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Top Ten Tuesday: Longest time on my TBR

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?

12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Longest time on my TBR”

  1. I would definitely recommend Hitchhiker’s Guide – it’s such a short read, even if you don’t enjoy it at least you won’t have invested too much time in it!

    I’d been putting off Wuthering Heights for ages, but I finally read it last October and now it’s one of my all-time favourites 🙂

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  2. Hitchhikers guide us great. Douglas Adams has such an amusing voice in his writing.
    1984, a brave new world, and animal farm are all books that I put on my tbr way back when I first got a goodreads account and to be fair I actually bought 1984 to read. But then my brother was like can I borrow it….and then he took it on his gap year with him and gave it to his friend and when I eventually got it back it was dog earred, water logged and manky looking so….I still haven’t read it haha

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    1. I can’t wait to read Hitchhikers!!
      I’ve read Brave New World, I didn’t love it if I’m honest, but, 1984 was absolutely incredible. Absolutely loved it!!
      Oh no that sucks, I can see why you haven’t read it.

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    1. Tbh ive read an embarrassingly small number of classics so any recommendations is always appreciated!! I’m taking part in the NEWTs readathon this month and In Cold Blood is actually on my TBR. Excited to read it finally!! Thanks for commenting 🙂

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      1. Ahaha, I probably have as well… I personally prefer more ‘modern’ classics, such as Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, or Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar… I hope you enjoy it! I recently read and reviewed Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Capote, guessing it has a very different feel!

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      2. Haha it probably does have a very different feel yes!
        I’ve read a few more modern classics, I liked Rebecca and Frenchman’s Creek certainly, and to be honest prefer them to more of the older classics, Sherlock Holmes aside.

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      3. I really need to read Jamaica Inn too but keep forgetting!
        They say so much more, and I think they’re more relatable, and I simply enjoy the language and syntax better. I speed read (I don’t know how or when I learnt but it was in my teens) and the sentence structure of older classics trips my eyes up a little (if that makes sense) so they take me a long time to read which frustrates me too – I prefer audiobooks for older classics!
        That said, there will always be some brilliant older classics, I mean, they’ve stood the test of time and are called classics for a reason right?

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      4. Omg, I love Jamaica Inn, that’s one of my favourites! Ah, that makes sense, I agree, I like quick-paced books. I could never read Charles Dickens, for example- I’d just get sooo bored because they use such complicated language… Exactly! But in the same way, there are some classics which I think should be left in the past haha! For me, one of the most important things to remember is that you should never feel like you HAVE to read a book just because some consider it a classic….

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      5. Oooo well that sounds promising! I keep forgetting it’s on my shelf and it sounds so good. I do like quick paced books, I’m partial to a thriller, and I think that’s a component lacking in most Classics, but that’s just the way it is. I think feeling like you have to read a classic is what ruined a lot for me when I was younger. As I’ve got a little older (I mean I’m still 26 – not ancient….yet) I have learnt just to read what I want to and sounds up my street. You’re right, some should have been left in the past on a dusty bookshelf and not brought into the modern day.
        Another thing I struggle with when it comes to classics is when I dislike a classic that pretty much everyone likes (*cough* Pride and Prejudice *cough* The Great Gatsby *cough*). People look down on you and cast judgement, and although I am fine with being honest, it still sucks that people can’t respect opinions about classics in the same way they do about modern literature.

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