AbeBooks.com often has funny little articles/blog entries about books and this one is their latest: Remaining Unread: The Top Ten Reasons We Donít Get to Certain Books
This is probably my favorite one (because it's totally me):
"SUSPICIOUS DASCHUND"7. The siren call of the bargain bin.
When we're standing right there, and a book costs $2, and it has a UKRAINIAN SPY with an OMINOUS MOUSTACHE, and a TORRID LOVE RHOMBUS and a SUSPICIOUS DASCHUND in it, it's difficult to not grab it on the spot - after all, it's cheaper than a fancy coffee. And oh man - suspicious daschund. Good times guaranteed. Even the covers tempt me. A woman in a silver leotard, draped unconscious in the arms of a swarthy astronaut, while the rings of Saturn loom behind? How can it NOT be good? And such a steal! But when you do this a lot - and Lord, I do this a lot - it's amazing how quickly they build up, and sit there, judging you, accusing you, when you walk down the hall.
I'm pleased to say that, from the list in that article, I've read six, including War and Peace and A Suitable Boy, both of which are wonderful. Of course, I only ever got half way through Foucault's Pendulum and I own The Unbearable Lightness of Being, but I've never even opened it!
I started thinking about the books I've never gotten around to reading. Number one on the list is Ulyssess, which I bought years ago and have vowed to start on many occasions, but never have.
Anyone else want to fess up about their unread books?