My dusty books fall into a couple of categories:
1. "I loved one book this author wrote, so I'm sure I'll love others."
Babel Tower by A. S. Byatt
I bought this after I read and loved Byatt's Possession.
It sits on my shelf, glaring at me.
All 640 pages.
The Orange Fish by Carol Shields
Acquired after I read and loved The Box Garden and Happenstance.
I really don't think I've even opened this book.
And it's not that daunting in size.
Belles on Their Toes by Frank Gilbreth, Jr.
Cheaper by the Dozen was fabulous,
so surely I will love its sequel, I thought.
Not enough to actually open the book
and start reading it, apparently.
World Without End by Ken Follett
(Sequel to Pillars of the Earth)
Do you see a pattern here?
Note to self: Just because you like one book
an author wrote does NOT mean you will
like others of said author.
2. "Everybody else loves this author, so I'm sure I will, too."
After reading a hundred blog posts about the fabulousness of John Green,
in a crazed, I-must-buy-John-Green's-entire-oeuvre state,
I did exactly that, Looking for Alaska and these two books.
I read Looking for Alaska first and
it wasn't the torrid love affair with John Green I'd envisioned.
Consequently, these two books sit unopened.
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Not one, but two copies of this book
sit unopened on my shelf.
(In my defense, I will note that the two copies
have entirely different covers.)
And there are probably a hundred more in this category
that have sat on my shelf forever.
War and Peace...
The Portrait of a Lady...
As I Lay Dying....
I must clear these off my shelves
and admit defeat.
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