Saturday, 30 October 2010

Weekly Geeks - The books you waited too long to read

This week I asked the weekly Geekers:

As readers we all have our own way of deciding how fast or how slow we add books to our TBR pile and how fast we get through them.

We make list of books, we get recommendations, we drool over the cover art or just hang around in the book section reading excerpt all under the guise of making a decision about what we will delve into next.

If you are like me YOU WILL HAVE A TBR PILE, no if, and or but about it. My print pile is just about everywhere and my ebooks are taking up too much space on my hard drive.

That said…

Once in a while I read a book I have had for years and I think “How the hell did I miss this one?  “Why did I not read this one before?

Is there a book that has hang around your reading pile for far too long before you got to it, A book that probably got packed away until you accidentally got to it, a book that you read a few pages in and never got back to?.

If so share or ask your readers about that book that really made an impression on them (good or bad) after having it or hearing about it for far too long?

My thoughts

Recently I have been really getting into some of my older books and a few of them have actually had me wondering why the hell I waited so long to open the front covers.

I mostly blame it on too much book too little time syndrome as well as the mood reading bug that hits me every now and again. I also blame trying to keep up with the Jones and reading books as they are pimped to me and I forget about books that might have just drop  through the mailbox or just taking up space on the hard drive..

Two books I regretted not reading years ago are

Taming of the Shrew – William Shakespeare

I can hear the gasp of breath you are all taking, I really didn’t read this book until about 6 months ago. It was on my reader list in high school but I was one of those kids who went out of my way and read everything else but the classics and thank god  I made it through my literature exams.

I love the sonnets and Macbeth for some stranger reason – but I was a stick in the mud about anymore of Shakespeare’s work.

Now that I have read it - I love this book and I am sad I never read it years ago – but on the other hand I don’t think I would  have appreciated it as much as I do now if I had read it years ago.…

An Officer and a Gentleman – Rachel Lee

Rachel Lee is one of my favourite authors (Conard County Series), no one does small town murder mystery and small town high jinx like her. I have all her books in print and have gone through most of them. I am not sure why I dragged my feet on reading this – I know it was probably because I am a die hard fan of the movie of the same name and I don’t think I could help but compare the book and the movie  (which are no relation – but my mind is an odd place)

I read it earlier this year and it rocked…. Definately a book worth reading…

The book was released by E-harlequin with a new cover a little while back, but my original copy was just the right book for me.

I know you guys all have massive TBR piles, anything jumped out at you recently. Even if it was a book that was raved about but you just thought it was mehh…

or a book that totally made you ask  “Why the hell did I not read this before?

14 Speak To Me:

Jamie on 30 October 2010 at 14:21 said...

The books that I waited to long to read were the first two books in The Hunger Games trilogy. LOVED them.

Erotic Horizon on 30 October 2010 at 14:41 said...

@Jamie..

I have heard so much good and bad things about that book..

I am not a big YA fan to be truthful, but it is nice when I click with a book, so I am very pleased The Hunger Games trilogy worked for you...

:)

Kat on 30 October 2010 at 16:17 said...

I think one book that I waited too long to read was The Hobbit. I always thought it wouldn't be my sort of book and then when I read it recently for the first time it completely blew me away!

The funniest thing was that my mum had always said I'd love it, but for some reason I never listened to her.

Erotic Horizon on 30 October 2010 at 16:40 said...

@kat..

I am sure your mom must be chuckling at you now that you have read the book...

I have had a few books like that myself - the ones you think are not for you, but you are blown away by them instead..

:)

Patti (Book Addict) on 30 October 2010 at 17:24 said...

I sometimes kick myself for taking too long to get to a book, but sometimes there's a bonus: if it's a series, the next book may already be out!

For me, in the last few months, it would be Stacia Kane's Downside series, Ann Aguirre's Sirantha Jax series, and Maggie Stiefvater's wolf books.

w/v: hookimon - a slutty pokemon halloween costume

Erotic Horizon on 30 October 2010 at 17:52 said...

@Patti..

I second that statement - I love when I dont have to wait on the next book in a series..

Stacia Kane's Downside series,
Ann Aguirre's Sirantha Jax series

I agree with you on these two as well - totally good books and series..

:)

Blodeuedd on 30 October 2010 at 19:36 said...

My book would be Jane Eyre. It just swept me away and I sure wished I had read it before.

Kerrie on 30 October 2010 at 23:40 said...

I found it too hard to think about books I've left on the shelves for months even years (there are just too many of them), so my post is a little different

Evanne on 31 October 2010 at 02:01 said...

I waited way too long to read J.R. Wards BDB series. But When I started there were already six titles available-- a huge plus.:D

Erotic Horizon on 31 October 2010 at 07:29 said...

@Bloduedd

I have to thank my dad for me reading that book...

I read Wide Sargosso Sea a prequel to that book by a different author, it really made me wanted to read Jane Eyre...

I still have my original copy with me even after all these years..

:)

Erotic Horizon on 31 October 2010 at 07:31 said...

@Kerrie

I know only few people who dont have a TBR pile - so I can understand how you feel when you think of all the unread books that you have..

Happy stacking hon..

:)

Erotic Horizon on 31 October 2010 at 07:35 said...

@Evanne

I found this series about four books in and I stopped reading it about six books in...

Will probably pick it back up next year.. I am glad you found a series that you connected with..

Those brothers rock... True!

:)

Megan on 1 November 2010 at 12:26 said...

Shakespeare's one of those writers I wish I *had* waited to read. By the time I finished high school, I'd sworn off the guy convinced I'd never understand half of what he'd written. I finally cracked and re-read Hamlet with my book group early this year, and I'm so glad I did because I go sooo much more out of it than I did in high school. So, who knows? Maybe letting a book sit on the shelves a while til the "right" time isn't the worst idea... ;-)

Erotic Horizon on 2 November 2010 at 09:31 said...

@Meagan

I am so pleased I finally read some of his works...

I find I have to agree with you, waiting did make the difference... I struggled through the Bronte sisters books in my younger years and I HATE THEM with a passion now...

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