Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ten Books That Have Been On My Shelf From Before I Started Blogging That I STILL Haven't Read Yet and Yet I Can't Bring Myself to Give Away

Yes, the whole thing is ridiculous. These are books that have sat on my shelves for over eight years, but I can't bring myself to read or, worse, give away. I keep thinking I will read them. Someday.

Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara
Thoughts:  This is a tiny book. It was recommended highly. What am I waiting for?

Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout
Thoughts: I am wild about Olive Kitteridge. I saw Strout speak in Houston. What am I waiting for?

The Eight by Katherine Neville
Thoughts: I've been told this book is similar to The Secret History, which I loved. What am I waiting for?

Collected Stories by Carol Shields
Thoughts: I've read everything else by Carol Shields. Except this book. What am I waiting for?

Beloved by Toni Morrison
Thoughts: "It's my favorite story ever." People have told me this, over and over. What am I waiting for?

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Thoughts: You've read this one, haven't you? I know you have. Everyone has. Except me. What am I waiting for?

Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
Thoughts: Kawabata won the Nobel Prize. What am I waiting for?

A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor
Thoughts: I've seen this on zillions of Favorite Book lists. What am I waiting for?

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
Thoughts: A huge hit that's science fiction. And I haven't read real science fiction in eons. What am I waiting for?

The Gates of the Alamo by Stephen Harrigan
Thoughts: Loved Harrigan's Remember Ben Clayton. Saw Harrigan speak in Houston. What am I waiting for???

On the positive side, I am down to three small stacks of books in my TBR....Well, three small stacks of books plus the 88 pounds of books I dragged home from BookExpo!

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  1. Jellicoe Road has been on my TBR list for ages...your not the only one who hasn't read it! Hope you get around to reading these soon :)

    1. I actually had acquired three copies of it at one point. Crazy!

  2. Nice! Those are all totally new to me ones!

    Here's my Tuesday Post

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  3. I did NOT like Jellicoe Road, although I can't remember why. You read so many different kinds of books that I can see how you would get behind on some. Since I only read middle grade, and normally realistic fiction, it seems like if I keep at it I CAN read it all. Maybe you can decide what type of books get first priority?

    1. You are right. My problem is that I read too widely. But I will never change. I love them all.

  4. I have two of those in my book piles. Perdido Street Station and The Eight. Although I had started The Eight at the time I bought it, loved it, and then put it down for some reason and could never get back into it. Going to give any of these a try soon?

    1. Probably not. I'll just continue to hold onto them and imagine that I'll be reading them someday!

  5. Haha! I could easily put together a list like yours. Beloved is an excellent book, but you have to be in the right frame of mind for it. Pretty intense!

  6. I don't think you read "too widely", I love that you read so widely. And fast you read fast. I'm sure you're the fastest reader I know. So it's relatively reassuring to us mere mortals that you too have books sitting around unread for years. And I haven't read Jellicoe Road either, you're certainly not last. Actually I haven't read any of your TTT today. You'll get them read.

  7. Great Top Ten! I've heard a lot of great things about Jellicoe Road. I'm gonna have to pick me up a copy! :)

  8. I always enjoy seeing the mixture of books that you've selected. The nice thing seems that you can pick up from any whim that hits. I tend to have lots of Middle Grade and then have to hunt down the YA that I want to read. My TTT list

  9. I wasn't a huge fan of Jellicoe Rd--it was fine, but I didn't love it like many do. But I adore Toni Morrison.

  10. I love Carol Shields' writing. That particular book is, I think, one to be read a bit at a time, over the course of many other books, rather than to be taken on all at once. At least that is what I found.

  11. I've never even heard of these books but still cool choices!! You've had these books in your TBR for 8 years?! I'm still mad at myself for having mine for over 3! Crazy! And I LOVEEE how you end each note with "What am I waiting on?" What are we waiting on?

    My TTT: http://poemsbyayoungartist.blogspot.com/2016/08/top-ten-tuesday-14-books-still-in-my.html?m=1

  12. Oh my gosh, I'm the same way. I have so many books sitting around that I want to read but just haven't gotten to! Between ARCs and library finds, the books I've bought just keep on sitting there. One day. :) Here's my TTT list this week.

  13. I read Beloved in high school but I remember nothing about it. It's one I should definitely go back and reread. I've seen A View of the Harbor around as well but have never taken the time to learn anything about it. I should fix that. Great list!

  14. Beloved is one of my favorite by Morrison! Happy reading.

  15. Nice list of books!!

    Here's a link to my TTT post this week:http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2016/08/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-that-have.html

  16. That's funny!!

    I am the same way, though, and I do the same with my clothes. :)

    ENJOY your day, and thanks for the terrific post.


  17. This is a great post Debbie. It made me think about all the ones I have awaiting me as well. I don't know what I'm waiting on either, but you are right-there is that something that just will not allow you to part with them.

  18. I'm going to force myself to make this list -- and refer to it occasionally!

    Recently I was packing up some no longer wanted books to donate to the library sale and found myself putting some back because, "I'll read them someday". Yeah, sure I will! The Eight was one of the books I put back.


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