Today’s Top Ten Tuesday Topic:

Books that have been on your TBR for the longest that you still haven’t read

I add books to my TBR almost daily. I’m a booknerd. I love books. I talk about them. I read about them. I dream about them. It’s what I do.

For the last few years, I’ve been a pretty faithful user of Goodreads to track my TBR. I also have piles of books around my house (but I’m try really hard to clean those up — speaking of that, Danielle – do you want another bag of books for your Little Free Library?).

These are books that have languished on my Goodreads To-be-read list since I started updating it a few years ago:

1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 

I’ve watched the movies so many times. I’ve wanted to read the original for years, just to see what they developed those weird movies from. Perhaps I’ll finally get to this one this year. It’s fairly short and would be a good book to bump up my Goodreads Challenge.

2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

I’d heard of this book and recognized the author’s name when I came across a copy of A Thousand Splendid Suns which I finally read and loved. It is a powerful read. I still haven’t read the book that originally sparked my interest in Khaled Hosseini. Soon.

3. Room by Emma Donoghue

This book has been on my TBR since it was published in 2010. I was immediately intrigued by a story for adults told from the POV of a young child who loves his life and doesn’t realize that living your entire life in one room is strange. I have it on my Kobo and plan to read it on my upcoming vacation.

4. Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs

It might not seem like a really long time, but I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for over a year, after ogling it since the date it was announced. I don’t read a lot of non-fiction so this keeps getting bumped aside for novels. But one day — one day — I will read it.

5. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

I went through a classics phase in/after university. I bought this book nearly 10 years ago. It sounded strange and creepy. It’s still sitting on my shelf.

6. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Another classic purchased nearly 10 years ago that is still sitting on my shelf, unread.

7. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Are you seeing the theme here. I bought a lot of classics from used bookstores in the couple of years after I finished university. Most of them are still sitting unread in a stack on my shelf.

What books have been on your TBR for ages?

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was started by The Broke and the Bookish.  

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  1. Oh my gosh, I love all of these. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was one I read so much throughout my childhood. I loved Roald Dahl.

    I also love Dorian Gray and hope you do too. I’m ashamed to say I haven’t dived into any of Dickens’ works. I’ve read A Christmas Carol but have yet to take the plunge and tackle one of his novels.

  2. This is the fourth list I’ve seen with The Kite Runner on it. lol. Read it – it’s so good! I just read The Picture of Dorian Gray last year and it was really good. I just bought a copy of Oliver Twist, too. I’ve only read one Dickens but I really liked the writing so I hope I like it! I hope you get to some of these soon!

  3. Sam Maggs’s Wonder Women is great! Highly recommend checking it out! + I don’t read much non-fiction either, but Maggs’s writing-style makes it such a page turner! I love that book~

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