Yes, it’s true. Some books are prettier than others. Some books draw you in by their superficial beauty – their covers. The following are all books I picked up based on their design. I didn’t know anything about them before I saw them. The flirtatious covers drew me in but I was seduced by their smart plots. I took them home and immediately began reading. The most satisfying moment was when I realized I would be rereading them.
Censoring an Iranian Love Story by Shahriar Mandanipour translated from Farsi
Regardless of how many classics you’ve read, there are always some you never got around to reading. For example, I’ve yet to read Moby Dick, Jane Eyre, Don Quixote, A Clockwork Orange, or Middlemarch. Some I never plan to read; they just don’t interest me. However, some books mock me; I bought them years ago and they sit on my bookcases, taking up space, moving from apartment to apartment, shelf to shelf. A Clockwork Orange is a fine example, everything about the book appeals to me: cult classic, banned, unreliable narrator. And yet, everytime I reach for another book; leaving it on the shelf.
This was my library at my old apartment. I also had a few other bookshelves spread around the apartment. I had a very kind and generous roommate. Currently they are mostly in storage. I moved and there just isn’t enough space. Sigh.