Today’s blog hop is hosted by The Fake Steph, and the question is:
Is there a book that has been languishing on your TBR pile even though you spent months anticipating its release?
I can honestly say I don’t–technically–do this. People who have seen my bookcases probably won’t believe me when I say this, but I am extremely selective about what books I buy. Unless I really trust an author, I rarely ever buy a book that I haven’t already read. So I rarely end up with much anticipated books actually in my house that I don’t get to for ages. I get unread ones sometimes, but they tend to be gifts or ridiculously cheap impulse buys, or something from a book swap.
But I am guilty of the spirit of this. I see a book, or hear of a book that’s coming out, get deeply excited…and then don’t actually read it for months or even years. I don’t know why that is, so if someone has a theory, I’d love to hear it! My best guess is that there are just too many books, and I get sidetracked. Or I’m somehow waiting for the “right” moment.
And then sometimes I’m not sure about reading a book…but it just stays in the back of my mind as one I ought to read some time. Pirates! by Celia Rees was one of those. I saw it in bookstores and the library for years, and kept thinking I ought to read it (because, I mean–pirates!) This was one that languished on my pile. I saw it at a book swap, got quite excited, brought it home…and didn’t actually read it for months. When I finally did, it was good, although I didn’t love it enough to keep it.
I do think a factor may be that there’s just always another book. So the To Be Read list is not so much a pile, as a line…and it takes some time for books to get to the front!
Anyone else see this in their own reading? Anyone with a theory on why we don’t just read the books we get excited about?