It's been ages since I've managed to participate in Weekly Geeks, but this week's question is one that often comes to mind when I look at my loaded bookshelves.
I think just about every reader has a least one book that they've been meaning to read for awhile (months or even years) but, for one reason or another, they just haven't gotten around to it. Maybe it's a book a friend recommended last year, or a title you've flirted with in a bookstore on more than one occasion, or maybe it's a book that's sitting right there on your bookshelf, patiently waiting for you to pick it up -- but the thought is always there, in the back of your mind: Why haven't I read this yet?I have several books that have been languishing in TBR purgatory, the place where books that I own but haven't read yet live, for no very good reason. Including some books that I really do want to read. But for some reason they continue to sit there unread, sometimes for years. Poor neglected books. Here are a few of them.
This week, tell us about a book (or books) you have been meaning to read. What is it? How long have you wanted to read it? And, why haven't you read it yet?
I've been meaning to read Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for a few years now. I'm pretty sure I picked this up soon after it's release in paperback in 2004. Five years later and there it still sits. Another one that I bought as soon as it was available in paperback is The Night Watch by Sarah Waters. I loved her previous three Victorian novels and I remember anxiously awaiting the release date but I still haven't read it! Now that she has a newer one out, The Little Stranger, I feel even guiltier about it.
I read about 200 pages (out of over 1000) of The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu quite a few years ago, but never got any further. I've been meaning to start again and read it through properly ever since. The book travelled with us to England, where it sat for three and a half years, then back to Japan where it's been another three and a half years or so. It's such a chunkster it intimidates me, and I think it'll take a bit of effort, but I really do want to read it. Last year I actually bought a different translation, the The Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition translated by Royall Tyler, which I think I'll enjoy more. But now I have two copies, neither of which I've read. Sigh. One of these days/months/years...
Speaking of chunksters, with all the buzz at the time I bought The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber in hardback when it first came out in 2002. I often enjoy getting caught up in an long, epic story once I'm in, but I always hesitate to start them. So the size of this one has kept me from reading it, even though I've heard good things about it.
When Cloud Atlas came out, I was able to go to a live interview and signing with David Mitchell in London. Along with my copy of Cloud Atlas, I brought along a copy of Number9Dream, which I'd already bought previously because I'd really enjoyed Ghostwritten, and then Cloud Atlas. Plus Number9Dream is set in Japan and you know that always appeals to me. I'm embarrassed to admit that I met David in November 2004, and my signed copy of number9dream is still unread, as is the copy of Black Swan Green that's been published in the meantime.
A very long-time resident of TBR purgatory is Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross. Once upon a time, before blogging, before moving to England, and back to Japan, I belonged to several Yahoo book groups. I first heard about Pope Joan from Andi in one of those groups. My copy has travelled half the world and back, with a few stops on the way, yet I still haven't read it. And I have no good reason why not except that somehow other books keep pushing it aside. Maybe now that the film is coming out, it'll inspire me to finally read it.
Which books have you been meaning to read?
I'd also like to say thank you again for the BBAW Award nominations. In addition to Best General Review Blog and Best Cultural Review Blog, I found out that In Spring it is the Dawn was also nominated for Best Blog Name. Sometimes I think that my blog's name is too long, or obscure, that the bookish connection isn't obvious, but I'm pleased that someone else likes it. :)
The competition in all the categories is pretty strong so I think my chance of being shortlisted is very slim but I'm extremely honoured to have been nominated. Thank you so much!! Have a great week, and happy reading!