“So here today I present to you an Unread Books Challenge. Give me the list or take a picture of all the books you have stacked on your bedside table, hidden under the bed or standing in your shelf – the books you have not read, but keep meaning to. The books that begin to weigh on your mind. The books that make you cover your ears in conversation and say, ‘No! Don’t give me another book to read! I can’t finish the ones I have!’”
An idea I got from The Toddled Dredge (via K for Kat). Here’s what she said:
I rescued myself from this scene by resolving one day to take (nearly) all my unread books to the library for the book sale. So there are only two left screaming at me from the shelves:
The Mirror by Marlys Millhiser, which I keep hearing is a great time travel romance. It’s been sitting here for a decade plus. I hang onto it because I’m certain someday I’ll be snowed in and will be aching to read This Exact Book.
Big Cherry Holler by Adriana Trigiani, which I keep dodging because I think the nice couple who met in Big Stone Gap have become middle-aged and troubled. Egad, who needs that? (I’m hauling it off to the book sale tomorrow, I swear.)
Now, while I’ve divested myself of books I own and will not read, I have a whole stinking shelf of library books that I’ve checked out. Some I’ve begun reading, some I’ve not cracked yet but will be unable to put down once I do, and some are likely to be given the 2-page test and then returned to the library straightaway. It’s fascinating (and a little sad) to see how many books sound terrific in the review and then just fail to grab me.