Oh man, can I just put up a picture of my whole bookcase?! lol. In the past year or so I have been buying almost every classic book I can find at the library or the thrift store, so I have a couple of shelves full of books that I need to read. It takes me a lot longer to read classics. I can read a contemporary book in a day or two, but classics take me a while. First of all, some of them are boring so I can only stand to read a chapter each day. Also, I read them slower and I often reread passages trying to understand the deeper meaning. So they take me a while. I usually only read one classic a month, if I'm lucky, but I promise I'm working on all those books that are waiting on the shelf.
There are also a couple of books that I am half-way through and I just need to finish them so I can move on. My husband and I started reading Bleak House many months ago. I would read to him while he painted. He hasn't been painting much lately, so we haven't been reading. We are only half-way through, but it's a huge book so half is quite a lot of pages. I want to finish it so I can say we read it, but it's also not that interesting at the moment so we aren't rushing to finish it. I also started Uncle Tom's Cabin for a book club a few months ago, and I still haven't finished it. I do think it is an interesting book, there are tons of insightful things in it and I have really enjoyed it so far, but it just seems like I always have something else to read. I really need to finish it though so that it will stop weighing on my mind. :)