The Broke and The Bookish, here are the top ten books that have been sitting on my shelf a very long time and have never been read.
1. The Sweet Hereafter, by Russell Banks - Purchased for a class in first year university and I never got around to reading it for the class. Because of the class I know what it's about and I can't bring myself to start it.
2. Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand - Purchased for a class in second year university, then I changed my mind and read something else.
3. Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller - I saw it and thought it was a good purchase, while in University, after reading The Crucible.
4. The Green Mile Part 5 and 6, by Stephen King - The Green Mile was originally published as a six part serial. I got these for my birthday in high school. The girls who gave them to me knew I read Stephen King, but who gives you the fifth and sixth book in a series?
5. Possession, by A.S. Byatt - Purchased in high school on a recommendation. I remember not being able to get into it. I've heard good things since and should try it again.
6. Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson - Bought I think around the 8th grade. I had been reading books like Tom Sawyer and Anne of Green Gables. I don't know why I never got around to this one.
7. The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - I saw it around the end of university and thought it would be a good idea to read it.
8. Fury, by Salman Rushdie - I saw this on sale while in university and had learned about who Salman Rushdie was, so I picked it up.
9. True at First Light, by Ernest Hemingway - I had recently read Men Without Women, saw this on sale and wanted to read more Hemingway. I still want to read more Hemingway.
10. The Orange Girl, by Jostein Gaarder - I loved Sophie's World and started buying more books by Gaarder as I came across them. I've read two other of his novels since, but this one keeps getting put off.
What books do you have gathering dust?