I LOVE this weeks top ten, because it totally relates to how I live… I have so very many books that I have bought, with complete excitement, and then just put away and left for years! I’m trying to rectify that somewhat at the moment though. So, without any further ado, here are:
The Top 10 Books I just had to Buy, but Are Still Sitting on My Bookshelf
1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy- I started reading this about 4 years ago, but since I was just starting university and had to deal with shit like Tristram Shandy and evil flatmates, I’m pretty sure I couldn’t handle the 800 plus pages as well. I have, however, just started reading it again (like, yesterday) and all signs look good!
2. White Teeth by Zadie Smith- I have both this and On Beauty sitting in the bottom of my wardrobe (where I have to store a lot of my books) and I have no good reason for not having read them... But I will get round to them one day!
3. Confessions of an English Opium Eater by Thomas De Quincey- I think this is one of those kind of books that I bought more for the title than any actual content- it was actually by my bed for a really long time, but I moved it away and it's never found its way back into my interest... It is a thin book, though, so I will probably read it eventually!
4. Watership Down by Richard Adams- I got this because my friend told me it was pretty good... sadly, whenever I look at it and see the size of it, I do tend to think that I don't want to expend that much effort on a story about rabbits!
5. Walden by Henry David Theoreau- I got this to help me write an essay on Thoreau, but it arrived after I had actually handed it in... consequently, it now resides by my bed, where I'm finding it really really hard to get past page 20...
6. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky- Another one of those pesky Russian authors, a book I guess I thought I should buy, without considering whether I would actually read it or not. Which I will! Just, not yet...
7. The Freud Reader- My attempt to delve further into the human mind, I actually lugged this massive book home from New York, when I bought it at The Strand bookstore. Sadly, it hasn't been opened since that time, which makes it a bit of a wasteful thing to have carried home...
8. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway- I read literally about 5 pages of this a really long time ago, but I just couldn't get on with it. I have, however, been assured that Hemingway is really super awesome, so I might try it again some day- like, when I've read all these other books!
9. Dangerous Liasons by Choderlos de Laclos- The reason I bought this book can basically be summed up in two words- Cruel. Intentions. Sadly, a film I loved when I was about 11 is not necessarily a basis for making me read a book!
10. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela- I really badly want to read this book (so badly that I asked for it for my birthday and everything!) and I have read about 50 pages of it. Sadly, there are about 1000 pages, and every time I look at it I just feel intimidated by it. I will absolutely read it though, and hopefully sooner rather than later!
So that's my top ten for the week. How about you? Any books that you just can't handle reading, even though you definitely wanted them in the shop?