Let’s be honest, all of us love books, all of us read books, all of us buy books. The problem, we also hoard books, and think ‘Oooo that sounds good, I’ll read that one day’ and then promptly forget all about it 7 minutes later, lost on your TBR for all eternity. I gain books as fast as I read them, but I don’t often go back and read the books that I planned to long ago, that results in a large TBR, on which some books have sat for a decade (or longer!) So this week’s post comes at a good time really!
For all of you who don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is, or don’t know how to get involved, click here. The lovely folks at Broke and Bookish teamed together to create this awesome weekly prompt, which is now hosted by the wonderful Jana @ The Artsy Reader Girl. Quite simply, you list the top ten of the topic prompt.
I decided that one of the easiest ways to do this list would be to look on my Goodreads list and order by date added. I added a fair few books on 19th August 2014, the day I must have signed up to Goodreads, so I’ve chosen a selection of books I added on that day that I know were on my TBR list before too:
1. Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
If I am honest, the more I hear about Jane Eyre, the less I actually want to read it, but as it is a classic and considered to be a great book, I know I will probably get around the reading it one day.
2. Animal Farm George Orwell
I loved 1984, but have never actually read anything else by Orwell. I finally picked up a copy of this book last month in a sale and I am planning for this to be moved to my read shelf soon.
3. Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë
Just like Jane Eyre, this holds less and less appeal as time passes. Maybe it’s something about the Brontë sisters? We’ll see! Again, it’s considered a must read.
4. Persuasion Jane Austen
I have only ever tackled Pride and Prejudice from the Austen world, and although I didn’t like it much, I would like to read more Austen. My Dad and my housemate and friend Emma both rate this quite highly, and it’s been on my list for a long long time.
5. A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
I finally own a copy of this book. I have been saying that I would read it for the last few Christmases, but they have come and gone and I have forgotten each time. Now as I own my very own word cloud classic edition I really have no excuses what so ever.
6. The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
I also happen to own the word cloud classic of this book. An ex said that he thought I would really like it, and from the sounds of it I think it is a classic that I could very much get on board with!
7. In Cold Blood Truman Capote
I own this and have done for a while. I think I have wanted to read it for even longer. I know that I would like it, it’s about a quadruple murder, and it is written by Capote, a close friend of Harper Lee (who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird aka my favourite book).
8. The Bourne Identity Robert Ludlum
I love a good thriller, I loved the films, and I loved the only other Ludlum novel I have read (The Gemini Contenders). Why haven’t I read this yet?
9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time Mark Haddon
This book was very much doing its round while I was in school, so that is the best part of a decade ago. For some reason it passed me by back then, but it’s a book I have wanted to read since.
10. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
I am very much getting into science and science fiction novels, so I might actually finally be in a place to read this book. I thought I would read this when the film came out, but that was back in 2005 and I still haven’t even picked it up yet.
What books have been on your TBR pile forever?
Have you read any of the books I’ve listed? What did you think?