I've got this horrible problem, where I develop over time a huge list of books I have to get around to reading. I've got a shelf of them right now. And, for the most part, I don't. That's not to say I don't read. (Though I do go through pretty significant dry spells sometimes.) But I somewhat rarely get around to reading the books that are actually on my shelf.
I'm beginning to wonder whether it might be a problem with the mechanism of reading lists/shelves themselves. I think I might be using the wrong decision making mechanisms to choose what books to read. Or, rather, the criteria by which I choose to read a book are out of sync with the criteria with which I put books on the to-read shelf.
On the other hand, it might just be representative of the continual triumph of my impulsive self over my more measured self-interest. The Corrections has been sitting on my to-read shelf for about four months now, but it took me no time at all to get to Reality Is Broken.