Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR Way Too Long

Look! Baby’s first Top Ten Tuesday. I’ve wanted to do this for a while, but I didn’t really have the time to commit to doing it every week. Realistically, I still don’t until September, but I thought the themes for the next few weeks were too good to pass up.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s theme is about the books that have been sitting on your shelf for a really, really long time.

Now, I’ve no shame in admitting that my TBR is huge. It’s dauntingly huge. I used to list all the books I wanted to read on my Goodreads page, but that got overwhelming, so I decided just to list the books that I actually own.

“But Amy,” I hear you say, “Doesn’t your Goodreads TBR look like this:”

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Yes. It does.

Anyway. Here are all the books that have been sitting around my bedroom for longer than I care to admit, accompanied by my flimsy excuses for not having read them yet.


THE CASUAL VACANCY BY J.K. ROWLING

13578351 Back in 2012, when this book came out, I was fairly certain I wasn’t going to read it. Sure, it was J.K. Rowling’s new book, but I wasn’t really interested. After reading some reviews, I wasn’t completely sure that I’d like it.

Then I just…bought it anyway…

Will I get around to this eventually? Probably. But I’m in no real rush. I just know that if I got rid of this I’d end up wanting to buy it again.

 

 


THE NAME OF THE WIND BY PATRICK ROTHFUSS

2913377Remember this post? When I said I wanted to read this at some point this year? I’m all talk, apparently, and I still haven’t read this.

I know I’m probably going to like this, it’s just that I’ve been putting off committing to such a big book. I actually already have the second book in this series, which makes it seem like even more of a commitment, so here I am.

 

 

 


THE FINAL EMPIRE BY BRANDON SANDERSON

6547258“Didn’t you mention this book in that post you just mentioned too?” Yes! I did! I’m terrible.

I actually started reading this last year, and really enjoyed the few pages that I read, but since I have the whole series already, I really wanted to marathon it, and once again, didn’t have the time.

 

 

 


11.22.63 BY STEPHEN KING

12600745Finally, a book I can actually blame someone else for. My dad is also a huge Stephen King fan, and he read this when it came out. He absolutely loved it, and said it had become one of his favourite King novels. He then insisted that I buy it and read it, and that I also buy and read Revival because they were both in a Kindle sale.

So I bought them. And I haven’t read them.

Honestly, this is another one of those books that I know I’m going to love. It’s just that it’s over 800 pages and even though I have it on my Kindle and I’d never really be able to tell…I’m frightened.


EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE BY JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER

233788I bought this because I really, really wanted to read it, but then I ended up committing the terrible sin of watching the film first, because my dad wanted to see it.

I did enjoy the film, and I do still want to read it, but I’m worried that it either won’t live up to my expectations, or it’ll make me really sad, or both. So it’s been sitting pretty on my shelves for years.

 

 

 


BIRDSONG BY SEBASTIAN FAULKS 

578489Everyone I know who has read this book has loved it, and I usually I do like War literature, but again, I feel like this is just going to make me sad.

I’m writing a dissertation, I’m already sad.

 

 

 

 


1Q84 BY HARUKI MURAKAMI

11941710After reading a few of Murakami’s books and loving them, I decided that I wanted to try and read all of his work. Around that time, this book came out, and I ended up getting it for Christmas. Then, you guessed it, it’s just been sitting around ever since.

I feel like people either loved or hated this book, so I’m still a bit nervous about reading it. People have also said that it’s quite hard to get into, or that it’s confusing. But I’ve read Kafka on the Shore, and honestly, while I can’t imagine this being more confusing than that, confusion is something that I pretty much anticipate.

 


MORT BY TERRY PRATCHETT

828352I’ve loved the few Terry Pratchett books that I’ve read so far, and my favourite character in the books that I read was Death. I decided that I really wanted to get into Discworld, and thought I’d start with the books following the character that I liked the most.

I think I have pretty much all of the Death-centric books, and it’s not like they’re particularly long, so I have no idea why I haven’t read any of them yet.

 

 


BRIDGET JONES’ DIARY BY HELEN FIELDING

7800663Honestly? I bought this because of the pretty cover.

I mean, I also bought it because I wanted to read it, and I’ve seen the film countless times. I’m fairly certain that I did read this at some point, but I have no idea when.

Again, this is really short, I could probably read it in one sitting if I really wanted to, but nope. Still not read it.

 

 


CLOUD ATLAS BY DAVID MITCHELL

11144126I haven’t read this one because I have it in my head that it’s going to be really confusing, though I’ve nothing to either prove or disprove that.

I still think it sounds really interesting, and I do really want to read it, but again, I feel like I’m going to have to dedicate a lot of time to it.

At least I have this on my Kindle, where it’s easy to ignore.

 

 


So there you have it! A glimpse of what is, quite literally, about 10% of my actual TBR. Like I’ve said throughout the post, I do really want to read these still, despite the fact that I’ve owned them for actual years. I find that, more often than not, when I buy a book I’m really excited to read it, but then I lose my enthusiasm, so the books just end up sitting around.

I’d love to know if there are any books here that you think I really, really need to read! As you can probably tell, I’m in desperate need of the peer pressure, so do let me know!

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19 thoughts on “Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR Way Too Long

  1. I’ve only heard of a couple of these. I’ve read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, I didn’t think it was that good tbh. I’ve never seen the film so I can’t comment on that. I want that Bridget Jones’ book the cover is so pretty 🙂

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    1. Yeah, that’s what I’m worried about. I did like the film, but I don’t really know what to expect from the book.
      I know! It’s part of the Penguin Ink collection. I bought it years ago, I couldn’t resist haha 🙂

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      1. I thought it was going to be good, but didn’t think it was. I can’t tell you exactly what I thought I did read it in 2012.
        I’m going to have a look at what books they have haha

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  2. I love the quotes I’ve seen from Murakami’s book but sadly have never read any of them….yet! I haven’t read any of the books on your list. I do see Brandon Sanderson mentioned A LOT and am interested in reading something by him in the near future.

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    1. I have really liked the books of his that I’ve read, but I know that they take me longer to get through so I keep putting this one off!
      Brandon Sanderson comes so highly recommended. I’m really keen to get to the Mistborn triology. I just hope I like it as much as everyone else seems to haha!

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  3. I read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close but I never knew there was a movie, haha! The book sure did move me to tears, I found it simply beautiful. Now I’m curious to compare with the adaptation!

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    1. I was determined to read the book before the movie came out, but then for whatever reason I never got around to it. I really must read it soon. I’d be really interested to see how the movie stands up against the book!

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  4. The Name Of The Wind. Hands down and fists thumping on the table! You’re right about the huge commitment, though, time wise. Especially the second book…^_^.

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  5. The Final Empire is on my TBR too, though it didn’t make my list this week! It’s just one of those books that I know I’d likely enjoy a lot – I just… couldn’t get into it? I’ve started it a couple of times but always dropped it past the first few pages to read an ‘easier’ book, haha. Oops. Hopefully I’ll get to it at some point, and I hope you love it. 😛

    And confusion is definitely something to anticipate with Murakami. I’ve read 1Q84, but even as a fan of his I’d say it’s not his best work… I liked it, but it was way too long in my opinion. D:

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    1. I’m totally guilty of the same thing haha! I start all these big fantasy books and then I just stop reading them so I can read something easy that I’ll finish quickly! 🙂

      Ah, that’s interesting. One of my friends has read it and liked it, but it was her first Murakami. The ones that I have read and liked by him have been those on the shorter side, so I’m really nervous about 1Q84.

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      1. I prefer Murakami on the shorter side too – his works are just full of magical realism/surrealism and I feel like that tends to work with shorter reads, haha. 1Q84 was enjoyable to me because of his writing, not because of the plot.

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  6. Oh my gosh! I need to read MISTBORN SO BAD. AND A MURAKAMI BOOK. AND THE NAME OF THE WIND. Check out my list for this Tuesday! I could only do 5 books because the guilt was so much 😂

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  7. Have you watched the James Franco series of 11.22.63? I had the same dilemma, it sat on my shelf collecting dust for nearly four years, and so when the show came out I thought, ‘what the hey, let’s give it a shot.. I really enjoyed the series, and am now more motivated to read it myself when I get done with the 20 other books piled on my nightstand. 😉

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    1. I haven’t! I keep meaning to though. I was so determined to read it before the show started airing, but then I just never got around to it. I’ll have to give the show a shot and see if it gives me the motivation I so desperately need haha! 🙂

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