Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My TBR Since the Dawn of Time

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.

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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My TBR Since the Dawn of Time

  1. APPARENTLY THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE BY NEIL GAIMAN IS THE BEST BOOK OUT THERE AND ITS MAGICAL AND MESSED UP AND I NEED IT MY LIFE AHHH. okay!! but i still haven’t read the LOTR or The fault in our stars or twighlight. i read the first book in cinder and never continued OOPS!

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    1. I’ve heard great things about Gaiman too. I feel like his books didn’t live up to the hype yet, but I’ve only read a couple, so what do I know? 😂
      You should definitely read The Lord of the Rings. Well, you know me. I push it on everyone. However, I don’t think I will be a John Green fangirl, so I’m avoiding his books though they seem to take over the world from time to time. Twilight isn’t worth your time, don’t worry about giving that a miss. BTW, did you like Cinder at all?

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  2. Back when i was 16-17, I went on a Poirot binge. It was totally entertaining, but got pretty overwhelming after like 7 or 8 books. They are quite the same, even if the story is different. Worth the read, all of them, but maybe not a binge, hehe.

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    1. Yeah, I’m not going to binge that. I feel like binge-ing stories by authors of yore is never a good idea? At least I think so. It might be the heavy kind of writing style that does it for me I guess. Thanks for the tip though! 🙂


  3. Lately I have had thoughts of trying to read all the Hercule Poirot books. I’ve only read one, oops! You should absolutely give The Chaos Walking trilogy a chance. It’s gonna blow your mind. Come to think of it, I wouldn’t mind rereading it right now… 😀

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    1. Haha, I’ve been recommended that by a lot of people, actually, but yet I keep postponing it somehow? Maybe I’ve lost my good sense? Let me just go chase it down. 😂
      We all need more Hercule Poirot in our lives. There are some 30+ books in all, most of them really short. The trouble is finding them all though. 🙈

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      1. I did see a new edition of Agatha Christie books on the bookstore that’s gorgeous… maybe they’ve redesigned the entire series? I’m not sure but that’ll be fun to collect! 😀

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  4. YES TO ALL THE GAIMAN AND LE GUIN BOOKS. 😀 XD I mean, I’m well aware that I’ve talked about UKLG’s books a lot at the blog, but it’s for good reason. In fact, I’m writing another post that focuses solely on how her work has impacted me… because… well, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but she passed away a few weeks ago. *sniffle*

    And with Gaiman, sometimes it’s a matter of starting with the right book for you, then branching out to some of his stranger works. If I had begun with American Gods, he probably would’ve scared me away. *lol* My first one was The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and I’m very glad it was, but Neverwhere, Stardust, or Coraline might also be good starting points.

    What books have been in my TBR for a long, long time? Let’s see…

    – Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
    – Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
    – Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
    – Eat Pray Love by Melissa Gilbert
    – Eona by Alison Goodman
    – The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
    – Several writing craft books

    I was going to share reasons for each of these… but now that I’ve realized how long my list is, maybe I should make my own post on this topic. 🙂

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    1. Eagerly waiting for both your UKLG post and the one about the books on your TBR that have survived the longest and why! 🙂
      I did hear about her passing away, which made me very sad because she is a legend and the publishing industry is poorer for this loss. 😥 It has made my resolve to get to her books even stronger though.
      I will definitely read all of Gaiman’s books because I trust him as an author. I know that I’ll enjoy a few more than the others, but they’re all still worth the read! 🙂

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      1. I think the UKLG post is my last planned post for February, since I have DIY MFA and Writers Helping Writers articles to promote the next two weeks. 😉 And yes, it’s sad to have lost her now at a time when the world needs her voice most. But she had an incredible career, and anyone who’s yet to read her books (or is in the middle of catching up on them) will have quite the back catalog to choose from.

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