After reading (and promptly falling in love with) my first Haruki Murakami novel last week, my first thought was, “Why didn’t I do this years ago?” I think it’s a question many of us ask after we finally take the plunge and read our first book from an iconic author, or even just one we’ve set aside for too long. We may ask rhetorically, but when I honestly thought about it, most of my answers boiled down to nerves.
So, what am I afraid of? I think my biggest fear is choosing wrong. I know there are a ton of people with great suggestions on where to start with nearly every iconic author, but I still worry I’ll head down the wrong path. I don’t want to pick Book A and end up disappointed when Book B would have done the trick. And while adding an author’s backlist to my mental TBR after a great reading experience is a wonderful thing, some iconic authors have pretty daunting lists. Not to mention, many of them have huge fans with wildly different opinions on the author’s high and low points.
While I don’t actively think these things through while scanning my bookshelves, I know they’re nagging at me when I approach a book I’ve been meaning to read and decide to keep moving.
Does committing to an iconic author make you nervous? Do you have other common reasons for skipping over a book you’ve been meaning to read?