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This one is going to be painful. Today’s theme is books sitting on your shelf that you still haven’t read.
There’s quite a few of those. In keeping with the theme, these are books that have been on my shelves for over five years. Wow!
Lirael by Garth Nix
What’s sad is that I’ve actually read the third novel in this trilogy. For some reason, despite the fact that I own the second novel, I still haven’t read it. *sigh* I did attempt to read it and made it about halfway through, but it didn’t capture me the way the first novel, Sabriel did. But I really should get around to reading it.
The Pilo Family Circus by Will Elliott
After reader the Darren Shan series, I was on a bit of a haunted circus/sideshow kick, so that’s how I ended up with this one. However, I’ve never even opened it up. It definitely skews to horror, which I was into for a while, but less so now. But I might still try it.
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
I bought this one after I finished The Divine Secrets novels, because Amazon seemed to feel the two were similar. They might be, but I have no idea. I haven’t even managed to open this one up.
Leave Your Language Alone by Robert A. Hall, JR.
People often assume I must be a grammar nazi because I’m a former English teacher. Far from it. I actually have to bite my tongue when friends or family members post things on Facebook about how much hearing “bad” grammar annoys them. I very much subscribe to the belief that if you are a native speaker of a language, and you aren’t intoxicated, tired, or suffering from any other neurological problem, you are speaking you’re language perfectly fine. I was actually quite happy to discover that there are books explaining this to people from as far back as the fifties. But evidently I wasn’t excited enough to actually read the thing.
Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
I can pretend I read this one, because I watched the discovery channel special he did a while back. Then again that probably doesn’t count. I actually purchased this one from a library sale to add to my historical research collection. I probably should read it, because the information would come in very handy.
Ancient Inventions by Peter James and Nick Thorpe
Someone suggested this as a great book for historical research. I have read a few sections of it, and it’s amazing the things we think of as completely modern, that were actually around thousands of years ago. I would like to read the full book one day.
The Difference Engine by William Gibson
I was in a big steam punk phase for a while, and this one came recommended as a very unique entry in that genre. I tried, but I couldn’t get in to it. Maybe I’ll try again around the holidays.
A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer
I bought this back when I would snatch any novel that mentioned the word magic right off the shelf. While it didn’t have quite the spectacular magical feats of say the Harry Potter novels early on, the narrative intrigued me. Unfortunately, it was one of those instances where I came to the end of a chapter, put the book down, and never got around to picking it back up. It remains on my list.
So that’s my confession today What books do you have sitting around, either on your shelves or on you e-reader. Sound off in the comments.