To answer this challenge, my Goodreads TBR list was no use – it’s only a couple of years old and although there are books languishing on there that I added in late 2011, they’ve not been waiting as long as some of the ones gathering dust on my bookshelf.
There are some ‘Book People’ bargains, like the collection of short Oxford histories on just about everything from Romans to FDR and travel writing from Shackleton to Chekov – but those I recall buying around 2008, and I have read a few out of each series.
I have two ‘to read’ books which I’ve had since my late teens and just never got around to reading: the final two books of the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (i.e. books 4 and 5 of the five part trilogy). At the point I started reading the series, it was only four books long, and Mostly Harmless came out when I was reading about planets with cows that look like mattresses (at least, that’s what I think they were – it’s been a long time), so I bought it, intending to finish the lot.
The problem now is that it’s been around twenty years since I read the first three books and so I’m pretty fuzzy on anything other than the main details: 42, Arthur Dent, Zaphod and Ford… So, for me to read So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, I will actually have to re-read three books before I can start it, and my TBR list is already bulging at the seams.
So, re-reading the series and finally finishing may be something I save for retirement or if I win the lottery – currently twenty years waiting to be read, I suppose another decade or so isn’t going to harm anything. Oh, unless the Earth actually does get blown up to make way for an intergalactic super-highway, in which case, I’ll never know how things ended.