Something that I do too frequently and am trying not to do in 2012 is buy books that I've heard great things about and then proceed to ignore them in favour of books that aren't as good. I don't know why I do this, but I possess many books that are either critically acclaimed or the subject of much positive hype that are simply sitting collecting dust. I buy them and can't wait to read them - and then just don't.
Part of the problem in the last year has been review commitments. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of review copies, especially when you can actually access the good books from the good publishers on NetGalley, but it does meant that the books I own are getting less love. I have quite a few to review early in the year but I'm being much stricter with myself and refusing more this year.
Another problem is the hype itself. Often I see a book reviewed positively so many times that I almost don't want to read it myself - what if I don't like it? What if it isn't as good as it is supposed to be? It's easier in a way for me to read more obscure books or books that are not as loved. I can also be fickle - if I don't read a book very soon after purchasing it, it gets overshadowed by more recently bought books later on.
But this year as a personal goal I want to read some of these great books sitting on my shelf. I have some review commitments to clear first then I hope to get back to my own books. I haven't included my Christmas gifts of The Marriage Plot and The Night Circus in this list, as I'm hoping they won't fall victim to dust-gathering. The books I already own that I really want to read this year are the following (links take you to goodreads):
1. The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron
2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett3. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
4. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
5. Between Shades Of Grey by Rutya Sepetys
6. The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
7. The Thousand Autumns Of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell
8. The History Of Love by Nicole Krauss
9. Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
10. The Memory Of Love by Aminatta Forna
11. Room by Emma Donoghue
12. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Realistically, I am not going to read everything on this list as I also want to read more classics and reread some of my favourites, but I want to make at least a dent in this list.
Am I the only one who does this, buys great books and then doesn't read them? If you do it too, why do you think this is?