A little while ago, I wrote a post about the books I will probably never read (unless I break a leg or something, in which case I might give them a try). I also have a list of other books which have been sitting on my shelves for months or years which I really do plan to read. My good excuse is that I have been trying to make the most out university libraries which I will only have access to until the end of September so my official reading list and my Kindle have been neglected for a very long time. My poor excuse is that I am also a pretty terrible procrastinator even when it comes to getting round to things I enjoy like reading.
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
This nearly made it onto my list of books I will probably never read. I have had my doubts about ‘On Beauty’ which is a modern take on ‘Howards End’ by E. M. Forster, one of the books I never finished. I know that this is very unfair to Smith – just because I didn’t like ‘Howards End’ doesn’t necessarily mean that I will find ‘On Beauty’ to be equally tedious. I also received ‘NW’ as a Christmas present which I will try and read before the Women’s Prize for Fiction event at the Southbank Centre in June.
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (and every other nineteenth century classic novel)
‘Crime and Punishment’ and virtually every other nineteenth century classic novel I have said I will read has been neglected because I take it for granted that they are always there, especially now that I have a Kindle and can download them for free. ‘Anna Karenina’ can also be added here.
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
I have had this book for about seven years and I have still not read it yet. I don’t have any preconceived doubts about it like I have with ‘On Beauty’. It has just been ignored for no good reason and I will try to rectify this by the end of the year.
Untold Stories by Alan Bennett
I love Alan Bennett’s work but large hardback books can be a pain to carry along with all my other stuff when I commute to university or work. This has been neglected purely because I am too lazy. I have always said that e-readers have a practical purpose in that they are very useful for travelling. I would probably have read this a lot sooner if I had it in eBook format instead.
I have also been sent some books/eBooks to read and review for this blog, many of which I have unintentionally neglected – I will try and get round to these asap but please bear with me if it takes weeks or even months! So now I will stop apologising, procrastinating and neglecting my books and actually get round to reading some of them…