Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been On My TBR for Too Long…

toptentuesday2Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Now, I have not posted a Top Ten Tuesday in…let’s just say a long while, but I saw this week’s topic and wanted to join in.

This week: Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR/Shelf From Before I Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet. It’s not the happiest or most positive of topics, but I am hoping that seeing some of these titles here will light the fire under my butt to get them (finally!) read!

In no particular order, here are my top ten picks for books that have sadly been withering on my shelf and/or TBR since before I started blogging/reviewing on Fab Book Reviews:



Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Why haven’t I read this yet!? I found Gone Girl to be a fascinating, complex read and had been so looking forward to try another of Flynn’s well-reviewed reads!

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. NO REASON for why this is still sitting on my bookshelf, unread. I have read and adored Attachments, Fangirl, and Carry On…what is holding me back from Eleanor & Park?

The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty. Another author whose other work I have loved tremendously. Moriarty is one of those auto-buy authors for me- everything she publishes, I will get (well, pre-order). I haven’t heard or read as much about The Hypnotist’s Love Story, but I am imagining it will be another well-written novel!

The Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi. I have read a fair share of children’s graphic novels and comics. Yet this hugely popular and well-regarded graphic novel series is one that I have not yet cracked into even as interested as I am to read it!

Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater. Good grief. I read and rated The Raven Boys very highly when I first read it- soon after it came out, if I recall correctly. I immediately added Dream Thieves to my TBR, waited patiently for it to come out, actually bought it and then…nothing. Now, it’s been such a time that I will have to go back and re-read The Raven Boys. And that makes me nervous because what if I don’t enjoy the book one as much on re-read?

In the Age of Love & Chocolate (Birthright #3) by Gabrielle Zevin. The last book in the Birthright trilogy remains unopened on my shelf. The first two books were, I thought at the time, excellent examples of YA dystopian fiction. As with Dream Thieves, I feel as though I will now have to go back re-read from the beginning if I am serious about finishing the series.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. Another YA author whose work and writing I admire, yet, for whatever reason, Wintergirls has been sitting, unread, on my shelf for far too long.

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. Sigh. This is a much-beloved, much-talked about, critically-acclaimed teen novel. I have seen most of my blogging/reader friends rate this novel so very highly…I wonder if part of why I haven’t gotten to Jellicoe Road is the concern of ‘will it live up to the hype’? I might as well just dive in, though!!

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I had such aspirations to read this novel in the lead up to it winning the Pulitzer Prize…and yet there the big book sits on my shelf after all this time…

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton. Another big head-scratcher. I have read every other book by Morton- I am a huge fan of her novels and her beautiful writing. Yet, there The Distant Hours sits on my shelf…perhaps it’s a little safety net that I should have one of her books left to savour??

What books are on your TTT this week? Be sure to check out the other Top Ten lists!

Author: michelle@fabbookreviews

Reference & Children's Librarian. Reader. Reviewer.

14 thoughts

  1. I’ve read Wintergirls aaaages ago and can’t remember for the life of me what I thought about that book… except that it deals with eating disorders, and back then that was pretty much the only exposure I had to those themes. I think it was pretty confronting that way.

    The other thing I’ve read from your list is Eleanor & Park, which was very cute. I’m planning to reread it eventually, hopefully this year (but likely next year because so many books, so little time). πŸ˜›

    Here’s my TTT.

    1. The subject matter is about all I know of Wintergirls, as well- and that it is likely very hard-hitting. Nice to hear more good things about Eleanor & Park!! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping by my TTT!

      1. I love her! I just realized that I haven’t read her latest book! What is wrong with me!? I own it, but I just haven’t picked it up! Will have to do that soon! πŸ˜€

  2. I’ve heard a lot about Maggie’s books, but never have read any. Perhaps, someday (along with ALL of my other must-read-TBR books), I’ll look them up! πŸ™‚

    1. Ha! Yes, I know, the TBR list just grows and grows doesn’t it?! I haven’t read much of Stiefvater’s work, but The Raven Boys really stood out for me. Hopefully at some point you’ll be able to get to her books!! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for visiting!

    1. So good to hear more positive comments about Dream Thieves! I really do think it will be great– just need to get back to book one to recall everything! Thanks for taking the time to stop by my TTT! πŸ™‚

  3. Do not worry, I’ve reread The Raven Boys at least three times to prepare myself for the following books’ releases and it still retains its awesomeness. I hope you pick it up soon because The Dream Thieves is also pretty phenomenal.

    1. Yay!! Okay, now I feel very good about going back and starting from book one again!! I do worry about books holding up to their initial-read-level-awesomeness…but you have alleviated my worries about this one! Thanks for stopping by!! πŸ™‚

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