Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature from That Artsy Reader Girl where once a week she and other bloggers pick out 10 books under a specific category and write a post listing those ten! This week it comes down to the (shameful, on my end, perhaps?) ten books that have been sitting on my TBR list for the longest. This goes back to 2012 for me when I first got a Goodreads account and strangely enough isn’t just a mess of classics like I thought it would be.
The first book on the list is Love the One You’re With by Emily Griffin, making its way onto my TBR in June of 2012. This came from a time when I had found Griffin due to the fact that her book, Something Borrowed, had been turned into a movie and I’d enjoyed it quite a lot. Admittedly, Griffin isn’t the sort of author I typically mesh well with and after reading the book that the movie was based on, I quickly added a few of her books to my list which is why the second book, also added to my TBR in June of 2012 is Griffin’s Heart of the Matter. Of course, I added these books and never once even considered picking them up. Why? Well, I just don’t care for the genre. Ironically, I don’t have the heart to remove them from my list. One day I know I’ll get it over with and read both of these books just to avoid simply taking them off my shelves. When that day will be, I haven’t the faintest idea.
Next up on my list of books to shame me over never reading is Lord of the Flies by William Golding. I could make a ton of excuses for why I haven’t read this book yet, but at the end of the day it’s merely because I haven’t felt like it. This book was added mainly so that I could check more books off those silly (but fun!) book checks where you try and account for the list of 100 books that you should have read by now (for some reason) and get yourself up to a respectable percentage. Of course, adding books for that purpose hasn’t really seemed to motivate me all that much since it’s been on my TBR since June of 2012, but one day I’ll get to it. Hopefully?
Fourth on my list is…The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. I think, of all the books on this list, this one is the book I’m most sad not to have read. The problem is that I read The Hobbit a few years ago in my own attempt to pick up and read all of these books in order and I just found it so annoying. The problem with Tolkien’s books isn’t that they’re bad or boring or anything like that. The problem is that The Hobbit, at least, read like a summary. It was very much a tell rather than a show type of book and I’ve always hated that. I might as well just have a huge Tolkien fan give me a play by play of the entire series because at least then the excessive summary is acceptable. Now, don’t get me wrong. Tolkien is a masterful world builder and storyteller. He created some of the most amazing characters and places in the entirety of fiction. And he deserves an enormous amount of credit for that. But damn is it difficult to get past how much he tells readers instead of showing them.
I probably should have read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo a very long time ago. But I didn’t. At the time I was just annoyed about the hype it was getting. Now, this book was popular back when I was in high school and I had a friend who just frustrated me to no end about how much he loved the book. And so, naturally, I avoided it at all costs. It’s kind of silly when I think about it because so often we talk about not following the crowd and how just bloody annoying it is when a book is surrounded by so many people raving about it. I’m proud to say that I’ve gotten past such things. I don’t care if the book is extremely hyped. If it sounds good, I’ll read it, if not then whether I read it depends merely on how curious I am about why everyone else seems to love it so much. I was young when this book was popular and just haven’t gotten to it as a result.
Next up is The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Ironically, I’ve seen the movie for this one. I think I might have picked the book up and started it around that same time with the intention of comparing the two, but somewhere in there I managed to either not finish the book or forget to add it to my read list. I’m really not sure, which leaves me in the position of letting it stay on my TBR list until I have a chance to sit down with the book again. I have a feeling that I probably started and forgot to finish it, which potentially happened because at the time I did this I was moving around a lot for college. Either way, the movie was good (even if I’m not a huge fan of the actress who played the main character) and I’m definitely interested in reading this book at some point in the future.
I’m laughing a bit at this next one, mainly because I didn’t realize it had been on my TBR for this long. If I Stay by Gayle Forman got so much hype that I randomly just added it to my TBR out of curiosity. I wasn’t particularly intrigued by the premise since I’ve already read books that have similar plot points, many which didn’t turn out so well as far as I’m concerned. I just never actually cared enough about this book to go out of my way to get myself a copy. And resultingly, it’s sat there for a long while. I’ll pick it up someday, I’m sure, but until then it’s gonna hang out on my TBR and chill.
Next up is Before I Die by Jenny Downham. I’ll be honest here. I have no idea what this book is about, why I added it, what I heard about it, or anything. It sounds like something very similar to If I Stay and I think perhaps it found its way onto my TBR list via a Goodreads recommendation. I remember nothing about this book at all. I don’t recognize the cover or the author. So, I think it’s safe to say that it’s on my TBR right now and not read because I forgot about it. Oops. 😋
This next one is actually a book I’m reading for the Popsugar Reading Challenge! It’ll feel so nice to have this one off my TBR soon. I had no idea that it had been on for so long. Enter Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally which is basically a book that caters to my inner teenager and sounded interestingly like a book I really enjoyed when I was twelve. Granted, it’s likely been on my TBR for such a long time because I’ve sort of grown out of these books a little bit in recent years and I feel it might be marketed to a much younger audience than me (it just sounds so cheesy!), but even so, all books are worth giving a chance. I’m excited about this one!
And finally we have The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards, which I believe I bought at a Marden’s for a dollar when I was in high school. This has been sitting on my TBR and my actual bookshelf since June of 2012. I think it’s about time that I read it. I do recall having picked it up once some time ago and trying to read it, but either moving or other books simply distracted me from it and I can’t even remember what it was about now. It’s kind of embarrassing how many books sit on my physical bookshelves that I haven’t read on account of the fact that I’d rather read other books. This is what happens when you live near stores like Marden’s where you can spend thirty dollars and come out with thirty-five books. The end up on your shelf, unread, for years. Shame.
I’ve read a lot of your guys’ Top Ten Tuesdays this morning and I gotta say I’ll probably be adding more books to my TBR soon because of them, lol. Happy reading, everyone!