Reading Lists

For some reason, every time I make a list of books I want to read or that people recommend to me, I can never stick with what’s on the list. I always end up wandering around the library or the bookstore and picking random books off the shelf that I had never had the intention of reading before.

The current list of books I want to read goes all the way back to 2007. I have books on that list that I have wanted to read for five years, but have not gotten around to reading for one of three reasons:

1. The book was never returned to the library. (This gets on my nerves so much it warrants a blog post by itself. People, return your library books! I hate looking on the library’s computer catalog and finding out a book I want was due back to the library three years ago and was never returned.)

2. I can’t find the book in the library, and I don’t want to spend the money to buy it because it’s something I’d only read once and wouldn’t want to own.

3. I lost interest in the book, or I picked it up in the library, flipped through it, and decided it wasn’t really something I’d be that interested in after all. (Yet I still kept it on my reading list in case I change my mind.)

So after I heard about Lie Down in Darkness (William Styron) being made into a movie (unfortunately it might star Kristen Stewart), I read a synopsis of the book and wanted to read it. But based on my track record with reading lists, it might very well be three years from now before I read it.

Do you ever have trouble sticking to your reading list? Do you bother making one or do you just read whatever you happen to pull off the shelf?

Posted August 10, 2012 by Maggie in Books and Authors


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