Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a rewind, meaning I can go back and pick any topic I want from the archives. I picked this one because it’s definitely something I have a problem with. We all know I buy a lot of books, and sometimes they’re books I need to have right away. And more often than not, I end up not reading them right away. Which probably isn’t the best habit, but it’s a hard one to kick. Anyway, here are ten books that I was really excited about buying, and still haven’t read:
- A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. I preordered this, and got it the day it came out. Which was in March. You’d think I would have read it by now, but nope. It’s still sitting unread in a pile of other unread books next to my bed. It does fit one of the reading challenges I’m doing for November, so I’m planning on reading it then, though.
- The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I went out and bought this the second I found out Emma Watson was signed on to the movie adaptation. Which I’m pretty sure was within a week or two of it’s release. In 2014. I really need to read this soon. (In my defense, I did try to read it at some point, and couldn’t get into it. I just need to give it another shot.)
- Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. I bought a copy after watching The Imitation Game (the movie based off this book). I LOVED the movie, and thought it was really interesting that most of the cast read this book before/during filming. But it’s intimidatingly large, and I still haven’t gotten around to it.
- Saga Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples. I’m a bit obsessed with Saga, so, naturally, I had to get this book as soon as it came out. I’d been eagerly anticipating it, and it’s a very short read, so I have no idea why I still haven’t read it. Maybe this week.
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. I rushed out and bought this during my Russian lit phase last year, and haven’t touched it since.
- Dracula by Bram Stoker. I’m pretty sure I headed to Barnes & Noble to get a copy right after I finished reading The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova because I wanted to read the original legend. It’s also frequently bunched together with Frankenstein and I love Frankenstein, so that should be reason enough to read it. I just haven’t yet.
- Sense & Sensibility, Emma, and Persuasion by Jane Austen. I have two copies of the complete works of Jane Austen and the complete set of Austen vintage classics, so I have a total of three copies each of all of these books. And yet, I still haven’t read them. (I am planning on reading Persuasion soon, though.)
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Not going to lie, I bought this because of the black pages. I own the entire Grisha trilogy and hadn’t read them at the time (though I’ve since read Shadow & Bone). I do feel like I have an excuse for this one, because I want to read the Grisha trilogy first, but I still haven’t gotten to the final two books either. My shelves are full of books I have not read.
- Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman. Pretty sure I ordered a copy immediately after finishing American Gods, and then just haven’t read it. Even though I love American Gods and am very intrigued by the sequel. Are we seeing a trend here?
- Beowulf translated by J. R. R. Tolkien. Last year, I finally made it through Beowulf (the Seamus Heaney translation) and ended up loving it! I have read a bit of this version, and I actually like it better, but I have yet to read the whole thing.
I’m sure I could easily add another couple dozen books to this list, but these are the ones that come to mind at the moment. I have some bad book buying habits, which has resulted in a massive TBR pile(s). I am trying to get to as many of these as possible, but we all know I can’t not buy new books, so…
What book(s) did you HAVE to buy, and have yet to read?