Top Ten Tuesday: Books I HAD To Buy That I Still Haven’t Read
I buy books like some people buy drugs. It is an addiction, and no, I can’t stop whenever I want.
Case in point: I sometimes buy books and never read them. They just sit there, taking up space and gathering dust, and I pass over them every time I need a new book to read. Why do I do this? Because I have a problem, people.
Here are some random books that I have purchased and never read:
The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis
I have read a lot of Lewis, but sometimes I feel snobby and pretentious with my little collection. I think that’s why I still have The Problem of Pain on my shelf. And every time I think about reading it, the title deters me.
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
I dislike Dickens, unless I’m reading/watching A Christmas Carol. But this past summer I saw The Dark Knight Rises, which director Christopher Nolan admitted was influenced by A Tale of Two Cities. Then this past Christmas I saw Les Miserables. I knew I’d never find the time to read Les Mis again, but for some reason buying Cities appeased me.
But it’s Dickens. Dickens!
Dubliners, James Joyce
I’ve read parts of it.
The Journals of Lewis & Clark
Sentimental, silly purchase I made while on a road trip across America after college. With my grandparents.
The Last Station, Jay Parini
The movie was good.
Merlin, Stephen R. Lawhead
I bought this, started reading it, and I’m 50% certain that I’ve read it before. Either that, or I’ve read another book that’s exactly like it about some other mythological character.
Several books on writing
I also have three books that I read for school and liked so much I decided that I had to own them, and then promptly never read them again:
Crime & Punishment, Fyoder Dostoevsky
The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
Paradise Lost, John Milton
I need help, guys.