Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That I've Owned For Years and Still Haven't Read

Top Ten Tuesday is weekly book blog meme now hosted by Jana over at The Artsy Reader Girl!

This week's topic is: Books That I've Owned For Ages and Still Haven't Read
The original topic idea was 'Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read,' but I decided to tweak it a bit to books that I currently own and have had on a shelf for years (or in a stack, I don't have enough room for my books), but have let them languish there unread instead.

The Three Musketeers (The D'Artagnan Romances, #1)
The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas
I really liked The Count of Monte Cristo and I'd love to read this classic as well, I just haven't managed to pick it up. Maybe this year?
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

Books v. Cigarettes
Books v. Cigarettes by George Orwell
I'm honestly not the biggest fan of 1984, but I am interested in Orwell's writing and ideas, so I'd love to read more from him. This particular slim volume is a collection of essays that I just haven't gotten around to.
Excerpt from Synopsis:
"Beginning with a dilemma about whether he spends more money on reading or smoking, George Orwell's entertaining and uncompromising essays go on to explore everything from the perils of second-hand bookshops to the dubious profession of being a critic, from freedom of the press to what patriotism really means."
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

If I Die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me Home
If I Die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me Home by Tim O'Brien
The Things They Carried is one of my favorite books, yet I still haven't managed to pick this one up. I think I honestly just got a little fatigued from Vietnam books and couldn't bring myself to read another, as I'd been reading through a lot back when I first read The Things They Carried. They are some of the more depressing books out there and I have to be in the right mindset to jump into something so brutal and bleak--particularly if it's based off of something that actually happened..
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

Sackett's Land: The Sacketts (Sacketts, #1)
Sackett's Land by Louis L'Amour
I've never really read any westerns, and I'd like to. Also, my dad was a big Louis L'Amor fan (and he wasn't a big reader!), so I would like to read what I know he loved. I have the copy that he read and I want to read that one, but I definitely think the emotional aspect of reading a book that my dad read and is worn by his use is getting in the way. It's been sitting on my shelf since he died, so it's been a while. One day I will have the strength to finally pick it up--hopefully!
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

A Tale of Two Cities
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
I half-liked/half-disliked Great Expectations and I'd love to read more from Dickens. I've read A Christmas Carol and I also own a copy of David Copperfield, but I've heard good things about this one and it's been on my shelves the longest. I think my copy is actually my sister's old copy that she read in school when she was a freshman in high school... which was a long time ago...
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

The Map of Time (TrilogĂ­a Victoriana, #1)
The Map of Time by Felix Palma
I picked this one up at a local bookshop completely randomly one day many years ago. I'd never heard of it or the author; I just saw it, read the back, thought 'this looks good!' and took it home (remember those days?). It's also 613 pages and it's hard to commit to something completely unknown sometimes. It stills sounds awesome and I can't wait to read it. You know. One day.
Excerpt from synopsis:
"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."
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

King Rat (Asian Saga, #4)
King Rat by James Clevell
I've only heard good things about Clevell's work and I'd love to dive in to this one, but I haven't. I think it's partly because I'm somewhat intimidate and I also have a mass market copy which make it this awkwardly small, super thick, tiny-fonted book that I always hesitate to read.
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan EnglandThe Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century
A Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England/Medieval England by Ian Mortimer
I'm a total history nerd and I think these books by Ian Mortimer sound so fun! I think my aunt and uncle got them for me one Christmas and I've really been meaning to pick them up, but... you know how the story goes.
(Medieval England) Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository
(Elizabethan) Buy the book: AmazonBook Depository

Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
So I really want to read some Chuck Palahnik because he's sort of considered a 'modern classic' in his own right by some people, but the truth is: I'm scared. I'm not really a squeamish person, but I do have a case of emetophobia and I've heard his books can go weird directions and be a bit nasty, so... maybe one day I'll work up the courage, but that day has not yet come. I don't even know if this book would actually bother me, but hey, thanks anxiety.
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
I love Sarah Waters, but somehow this copy has just been sitting in my room for years now. I don't know why, I just haven't felt as inclined to grab it. I think The Paying Guests was just so good that I subconsciously don't want to read anything by her that isn't that good.
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

The Dark Hills Divide (The Land of Elyon, #1)
The Dark Hills Divide by Patrick Carman
Okay so this one is sort of a funny one for me. I got it when I was in like...5th grade? 4th grade? I'm not sure, but to this day I still think it looks so perfect and it totally fits the atmosphere that I like in books, but I've never read it. I've read the first page probably at least four times, but never got further because there was always something else calling me away. I even remember a girl in my class seeing me with it and telling me that she loved that book and it was so good, and yet there it sits on my shelf.......
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
This is considered one of the ultimate sci-fi series to read and I've had this for what feels like ages, but I just haven't read it yet.
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

What books have you owned for a long time, but still haven't read? Do you recommend any of these books?

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  1. I had The Dark Hills Divide on my TBR forever, but every time I picked up, I never got through it. The Map of Time looks really good too!

    -Ash from Jennreneeread

    1. That seems to be my problem with it, too--haha. I know, I can't believe I haven't read The Map of Time yet!

  2. Wow some good stuff here. I think The Map of Time sounds kinda awesome, never heard of it, and The Time Traveller's Guide does too because history. And yes I'm a time travel fan lol.

    I've never read Three Musketeers either, although Monte cristo is on my list of huge classics I want to read someday! And Sackett's Land- there's something special about reading a book that a family member loved. I had one like that too from my uncle. Hope you love it when you read it!!

    1. The Map of Time is one I've still never seen mentioned anywhere else, so I guess it's a bit of a hidden one--it sounds great though and hopefully I'll actually read it soon!
      Glad you can understand about the family member thing also--it really adds something special to the book. And thank you!

  3. I enjoyed reading this blog post! I have never heard of many of these books. Some of them sound very interesting and might just get added to my TBR list! I especially found interest in the George Orwell essays!

    1. Oh wonderful, I hope you find some good ones! I'm really interested to read Orwell's essays, hopefully soon!