Books I’ve Been Putting Off Reading

Now that we are in 2018, like most people, I’ve been thinking about things I’ve been putting off. Today I’m going to discuss the books I’ve been putting off. Most of these were put off a lot longer than 2017!
I bought a set of classic literature from Dymocks and have felt too intimidated to start them. The set includes:
  • “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte
  • “Dracula” by Bram Stocker
  • “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott
  • “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte
  • “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley
  • “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde
The books are classics for a reason. I want to like them and to breeze through them. (But there is a reason why I read modern YA.)
Next book I’ve been putting off for reason unknown. Maybe because I forgot about it? “The Diary of a Young Girl” Anne Frank. I bought my copy at The Anne Frank House. It was a moving and deeply saddening experience walking through (climbing through) the house. It is a disgrace that people live that way, forced by by fear and evil.
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I was twenty-two, on a crazy tour of Europe, full of parties, so I didn’t start reading the book. Then I came home to the boredom of reality, and the book sat on the shelf. It is definitely ranked high on the TBR list.
Next stack of books is Agatha Christie books. I bought this after finishing the latest Chris Carter book at the time. They are murder mystery/thriller books and I wanted something similar to read. I saw this set in an antique store and thought, “What the hell?”
There are nine books in total. I think I never started them because I was worried they’d be slow or hard to read. A judgement I made before even opening a page. So dumb. I have to read at least one story soon! I’ll let you know how you go.
How about you? Any books been sitting on your shelf for far too long? What’s made you put off reading it?
As always, there is a link to the related video, here.
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Em x


  1. I’ve had The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in my Kindle library for AGES and have only just started reading it. The film was amazing and I’ve heard so many good things about the book that I was almost scared to read it in case I hated it, which I realise is a bit daft.

    Also, you’ve made me want to read Jane Eyre again 🙂

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    1. It’s so funny how we can be scared to read a book. I just read a book I forced myself to finish even though I hated it. That’s the situation I hate the most. So much reading time wasted on a book not worth it.


  2. Thank you! I actually read a few chapters of Dorian Grey. The first few pages took awhile, but I’m back in the swing of thing. Remembered all the classics that were required reading at school. Now I’m getting through because I certainly want to! 😁 will update you for sure.


      1. In high school, I treated the genre of tragedy poorly. I was like oh that genre, it is pure sad, it doesn’t belong. That was something I shouldn’t have done because now I am obsessed with a tragic plot.

        Les Mis, the musical, enters my life and I realized everything I once thought was not true. Now that genre does not bug me as much.

        I think we all can treat a certain author or genre unfairly and feel like we will love those kind of things. That is easy to do


      2. I discovered the genre of tragedy due to Shakespeare. It made no sense to me and made no sense for it to be in theatre and even in musicals.

        I misinterpreted musicals as well. I had interpreted ALL musicals as HAPPY growing up. That was all I had known. Than Les Mis would throw a huge curveball into that equation. It helped not knowing it was tragic when I first saw that movie. Due to being surprised and being shocked and confused, I did not know how to respond. Had to watch that a second time and before you knew it, I was a Les Mis nerd. The other sad musical I love is Rent. Those two sad musicals with quite an inspiring message. So I now call ALL musicals JOYFUL to refer to the actual experience.

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      3. Musicals have 5 main emotions: excitement, love, joy and sad are those I discovered growing up. Heartbreak came later, which was through Les Mis. They are a world of spectacle and dance, complexity, comedy, positive and negative emotions in the score and strong emotional connections. My blog is mostly about musicals but do manage to sneak other things in


  3. Don’t be intimidated but I would say they probably will take more concentration and a longer time to read than many shorter modern novels. The sentence structure and language used if quite different but you’ve picked some absolute crackers.

    Please let us know how you get on and what you think of them!

    Look forward to updates 🙂

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