Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originated by The Broke and the Bookish now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the theme is: This week the theme is: Books which have the longest shelf-life on my TBR
You know what I learned doing this TTT? I learned that I created my Goodreads account on April 22nd, 2012. Which, honestly, is much later in life that I thought I had created it. I feel like Goodreads has been around since the beginning of my use of the internet. But, the date makes sense. It’s after I moved to Madison and started reading heavily again. So, I’m not surprised with the date, it just feels like life could not have existed without Goodreads.
Due to this, and due to my horrible memory for details, the list you see below is a list of books I added on April 22nd, 2012. No, these are not necessarily the oldest books on my To Read list. But they are the most easily accessible list of amazing books I could come up with.
Now, without further ado…
All titles below are links to the book’s Goodreads page.
Top 10 Books which have the Longest Shelf-Life on my TBR
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Why haven’t I read it yet? I read The Diviners a few years ago for book club and I didn’t enjoy the experience at all. I am not quite yet willing to jump back into a world written by Libba Brey. Particularly another one which sounds just as dark…
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
Why haven’t I read it yet? That’s a really good question. I actually didn’t hear about this book until I was an adult. I also only realized TODAY that while this is listed as a series, it’s really just a duology and I’ve been afraid of digging into a huge fantasy series accidentally. Hm. Maybe I should read this sooner rather than later?
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
Why haven’t I read it yet? I am intimidated by tomes. 639 pages is a LOT of text. I do love Arthurian legends, however. Maybe it would be easier to digest if I read each book individually instead of all smashed into a single tome? After all Book One, The Sword in the Stone is what the amazing Disney film is based upon.
Blankets by Craig Thompson
Why haven’t I read it yet? Tome-size. Seriously. I’ve checked this out from the library twice and never managed to even pick it up. Which is silly, because it’s a 592-page graphic novel set in Wisconsin! I really should read this based on the setting alone.
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Why haven’t I read it yet? Until recently, Bradbury’s works intimidated me. I didn’t think I would *get it*. I only read a Bradbury book for the first time last year. Fahrenheit 451 broke me of the fear that I just “wouldn’t get it”. And now I am less afraid to pick up this classic. Bring it on.
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Why haven’t I read it yet? I DON’T KNOW! This is more or less everything I am looking for in a book. Award winning from MANY prestigious awards, short stories, character study, science fiction– Why haven’t I picked this book up yet?!
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
Why haven’t I read it yet? I loved this film as a child. However, many of my friends have incredibly mixed reviews of this book. Sometimes they love it, sometimes they hate it, sometimes they only hate the ending. I don’t want to read this and dislike it; I don’t want to take off my rose-colored glasses!
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Why haven’t I read it yet? It’s an author debut and was turned into a major motion picture. It should be amazing! But so many people I trust have totally disliked this novel. They couldn’t get past the unengaging prose, most of them. I feel like The Time Traveler’s Wife deserves for me to try this, but I’m not ready to take the plunge yet.
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
Why haven’t I read it yet? This is one of those books I know I’ll absolutely adore. I’m saving it for a rainy day. For a day when I really need to read something fun and fluffy and filled with joy. And you know what? That day might be here sooner than I think…
Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis
Why haven’t I read it yet? I own a copy of this book, for one. When I have a physical copy sitting in my house I am less likely to read it as I know it’s not due back to the library anytime soon. Seriously! Plus, non-fiction. I have to be in the right mood for non-fiction, even if it is about the establishment of such an institution as Sesame Street.
As I was typing out this list, I remember exactly where I was when I created this list. I was at my friend Katherine’s apartment. She was getting a masters in library science and I was asking for book recommendations. I was writing things on my phone and Katherine scoffed and introduced me to Goodreads. Thank goodness! I think 90% of these came from her on that day (Street Gang came from my amazing little brother). And I know I’ve read a TON of books based on her recommendations already.
Gosh, I miss her. Thank you, Katherine, for an amazing list of books.
What do you think?
- Did you participate in Top Ten Tuesday? Share your links below!
- Which books from this list have you read? What are your favorites? Which should I read immedately?
- Which books should I remove entirely from my list above? Why?