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Top 10 Tuesday 6th February

on February 6, 2018

It’s Top 10 Tuesday time! Originally created and hosted by The Broke & the Bookish, Top 10 Tuesday now has a new home with Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week our topic is:

Top 10 Books I’ve Had On My TBR The Longest That Are Still Unread

  1. Insurgent and Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I’ve read Divergent and I liked it but I had a few things spoiled for me before I read the next couple of books in the series and it made me not really want to continue on with the books.
  2. So many Maria Snyder books. I own like, 10 of her books. I’ve read precisely none of her books. I bought them all years ago super cheap on recommendations from people and have just….never gotten around to reading them. There’s just so many on my shelves. It’s like they multiply when I’m not looking.
  3. The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness. Oh wow, I can’t even remember how long I’ve owned these. Maybe 7 or 8 years? I know I had to have them! And I know so many people who have sung their praises to me and yet I still haven’t read them. I don’t even know why.
  4. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. I remember buying this at the very first Melbourne Writers Fest I went to so 2012? I’ve actually read another book of hers and I loved it! I know this one is sitting on my shelf. It’s set in Alaska too, which is like crack to me.
  5. Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams. I got this book at a Penguin publishing event I went to in 2011. It’s been on my YA TBR shelf ever since.
  6. Blindness by Jose Saramago. This was another book I just had to have. I’d heard so much about it and the concept was just so fascinating. Unlike the others though, I think I did actually read a few pages of this once and then I set it aside. And so it’s still on the TBR shelf some 7 or so years later.
  7. Pretty much every classic I’ve ever bought. I have about 30 of them. Some I’ve bought because I think I should read them because of what they are. Some I’ve bought because they’re the most beautiful versions. Others I’ve bought because I’ve read some of the author’s other work and think I should round it out by finishing their backlist. Others I’m just curious about. Almost all of them remain unread.
  8. Memoirs Of An Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green. I’ve had this one for about 6yrs! My husband picked it up in a bookshop when he was away for work and although it sounds good I haven’t gotten around to it yet.
  9. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. Haha. At this stage it’s ridiculous to even consider that I might read this. I won’t. It’s a brick. My inability to get along with prize winners continues. I tried the first page of this and it made my brain hurt. I put it back on the shelf quick smart.
  10. Questions Of Travel by Michelle de Kretser. Lol, another prize winner. Probably had this 5 years. Bought it because I liked the cover.

I do cull books so these ones I either consider to be ‘one day, I’ll still get there’ or I haven’t decided if I can part with them yet. Room {or the lack of it} is making me rethink the books I keep. I still have way too many, around 3000 at a guess, I’m not sure. It’s been a while since I counted. And I’m running out of room big time in my house. But I also like having a healthy TBR pile too. It’s good to have options. And every now and then I pick something from it that has been there a while – every so often I hear someone talking about a book from a few years ago and I know it’s on my shelf and I can go check it out. So there’s value in having a good stash of books ‘to read’ as well.

But sometimes? I do feel guilty about the books I just ‘have to have’ and haven’t read yet…….


31 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 6th February

  1. The only one I’ver read is The Snow Child. And I definitely wouldn’t put it at the top of your TBR pile.

  2. Shayna says:

    Personally Insurgent and Allegiant went further and further downhill, so I would say you are not missing much for just sticking with Divergent (which I DID like!)

    • Hmm, might be time to realise then that I’m just not going to read them and move them on to someone who will. I just can’t see myself enjoying them when I’ve had that ending spoiled for me.

  3. Kay Wisteria says:

    I didn’t really like Allegiant, but it was still nice to just finish off the series. I relate to you so much on the classics; there are so many that I want to read but never seem to get around to!

    • I have so many classics sitting on my shelves. And they keep coming out with such beautiful new versions. I buy ones I’m really not super enthused about, just because they are so pretty lol

  4. My daughter enjoyed the second and third books in the Divergent series, but I would rather stick to the movies. I don’t read a ton of classics either, but I still buy them from time to time.

  5. ChrissiReads says:

    I enjoyed The Snow Child. I thought it was a unique read. I didn’t think much of Insurgent or Allegiant but I’m pleased that I continued the series.

  6. KliScruggs says:

    I totally never took to the Chaos Walking trilogy too. I just started my first Patrick Ness and it took a bit to adjust to the writing style, which is why I think I stopped reading the first book in the trilogy. I also read Allegiant, but never picked up the second books in the series.

    • I’ve hear the vernacular takes a bit of getting used to. Maybe I’m just not in the mood to struggle though something like that until it clicks. I’m sure one day I’ll pick them up and just burn through all 3 of them.

  7. Oh I hate when a spoiler makes you not want to continue. That sucks. My Top Ten

  8. I have had the Chaos Walking trilogy sitting unread on my Kindke for forever, so don’t feel bad. I was also spoiled for Alligent, but I was about 30% in so I forced myself to finished the book. One of the books on my list, Ruin and Rising, was spoiled for me the day after it published and I lost all want to read it, so I understand about Insurgent and Allegiant sitting on your tbr.

    • Ooh I haven’t read Ruin & Rising yet but I’ve managed to remain spoiler free for that somehow! Yeah finding out crucial things really does kill a lot of the enjoyment and there’s no anticipation left.

  9. Astilbe says:

    Oh, The Snow Child was so good. I hope they make it into a movie sometime.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  10. sarabara081 says:

    You HAVE to read The Chaos Walking series! They are super crazy and I almost gave up a little ways into the first book because of it but they so grew on me and I just loved the series.

    Ah, the Allegiant spoiler. I remember there was a huge leak a week or two before it released and SO MANY people were reading it ahead of time and posting spoilers. I managed to avoid them until the day of release when someone on twitter felt like it was now okay and posted a big spoiler and I was so mad. Why ruin that for people? Sigh. I hate spoilers. lol

  11. emmak89 says:

    I still haven’t got to Allegiant either! And the Snow Child has been on my TBR for the past couple of years, I keep saving it until Christmas and then not getting to it. Lots of good books here, I hope you enjoy when you eventually get round to them! 🙂

  12. I tried to read the first Chaos Walking book a couple of years ago, but just wasn’t in the mood for it at the time. I’m hoping to try it again one day though!
    My TTT:

  13. curlygeek04 says:

    I try to read one or two classics a year, that way I’m not too overwhelmed by all the ones I mean to read. And I often find they are among my favorite reads of the year. Like you, I meant to read The Luminaries and didn’t get there.

    • I don’t think I’ve actually read one for 3-4 years. For a while there I was trying with the Classics Club challenge but I kind of fell off the wagon big time haha. I think I only read 10 of the 50 books I was aiming for over the 5yrs.

  14. The Chaos Walking series is one of my fave series. Hope you’ll like it if you ever decide to read it 🙂

    My TTT

  15. Jovita says:

    I also have a bunch of classics that I didn’t list, hopefully one day we can read them 🙂 Happy Reading.

  16. Carmen says:

    Blindness is such a memorable and haunting book. Definitely one of my favourites. I also need to read The Chaos Walking trilogy before the movie comes out.

    Carmen`s Reading Corner

  17. Terese says:

    I’m Like you with the 7 9 and 10. I havte too many books too but love the choice that my stash provides. 2018 resolution is too try and make progress with my TBR pile. But now all adding Snow Child to Wishlist….

  18. Katrina Southern says:

    I loved The Snow Child a lot and have also read The Luminaries and thought it was good. I also need to catch up with Maria V Snyder’s books! I read Poison Study, loved it, then didn’t get any further!

    Awesome choices, feel free to check out my TTT list 🙂

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