The Telegraph asks the question:
What are your abandoned books?
We will get to their article shortly, but why do we do it? I can understand the books that others buy for us , and do so with the best of intentions. I have a couple, one by Michelle Malkin and another by Andrew Sullivan. I will never read either of them. I just do not find anything they have to say that interesting.
Those I can blame on others but there are plenty of books I bought myself and have still not read, many of them are half read. Books I should read, but for one reason or another could not. Some overrated, others passé. I can name them, but am interested in what you have bought and not read. Why do you do it?
Back to the Telegraph article:
The average Briton spends more than £4,000 on books during his or her lifetime but nearly half of them remain unread, a new study claims.
DBC Pierre's Booker Prize-winning novel, 'Vernon God Little', topped the list of unfinished fictional works, followed by the fourth installment of Harry Potter and James Joyce’s notoriously difficult 'Ulysses'.
The research, commissioned by Teletext, also found that more than half of the 4,000 respondents, (55 per cent) admitted they often bought books for decoration and had no intention of actually reading them.
What kind of books do you never seem to finish? How often do you read a novel for pleasure? Are you more likely to get distracted reading fiction or non-fiction? What is the longest period you have ever had a book ‘on the go’ for?
Is there a weighty tome on your bookshelf that you just can’t get through? Do you ever skip the ‘boring bits’ of a book, or worse, have you ever pretended to have read a book you never even started just to impress someone? Which "classics" are you ashamed never to have read?