19 January 2013

Book Guilt

I have book guilt.

I've always been a bookworm - getting through 50 books a year, reading for hours every day - but recently I've really struggled to get into a book, meaning that I've read nothing so far this year. I've started a few different books but have stopped reading them after 5 or 6 chapters as they're just not pulling me in. I really want this to change; I want to be able to devour a book in a couple of days like I used to, so I pulled out all of the books I own but haven't read (and I want to read), and made a list.  Now I'm sharing this list with you. 
  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  2. The Hobbit by J R R Tolkein
  3. One Day by David Nicholls
  4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  5. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  6. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
  7. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  8. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  9. Bridget Jones' Diary by Helen Fielding
  10. The Understudy by David Nicholls
  11. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  12. The Lord of the Rings (1,2 and 3) by J R R Tolkein
It doesn't stop there though...I also have 174 unread books on my Kindle...It would take forever to list them all so I picked out the ones that I really should have read.
  1. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  2. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  3. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  4. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  5. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  7. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
  8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  9. Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
  10. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  11. The Shining by Stephen King
  12. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  13. I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak
  14. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
I wasn't sure about sharing the next part with you as I know I will definitely cause a huge shizstorm and everyone will be disappointed in me, but I like to be honest...
I haven't read:
  1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
All, of course by J K Rowling.
I am so sorry. :( I only started to really love Harry Potter last April because I went through a phase of really disliking Daniel Radcliffe, so I refused to like Harry Potter.  Don't get me wrong; Harry Potter was huge part of my childhood, but when I was about 10 I stopped liking it so didn't get round to reading the books until last year...Forgive me? 

I started reading Beautiful Creatures on my Kindle last night and I think I've finally found a book that I will actually finish. Hopefully I've got my reading mojo back. ^_^

This post was inspired by Kristina Horner (Italktosnakes on YouTube).
Lots of love, Cat
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