Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy…But Which Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

toptentuesday-1Oh my. I’m definitely guilty of this. I often buy books that I’m desperate to get my hands on – and then, they just sit on the shelf, sometimes for years, before I get around to reading them… It’s silly, really. Or maybe not because the chance of me reading them is bigger when I actually own them than if I first have to go out and buy them. Of course, this approach means that I have a list of 200+ books which I own – and haven’t read yet … So this week’s Top Ten list is right up my alley – the difficult part is actually to narrow it down… As always, the Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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  1. Erin Morgenstern: The Night Circus. I think I have mentioned enough times how excited I am about this one and how scared I am that I’ll end up not loving it…
  2. Benjamin Hale: The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore. I was so intrigued by this one when it came out. Still am. Just haven’t read it yet, for some reason.
  3. J.K. Rowling: The Casual Vacancy. So this one, like the first two books on this list, are books I put on last weeks list of Top Ten Books at the Top of my Spring 2013 TBR List so hopefully, I will get around to reading this one very, very soon. I’m really curious to see what J.K. Rowling can do with something outside the Harry Potter universe!
  4. Monica Ali: Untold Story. I was so excited about this one that I had my friend buy it to me when he visited Copenhagen and Denmark’s best bookstore, Politikens. Of course, that didn’t mean that I actually read it…!
  5. Margaret Weis: The Dark Disciple Trilogy. Yes. This one is rather embarrassing. Not only did I buy one book and then let it just sit and gather dust on a shelf, I bought three. On three separate occasions. And two of them in hardcover because I just couldn’t wait to read them…! So I now have a trilogy where the first and third volume is in hardcover, the second volume is a paperback (and not even a pretty trade paperback) and I have owned them for years and haven’t read them … Silly, silly me.
  6. Steve Martin: An Object of Beauty. I love Steve Martin. I think he is hilarious. And I’m interested in art and fascinated by the art world so of course I wanted this book. And then – just nothing. Never have gotten around to actually reading it…
  7. Yann Martel: Beatrice and Virgil. I looooooved Life of Pi so when Yann Martel published this book, I had to have it immediately. And then … well, it got some bad reviews and I just never read it. Still want to. Someday.
  8. Per Højholt: Auricula. On September 7th, 1915 at 4.09 pm there was a sudden silence all over Europe. 9 months later, a lot of women gave birth to a child – and an ear. The ears go out in the world and visits artists like Kafka and Duchamp. Højholt spent 23 years writing this book apparently and it just sounds weird and quirky – and I want to read it! Bought it years ago – never got around to doing anything but putting it on the shelf…
  9. Anne Rice: Christ the Lord – Out of Egypt. When I saw this, I was so excited. Anne Rice of vampire fame writing about Jesus. I just had to own it. And since – meh. I’ve kind of lost interest in this one. I hope that I will pull myself together and read it – but it’s not looking good so far.
  10. Ali Smith: There but for the. A man locks himself in a room in the house where he attends a dinner party – and he refuses to leave. Soon, he becomes some sort of phenomenon because everybody want to know about the man who has locked himself in a room in someone else’s house. I think this sounds like a fun plot with lots of potential to turn into something really special

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16 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy…But Which Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

  1. I just read There But For The for my book club. I’m glad because, had it not been for book club, I probably wouldn’t have given it a second glance. It was a great reading experience–really strong writing.

  2. I’m not quite as bad as this but yes I do have many books I requested for Xmas or birthday and yet haven’t got to read yet. The Monica Ali one sounds good

    • It does, doesn’t it? And I know I’m really bad … I just really like buying books and receiving books as gifts. I love the feeling of having so many books on my shelves that I have yet to read and discover – although it does sometimes get a bit overwhelming with the sheer amount of unread books!

  3. The Night Circus is just one of those books that manages to gather dust (in my case for a year). Then when you pick it up you cannot put it down. You proceed to holler about it to the entire world and shove it down the throat of all your fellow reading enthusiast friends. (In case you missed it – I am now shoving it down yours).
    The Casual Vacancy is on mine too.

  4. First off, you MUST dust off The Night Circus and read it. It’s a good book to lose yourself in. The imagery is what impressed me with that one.

    I do this all the time. I did it with John Irving’s last book In One Person. I bugged the bookstore for days and then made them check the back storeroom for an undamaged copy and it is still sitting on my shelf.

    • I promise to read The Night Circus very soon!
      And I have In One Person (and Last night in Twisted River and Until I find you) on my shelf too – in hardcover – without having read them…!

    • It’s silly, isn’t it? And yet, so hard to just forget about one’s expectations and just sit down and read and judge the book on it’s own merits and not on what we’ve heard and read about it.

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