While I love reading books, buying books is often the greater addiction I have trouble resisting – as the book purchase of thirteen books I made a couple of weeks ago (and wrote about in this post) proves. A consequence of this is that I buy books much faster than I can read them, and over the years have ended up with a backlog of at least a hundred books on my shelves which I haven’t managed to read yet. And still I keep ordering more…
Although this day’s challenge was originally to name one book, to name one in spite of what I just said feels silly, so I am going to name the five or six books that I feel I have most wanted to read, but still haven’t, and in all cases these are books I have owned for quite a long time. I think I should make it a goal to read all of these before the year’s end, perhaps?
This is the second novel by the same author who brought us The Kite Runner, a book which I absolutely loved, and to which this book has been compared favourably. It is set across several decades in Afghanistan and follows the lives of two women as their lives cross each other, and it sounds quite similar in theme and content to its predecessor. Why haven’t I read this yet? I have no idea, other than that I have been distracted by other books, I suppose.
Although initially known for his thriller novels, this 1989 historical novel set in a fictional town in 12th century England and following the building of a priory against real historical events turned out to be Follett’s most successful work. As somebody who loves history, and has written the first draft of a historical novel set only a couple of centuries later, I feel I really need to get on and read this, as well as its sequel World Without End, as soon as possible.
I could extend this one to all of Murakami’s works – I am ashamed to admit I have not ready any of his fiction yet, though I have wanted to for such a long time, but I named this one as it is sitting on my shelf. This novel, written in 1987, is about Toru Watanabe, who looks back on his college days in Tokyo in the 1960s, and his relationships with two vastly different women, one beautiful but emotionally troubled, the other outgoing and vibrant. It is one of Murakami’s most popular novels, and was very popular with the youth of Japan upon its release. I definitely intend to read this very soon.
This is another case where I have already read other work by this author, and know I love this author, and so am not really sure why I haven’t read this particular novel – more so because it was the first of his novels I bought. This is also perhaps one of his better known novels, having been turned into a film and Broadway musical at different stages. If it is filled with the usual wit and charm I have come to expect from Hornby’s work, I expect I’ll enjoy this one quite a lot.
This science fiction classic from 1965 won the Hugo and Nebula awards, started the Dune series of books, inspired multiple interpretations through films, television series, computer games and more, and is considered to be one of the best selling sci-fi novels of all time. Why haven’t I read it? Because I started years ago, and became bored only fifty or so pages into it. Hopefully I will enjoy it more now – I guess I will have to find out.
This fantasy trilogy consists of three novels, Titus Groan, Gormenghast, and Titus Alone, all written throughout the 1940s and 1950s. Although put in the fantasy genre, it contains no magic and only humans, and is probably closer to gothic fiction, focusing on darker and more grotesque themes and events. Anyway, the story sounds cool and I have been meaning to read this for a long time, and I have the trilogy in a single volume so…what am I waiting for?
What books have you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t? Have any of you read any of these books I just mentioned, and if so, what were your thoughts and opinions?