We fully intend to read these books…at some point. But you know how it is. The grass is always greener, someone’s food is always tastier, and the book in front of us is much more appealing than the one we already have. So unfortunately these (hopefully) lovely stories have been left to their own devices upon our shelves, be they virtual or physical.
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Left at the Altar: We Just Can’t Seem to Commit
(To Reading These Books)
Lost Souls by Seth Patrick – I’m afraid, okay? Reviver was excellent! Creepy, well-written, with a main character that reminded me of my favorite Doctor. So, naturally, in my mind there’s no way that Lost Souls, the second in the trilogy, can’t keep up. And I’d rather just not read it at all than read it and be disappointed.
The Resort by Bentley Little – I, Lilyn, have a confession to make. I’m a horror fan who has, somehow, managed to never get around to reading Bentley Little. I know, I know. Its horrible. Almost as bad as me not liking Stephen King’s books. I’m just a heathen, aren’t I? Though, seriously, at this point I feel like I’m going to be disappointed after hearing how much people talk about him!
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – In reality, I’d probably love this book. I mean, I added it to my TBR for a reason. But… but.. I just don’t know. Can anything by him top Hitchhiker’s Guide? Have I read peak Douglas Adams and should just stop there? These are the questions that would theoretically keep me up at night if I didn’t have actual real-life concerns and insomnia.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess – Honestly? This book intimidates me. I’ve heard it’s a must-read so many times, but then I’ve also heard about the made-up language and the sheer amount of disgusting violence in it, and… Yeah, I just don’t know that I could read it. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like head-splodey violence as much as the next girl, but if this gets into rape and stuff, that ain’t my shtick.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ry Bradbury (GK) – I have tried this book so many times and I just can’t seem to get past the third page before getting distracted by a shiny.
Asylum by Madeleine Roux – I feel like I should read it having both the e-book and a physical copy (and the novellas) but my interest in it has waned a bit. I keep looking at it to read but then I’m like “What about this one here?”
Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King – While I haven’t enjoyed his more recent novels I do still enjoy his short fiction so I think I would really like it. Hopefully. And I’ll probably read it one of these days if it will ever go on sale, that is…
Odd Hours (Odd Thomas #4) by Dean Koontz – I’m iffy on Koontz in general. His books always seem to have a tendency to just…end. I really loved the Odd Thomas series, however but I’m suffering from series fear. I don’t want to see Odd turned into some cynical, rude asshat (hopefully not!) because he’s a character I like very much. I’m just stuck at that point in a series where they either plateau, get even better or tank completely and I’m dithering on continuing. Plus, I’m thinking the series can end only one way and that’s with him rejoining his beloved Stormy…
Spiral (Ring #2) by Koji Suzuki – I have been reluctant to read it just because I don’t think Mr. Suzuki’s novels are treated very well. The two that I have read seem to e very direct translations with no attempt to smooth out the language so it makes for some very stiff reading.
Providence by Alan Moore – It seems like it would have everything that I would like and I know that Alan Moore is a talented writer. But, I have a confession to make. I have a very hard time getting into graphic novels and manga. Which is a shame because there are a lot that I’d like to read but sometimes just the sheer amount in a series is daunting. Especially when you’re factoring in $3.99 (kindle price) for eight different graphic novels in a series. Yeah, I’m a cheap-ass.
Well, there you have it. The books we’ve left at the altar, so to speak. Sometimes we flirt with fiction, but we just can’t commit, even for a one nighter on the bookstand. We’d say we’re sorry, but honestly? We’re not. Too many books, not enough time! Maybe we’ll get around to these some day. But today is not that day.
What about you? What are your top three books you’ve left at the altar?