I haven't had time to read a book in at least two years, and the pile of unread books on my shelf is growing. A few weeks ago I received a book from Matt Shifley (aka Mr. Shife) author of the blog Confessions of a Dumb, White Guy - and the book of the same name. (Thanks again, Matt!)
I'd have started reading this book already if I weren't sick for three weeks, or if my wife ever took both of the kids out of the house at the same time, or if they ever went to bed before I do. I used to walk to the library and read, or read on long car rides to the beach or my mother's in Connecticut.
Maybe I'll start reading it next time I visit my family, which should be in a month or two. I'd like to start reading it sooner, but my book reading record has not been good lately. In addition to Matt's book, I have five other books sitting on my shelf that I have not even started to read:
I got this one after reading "Hate List" by Jennifer Brown. Not surprised that I needed some time before reading my next 'school shooting' novel, but I think it's been long enough.
I bought this when I was on a "sick-lit" bender. (Likely during the time I was attempting my own novel.)
This is the only thing John Green has written that I haven't read yet (although I feel like I might have started reading it some winters ago?) It may be wise of me to save it for another year or two since John might never publish another book again.
Speaking of John Green...
This is the story of Esther Earl, the real-life Hazel Grace Lancaster. I bought this book after The Fault In Our Stars movie was released.. and while I've seen TFIOS at least five times, I have not read a single page of this, including John's introduction. Shame on me.
But the one book that I've left unread the longest by far is this biography of baseball legend Sandy Koufax.
I bought this at an indie bookstore in Mystic, Connecticut. Or Old Saybrook, Connecticut. or maybe it was Salem, Mass. I dunno..I'm pretty sure it was in New England though. I've had this book for so long I couldn't even remember when I bought it, and so I opened it up just now to find the publishing date. There were a couple of clues tucked inside the front cover:
Here's the second clue...
Tickets from the Devils 2002-03 season. The shiny one was inside the front cover, the boring Ticketmaster one was somewhere in the middle of the book. These definitely make great bookmarks - but I don't know why I stuffed so many things into a book I've never read.
Maybe I did read it... or some of it, at least. I've always said to myself that I'll read this Koufax bio one day. Apparently I've been saying that for fourteen years.
How many books are on your 'To Read' pile? How long have they been sitting on your shelf, or in your queue?