Unfinished Books on My Bookshelf


There was a time in my life when I couldn’t imagine leaving a book I was reading unread; it just wasn’t something that I did.

This, of course, was when I was 10 and disillusioned by my love of Harry Potter thinking that every book was going to make me fall in love like it did. 

Over the years I have managed to finish almost every book I’ve start. Almost.

I have gotten rid of some really old unread books that I know I wouldn’t ever pick up again, but these are the ones I currently have sitting on in my bookcase:

1) The Warden by Anthony Trollope
2) Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
3) North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
4) Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thacheray (odds of my finishing this bad boy are slim)
5) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
6) The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
7) The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha
8) The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (I’ve read 2.5 books out of the 7 included)
9) All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
10) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
11) Wicked by Gregory Maguire
12) Lastly we have the book that I have been ‘currently reading’ for at least a solid year: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

And there you have it. There are 12 books on my shelf that I need to finish.

I see there is a definite trend in the books: classic books that I needed to read for school…but didn’t.

Some of them I’m ashamed I haven’t finished yet, but as one of my resolutions this year I am going to try my best to finish some of these books up and clear up that TBR list.

On Thursday I will be writing a post about the rest of the unread books on my bookcase right now. That’ll be a fun one.

Let me know what books you have half finished on your shelf.


4 thoughts on “Unfinished Books on My Bookshelf

  1. The only book I ever gave up on was Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, it just kept going round in circles and I just started to get really annoyed with the characters!
    Don’t give up on The curious Incident, it is a great book!

    • I am 100% going to finish that book! I think I tried reading it when I was too young so I wasn’t able to really appreciate it for what it is. I’m going to try getting to that this year again, though!

  2. If you are ever looking for a different Elizabeth Gaskell novel to pick up instead of North and South, then I would suggest Sylvia’s Lovers. I read it for an upper level British Victorian Literature class and actual found it to be an enjoyable read. The professor said that it was somewhat light-hearted compared to her other works.

    Best of luck with your unfinished books!

    • Thank you! I actually didn’t mind North and South, I just didn’t have time to finish it because it was for school.
      We actually did a project on it comparing the main character to the four girls from Sex and the City..it definitely made it more enjoyable.
      Also picturing Mr. Thornton as Richard Armitage…that helps too 😛

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