Sometimes, I get carried away with myself and end up buying loads of books, only to then have them sitting idle on my bookcase for, well, in this instance, years. I'll either try to get into one and give up, or simply forget I ever bought it. Not being one to ever like to see a book go to waste, I had a rummage around my bookcase at the books I've been meaning to read and haven't, and thought I'd devote a little post to them, in the hope it'll motivate me to read them as well as giving you some reading inspiration.
The Secret - Rhonda Byrne
A book I bought purely because of the hype surrounding it, that in all honesty I haven't read a single page of yet. It's one I definitely need to get around to reading, as it's received mostly dazzling reviews, many of which claim it'll 'change your life'. It's not a fiction, but more of a book of self-discovery that is supposed to change your way of thinking forever. I'll definitely be writing a review of this once I've read it, as I have high hopes it'll be an eye-opener.
Some Kind of Fairy Tale - Graham Joyce
Oops. I've kind of been slowly reading this book for getting on for a good year now, but it's one that I pick up and put down and struggle to get back into. I think I'm a bit disappointed in it as I was drawn in by the title, but actually the book in itself isn't very 'fairy tale' at all - although I'm only part way through. If you've read this - is it worth the read? I rarely struggle getting into books but I've found this one really hard!
How To Be a Woman - Caitlin Moran
The queen of all things funny and female, Caitlin Moran's book 'How To Be a Woman' has been sitting on my shelf for a good year or three (during which Caitlin released another book), so it's about time I dusted off the pages (literally) and gave it a good old read. In the age of all things feminist Caitlin's book is very 'now' - asking the questions about what being a woman really means. I don't doubt this book will be a belter.
Smoke and Mirrors - Neil Gaiman
I bought this book when I was writing my dissertation (on fairytales), but as it's a collection of lots of stories, poems etc. I didn't get round to reading them all. I know I'll love them though - Neil Gaiman's writing is fantastic and his twisted fairy tales are a must-read for any fans of the classic fairy tales. Think Angela Carter - but possibly even better.
Divergent* - Veronica Roth
I actually have the entire trilogy of these books, but knowing I'll probably become well-and-truly engrossed in it, I've not given them a read as yet. I have a feeling they'll be very Hunger Games-esque, which is obviously a good thing, as long as they're not too similar. I haven't seen the film either so don't have a clue what to expect with this one, only that it shares parallels with The Hunger Games.
Looking for Alaska - John Green
Having read 'The Fault in Our Stars' and seeing quotes for 'Looking for Alaska' scattered around Tumblr, I bought it about two years ago, but after struggling to get into it put it down and haven't picked it up since. I know it's meant to be worth a read so it's probably going to be the first book I try and finish from this list. Here's hoping it's as good as 'The Fault in Our Stars'!
Have you got a pile of books you've been meaning to get around to reading too? Let me know if you've read any of the books I've mentioned and what you thought (no spoilers please!)