Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Bought But STILL Haven’t Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They love making lists (and I love making lists!) so each week they post a new topic for all of us to make lists about! Isn’t that so super fun?! This week’s theme is…

Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy…But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

OH MAN. I am so bad about doing this. Or at least, I used to be. I’ve started to try to make my way through them. I’ve actually re-sold a bunch of the ones I realized I was never going to read. :( Let’s see if I can make it to ten, though.

Dark Companion, by Marta Acosta1. Dark Companion by Marta Acosta
I went to a book signing with Marta Acosta and two other authors and I just *had* to have this book! While we were sitting, waiting for the event to start, I read the prologue and it was absolutely fantastic. I was so excited to read more. Then, during the event, the author did a reading, randomly, from the first chapter, and I was really put off. Her reading was stilted and aimless, and the first chapter didn’t have any of the beauty and mystery that the prologue had. Ever since, I’ve been procrastinating at reading it. :(

2. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
I’ve seen so many rave reviews of this book that I knew I wanted it. I entered a couple of giveaways and OMG I actually won one of them! MONTHS ago! My sister has even borrowed it, read it, and returned it to me in that time, and I still just haven’t gotten to it yet. I think my problem is that I really need to be in the mood for contemporary, and the mood strikes rarely and randomly. One of these days…

3. The Black Shore by Greg Cox
I am a huge Star Trek Voyager geek, so every time I see one of these books in Half-Price Books, I just have to buy it. So I bought this one, like, months ago, and still haven’t gotten around to reading it! There’s just too many YA books I’d rather read instead, I guess.

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta4. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Another book that I’ve seen all over the place and Goodreads keeps trying to recommend to me at every turn. I finally bought it, because I feel like I need to read it already. But now I have so many books lined up, it’s still going to be a while before I can get to this one. Sigh.

5. Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver
If you’ve read my blog before, chances are high that you know how much anxiety this series has caused me. I need to know how this ends, but I’m also terrified to know how this ends because I need it to end a certain way. AUGH! I bought it because I NEED TO KNOW, but now it’s still just sitting there waiting on me to get to it. There’s too many books, I tell you! Too many books.

6. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Trust me, I’ve been wanting to read this book for over a year now. Everytime I see/read/hear something about it, it makes me want to read it even more! The problem is that I have too many other books in my face, waiting to be read. So I finally bought this one as an incentive to actually getting around to reading it. Now I just have to, you know, find a spot in my reading schedule to put this one.

Gluten-Free Girl by Shauna James Ahern7. Gluten-Free Girl by Shauna James Ahern
I’ve got a pretty tenuous relationship with gluten, and over the years, the Gluten-Free Girl blog has been helpful for me. So as soon as this book came out, I bought it. In fact, I might have even pre-ordered it. And then I just could never convince myself to actually read it. So yes, it’s basically been sitting on my shelf, patiently waiting, for five and a half years now. What the heck.

8. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
Okay, I didn’t actually buy this one, but I borrowed it from an ex-boyfriend and kept it because I wanted to read it. I’ve actually started it a couple of times and really liked where it was going. So whyyyy have I not finished it yet? Who the heck knows, really. I mean, I just… no idea. Someday.

9. Latro in the Mist by Gene Wolfe
A couple of years ago, my husband and I basically became huge Gene Wolfe fans and started buying up a bunch of his books. This one sounded particularly interesting. He started it, but didn’t get very far, and I haven’t even pretended like I’m going to read it yet. There’s just way too many books.

10. Social Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
This book was recommended by a friend, and I love books like this, so I bought it on a whim one day. It was many months before I started reading it, and then it was slow going. Don’t get me wrong, every page was interesting, but the rate of reading it was so slow. I felt like I’d been reading forever and I was only on page 28. After a while I just gave up and decided I needed to read something else instead. Maybe one day I’ll get back to it. We’ll see.

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22 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Bought But STILL Haven’t Read

  1. I’ve heard really good things about Finnikin of the Rock and Lauren Oliver’s Delirum Series. I hope you enjoy both of them! Code Name Verity sounds like a great read as well! I hope you enjoy all of your books Kelley!

  2. Good for you for being honest with yourself and getting rid of books you know you aren’t going to read. I’m not that disciplined! Too bad, because my shelves are loaded with books I just had to buy, but STILL haven’t gotten to yet.

    • Well, a big part of it was that I just needed to clear some space! I only have one bookshelf in my apartment and it is overflowing. I now have stacks of books all over the place in addition to the bookshelf being overstuffed. So I figured it was time to cull the ones I wasn’t interested in anymore. But, as you can see, I still have plenty left unread. Doh!

  3. Pushing the Limits is also on my shelf (unread). I actually won a copy so I don’t feel quite so bad, but I never seem to be in the mood for high school love drama. lol I’m wondering if I’ll ever get around to it.
    I’ve never heard of Gluten-Free Girl (or her blog) but will definitely be checking it out. I frequent the Gluten-Free Goddess blog for some fantastic recipes, not sure if you’ve heard of her. :)
    My TTT!

    • Haha, looks like you and I are procrastinating about Pushing the Limits for the same reasons! And yes, I love Gluten-Free Goddess! I actually visited her blog much more frequently than Gluten-Free Girl. I think G-F Girl is just so much more commercial or “inspiring” or something and that’s why I’ve procrastinated. It’s weird, but when things are popular and everyone finds them *amazing* it just pushes me away sometimes. Hm.

  4. I *just* got Requiem in the mail yesterday, so I’m hoping I can read it soon! There are just too many awesome books coming out lately — it’s hard to catch up!

    • Yes, I know I’m going to love Code Name Verity, when I finally get to read it. I didn’t realize the whole Finnikin series wasn’t complete yet. Eek! I need to look into this more. Thanks for visiting! :)

  5. I haven’t read any of these books, so you’re one step ahead of me! At least you have some valid reasons for not reading them though. You either need to be in a certain mood, it didn’t engage you from the beginning, or the author put you off with her reading! I wish I had some valid excuses like that. Mine are just there… just because. :(

    • Hehehe… Well all the books there are just there, just because, for me? They’re sitting on my sister’s bookshelves. She’s the one who gets ALL the ARCs and buys books because she has to have them. So at least half the YA books I read come from her, lol.

  6. First off, your blog is way cute. FISH! : )
    Secondly, I FEEL THE EXACT SAME WAY ABOUT REQUIEM. I mean, I’ll be shattered if it doesn’t end how I want. But that’s life right? I dunno… Maybe I’ll just let it sit and live in ignorance of the ending. : )

    Also, Finnikin of the Rock is just amazing. You should really try to make time for that one (and the rest of the series), if you like fantasy.

    • Hahahaha, do you really think you could just sit on it and never know how Requiem ends, though? Augh, you know, I’ve heard that the ending is really ambiguous or something. Great. PERFECT. Aauuggghhh!

      Oh, I’ll definitely be reading Finnikin here shortly. Especially since I finally have it in my possession. Hopefully sometime this spring! :D

      (Also, glad you like the cute fish theme! I get so many compliments in it, I really feel like I should pay the designer royalties, lol!)

        • Yeah, I know, right? Might as well just make our OWN endings and forget the book, lol!

          (Did you notice if you click the little worm guy he takes you back to the top of the page? <3)

  7. Lots of great books on this list and a few would have made it to my list (but I didn’t participate this week!) I also am anxious about Requiem. I have Pushing the Limits and Finnikin of the rock, but haven’t read them either. Hope you can get to these soon :)

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