We all know I’m a book hoarder. And while those impulses have gotten worse since I’ve started this blog, they’re not really new. I’ve been collecting books since I learned to read, so I have a pretty big collection. Naturally, I have quite a few books that have been sitting on my shelf since before I started blogging (more specifically, since before I started this blog – I’ve been blogging about various things for a while). So, for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I get to share ten of the books that have been sitting, unread, on my shelf for the past two years. I’m not sure if I should be embarrassed about this…
- The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. Right before I started this blog, I started getting back into reading a lot (there were a few years after college where I didn’t read much), and one of the first events I went to during this phase was a signing/talk with David Mitchell for the release of his new book, The Bone Clocks. While I’ve since read two of Mitchell’s books, I have yet to read this one. Even though I have a pretty, signed hardcover AND really enjoyed Slade House, which is set in the same world. I really need to read this…
- The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I bought this right after it came out, and still haven’t gotten around to reading it. Although, in my defense (kind of), I started it at one point, and didn’t really get into it. Which didn’t prevent me from buying the sequel, so I still feel pretty guilty about this one.
- The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. This was one of the first books I impulse-bought, and, in my mind, it’s one of the books that symbolizes the start of my book-hoarding. I’m still really intrigued by the story, so I have no idea why I haven’t read this yet.
- The Green Mile by Stephen King. I have quite a few Stephen King books I haven’t yet read, but this is probably the oldest. I’m pretty sure I picked this up when I was thirteen or fourteen, which means I’ve owned this book for literally half of my life. The film adaptation is one of my favorite movies. And I still haven’t read this. I’m actually pretty terrible at amassing books I don’t read. Clearly.
- Paradise Lost by John Milton. This is one of my used-bookstore purchases from when I used to live across the street from Brattle Bookshop in Boston. It’s an amazing vintage copy from the 1920s, and I love looking at it on my shelf. Aaaaand I haven’t read it.
- The Autobiography of Ben Franklin. I may or may not have used this for school at some point, but, either way, I haven’t read it. Since Franklin is one of my favorite historical figures, I do want to read it soon (I even put it on a reading list a few months ago), but haven’t gotten around to it yet.
- Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. This is just one of those classics that’s been on my radar for a while. I’m pretty sure I bought this after studying world history in college, and just never picked it up. Now that I’ve read the synopsis again, I have a renewed interest, so maybe I’ll read it soon.
- Dracula by Bram Stoker. I feel like I’ve mentioned this a few times on this blog, but I bought this book right after reading The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (which was probably around 2007 or 2008) because I was really interested in the original Dracula legend. Obviously, still haven’t read it.
- The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory. I’m pretty sure I preordered this when it came out in 2005, at the height of my Philippa Gregory obsession. Somewhere along the way, I just lost interest (though I have been wanting to get back into Gregory’s books).
- The Outline of History by H. G. Wells. This was a used bookstore find from way back before I’d even read anything by Wells (I’ve since read two of his novels). I still really want to get around to reading it, but I haven’t had time or been in the mood for a long, dense, history book.
There’s probably another few dozen books I could add to this list, but these are the ones that stood out after a brief glance at my shelves. What books have been sitting unread on your shelves for way too long?