1. It’s a book you feel like you should read (think An Inconvenient Truth or the memoirs of some political bigwig). Let’s see…some author biographies and journals fall into this category for me.
2. It’s part of a series, and you haven’t read the earlier ones yet. Absolutely, although lately I’m more likely to have read the first one but not make time for the next books in the series (Laurie King’s Mary Russell books, Erin Hart’s series, Suzanne Collins’s Catching Fire).
3. Everyone you know is recommending it. Come on. We are book bloggers. This affects us all!
4. It’s intimidatingly enormous. This isn’t a huge issue for me, although I admit every time I look at Don DeLillo’s Underworld on the shelf there, I am pretty sure it snickers at me.
5. It’s a classic. This used to bother me, but it doesn’t anymore. If I am going to pick up a classic, it will be because I have a real desire to read it.
6. Your reading stacks get wildly out of control. Ahem. What? I can’t hear you from behind this stack of books!
7. The siren call of the bargain bin. I used to be much more guilty of this one, but I am getting better. The library card has helped tremendously, but I admit to a few lapses with the Better World Books bargain bin last year.
8. The author wrote something else you like. I have had The Night Watch staring at me for months now. I’ll get to it…sometime.
9. It’s a textbook or assigned reading. Thankfully, this one is no longer an issue for me!
10. You have a friend or crush who works at the bookshop, or you have access to a lot of great books at your job. Also not an issue for me, but I will say…having a library card makes it difficult sometimes, because I can just put any book I like on hold from the cozy comfort of my own home whenever I feel like it, and the next thing I know I’ll have a notice to pick up 12 books that are available from my list. Doh!
What are your reasons for not getting to books?