I like to think of myself as someone who enjoys reading. Because I love books. I love reading book reviews and thinking about the books I will read and how much I will enjoy them. I love going to my book group and talking about books, especially hearing about the books that other members read. I love going to book stores or perusing Amazon's book store on line. And I love buying books.
But, truth be told, I have a dirty little secret . . . I don't actually read that many of the books I buy. I am a serial book buyer! The screen shot above shows the books in my kindle which I have bought and not finished. In fact, four of them (The State of Wonder, Lamb, When God was a Rabbit and The Four Agreements) I never even started! My bedside stand holds a pile of unread or unfinished books, including The Lacuna, Lark and Termite, March, Middlesex, Fieldwork, So Brave, Young and Handsome, Peace Like a River, and The Other Boleyn Girl (all,except one, started but never finished). I can't believe I'm the only one in the Serial Book Buyer's Club, am I? Come on . . . 'fess up! Do you finish all the books you buy? If you start a book and life gets in the way or it's not compelling, what do you do? Do you hold onto it or toss it?
Of my kindle books, I know I will not finish Unbroken, and I am unlikely to start Lamb or State of Wonder. I actually want to finish White Dog Fell from Sky, The Art of Fielding, Await Your Reply and Let's Pretend this Never Happened. I feel like I should finish The Orphan Master's Son and Cloudstreet (but probably won't). I remain optimistic about reading When God was a Rabbit and The Four Agreements. Of my bedside books, I am most interested in finishing Peace Like a River and Middlesex. Not sure about the others.
I think I'll pick my top four unfinished books from each group and give myself until the end of the year to finish them. If not, I will give them away (or send them to the cloud). I'm going to create a gadget in my sidebar to track the books I finish in 2014. And my first book will be:
I read this book for my book group. I liked it a lot and rate it 4/5. Erdrich did a wonderful job of immersing me in a specific time and place; the subject matter captivated me, and her characterization and writing are spectacular. It's filled with fascinating themes that I know will generate interesting discussion in our book group. But I was not sold on the ending of the book, and the narrator/point of view (a 13 year old boy) is not my favorite. Still, I would recommend it, and it makes me want to read her Plague of Doves (which is a precursor to this book).