This is my first Top Ten Tuesday in several years, but I saw this weeks topic and figured now is as good a time as any to lay on the shame! This week, we’re talking about books that we were SO excited to get and still haven’t read.
I did a little shelf-browsing in preparation for this post and picked out some of the books I was super happy to acquire. A couple of them I’d even started reading or was going to when I purchased them, but for some reason did not actually pick them up. I can tell, because when I buy a book that I intend to read right away I put a bookmark in it so I’m ‘Ready. To. Go.’ Apparently, even if I’m not ready to go.
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. This is literally my number one shame. I got this book the summer before I started eighth grade because it was on the reading list and I was going to read a classic y’all. I remember my mom asking me, “Sense and Sensibility, really?” I HAD to have it. Well, I’m not going to say how many years I’ve had this book, but I do have the exact copy I got that summer, and no, I have not read it yet.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I don’t know exactly how long I’ve had this book, but I did scan it in to Goodreads back in 2009 when I joined. I even started reading this at one point (and got about halfway through – WHAT?!), but I never finished despite enjoying the story. Maybe this is the year I’ll pick this one back up.
- Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. A few years ago this book was everywhere for its 90s nostalgia. That’s actually the reason I got it, I am a product of the 90s and I love to remember the feelings of being a 90s kid.
- The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks. This is the second book in the Lightbringer series and book one… Oh man that book ended and it took your insides with it. I’ve had this one since 2016 according to Goodreads and I’m sad to say that I have not yet picked this up, but at least I have a reason to reread book 1 before I dig in… as if I needed a reason!
- The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead. This one is probably the saddest because it’s not a super long book. I’d probably read it in one or two sittings AND it’s the last book of a six book series. I want to know how it ends. I want the closure. I’ve had it since it was released, literally. I think I pre-ordered it. What is wrong with me, lol.
- The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. This is going to be a cautionary tale for the bookworms. I bought the ebook for this book when it first came out. I read the first 50ish or so ebook pages and decided I wanted a physical copy because I was struggling to read it on my e-reader (or phone more like). Just last night (actually a couple of nights ago by the time this is up) I was doing some light book buying therapy and I came across a copy of this on Thriftbooks and I bought a copy of this book so I could finally read the damn thing. Only to find a physical copy on my shelf tonight. Moving on!
- The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. I haven’t had this book as long as some of the others, but someone recommended the Pern books a while back and I was pumped to find this bind up because my local used bookstore never seemed to have these.
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. 100% I bought this when BookTube was hyping it up when it came out. I was, and am, so intrigued by the synopsis, but have not read it yet. The second book has been out for a couple years now, so it’s as good a time as any!
- Swallow by Mary Capello. I stumbled across this gem in my favorite used book store in 2014 and as soon as I read the synopsis it went into my buy bag. This is a non-fiction that looks at the history of humans swallowing or inhaling non-edible items. Why do they do it? What drove one doctor to catalogue all of the items he extracted from his patients? I don’t quite know why even now I’m so pumped to someday read this book, but it just seems SO interesting. After all, how often do we have to tell kids… ‘don’t put that in your mouth.’
- Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett. I’ve had this one since 2019. I even picked it up and read the first 50 pages right away and was super into in what was happening and the magic in it. Unfortunately I haven’t gone back since. The last book is due out this summer though…. so maybe!
The trouble with being a bookworm is there are so many books and so little time. Anyways, what are some of the books you were excited to get, but haven’t read? Have you read any of these?
Until next time, Happy Reading!
I’ve read ‘Sense & Sensibility’ (didn’t like it very much) and Jane Eyre which I remember as being a good, if rather slow, read. I’ve read *some* McCaffrey but I’m not sure if I’ve read ‘Dragon Riders’. I don’t know any of the others – SO many books out there, right?
BTW – I was checking out your 1001/1292 Book List last night. I do love things like that. Going through it I clocked around 82 books on it I’ve read (a few more yet to be confirmed) and I was quite impressed – until I realised that’s around 6%..! It has given me some ideas for future reading/rescheduling though…
It’s funny, I LOVE Pride & Prejudice, yet I’ve never read any of Austen’s other books. I too remember Jane Eyre being slow on the build up, but I was really enjoying it when I picked it up. And yes, there are too many books for the amount of reading time I have. A bookworms number 1 complaint, but also the thing that makes us so happy, lol.
That book list is probably due for an update too! I haven’t looked at it yet, but I’ll probably do some work on that this weekend since you mention it. Gotta love a book list!
I had a lovely old copy of P&P (printed just after WW2 under strict austerity conditions on super thin paper) which I read years and years after picking it up. I remember reading it @ work and one of the guys looking at me strangely asking “What are you reading *now*?’ I explained in was a Jane Austen and he said “Why are you laughing?” so I explained that it was REALLY funny! Plus it helped that I’ve been in love with Lizzie Bennet since I saw the 1995 BBC adaptation with Jennifer Ehle playing Elizabeth. My plan is to read all 6 of her books – 2 more to go.
Yup, can’t beat a good book list – especially such a LONG one!
Oooh, I bet that copy was beautiful! I actually started buying a copy of P&P every time I travel somewhere new since I always find bookstores when I travel so I have a few copies now from different countries. But that copy you had…
Lizzie Bennet is the best. She’s so feisty and intelligent, what’s not to love?
Kiera Knightley is my favorite Lizzie, probably because it’s the first adaptation that I saw and I really liked it, but Jennifer Ehle was great too!
Confession: I prefer watching, or at least listening, to Jane Austen. I’m pretty sure I have at least 3 Rainbow Rowell’s on my kindle, bought on sale, unread. She was at Books by the Banks here in Cincinnati several years ago and seeing the huge lines to meet her I figured I needed to read to see what the fuss was about. It later occurred to me that most in line were my kids’ age, but I’m still determined to read something by her.
I can totally understand that. I certainly haven’t watched every Austen adaptation, but I can’t recall having watched a bad one. I’ve never listened to any of her books on audio, but now that I’m thinking about it, it’s probably a good idea to try it out!
I remember book bloggers and booktubers going crazy over Rainbow Rowell a few years ago. And not just any one group of people, everyone that was reading her books seemed to love them. I really hope it lives up to the hype for both of us!
Agree on Rainbow Rowell!
Jane Eyre is wonderful. There are some fabulous film adaptations of it, too, if you prefer that route. 🙂
My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-was-so-excited-to-get-but-still-havent-read/
I’ve been trying to hold out until I read the book. That said, I do have a couple adaptions on my watch list once I do finally finish this one. 🙂
Did you see the one that came out a few years ago? I remember being quite intrigued by the trailer.
I’m reading Sense and Sensibility now, and Attachments is one of my favorite books!
Always good to hear! 🙂
I love JANE EYRE and I think I remember enjoying SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, although it’s been a hot minute since I read it. I also liked ATTACHMENTS when I read it. You have some fun reading ahead of you. I hope you get to these someday!
Sadly the only one of these I’ve read is Strange The Dreamer, which I really didn’t like, I hope you enjoy it much more than I did.
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2022/05/17/top-ten-tuesday-368/