Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for February 6th, 2018 is: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read.
- All of the Nancy Drew books – This is actually a childhood goal, but I graduated high school before I could consume all the books in my school library. What a wasted opportunity!
- All of Hercule Poirot’s mysteries – This came much later, when my reading tastes had changed a tad. If I can complete all of the Sherlock Holmes ones, I figured I could do this too. Alas, I hold on to that dream even to this day.
- Ursula K. Le Guin’s works – This author has been recommended to me by a dear friend and fellow blogger, Sara. And not just once. I believe I planned to start her works in 2016 and yet I haven’t picked up even a single one. Well, readers are known for their commitments, aren’t they?
- The Collected Joe Abercrombie – I had started one of his standalones and then discontinued it for a reason I can’t seem to remember. That should give you an indication of how long it has been sitting stale on my TBR.
- The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness – Another blogging (and real life friend) of mine has not stopped raving about this series since the day she finished it. I actually betrayed her by already reading one of his other books before this. And I’m no closer to starting it now than I was when I first heard of it. Sorry, Jini!
- The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – This is one of those popular books I’d heard of even when I had stopped reading (yeah, those were the dark ages) but even after it being 3 years since I seriously started back up (50+ books a year kind of serious), I still haven’t started it. Sigh.
- Brandon Sanderson’s books besides the Mistborn series – This talented and extremely busy author has way too many books out that I should have started yesterday, but I know I probably won’t even get to one of them this year. I actually have a good reason for this one – have you looked at the page count on those monsters?
- Neil Gaiman’s works – I have read the odd couple or so, but haven’t hunted them down in earnest. And we’re talking about one of the most popular authors of our time here. I don’t have an explanation for this one.
- J. K. Rowling’s works besides Harry Potter – I’ve found the time to re-read Harry Potter but not give her other books a go. Of course this makes total sense.
- J. R. R. Tolkien’s complete works – I’ve read and re-read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and have talked about it so much that you all are probably tired of it. (It’s not a post by me if I don’t mention this, right?) He’s my favourite author in the entire universe and not likely to be replaced by anyone until the ending of the world. Even after making those dramatic statements, have I stepped out of the shadows of these four mighty books and explored the depths of Middle-Earth in earnest? You bet I haven’t! But recently I started The Silmarillion and I think this might finally lead me down the path I was meant to take several years ago.
That ended on a rather hopeful note, right? And what you should take away from this is that it is absolutely possible to conquer your TBR if you set your mind to it. Before you start poking holes into this statement, let me take your leave. But not before asking you to share what book(s) have been rotting on your TBR since forever. A beloved childhood classic? A book recommended to you by your kindergarten teacher? Most importantly, do you plan to get to it any time soon? Let me know in the comments section below.