Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I HAD to Buy…But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

Wow. These days, this could include just about any book that I purchase. Unfortunately, all the ones I own get pushed to the back of the reading pack while I finish books that have to get back to the library or have to be posted by a certain date. Sorry, my dears! Really, I am. It makes me choke up every time I walk into my bedroom and see those stacks. Sigh.

(Let me stress that just because a book appears on this list, it doesn’t mean I don’t really, really want to read it.)

  1. Finale (Hush, Hush #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick. I really enjoyed this series (I know the opinions are a little mixed), and this is the only one I bought (stupid). I had to have it the day it came out.
  2. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. What Harry Potter fan wasn’t super curious about her first book since The End of the Best Series of All Time?
  3. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Like many people, I bought this because of the super cool/creepy cover. I need to see if the insides match the drapes, you know what I am saying?
  4. Dickens by Peter Ackroyd. I LOVE Charles Dickens. Great Expectations and Oliver Twist are my favs. So when I saw this ginormous book at Half Price Books, I snatched it up. I really need to crack it open.
  5. And speaking of Dickens…The Old Curiosity Shop; David Copperfield; Little Dorrit; The Pickwick Papers…I bought all of these on my honeymoon in London, and I still haven’t read them. I will say that I used to segregate my hardbacks from my paperbacks, so I really did forget I owned them.
  6. Rapture by Lauren Kate. I think this was another one that I bought the day it came out, and it sat for a very long time until it was a random reading choice in one of my Goodreads groups. I was supposed to finish it by the end of February. ‘Nuff said.
  7. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson. Who wasn’t totally creeped out AND mesmerized by The Devil in the White City? I can’t wait to read this. Oops, apparently,  I can.
  8. The Making of a Story by Alice LaPlante. When I first decided to kick-start my writing, this was one of the books I checked out from the library. I finally ended up buying it so I could have a copy.
  9. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. The Virgin Suicides was a freaky little story, and this one sounded just as left of center. It’s still on my bookshelf.
  10. Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky. I saw this at Costco and thought it sounded really interesting. It still does.

What’s your list?

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I HAD to Buy…But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread”

  1. I haven’t read any of the Harry Potters, but do admit to owning The Casual Vacancy. My excuse is I want to read HP before reading it. Middlesex is one I don’t own, but have been wanting to read. Great list.

    1. I’ll make you a deal. I need to re-read the Harry Potter books (it’s time – 2-1/2 years since the last time I re-read). Let’s read them starting in the summer. We can have an online Harry Potter book club. I will make a group on Goodreads, and even if the 2 of us are the only members, I will consider it more than worth it.

      Then we can read TCV. Deal? I just can’t allow another person to NOT read Harry Potter. I can’t have that on my conscience.

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