Ten Eight Books From Before Blogging That I STILL Haven’t Read Yet
If I were to tell a “normal” person that I have over 300 unread books, that I read an average of 60 books per year, that I started blogging over 2 years ago, and that there are some books I own from the pre-blogging days that I just haven’t quite gotten around to reading yet, they’d think I was insane. Luckily, I discovered the Book Blogging community. Behold, the top ten books I’ve been meaning to get to, since before I started blogging…
1. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, purchased in 2012.
I did that thing again. I watched the movie before I read the book. This really doesn’t happen that often, and it was before I was a big Picoult fan, but regardless it happened, I can’t take it back. Apparently, the book and movie versions are quite different though. The movie made me cry like crazy. (The song below is featured in the part where I was blubbling, though the video uses clips from The Notebook instead).
2. S. by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst, purchased in 2013.
I just know this book is going to be the bane of my existance, because I never get around to reading it, and it would take a long time to get through it all! It’s beautiful, described as a love letter to physical books. The novel itself is called Ship of Theseus (written by the fictional author, Straka), and throughout the novel there are are a plethora of notes written between the two main characters, Eric and Jennifer. What makes it really special is that there are numerous items slotted within the pages that also add to the experience. It’s a story within a story. Stefani @ Caught Read Handed has read it, and sings its praises. I’m sure I’ll get to it someday…
3. The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory, purchased in 2014.
I bought a box set of the first 5 books in this series (The Cousins’ War) and flew through them. There was around a 6 month gap between me finishing book 5 and this book being released (maybe more), and I kind of wanted to reread the whole series before starting this one, and it’s still what I plan to do, should I ever get the luxury of more time. I have seen, and own, the entire BBC TV adaptation though, which was fab!
4. Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, purchased 2011.
I began reading the Shopaholic series when I was a teen, and I used to love it. When this new book came out I snapped it up, but similar to above I wanted to reread the series before I dove into this one. Part of me is a little afraid I’ll not enjoy the books now I’m officially a grown up, even though I’m technically the target market.
5. The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort, purchased 2013.
I picked this up because I really wanted to see the movie, but I wanted to read the book first. Fast forward to 2016, and I haven’t yet read the book or seen the movie. I should fix this soon.
6. A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin, purchased 2013.
I got a box set of the Song of Ice and Fire series back when it suddenly boomed into this massive deal that everyone was reading. I think the TV show had just been announced, or the first season had just been released, when I purchased these. All 6 or 7 of them are still sitting with their spines un-cracked on my bookshelves.
7. The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling, purchased 2013.
As soon as a new release by J K Rowling was announced, I was determined to get my hands on it. Then I read the blurb and lost interest (a council election?!), then I heard quite a few bad reviews, and I never picked it up. However, in recent years I’ve heard much better reviews, and I’ve seen Rowling in interview explain the plot in more detail, and now I’m really intrigued!
8. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, purchased 2012.
I got this book as part of a collection from The Book People before I started blogging, added it to my book pile, and didn’t think much more of it. Sometime during my blogging years, I’ve come across great reviews for this book (it also has over 140,000 ratings on Goodreads, with a 4.06 average), and now I’m looking forward to reading it.
Although I was reading books, and buying them, before I started blogging, it really only ramped up a gear since I joined the community, so I struggled to think of more than 8 books that have been kicking around for that long. This is kind of a good thing, but then also incredibly scary as it illustrates perfectly the rate at which I acquire books… *ahem* moving on…
What books have gathered dust on your shelves from before you started blogging? Or, if you aren’t a blogger, what books did you buy ages ago that you haven’t picked up yet? Let me know in the comments!