Top Ten Books That Have Been on My Shelf…Since Before I Started Blogging

This week on Top Ten Tuesday, by Broke and the Bookish, dirt’s coming out, and some bookish secrets exposed. While I haven’t been blogging very long, many of the books below have been on my shelves since college or before and I STILL haven’t read them! I really do intend on reading them – some I’ve even purchased and repurchased (multiple times) after moving clean-outs. Perhaps next year’s reading challenge should be more shelf – focused?


Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas

This is NOT going to be a list of classic novels, but this lesser known novel by Dumas has been on my TBR since High School. HIGH SCHOOL! I first read The Three Musketeers during my freshman year and have reread the beloved story several times since, but each time I pick up the sequel, something always comes up.


Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

McCann’s ambitious novel is a story of the century, weaving together disparate tales of city life, full of promise and desperation, connected by the hopeful inspiration felt by all after Philippe Petite’s daring tight rope walk between the Twin Towers in 1974. After watching The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, I absolutely need to read this book!


Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver

I only just realized this book existed a couple years ago, and it’s been on my TBR (and shelf) ever since. After reading The Bean Trees in High School, I’d love to see where life takes Taylor and Turtle next.


Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

While known for its humor, Catch-22 is also well known for its reading difficulty – most reviewers give up about a third of the way in. I really want to like it, but I’m nervous I might be among the many on this one…. which is why it’s still on the TBR.


Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie

An amazing biography on one of the most amazing women of history – one day I’ll finally get through its 600 plus pages.


Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins

I was first introduced to the genius of Tom Robbins in college.Ever since, I’ve limited myself to one new read a year (you only get a first reading once!). I think this one’s next!

White Oleander by Janet Fitch 
and Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Both have been on my TBR since High School….and I’ve completely lost count of how many times I’ve repurchased copies of both…. One day!

Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani
and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

I bought a Kindle version of both…and then quit reading from Kindle for some time. Now that I’ve got it back out, I’m ready to read these beautiful and harrowing tales.

What have you still not read?


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