Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & The Bookish with a different book-related theme each week. Today we’re talking:
Books I Just Had To Buy… That Are Still Sitting On My Shelf!
1. The Body Finder, by Kimberley Derting. I remember when this book was about to be released, I was reading so many awesome things everywhere. And when I went to buy it, it was out of stock. I had to wait what felt like ages before I could finally even order it and then the order took a little bit of time to even come. And then it got here and it was like I lost interest with all the waiting. It remains unread.
2. The Woman In White, by Wilkie Collins. It seems like this is a classic that everyone absolutely loves. I’ve seen read-a-longs done for it, I’ve read many a glowing review and so I bought this Vintage edition and I’ve even removed it from my shelf and added it to my bedside TRB pile twice. But somehow it always gets shuffled back to the Bookcase of the Unread.
3. The Chaos Walking Trilogy, by Patrick Ness. I own all 3 of these and once again, everything I’ve heard about them is super amazing. It seems like no matter what type of reader someone is, they love these books. I’m not sure why I haven’t been inspired to pick these ones up, to be honest.
4. The Submission, by Amy Waldman. When I first heard about this book, I immediately had to have it. I think I ordered it minutes after I read the first review on it. It sounded like something I couldn’t wait to read and yet when it got here, I never actually…read it.
5. Second Chance Summer, by Morgan Matson. I really loved Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour and I was very excited for this book. Unfortunately it deals with a sensitive topic that I was just not ready to deal with – my father was diagnosed with cancer around the time that this book was released and I just wasn’t ready to read a book that seemed as heartbreaking as this one (everyone told me it made them ugly cry so bad, including one person who read it on her honeymoon). My dad has since been given the all clear and is fine now but I’m still a bit wary of it.
6. So Much For That, by Lionel Shriver. I absolutely loved We Need To Talk About Kevin. It wasn’t an easy read and at times I needed a dictionary but I loved the story. So when this one was released, I had to have it too. I’ve tried to start it and I think I read a few pages and just couldn’t get into it. It sits patiently waiting for another day.
7. Various Maria Snyder novels. I think I own 9 Maria Snyder books. I’ve read precisely none of them. I went to an event with her at my local library and heard her speak and she was fabulous. Lots of fun and funny and enjoyable to listen to. I’m sure that I’d love her books if I could just find the time to pick them out of the bookcase and actually open them and read them!
8. Sea Hearts, by Margo Lanagan. I bought this after I read a book of Margo’s short stories that were really beautiful. I know bloggers (hi Belle!) who love this book and recommend it to me with gusto. It’s longlisted for the Stella Prize, Australia’s new literary prize for female authors. It sounds rich with beautiful imagery and other fabulous things. So why haven’t I read it yet? (Note: This is published as The Brides Of Rollrock Island elsewhere in the world).
9. Insurgent, by Veronica Roth. I read Divergent and liked it and the end made me really want the next book. I waited and waited until it was released and then I ordered this. And so far, I still haven’t read it. I don’t know if it’s just because it’s been so long that I’ve lost interest? I’ve noticed that since I started blogging and reading books closer to their release dates, it’s harder to read a series. I’m discovering first books really early and it makes the waiting torturous. And often I lose interest by the time the release date of the next one finally rolls around, or I’ve forgotten much of what happened but I don’t really have time to go and re-read Book 1 (or 1, 2, 3 etc if it’s a later book).
10. Fuse, by Julianna Baggott. This is another book that is second in a trilogy or series (not sure how many there will be). I loved the first book, Pure. But even though I bought this the day it was released, it hasn’t been read yet. It’s only a relatively recent release so it hasn’t been languishing on my shelves for a long time gathering dust, but it seems to be suffering from the same problem that Insurgent is. Series Neglect Syndrome.
To be honest, I could include most of my TBR shelf in this list! I see books, I have to have them and before I can read them I see more and have to have them. I have some 450ish unread books in my house (although about half of those my husband owned before we met, so I didn’t buy them all). I just love collecting them and I figure that one day when I’m old and on a pension I might not be able to afford new books and that way I’ll have plenty to read and never run out.