Constitutionally incapable of reading . . .

April 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

There are books which we see from year to year on shelves of libraries or in charity bookshops, and we are conscious of their great popularity. All the same, we appear to be constitutionally incapable of reading them. Some we have not read at all. Of others we might have read an opening paragraph or a blurb. Are we reluctant to read them because there has been too much talk of them? Do we suspect from the little we know that we won’t like them? It is true that we have read other books we anticipated not liking and discovered that we did. Yet what is it about this handful of books that we simply will not take down from the shelves to read further in an endeavour to overcome our prejudice? We may even have sought and received confirmation from other people that these are good books, but we shy at the thought of reading them. And we do not. Ten such books are listed below:

The White Tiger by Aravid Adiga

The Curious Incident of a Dog at Night-time by Mark Haddon

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières

The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

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