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What Book Never Leaves Your “To-Read” List?

By Robert Bruce @robertbruce76

Last week, I told you about a bookish pet peeve that I’m completely guilty of—that being buying books that I never read. Many of you share that same trait—though some of us disagree on whether it’s a bad or good.

Let’s play off that thought today and hopefully generate a little discussion in the comments.

What’s your forever “to be read” book? It’s the book that’s always on your to-be-read list, always the one you’ll be reading next, yet somehow gets the cold shoulder when that “next book” comes around.

It’s the book that’s forever the bridesmaid and never the bride. It’s never forgotten, yet never in the spotlight, a perennial runner up on your to-be-read list.

I have a couple. Moby Dick (just out of a sense of obligation) has been a mainstay on my to-read list for a long time. I’ve read pieces of it in school, but never the full novel.

Also, The Alchemist is a novel I’ve never read but have always been intrigued by. Why can’t I seem to get The Alchemist off my to-be-read list?

Oh yeah, I guess because my to-be-read list is currently 29 books—those I still have to read as part of the Time list. Maybe The Alchemist should be the 30th one?

Anyway, enough about me. What’s the one book that’s always on your to-be-read list?

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