Books I Own That I Might Never Actually Read

When I first got into reading a year ago, the first thing I did was head to the charity shops and spend a little bit too much money on lots of different books. My plan at the time was to get books from as many different genres as possible, as I had no idea what I was going to enjoy the most or the least. Fast forward a year, I have a bookshelf with at least 100 unread books on. There’s quite a few books that I look at daily and think to myself “I can’t wait to read you”, but then there’s also a lot of books that I look at and think “Will I ever read you or are you just there to bulk out my bookshelf?”.

Here’s a run down of 10 books that I’m least looking forward to reading / don’t know if I will ever read. I’m basically making this blog post to see if anyone can sway my opinion on any of these books. I’d really like to read all of the books I own (is that even possible?) as I don’t want to keep buying lots of new books. My head has very much a minimalist mindset in every single aspect of my life except my bookshelf. I’m now at the stage where I can’t face buying any new books, mainly because my bookshelf is full and I really don’t want to clutter up the house with another bookshelf which I would then have to fill!

I will be honest, a lot of these books I don’t really have an explanation as to why I don’t think I’ll ever reach for them. I think my problem is that I own so many that I just feel a little bit overwhelmed whenever I look at my shelf. I usually find myself reaching for the books I bought most recently. A lot of these books were some of the first I bought when trying to build my collection.

Maybe I should make it a challenge to myself to read through these books before any others?!

  1. The Bees by Laline Paull. Are the characters in this book actually bees? I’ve read the blurb about 10 times and I can’t work it out. It was shortlisted for a Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2015, so maybe it isn’t as weird as my brain is telling me it will be.
  1. The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling. I bought this book from a charity shop a while before JK Rowling went on her most recent transphobic Twitter escapades. I love Harry Potter, and I will never stop loving the HP world because of the idiotic opinions of the author. I’m just not sure whether I want to read another book she wrote. I know  if I do read this book, I will be donating it once I’ve read it whether I liked it or not.
  1. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. This was a book I bought as part of my quest to read all the genres. I’m a bit of a wimp though and I don’t know if reading a horror book will scare me half to death. Ever since I was little I’ve had an issue with sleeping and have very frequent nightmares which are often triggered by things I’ve watched or read, and I don’t really want to sleep any less than I already do!
  1. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. This was a book I was originally quite excited to have found in the charity shops, however I then saw quite a lot of negative reviews about it. The reviews said that this book contains a lot of racism, and quite frankly I don’t want to be reading a book that’s full of racist remarks. The reviews for this book are VERY split though. Some people are giving it a 1* and others a 5*.
  1. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes. I don’t really have a reason for not wanting to read this book. I have definitely judged this book by it’s very dull cover.
  1. The Prison Doctor by Dr Amanda Brown. When I first got into reading, I was convinced I only liked non-fiction and didn’t like fiction. Oh how wrong I was. This was one of the first books I picked up. I don’t think it looks like a bad book, I just have so many other books I end up picking up instead.
  1. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. Like some other books in this list, I was SO excited when I found this in a charity shop and I did plan on reading it when I’d bought it. However, I’ve seen quite a few reviews of people who have read it and didn’t like it / couldn’t get into it / DNFed it and that has kind of put me off.
  1. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray. I bought this book from The Works for £2. Considering the book has 918 pages of reasonably small writing, I thought it was good value for money. 918 pages is a lot though. I’ve just read A Game of Thrones and that took me the best part of 2 months to finish and I think I need a break from long books for a while.
  1. The Woman in the Window by A J Finn (and thrillers in general). I’ve gone off thrillers a little bit recently. The last few I’ve read I felt have been a bit underwhelming. Similarly to why I don’t want to read Doctor Sleep, thrillers sometimes cause me to have bad nightmares (how pathetic is that, seriously?!). I’m just a bit scared and reluctant to choose thrillers at the moment and prefer happier books!
  1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (and classics in general). I tried reading Wuthering Heights in April and I really struggled with it. I ended up abandoning it at around Chapter 8. Classics are so much harder to read than contemporaries, or so I’ve found anyway. I want to read for enjoyment, rather than reading and feeling like it’s homework. I feel quite determined to give it another go (just so I can say I’ve read it and never have to read it ever again). There’s quite a lot of classics I own that I want to read, but my experience of Wuthering Heights has put me off and I always find myself reaching for contemporaries instead.

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3 thoughts on “Books I Own That I Might Never Actually Read

  1. I’ve only read one of these books – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. I picked it in the library as I’d seen loads of food reviews and I knew it wasn’t for me AT ALL. But I wanted to give it ago – I almost DNF and it took me a while
    to get my head around what was happening but you know – I actually really enjoyed it. I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. It’s definitely one to concentrate on but I was quite absorbed! I think it’s definitely worth trying! Xx


      1. I really think you should at least try it because I’ve found that the people who stuck with it, did really enjoy it. It’s just not for everyone! Xxx


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