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Today’s topic is: Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read

Okay, I’m doing this one from memory. Nearly all of my books are still in storage from my move earlier this summer. We’re scheduled to pick them up this Thursday, so I’ll be spending next weekend unpacking and organizing my shelves (woot!). I have a lot of books that I haven’t yet read… Some of them have been there for a loooong time. Some of them are still fairly new.

In no particular order, here are ten books I’ve been meaning to read and actually have (either in print format or on my ereader) but just haven’t quite gotten to:

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

I saw this book in a bookstore and thought it looked incredibly neat. I own it in paperback and on my Kobo and have had it for at least four years. I still haven’t read it.

The Family Fang by Kevin WilsonGreat Expectations by Charles Dickens

A classic! The classic of classics! I bought a used copy of this when I was in university and meant to read it…

The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

The Goodreads description sounds hilarious. I don’t remember buying this one…it’s on my Kobo and has been staring at me for who knows how long.

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

I’ve heard many people say they love Jodi Picoult books. So I picked one up on a sale. It looks like a pretty serious read. It’s definitely one that I have to be in the right mood for.

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Another classic I picked up for free on my Kobo. If you can’t tell, I went through a it of a classics phase shortly after I graduated college. I have a lot of classics on my shelf and I became very weary of them. Hopefully, one day, I’ll go back and read them.

A Single Thread by Marie BostwickA Single Thread by Marie Bostwick

I don’t remember buying this book. I don’t. But I have it. And now that I’ve read the description again, I really want to read it. It looks like a fun read with a cast of pretty different women. It reminds me of The Jane Austen Book Club.

A Walk Across the Sun by Corban Addison

Another book I do not remember buying. Do you have this problem too? I think I picked this one up when I was researching human trafficking. It looks like an intense and important story. It’s moving up the TBR.

1984 by George Orwell

I did start this one. A few years ago. It’s classic sci-fi. It’s referenced all the time. It has an amazing first line. I got bored and moved on. But I do plan on going back to it. I do!

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. RowllingA Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar

I bought this one for a dollar at a charity book sale years ago. I had no desire to see the movie but I’ve heard it’s an incredible story. But, again, it’s fairly serious and I tend to read to escape (and for the feel-good happy ending).

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

This was the first book my husband bought me after we started dating. It was a Valentine’s Day present. And I started it…and hated it. I was in the middle of reading Harry Potter for the first time and the completely different direction and style of this book from the HP books hit me the wrong way. I hope to go back to it and try again now that I’m older and less entrenched in HP. But, we’ll see.


Have you read any of these books? Should I move them up on my TBR?

What books have been on your shelf for a long time?



  1. Haha, I only read Great Expectations because it was a school read. I had A Tale of Two Cities on my TBR list for the longest time, on the same principle – used to drag a second-hand copy along when we went camping, etc, thinking “This time I’ll read it!” and then of course never did. What finally got me through it was actually getting it on audiobook (library or Librivox, can’t remember) and listening to it while doing boring household chores.
    Cracked open Casual Vacancy when it first came out, decided I didn’t like it (which is okay), so never read it.

  2. Oh those Classics… I haven’t read a lot of classics either. It’s hard when Chapters has them on sale for $3 (psst – have you seen their new classics that are 3 for $10! They’re beautiful and soft too!) and so you pick up a dozen and then never get around to them.
    Or you start them and realize you despise that writing style and dislike the book entirely and then you feel guilty because AREN’T YOU SUPPOSED TO LIKE CLASSICS?!
    I have the magical appearing book problem as well. I hear it’s one of the first signs to admitting you have a problem, when you can finally stop this mysterious phenomenon, but I like having new books and couldn’t care less where they came from or if I stole them so problem? Me? NOPE!

  3. I haven’t read any of these but many of them are on my two read list! 🙂 Just like you, I had heard so much rave about Jodi Picoult that I picked up one her books at a sale. It wasn’t a winner, and I later learned it known not to be among her best so I am definitively giving her another chance:)

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