Top Ten Tuesday | Books I HAD to Buy, but Still Haven’t Read

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. I rushed out and bought this during my Russian lit phase last year, and haven’t touched it since.
  6. 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.
  7. Sense & SensibilityEmma, 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.)
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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?

9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Books I HAD to Buy, but Still Haven’t Read

  1. I did the exact same thing with Queen of the Tearling! For the same reasons 😀 But I read it last month, and really enjoyed it! I wasn’t loving it completely for the first 20% as they kept pointing out how plain Kelsea was. But it turned into a really immersive read with an amazing female character for me. I’d recommend trying it again 🙂

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  2. I’m a library gal so I don’t buy a ton of books, but I have a similar problem with getting super excited about books and adding them to my to-read list with the intention of getting to them ASAP… and then years later I haven’t even come close to reading them! I can relate in one instance, though: I absolutely HAD TO HAVE the illustrated Harry Potter the week it came out last October and way overpaid for it — and I still haven’t read it, and I hardly even flipped through it!

    Five of the books you listed here are on my TBR list! “A Study in Charlotte” is the only one of these I’ve actually read and it was cute and fun, but nothing mind-blowing.

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  3. I have so many books on my shelves that I rushed out to buy and still haven’t read! It’s quite ridiculous in fact I have to wear blinkers just to get in and out of the room so I don’t feel guilty!
    Lynn 😀


  4. Anansi Boys is still on my wishlist. I almost bought it after finishing American Gods but then I picked something else first..and now I almost forgot about it xD Lolita.. I love and hate this book. Probably hate it more haha. The first person narrator is rambling on and on and on.. and it gets frustrating sometimes.
    Queen of the Tearling is a great read!

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