Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Top Ten (or Six) Tuesday: Books That Have Been on My Shelf for Far Too Long

Top Ten Tuesday is weekly book blog meme hosted by the lovely girls over at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic is books that have been on your shelf (your real, virtual, etc. TBR) from before you started blogging that still haven't been read. I'm surprisingly having a difficult time coming up with a full ten (even though I know that there are far more than that), so here are my top six!

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)
This has been on my shelf for ages, but since I'm not normally a huge hard sci-fi fan, it always gets pushed back. One day...

The Pelican Fables
Pretty sure this one is still on my TBR simple because I forgot about it. There are a lot of intriguing things about this book, but what initially caught my eye was the fact that the setting is a boarding school. What can I say, I'm a sucker for boarding school books. Time to make a library trip!
(Edit: I just checked my local library and a bookstore near me and neither of them have it, so perhaps that's why I never got around to reading it.)

In the Night Garden (The Orphan's Tales, #1)
I love Catherynne Valente! So why haven't I read this book? Your guess is as good as mine.

The Map of Time (TrilogĂ­a Victoriana, #1)
This book has so much promise and seems so exciting that I honestly have no justification for why I haven't read it yet. From Goodreads"Characters real and imaginary come vividly to life in this whimsical triple play of intertwined plots, in which a skeptical H. G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence." This could either be really good or really bad, but I'm betting on the former. 

Okay, so I remember thinking the concept of this book sounded really great, and at the time I knew Lev Grossman from his writing at Time magazine (and eventually The Magicians books) and thought I wanted to give him a shot. It has a pretty low overall rating on Goodreads, and I haven't overly enjoyed many of his other books, so... this might stay on my TBR for a while. Sorry, Codex!

War and Peace
Look, I know it's probably a cliche to have a book like War and Peace on here, but it's true. I've been putting it off and telling myself I'll read it when I 'finally have the time,' but let's face it: when do we ever have enough to sit and read a book like this? Never, so just dive in!

What books have been sitting on your shelf (virtual or real) for far too long?


  1. I really want to conquer War and Peace one of these days too! I've read Tolstoy's Anna Karenina and absolutely loved it! Happy reading! :D

  2. Hyperion is EXCELLENT, but I'm not a fan of the Endymion half of the quartet.

    I have an old, old review of Codex somewhere ... Amazon? I remember that I thought it was kinda gross and boring. :/

  3. I listened to Hyperion on audiobook, which enabled me to enjoy it while doing something else. (Although, I don't think I've read all three books.) Didn't care for the magicians. War and peace? Maybe when I'm retired? . . .

  4. I actually read about half of War and Peace and loved it, and then someone accidentally told me an upsetting spoiler and I've been unable to continue with it ever since. I hope someday I pick it up again, but it's definitely a daunting read! Great list ^_^

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles