Bookslut has an innocuous little link about books not read that got me going. Here are some perennial and recent entries of mine.
Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity essays by Abraham Joshua Heschel, edited by Susannah Heschel, has been on my bookshelf for quite a few years now. I love The Sabbath and would like to become more familiar with Heschel’s thought.
Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Dickens are, sadly, missing from my finished list. I did get 2/3 of the way through The Idiot before I decided I just couldn’t take the too-obvious symbolism any more.
A la recherche du temps perdu. My friend Jan loves it in French and has the stylish comic-book versions (in French and English). There’s a new translation in the works. I’ve picked up the first volume in bookstores I don’t know how many times. But I’ve never taken the jump.
The Life of Pi. I own it. I’ve started it. There it sits.
Into the Looking-Glass Wood by Alberto Manguel. Another book of essays sitting on my shelves for years. I loved A History of Reading, but that doesn’t seem to be enough.
Literary fiction. Haven’t read much. Don’t care to. Probably shouldn’t even mention it here.