeks – The books you’ve waited too long to read

  1. What a cool post and I can so relate to everything you wrote..

    I read quite a bit of non- fic, but as you said some are a brute to get through…

    I just completed one on work ethics and professionalism – and although this is an area I love, reading the theory of it just takes so much out of me..

    I am intriqued by the 1599: a Year in the Life of William Shakespeare – as I am just catching up on a few Shakespeare so that would be a lovely book to follow up with…

    Body Parts: Essays on Life Writing – This one I am going to chase up – as one of my pet peeve in books especially fiction is the logistics of arms and legs… sometimes I swear there are extra arms and legs in a few scenes I read..
    Thanks for partcipating this week.


  2. I’ll have to find the Hermione Lee book. I have read several biographies by her and find her fascinating. I have many FAT non-fiction books on my shelves that I will eventually get to but they just take so long.


  3. Hi Margaret,

    You hit the nail on the head, with your reply to Kerrie’s comment.
    Non fiction books are always something I either start to read but never seem to finish, or something that I really must get round to reading one day.

    I’m afraid I am in the grip of fiction completely, so perhaps I am just an escapist by nature.

    I must be the only person in the world who hasn’t read ‘Catcher In The Rye’, although there is a brand new copy sat on my shelves.

    The other book I own that I have always been going to get around to reading is ‘Lord Of The Flies’

    There are probably many others if I sat and thought about it.


    1. Yvonne, you’re not alone I haven’t read Catcher in the Rye either. Lord of the Flies was one of the set books at school, so I have read that – I don’t remember much about it though.


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