It’s Top Ten Tuesday again which is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week is all about the “Top Ten Books I HAD to Buy…But Are Still Sitting on My Shelf Unread”.  This is a great top ten list to partake in.  It’s an excuse to go sit and look longingly at your books for a while and make some “re-discoveries”. Now, if only I had ten instead of about 300, there would be sooo much more space in my tiny house, but alas, I am a (thriftstore) book buying addict. Without further ado I give you the top ten books on my bookshelves, still not read:

12851538Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Ok, this one has only been sitting on my shelf for about three weeks so I don’t feel that bad quite yet.  But I really, really, REALLY do want to read it. A teen fiction WWII novel about girl British spies! (And yes, I’ll admit I had forgotten that I bought this until working on this post :S )

11736986A Tale of Time City by Dianna Wynne Jones I bought this one with a Barnes and Noble gift card for my birthday…last year. I will get to it though, I promise! The first two words on the back of the book are; “London,1939,” that grabbed my attention right away and then it goes on to tell how the main character gets sucked out of the war-ridden time (do I sense a theme?) to “Time City”.  I love Diana Wynne Jones and this has time travel…and 1939 London.

178805Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Gah, I bought this after one of my college professors said it was a book “everyone needs to read” and I’m ashamed to say that was 3 years ago now (ugh, can’t believe I’ve been out of undergrad that long).  It has been deemed a classic, not quite sure about the plot line, but I’ve hear good things!

296302The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares

So, this one was purchased back in 2007 when it first came out, because I was in LOVE with the Traveling Pants series throughout high school. Then college started…and well here we are 6 years later! Brashares is an amazing writer though, so I’m glad I’ve re-discovered it!

13496A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Well I wanted to read this before I started watching the TV series which is why I purchased the book in the first place, but I don’t think that will be happening as I’m watching it  It’s just so BIG! I do want to tackle it someday though…maybe…if I like the TV show….

207684Jinx by Meg Cabot

I do remember having to buy this, I do, but then must have forgotten about the reading it part.  Meg’s amazing, as I’ve already shared in a previous post, and this one has a supernatural element so I’m super duper excited about it!

12122542The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay

I absolutely LOVE Sarah’s Key, so when this came out I went and bought it without even bothering to see what it was about. Reading the jacket flap now, it looks intriguing, about a woman trying to protect her house in Paris, France in the 1860’s.

40440The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

The cover of this one drew me in and I had heard good things about it before so it was one of the impulse decisions where you just have to have it.  I’ve seen good reviews on bookclub sites and the plot, a woman who writes 12 different stories about her life with the 13th revealing the truth, sounds pretty awesome.

6553352Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn

This book also has a cool cover, and has “dragons” in the title.  It had been taunting me on the library shelves for weeks, so when I saw it at a thrift shop I ran over and snatched it up quick (even though no one else was really competing with me for it). This should be a very exciting read when I get around to it; dragons, myths, fantasy, and oh yeah did I mention dragons??

2728527The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

After reading all of the great reviews about this book I simply had to have it, and yes it is another WWII novel. The title just makes this book sound super boring. Even though I know it will probably be a wonderful story, it just never makes it to the top of my TBR list…

What are some of the books sitting on your shelf you just HAD to have, but haven’t actually gotten around to reading yet?

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16 Responses so far.

  1. I am a book buying addict to. Alas the world is full of us. Which isn’t that bad. Except for the fact that I feel like I am drowning under an avalanche of never ending books.

    • Steph says:

      If I was smart though, I would just write titles down and get them at the library, since ya know I work at one, but there’s just something about owning books that’s so amazing…and addicting…

      • And it makes you feel sooo much better. AND authors really need the support. And it’s something that can get passed along.(there are so many justifications that it is really hard to argue with it don’t you think)

  2. I have a few of these on my shelf of shame, too. At least you bought yours at thrift stores. I’m always blinded by the shiny new books, so I get a double dose of guilt today 🙂

    • Steph says:

      I try to not even go into REAL bookstores unless I have a gift card. Otherwise it always ends badly because they’re soo pretty!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Code Name Verity, The Guernsey Literary… and The Thirteenth Tale are all great:) Not a huge fan of Jinx, although I like Meg Cabot’s books in general.

  4. socalmbutnot says:

    I read Jinx awhile ago and I don’t remember much (need to re-read it) but I do remember that I liked it a lot!

  5. Code Name Verity topped my list of beloved books of last year. I hope that once you get around to it that you love it as much as I did.

  6. sara says:

    The Guernsey sat on my shelf for three years. I am so glad that I finally got to it. It was a fabulous story. I loved it. A little slow to start, but very endearing!

  7. rqpanda says:

    Guernsey was one of the few book club reads that everyone in our group enjoyed! If you get a chance to read it, do! The format is unique too. I have the Thirteenth Tale on my to-read-bookshelf too!

    • Steph says:

      Really? That is good to know! It’s rare that everyone in a book club will like the selection! I will have to get past the title and just READ it 🙂

  8. jennpower says:

    Hard Times and David Copperfield, both by Charles Dickens. Just haven’t had time. I have read the Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society, it’s written in a form of letters- I was at my grandmother’s cottage and NEEDED something to read- It was a good summer read. I recommend it if you like historical fiction.

    • Steph says:

      I LOVE Hard Times! so I hope you get to read it soon! Haven’t gotten around to David Copperfield yet even though I’ve heard great things (it’s so intimidating because of it’s size!). I’m very excited to read the Potato Peel Pie Society now though because of all these great comments 🙂