5 books I bought but never read

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I have a confession to make… sometimes I buy books and never even try to read them. My book-buying addiction isn’t exactly a secret, but I hate knowing that I have books in my collection that I have literally never opened. Hopefully admitting this will prompt me to rectify this issue.

This week’s topic: 5 books I bought but never read

  1. The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma – A book about saving literary masterpieces from being wiped from existence through time travel? Yes! And then I didn’t read it. I don’t know why I haven’t read this book yet, but it has been sitting on my e-reader just waiting for the right moment. Too bad I have a habit of just reading the next book that comes into my hand, without regard for all the other books that I still have waiting on my shelves.
  2. When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress by Gabor Maté – You’re probably all thinking “well that’s a different style of book for her”, and you would be right. I don’t read a lot of non-fiction but I like to collect books for my second job as a social service worker. I try to read at least one book a year that has to do with the brain or helping people, just to learn something new. I asked for this book as a birthday present last year, but don’t know when (or if) I will ever read it.
  3. The Rithmatist (Rithmatist, #1) by Brandon Sanderson – The first book I read by this author was given to me as a present and sat for quite some time before I actually got to it. I think Sanderson is a great author, and that he has probably created an amazing YA series… I just haven’t felt compelled to read it yet. The hardcover of this book was on sale, which is my greatest weakness, so I had to buy it when I could.
  4. Crown of Acorns by Catherine Fisher – I really loved the Incarceron books by this author, so I downloaded a couple more from her when I was done. I know I started reading the Hunger Games books around that time, so I think I just got distracted by all the dystopian YA that was suddenly in abundance and never came back to this author. Since this is a one-off, I will likely come back to it some day when I want to get away from reading series’ for a while.
  5. Mister Monday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #1) by Garth Nix – For a while I felt like I was being asked about these books all the time at work, so I decided that I should probably read the first one. I downloaded the e-book but then got distracted by other books and never got around to reading it.

Do you have any books that you have bought and never even cracked the cover? Tell me I’m not alone in this problem!

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  1. I usually don’t buy books these days – trying very hard to pare down possessions and reduce clutter. However, I do snag books from my parents massive collection when I visit and some of these have yet to be read. One being Guns, Germs and Steel, which I hear is great but just can’t seem to pick it up to start it.

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  2. My ereader is the worst in that it enables me to buy tons of books and then immediately forget about them. I keep a special shelf at home of the physical books I haven’t read yet, and looking at that prods me to read them, but I can’t tell you how many ebooks I’ve scooped up on sale and then never gotten around to reading.

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    1. I have the same problem. I went on a huge ebook buying spree when I first got my Kobo because I planned to read a tonne of middle-grade books so I would be better at my job. Sadly, most of those have been left unopened because they were never really books I wanted to read in the first place.

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  3. 1) I got the Arrows trilogy by Merces Lackey as a Christmas present when I was 16; I still haven’t read them!

    2) I tend to buy books at conferences and then not have time to read them. Example: As If A Bird Flew By Me by Sara Greenslit.

    3) I tend to buy books at author readings, but because I live near several colleges that have frequent readings, my to-read pile from authors grows. Example: In This Light by Melanie Rae Thon.

    4) Sometimes I find books at garage sales that I think I need. They tend to be the kind that are super easy to locate in the library, but tell my brain that. Example: Map of the World by Jane Hamilton.

    5) Every 5 years or so I fall in love with another small-press publisher. If they have a small catalog, I will buy the whole thing. Example: This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record by Susannah Felts (from the publisher Featherproof Books. I also have a thing for Fiction Collective 2 and Jaded Ibis Press).

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      1. Gosh that is crazy – but sounds amazing!! You have a personal library at your disposal where you get to discover new books! I think the only bad thing about this addiction is the damage it causes on the finances :/

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      2. Haha, yeah. Of all the addictions to have it’s probably one of the better ones. I really need to be better about giving away the books that I no longer want or need. I have a charity in mind… I just have to get around to packing up the books to send their way.

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      3. That is a great idea. I too have some books that I know I will never read but still hold onto it – often forgetting that someone out there would be so grateful to have the opportunity to read it. Our local libraries especially welcomes book donations because their books are so damaged or people don’t return them.

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