My reading secret – The unfinished books

I love books and I love reading. That much is pretty obvious when you visit our house. There are loads of them EVERYWHERE – What started with a couple of shelves of books has quickly grown into a cupboard, then more cupboards, then rooms – now we have little piles of books in practically every room (including a couple at the bottom of the stairs that I can’t bring myself to move – You know, just in case I’m ever stuck at the bottom of the stairs with nothing to do ;-))

I have developed a bit of a problem though. I had a reading drought last year. Reading and Pregnancy do not work well together for me – I felt sick and just could not concentrate. Unfortunately though, Pregnancy and Buying Books work really well together for me. I only have to hear a conversation about a book and immediately I NEED to read it and that’s where the problem lies.

I started tons of books but became easily distracted by the other books on my To Read list. I now have loads of books that I got part way through but can’t remember if I stopped reading them because they were not my thing or I fully intended to carry on and life got in the way.

This is just part of the list – My question to you is ‘Have you read any of them and if so, which ones do I persevere with?’ I really need to create a bit more space (yep, for more new books) so please help me out …

  • Perfume – Patrick Suskind
  • The Second Coming – John Niven
  • Started Early, Took My Dog – Kate Atkinson
  • The Ladies’ Detective Agency (Got to book 4 but sort of lost momentum) – Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Snowman – Jo Nesbo
  • The Hand That First Held Mine – Maggie O’Farrell
  • Finding Home – Roisin McAuley
  • Her Fearful Symmetry – Audrey Nifenegger
Some of them I started for book groups but could not complete on time. Some were recommended by friends – I hate having to admit I couldn’t get through their recommendations.
So which, if any do I make sure to finish? Go on, you can throw a few recommendations of your own in too if you like that might get me started on a new reading frenzy!


  1. maz aka MallyMon says

    I just think that if you are not enjoying reading a book anymore, stop! Don’t waste your time. Move on to something else. Agree about Symmetry, as well!

  2. says

    I agree as well about her fearful symmetry, I stuck it out to the end but have made a resolution to quit reading books if they’re not my thing. I love reading and have lots of books on my must read list (I get most of mine from our local library which is very good at getting in the new titles). I don’t read enough though, it seem to take me weeks to get through books, even if I enjoy them. I need to make more of an effort to find time to read books (and not just blogs!).

  3. says

    I too have a very big ‘To Read’ list! I used to feel that I HAD to finish a book but after one, the name of which escapes me it was that poor! I have decided that if I can’t get ‘in to’ it I give up. There are too many good books that need reading to waste time on bad ones! I did however persevere with Symmetry. Not the best book ever but I finished it, and I have The hand that first held mine in the reading pile. It came to me from a friend & she hasn’t yet sent me a wrong’un!! x

  4. says

    to stop books piling up I pass them on once I’ve read them. I have a friend with who I exchange books, although sometimes we’ve read the same ones or I pass them onto my sister/mother inlaw. I currently have a reading pile of 20+ books!! Best go get reading! x

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