Okay–here was an interesting article by Christopher Schoppa in the Washington Post.
Avid readers know all too well how easy it is to acquire books — it’s the letting go that’s the difficult part. … During the past 20 years, in which books have played a significant role in both my personal and professional lives, I’ve certainly had my fair share of them (and some might say several others’ shares) in my library. Many were read and saved for posterity, others eventually, but still reluctantly, sent back out into the world.
But there is also a category of titles that I’ve clung to for years, as they survived numerous purges, frequent library donations and countless changes of residence. I’ve yet to read them, but am absolutely certain I will. And should. When, I’m not sure, as I’m constantly distracted by the recent, just published and soon to be published works.
So, the question is his: “What tomes are waiting patiently on your shelves?“
There are a few long-unread books sitting on my shelves, but not many. Eventually either I read something or I part with it, and as much as I love my books, I don't mind cleaning the shelves once in a while. As far as long-unread books, what comes to mind right away is Gandhi's autobiography (which I read several times in high school but not since, and not the spiffy new edition I got for Christmas a couple of years ago) and some big Russian novels I really should have read when they were assigned to me in college! Otherwise not much.