I suspect that prolific readers, book bloggers, booksellers, and the like, will agree with me when I say that it’s a terrible feeling to constantly discover tons of fantastic books that you want to read, only that you cannot possibly find the time to. I find this quotation from Lewis Buzbee’s The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop sobering: ‘If you read one book a week, starting at the age of 5, and live to be 80, you will have read a grand total of 3,900 books, a little over one-tenth of 1 percent of the books currently in print.’ But it certainly does not stop us trying to read them all. Here are just ten that I really wanted to read at the time, but haven’t yet:
Pretties (Uglies #1-3) by Scott Westerfeld
I received Uglies, Pretties and Specials for my birthday, probably back in 2006, and for some reason did not move onto the second book. Uglies was one of the first young adult dystopian books I ever read and so I really want to re-read it and move onto the rest of the series!
Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle #1-2) by Libba Bray
A Great and Terrible Beauty is another book I read sometime between 2005 and 2007, and another book I want to re-read before moving onto the sequel. I remember being swayed by its popularity online (although not with bloggers, since I did not run or read book blogs back then) and beautiful cover.
Across the Universe (Across the Universe #1-2) by Beth Revis
I won Across the Universe from my friend Daphne back in 2011. I kept saying to myself ‘I’ll read it soon!’, but to no avail. As the third book, Shades of Earth, is published in May, I’m planning to read and review the entire trilogy. You can hold me to it! And here’s a fun anecdote: Daphne offered to buy me the hardback but I assured her that I’d much prefer the paperback, and told her not to spend extra money on me. I didn’t quite realise just how lovely the hardback was back then – Daphne was rightly puzzled!
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
I had A Short History on my wishlist for while before spontaneously buying a used copy online sometime in 2011. My copy arrived smelling of smoke, with a cigarette roll ups package stuck inside, and with some strange black gunk on it. Lovely. As I cannot stand the smell of cigarette smoke, I haven’t yet picked up the book.
The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society #1-3) by Trenton Lee. Stewart
I asked for the lovely box set of these books for Christmas 2011, particularly after reading positive reviews from Emma and Priscilla.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
I first read Paper Towns on my Kindle and it became one of my favourite books. In 2011, I purchased physical copies of all of John Green’s books to date. Will Grayson, Will Grayson is the only book I haven’t yet read. I’m slightly afraid, if I’m honest, for once I read it, I shall have no John Green books left to look forward to!
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
I had seen The Snow Child jotting around the blogosphere, but I avoided buying it for a while because it was back when I was on a self-enforced book-buying ban. I caved last May because I became worried that I wouldn’t be able to purchase the hardback once the paperback was published.
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzgerald
Why haven’t I read My Life Next Door? Just why?! I first heard about it in March 2012 and it wasn’t published until June. I even pre-ordered it, something I rarely do. I’m hoping the (eventual) spring weather will spur me on to read this finally!
Harry Potter: Page to Screen by Bob McCabe
I received this for Christmas 2011 and started reading it instantly, but I stopped around The Order of the Phoenix section. I think it may have something to do with the fact I visited the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, which had a lot of the same information. Nonetheless, it’s an utterly beautiful book that every Harry Potter fan should own. I’m sure I’ll be flicking through this when I’m 80.
Oh, books. Why must you torment me so? I apparently need to dedicate two months to reading these!
Which books did you need to buy/borrow/download/ask for but still haven’t read yet?