Books on My Shelves That I Haven’t Read Yet (But I’m Not Sure Why Not)


In our home office, we have a deep, relatively narrow walk-in closet that the previous owners of the house lined with shelves. The former residents may have used it to store shoes, as far as I know. But, for me, it presented a space, after many years of moving heavy cardboard boxes, to display most of my book collection. We call this our library closet.

There are books in the library closet that I have read. Those that I think I may want to re-read at some point, the way I recently did with Asimov’s Foundation trilogy and Tolkien’s hobbit adventures. But, I’ve learned to part with most books after I read them, donating them or passing them on to other readers. This means that the majority of my books are those I’ve acquired over the years that I’ve always planned to read, someday, when I had the time.

I’ve owned most of the following books for years but haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. I’m not sure why. Maybe 2019 will be the year.

East of Eden, by John Steinbeck

I also own Steinbeck’s Journal of a Novel, which is a record of the creation and composition of this novel. I have long planned to read both of these at the same time. I just haven’t gotten around to it.

The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis

This is a trade paperback edition containing all seven of Lewis’s Narnia novels. I’ve never seen the movie either.

Farewell, My Lovely, by Raymond Chandler

This is Chandler’s second Phillip Marlowe novel. I’ve read The Big Sleep, but never this one. I even read Robert B. Parker’s Perchance to Dream, the sequel to The Big Sleep, and Parker’s Poodle Springs, in which Parker finished writing a manuscript that Chandler was working on when he died.

A Dance With Dragons, by George R. R. Martin

Too much of a good thing, maybe? I hit a wall with Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice and bought this one but didn’t rush to read it. Fortunately for me, he also hasn’t rushed to write another one. Maybe I’ll read this before the next novel is published.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson

This posthumously published novel was all the rage a decade or so ago, which is when I bought it. I’ve since not read the novel nor seen any of the movies made based upon it. At least I’m consistent. I still want to read it, however.

The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown

Like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, this one was a must-read for a long while. I bought it in hardcover, but never cracked it. I think I may have tried to watch the movie, as well, although I don’t think I finished it. Hopefully, the novel will do a better job keeping my interest.

The Day of the Locust, by Nathaniel West

A 1939 novel about Hollywood, California, with a character named Homer Simpson. What’s not to like?

There are others I haven’t named, but these seem to be the ones at the top of the slush pile. Maybe I’ll pick one of them up after I finish my current spate of reading material.

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