Today, I’m exposing myself. Okay, it’s not nearly as dramatic as it sounds. I don’t usually buy books unless I want to start them immediately, but that’s not always been the case and, because of that, I have a few books that have been on my shelves, untouched, for a few years. Today I’ll be telling you what they are and why—if there’s a reason—I still haven’t got round to reading them.
1) Bloodlines, The Golden Lily, and The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
I got these as a present at the same time I got Vampire Academy, back in 2013 (wow). My plan was to read all of Vampire Academy—which I did—and then continue with Bloodlines—which I obviously did not. I was very interested on eventually getting to this but it’s been so many years that I remember absolutely nothing from those books and the time it’d take me to reread them in order to start this isn’t worth it anymore. So now, they sit on my shelves until I make up my mind about what to do with them.
2) 1984 by George Orwell
This was a gift from my grandma and when I got it I actually started reading it immediately in the park. I read about 20 pages there and never continued. I’ve been saying this is a priority for two years but it still hasn’t happened. Maybe this year?
3) Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
I must have bought this after reading The Darkest Minds. The truth is that despite it sounding interesting, it mainly deals with stuff that I’m not that interested in, so I’m not sure if I should part with it.
4) Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher
I got this because I had enjoyed Giovanna Fletcher’s previous books. I actually started reading this at the beach about two years ago, but I couldn’t really focus. Not sure whether it had to do with the book itself or my pandemic brain, so it’s one I want to give another shot.
5) Fateful by Claudia Gray
I was gifted this by a friend many years ago and never got to it. I always have this book at the back of my mind because I think I will enjoy it but I never actually pick it up for some reason.
6) A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
Well, this is another case of “I read the first book in the series so long ago that at this point I remember nothing about it and I’m not sure I want to reread it to continue with this one”. I’ve also never watched Game of Thrones, so I have no knowledge to go off of.
7) The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
I bought this with every intention to read it as soon as I got it but, obviously, I never did. This is a trilogy that I really think I’ll enjoy, but for some unknown reason, I still haven’t started it.
8) A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Well, well, well, this is one that I’ve actually read a good portion of. However, in the middle of reading it my mental health took a dip so I didn’t want to continue with this and make it worse. I’ll eventually finish it, but I don’t know where that’ll be—I actually dreamt I picked it back up last night so perhaps that’s a sign?
9) The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Another one that I started reading as soon as I got it but that I, for some reason, didn’t manage to get into. I, once again, blame this solely on my pandemic brain.
10) The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites by Elizabeth Prettejohn
The reason I haven’t read this book yet is that I haven’t had the time to sit down and absorb all the knowledge it has to give me. I really want to get around to it sooner rather than later, but it’s also one that I want to pay my full attention to.
11) J.W. Waterhouse by Peter Trippi
Similarly to the previous one, I haven’t had the brain capacity for this. I actually started this one but it was taking a lot out of me to read it at the time so I stopped. I can’t wait to get back to it though.
12) The Twilight Saga: The Complete Film Archive by Robert Abele
This is probably one of my oldest unread books. This was a gift from my mum back from my Twilight-obsessed days. I’m not sure I’ll ever get around to it, but I know it’s one that I won’t part with since it hold sentimental value.
What are some books you own but haven’t read? Have they been on your shelves for a long time?