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Top Ten Books I HAD to Buy...But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread
There are definitely more than ten books on my shelf that fit into this category, but I've narrowed it down to the ten I feel most guilty about.
1. Avalon High by Meg Cabot
2. Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
I read Wicked a couple of years ago and LOVED it. I've still never had a chance to see the show. In late 2011, I saw that the last of this series, Out of Oz, had been published; I decided it was time to buy the other books. This has been staring at my from my bookshelf ever since. I do really WANT to read it. I look at it all the time and think, "I'm going to read that next." But then I don't.
3. An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
This one isn't actually that bad, because I only bought it a couple months ago. I just feel especially guilty about it because I bought it during a self-imposed book buying ban. It wasn't a book that I was DYING to read, just one I had heard about and wanted to read. But I could just as easily have checked it out from the library first.
4. The Keys to the Kingdom: Lord Sunday by Garth Nix
I love Garth Nix and everything he writes. Edward and I own almost everything he has written and are big fans of this series. We were super excited to buy this last volume and neither of us has read it yet. It was published in Spring 2010. We're so sorry, Mr. Nix.
5. Contact by Carl Sagan
I'm the only person I know that doesn't hate this movie. I LOVE this movie. People make fun of me for it all the time, but I don't care. I bought this book last spring at a book sale hosted by the library I work at. The book is always better than the movie, right?
6. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
A movie adaptation was recently made starring Keira Knightley. I haven't heard a lot about it; I sort of expected more hype. I decided that with the movie coming out I just HAD to read it. But I only got about ten pages in before I gave up. Maybe this winter? It strikes me as a good winter vacation book.
7. Emily Post's Etiquette 18th Edition by Peggy, Annie and Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning
I checked this out at the library without realizing that it is gigantic. There was no way I was going to be able to give it the attention it deserves before it was time to turn it in. I put it on my wishlist, and Edward's lovely cousin Michael bought it for me last Christmas. I've referenced it a few times for various things, but I would really love to sit down and read it. I think it would be best to take it a section at a time, so maybe that will be my goal this year.
8. Roses by Leila Meacham
I'm going to be completely honest and tell you guys that I totally bought this because the cover was so pretty. I passed it over a million times and various bookstores, because I am well aware that pretty covers are not the best reasons for purchasing books. I finally gave in and I'm just not into it. I got about halfway through it summer of 2011. But it's reminding me too much of Wuthering Heights, and I guess I just haven't been in the mood for all that unnecessary drama.
9. The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
I bought this on clearance during the tragic end of Borders. I shopped at Borders far more often than I shopped at any other bookstore, and I still miss it. I even have my members key card still on my keys, but I digress. I'm not a big fan of thrillers or mysteries, but I love Dante. And I love books that reference other books. Too bad I have not bothered to read this yet.
10. Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger
The Devil Wears Prada is one of my all time favorites, and I reread it often. Especially when I'm sick; it's my comfort book, I guess. I haven't read anything else by Lauren Weisberger, so I snatched this at the same library book sale where I bought Contact. Maybe I'll try to grab this one instead of Prada next time I'm feeling under the weather.
What about you guys? What books did you buy forever ago that you still haven't read?