Top 10 Books that Have Been on My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl‘s blog.

This week’s Top 10 has great timing for me – we just recently got new bookcases (if you want to read my rant on our bookshelf situation, see On Home Libraries), so we have had a major book reshuffling in our house, which was much overdue as my shelves were starting to explode. So with two new bookcases in our bedroom, I have had time to start a TBR shelf (actually, two). This has forced into the light all of the books I have purchased over the years but never got around to reading. So here we have all those books that I have put off reading for far too long:


  1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

This book was probably the first book I ever really put on a TBR list. In middle school, I was in a book club that challenged us to read all of The Lord of the Rings over a period of about one month, and then they would take us to see The Fellowship of the Ring when it first came out in theaters. Well, I had thought that they just wanted us to finish the first book, so I devoured that, but I have never quite managed to read the other two. I have always intended to finish them, but have never quite set aside the time to do so, and so this has languished on my TBR for 16 years.

2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

I went on a huge Toni Morrison kick my senior year in high school in 2008, and my teacher at the time recommended this one, which I was planning on reading once my AP classes calmed down a little. I also took a Toni Morrison class in college, and this one wasn’t on the reading list, so again it got delayed. Now I have read almost all of her books except for The Bluest Eye, which seems a little ridiculous to me.

3. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

This novel was gifted to me in Spanish by a friend from college in 2009. I have started this several times and have absolutely loved what I have read, but my Spanish isn’t as great as I want it to be, and every time I just get bogged down by my own poor vocabulary. I also now own a copy in English, but reading it in English feels now like admitting defeat – so it’s been delayed. However, I recently have been reading our church bulletin in Spanish and am not struggling like I once did, as I am entering my 5th year as the only Spanish speaker in my department at work, so I’m hoping I can pick this up again sometime soon and actually finish it.


4. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

In 2010, I had a man in one of my creative writing classes who was obsessed with Kurt Vonnegut and in particular, Slaughterhouse-Five. We were partnered up for one of our projects and he talked about it enough that I wanted to read it. Since then, I’ve seen it all over the internet and still think I would like it, but I have never quite committed to sitting down and starting it.

5. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

This one has been on my TBR since about 2011. I bought it at a bookstore with about 5 other books (I’m sure you know how that goes!) and for some reason it just has never quite made it to the top of the list. It looks like a great YA sci-fi though!

6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I am pretty sure my sister The Effervescent Bookworm first recommended this one in 2012, and not only did it look great at the time, but I have since then seen the movie and still want to read it.


7. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

My husband checked this one out from the library when it first came out in 2013, loved it, and insisted that I read it. I agree that it looks amazing, and I just need to commit!

8. Clariel by Garth Nix

I love, love, love Sabriel, so I bought this right away when it came out in 2014, but I kept putting it off so I could really savor it. And now it’s been almost 4 years and I still haven’t read it yet. So it is going to get read this year one way or another!

9. The Martian by Andy Weir

I listened to an interview with the author shortly after it came out in 2014 and the premise sounded intriguing – and then of course they made the movie and everyone raved about it, and it shot right up to the top of my TBR. But then life happens, and I still haven’t read it for some reason. Hopefully this year!

10. The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley

This one got added to my TBR after I found it on Hoopla in 2015. I don’t know all that much about it, but it’s one that has been number 4 or 5 on my TBR for quite awhile, and just keeps getting bumped down by things that seem more pressing.

5 thoughts on “Top 10 Books that Have Been on My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

  1. The Martian and Slaughterhouse Five are both on my TBR list, though not the one I did this week for TTT.

    I’m glad they let you go see FOTR even though you hadn’t finished the trilogy! I hadn’t read any of them before the movies came out, but after my fiance and my roommate dragged me to the first movie, I bought a copy a few days later. I’m on my seventh reading of it right now, as a matter of fact. Wonderful stuff.


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