Aerynn’s List of Guilt: Books I Own and Still Haven’t Managed to Read Yet
- The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide by Douglas Adams
- As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
- Diary (or any other book) by Chuck Palahniuk
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- City of Dreadful Delight by Judith R. Walkowitz
- Anarchy, State and Utopia by Robert Nozick
- Five Dialogues by Plato
- The Elements of Moral Philosophy by James Rachels
Aerynn’s List of Excuses: See Previous List
1. It’s 6 Douglas Adams books in one biblical looking tome and was left in my care by a friend who has been checking in for the last five years or so to see if I have read it yet. The answer is *mostly*. I think the first time through I got all the way to So Long and Thanks for All the Fish before life happened and I set it down for too long.
Since I’ve been informed that I really can’t let too much time lapse between one book of the collection and the next I started re-reading it. There are actually multiple bookmarks in it now from my repeated attempts to take in all 6 books in rapid succession.
2. Bought this at a garage sale where I scooped up an armload of books and was then asked if I’d like to buy the small bookcase as well (I did). Everything else I picked up from these folks was fairly fantastic so I really don’t know why I haven’t made a serious attempt at this one yet.
3. I’ve read the first few pages of this book several times and have always set it right back down – sometimes to re-read favorite parts of whatever I had just finished reading before it. I’ve also checked out some of Palahniuk’s other books from the library and returned them unread. I just can’t get into his stuff.
I don’t know what my deal is. Palahniuk has written a number of popular books, had work adapted to the screen, and I still just can’t find a point of interest in the first few pages of any of his books that I’ve picked up.
4. I haven’t read this yet because I always get tremendous pangs of guilt when I pick it up because I completely klepto-ed it from a friend. Wouldn’t the best solution be for me to read it and return it? Yes, but I haven’t yet.
5. A really neat looking social history on sexual violence in late-Victorian London (think Jack the Ripper), this was a Christmas gift a couple of years ago. I set it down due to typos or some such thing in the introduction. The gift giver has read the book and reassured me that it is well worth the read – I just need to skip over the introduction. I’m not very good at skipping anything so this book has just been sitting on my shelf.
6. I stole this from my parents’ bookshelves so I could read it and no longer have to hear my dad say, “What you really need to do is read that book – Anarchy, Sate, and Utopia – because then you’ll start to understand…” I guess I still need to read Anarchy, State, and Utopia.
7. Picked this up from a used bookstore a year or two ago because philosophy is one area in which I am desperately uneducated and I wanted to remedy that. It sits gathering dust on my shelf and I remain a dunce.
8. Yes, it’s just a textbook but when I started reading it in high school it really opened my eyes. I got it for free from a box of books a college professor had culled from office shelves to be discarded. I made it a significant way through the book before some folks from the church I was attending at the time gave me a lot of grief about reading a philosophy book. That’s completely disgusting, I know. After several threats to chuck the book in the lake I set it aside. Now I mostly want to pick it back up again because I am so irate about why I set it down in the first place.
If anyone has thoughts on any of the listed books or advice on how to get through them I would love to hear it. Some are clearly a matter of just making the time and picking my priorities but others seem like real hurdles. Any thoughts on what I should tackle first from this list? Any guilt books beating like a telltale heart on your shelf?