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?