Sunday, August 19, 2012

"Someday" Books or Literary Dust Bunnies

The other day I was reading a great post on the The BookArtista about "someday" books, those books that are so overwhelming and large and serious that they just sit on your shelf forever. You don't want to get rid of them, because you do want to read them, but there just never seems to be time.

I think this phenomenon must be particularly acute with bloggers, what with the constant inflow of new books and the pressure we put on ourselves to stay current with new releases. Oh yes, I'll read Middlemarch someday, we say, right after I get through all the fall releases. Then it's winter and then- well, you get it.

Some of my literary dust bunnies include
  • Middlemarch, by George Eliot,
  • The Golden Notebook, by Doris Lessing,
  • Paul Scott's Raj Quartet series, made more pressing and/or guilt-inducing because I'm watching the BBC television series, which I first saw on public television when I was a teenager, and
  • Don Quixote.

I recently weeded an old translation of Quixote I picked up at a yard sale and replaced it with the shiny new translation by Edith Grossman, and I plan to bring it with me when I go on vacation. It's the only book I'm bringing and I don't think I will finish it in two weeks, but I'll make a good try anyway.

What books have been gathering dust on your shelf, and do you have any plans to brush them off and give them a go?