This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten Books That Have Been On My Shelf For The Longest But I’ve Never Read. These books are exactly why I started the Off The Shelf! Challenge because I know there’s books on my shelf that have been there for several years and the unread pile still keeps growing…
- The Quest by Wilbur Smith – I don’t even remember what it’s about, but I keep eyeing it all the same! I do know that it is set in Egypt and I just discovered it’s the fourth in a series so it might be a little longer before I actually get to read it.
- Gallipoli by Les Carlyon – I know the story, but I would like to read the book and this has been one I’ve had there on my shelf for a while. I’m always reminded of it when I rearrange my shelves thanks to it being a massive book.
- Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix by Charles R. Cross – Unlike the top two, I remember when I got this one. It was a Christmas present from an ex, which I received after we broke up, and maybe that’s why I haven’t read it yet. Honestly? I love Hendrix, but I can’t remember all the books I have. Does that mean I should stop buying them now?
- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova – The Historian is one I tried reading, but then I got distracted, and I’ve been meaning to get back to ever since.
- The Swarm by Frank Schätzing – I believe this one is more an ecotopian style novel and every time I’m in the mood to read it I’m at a point in my life where I don’t have much time. This is a hefty book. It’s a book that can be used to flatten things out and that is something I find turning me off each time I go to pick it up. Now, if I could just be in the mood for it when I have the time…
- The Dead Zone by Stephen King – This is only one of the King books I have left unread on my shelf. I’m pretty sure there’s books by him which have been sitting there for a decade at least, but I tell myself that’s ok as long as more than half of them have been read.
- A Wished For Song: A Portrait of Jeff Buckley by Merri Cyr – I can’t believe I haven’t read A Wished For Song. It makes a great decoration, but it would be good to read. Not quite a decade in time, but it’s getting close! The book was published in 2002 and I bought it very soon after it came out. I still can’t figure out why I haven’t read this one or the Hendrix one. Especially when I read Scar Tissue and loved it. Maybe that’s the problem; the musicians are dead.
- According To The Rolling Stones by The Rolling Stones – I’m now considering I should have gone with an added theme with this list because it seems to be happening naturally itself! I was obsessed with The Rolling Stones or as obsessed as I can get. I’ve got CDs, I’ve got t-shirts, I’ve got key rings, I’ve got DVDs, so why haven’t I read the book yet? Hmm… good question.
- The Vision by Dean Koontz – I found a Koontz one that has been around just as long as the King one! They’re both the half read Vs. half unread selection of books I have. I will read them all one day. One day.
- Dark Seeker by K.W. Jeeter – I thought I’d end with one I definitely know I’ve left unread for more then a decade. There’s several books which were passed down to me from my Mum when I was about 12. I’m now 28 and this is one of those books. I don’t know that I’ll ever get around to it, but I do want to read Dark Seeker because the author is the one who ‘founded’ the Steampunk culture. At least he coined the term when he wanted a way to describe what he was publishing. Dark Seeker is far from steampunk, but that’s ok with me.
I have a lot of unread books on my shelf, about half of my personal library, and have calculated I have approximately 7 1/2 to 8 years worth of reading material. That makes me feel like some sort of addict. Seriously, are book lovers nuts or what?