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!