The Black Hole of Books

by gribi on September 7, 2011

Some books get stuck on my currently-reading list.

Those of you with a keen sense of observation might have noticed that there’s precisely such a book on the right-hand column of gribook.me

 Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

I first picked it up on a lazy summer day. This, in the hope that a good classic might help me overcome the impending mid-day sleepiness. I like catching up on the Top 100 Must-reads too, so I set off. I think I even got as far as Chapter #2. Unfortunately, due to circumstances that I will not mention here, this book and I were not able to develop a stronger bond.

Side-note. I’m sure Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a wonderful book. Yet, I do not recommend reading it as an antidote to the afternoon nap. I’m afraid it is of no help whatsoever.

Our next encounter was when I carried it to work with me for a couple of days, just in case. Sometimes people are late for meetings, I have a long wait for my bus or I simply find a spare minute. Having a book comes in handy. Not this time.

I came up with another plan. I left it at my fiancé’s place. Occasionally we’d be at his place, he’d have something to do and I’d have no book to entertain myself with. I figured that if this book will always be there, there’s a greater chance for me to read it. Never happened. It’s still there, so you know where to find it.

Is this a desperate case? Is there any chance that I do finish it? Will Uncle Tom’s Cabin ever find its way out of the black hole it’s in?

I’m an optimist. One glorious day will come when I will hit the “I’m finished” button on my Goodreads and Uncle Tom’s Cabin will be transferred to the more friendly “read” shelf.

When that happens, I hope one or two of you will want to celebrate this fact and take me out for a café latte and maybe even a piece of cheese cake.

 

Any volunteers? Any books stuck on your currently-reading list?

For the fun pic, I’ve to thank That Red Stripe

10 comments

i just deleted from goodreads 26 of really unfinished books :P

by ceziceu on September 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm. Reply #

Good for you! Maybe I should do that, too … but then, if I don’t finish it, I’ll miss out on a caffè latte and cheese cake :)

by gribi on September 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm. Reply #

By the way, it was nice meeting you in person. Hope to meet you some time again.

by gribi on September 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm. Reply #

I’ve got a whole stackload of guilt books – books I’ve started and don’t dislike enough to stop, but keep falling asleep over. On the one hand, like you said in your post on inertia, life’s too short to read books that don’t grip you. But on the other hand..what about those ones that are slow burners – that burst into life half or three-quarters of the way through. How to decide?! It may take seven years of afternoon dozing to make it that far…

by Emma on September 7, 2011 at 9:33 pm. Reply #

Emma! What a pleasant surprise to see you here – I’m quite a fan of A New Name
– your honesty and your walk of faith is inspiring.

Yes – I too wonder if a book’s just one that takes some time to grow on me or simply not worth reading. Especially when it comes to books that people have liked and recommended. Timing’s also pretty important – maybe this is not the best time in my life to read a book on slavery in the Pre-Civil War America, however great the book is. So I’m not giving up on it quite yet :)

Again, thanks for stopping by, Emma!

by gribi on September 8, 2011 at 6:07 pm. Reply #

You know, books don’t help me overcome the impending mid-day sleepiness.. they contribute to it! :D

by Igor on September 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm. Reply #

You’re so very funny, Igor.

by gribi on September 8, 2011 at 6:10 pm. Reply #

I’d love to take you for a café latte..

I have a few guilt books, here’s a glimpse of my guilt list:
* Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela (it is indeed a very long walk for me)
* Six Battles Every Man Must Win by Bill Perkins (I’d add a seventh battle: finishing this book)
* Alas Babylon by Pat Frank. Alas indeed..

by Igor on September 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm. Reply #

Laughing my head off on this side of the screen! Did you add The Old Man and the Sea in there – or is it too old to bother with? :P
Oh, and I will kindly accept your invitation to coffee – frankly, I thought you’d never ask :)

by gribi on September 8, 2011 at 6:10 pm. Reply #

[...] sharing my frustration with this book in a previous post, in which I affirmed my determination to finish reading it, I have not registered any progress [...]

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