I was just thinking about this today, I don't know why. Maybe because A Thousand Splendid Suns caught my eye on the bookshelf. I have read both A Thousand Splendid Suns and And The Mountains Echoed. Both novels were brilliant. A Thousand Splendid Suns is one of my favourite novels, I think Khaled Hosseini is an amazing author. He has only written three novels, why haven't I read his first? The Kite Runner put Hosseini on the map. I passed by it on a display table in a used bookstore!
After considering why, I think it's the "box of tears". At the end of both the novels I have read, there are these containers (boxes). In them are things that represent what has happened in the novel. All the sad, terrible, emotional things. These are things that can bring you to tears. When it showed up in And The Mountains Echoed, I might have actually said out loud, "not again!"
So, why haven't I read The Kite Runner? Because I haven't been in the mood for a cry? I just expect to cry. I expect the end to be sad. I expect to love the characters and then to have my heartbroken with some kind of loss. I just think I'm going to be sad. I don't want to know I'm going to be sad. I'll read it eventually, but I'm just going to have to work up the emotional stamina to read The Kite Runner.