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The Books We Never Get Around To


I love this vintage 1941 poster from the WPA Statewide Library Project, which issues a directive to literature lovers: “In March, read the books you’ve always meant to read!” And it reminds me of the article I wrote lamenting the books that sit upon my shelf, often for years, causing me guilt, dismay and extra dusting, while the johnny-come-lately books get the prized spot next to my bed, and are actually opened, read page by page, and finished.

What books have you been unable to get through, or even unable to get to? And why? What is it about certain books, that intrigued us enough to pick them up in the first place, that just won’t….quite…let us…get going on them?

Here are my reasons a book remains unread. What are yours?

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Beth Carswell

About Beth Carswell

I've been reading, selling, researching, loving and writing about books with AbeBooks since 2000.

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