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- What book have you been unable to finish?
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
I was excited to start this book because at the time I fancied myself a fan of dystopian novels. Spoiler alert: I was wrong. I barely made it halfway through the book, mostly because I was on the train and didn’t have many options. I still want to finish it someday, but for now I have an unfinished book and deep hatred for all things dystopian.
- What book have you yet to read because you just haven’t had the time?
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
It’s not that I don’t have the time, per se, because my entire TBR shelf is books I don’t have the time for, it’s mostly that I actually want to read this one but I want to finish everything I’m currently reading first. My ‘currently reading’ shelf on Goodreads has nearly 40 books and that’s not even all of them. Yeah.
- What book have you yet to read because it’s a sequel?
Tales from Watership Down by Richard Adams
Now that’s just me being stupid – it was 2013, I was in Moscow on my own for the first time, and I saw Watership Down in a bookstore and bought it immediately. It wasn’t until later that I realized I actually bought the second book. I never managed to find the first one in the same edition, so until I do, this book will remain in my TBR.
- What book have you yet to read because it’s brand new?
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
Not my newest purchase, but I’ve actually managed to read all the books I bought later. Very excited to start it, but only after I have finished two other Gaiman books I’m reading at the moment.
- What book have you yet to read because you read a book by the same author and didn’t enjoy it?
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
I read a lot of Wilde’s short stories when I was younger and I hated them. Absolutely hated them. But recently I read The Importance of Being Earnest and liked it a whole lot, so now I have no idea what to expect from Dorian Gray, but at least it doesn’t seem as dreadful as it did a couple of years ago.
- What book have you yet to read because you’re just not in the mood for it?
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
I expect The Kite Runner to be a pretty heavy read, so I want to be in the right mental state to start it, I suppose. I have my own copy in Russian and have borrowed a Turkish copy from my university so I could read them side by side, and I’m looking forward to it, but probably not until summer. Or next year. Or like 2025.
- What book have you yet to read because it’s humongous?
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
I highly doubt this book needs any kind of explanation. My edition is over 12 hundred pages, and the font is really, really small.
- What book have you yet to read because it was a cover buy that turned out to have poor reviews?
The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
I bought it when it first came out in Russian, around the summer of 2013. It was red and yellow and bright and by JK Rowling – I just had to get it! Never managed to get to it, though.
- What is the most intimidating book in your TBR pile?
The Hippopotamus by Stephen Fry
I’ve never been more intimidated by a book in my entire life, and I’ve read ancient epics. I bought The Hippopotamus during the same bookshop trip as Tales from Watership Down (I think we can all agree that that trip was a total failure) because I’m a huge Stephen Fry fan and because I liked the cover. I started it twice since and barely made a dent in it both times – the first time I read about five pages before I realized it was way above my level and gave up. Second time around I made it farther by about 15 pages, but having realized it took me an hour to read ten pages I gave up again. However, I don’t lose hope and am going to read it someday. When I open The Hippopotamus on a random page, I always come across the same zoophilic scene, so I guess I have that to look forward to.