I’m a bit of a book-a-holic. I buy books quicker than I can read them. I own a ridiculous amount of them, with a set of bookshelves in almost every room of our house.
I did a little stocktake a few days ago and realised that I’ve probably only read about 60% of the books I own. 35% remain untouched and 5% are those that I’ve started and never finished. So, I’ve banned myself from buying any more books until I’ve read all the ones I’ve got!
I’m starting with Shantaram. I started reading Shantaram at least a year ago, perhaps two years ago. I get really into it for a time, then start to tire of it, and move on to something else for a while. A few months later I pick it up again, with plans to finish it this time, only to give up again 100 pages in.
I’ve heard so many good things about this book that I feel bad for not enjoying it more. I keep waiting for something to grab me, and I’m just not getting it. 704 pages in and I’m now just finishing it because I feel I have to.
I always feel a little gypped when I read a book with rave reviews and get to the end, wondering why everyone loves it so much. I felt the same with Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy, Cathcher in the Rye and Catch 22 (which I’ve started twice and given up on half way through both times). Perhaps they’re just too deep for me!
I’ll just keep plodding away at it until it’s finished. However many goes at it I have to take!