Libri Dilectio: Top Ten Tuesday: The Sad and the Long Overlooked

15 November 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: The Sad and the Long Overlooked

This is the first time I’m participating in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish (love that blog name, probably describes every book bloggers life).

This week’s topic, the top ten unread books on your shelves, was of particular interest to me. Just this weekend I went through my shelves and counted all the books I own, but haven’t read. There are a lot, like a lot, way more than 10. I keep acquiring books with intentions to read them right away, and then they just hang out on my shelves forever. If new books would stop being published for a few months, maybe I could catch up.

Going Bovine, Libba Bray
This has been sitting on my shelf since it first came out. I really want to read it, but I never seem to be in the right mood. To make matters worse, it’s been signed by the author…twice. I accidentally brought it to a book signing without remembering that she’d already signed it, but Libba Bray is so awesome, she just drew pictures in it.

The Demon King, Cinda Williams Chima
I love fantasy, so so so much. This author seems to get great reviews and have a devoted following. I’ll probably love this series…and yet, this book (and the next in the series The Exiled Queen) are just hanging out on my shelves. Sigh.

A Northern Light, Jennifer Donnelly
I loved Revolution so much that when I bought a copy of it, I also picked up a copy of A Northern Light. It’s just been sitting on the shelf since then. Well, that’s not entirely true. I did start it once, but put it down when a shiny new book I’d been waiting for came out. I have book ADD.

Reckless, Cornelia Funke
Another one that I bought with the best intentions, and yet it remains unopened.

One of the shelves where good books go to die. And my husband’s “office.”

Bright Young Things, Anna Godbersen
Oh how I loved The Luxe series. It’s one of my favorites. When asked what book world I’d most like to live in, this is the one I chose. My wonderful mother in law gave this to me last Christmas. I still haven’t read it, not even opened it. I’m a bad bad daughter in law.

Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan
Okay, so this one I have opened. I’ve actually started it at least 3 times. Something about this story has never grabbed me. Maybe I should try it one more time…then it might be heading for the donation pile. Poor Printz Award winners. I just never seem to read them once I buy them (one notable exception being Looking for Alaska).

Rot and Ruin, Jonathan Maberry
I love zombies. I love action. Why I have I not loved this book yet? No idea.

Jellicoe Road, Melina Marchetta
Another award winner that so many people seem to love more than anything, but I haven’t found the desire to try it yet. Maybe some day.

The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness
Got this one at what my bestie referred to as a “Post-Apocalyptic Borders” during the initial closing of certain stores. No matter how much good stuff I hear about this series, or how much I LOVED A Monster Calls, I still haven’t tried this one.

The Uglies Series, Scott Westerfeld
Okay, so I have read Uglies, but just not the rest of the series. I got the boxed set for my 25th birthday, and, considering I’m coming up on my 27th, it’s been sitting on my shelves for awhile. I really do want to read the rest of them. No good reason why I haven’t.

There you have it, just a selection of the GREAT books I haven’t been reading. It seems that, for me, buying a book is a death sentence. It doesn’t have a due date anymore, I own it, I’ll always have it, I can read it any time I want – so I don’t. Maybe they’ll be another snowpocalypse this year and I can read some books I’ve been meaning to for so long.


  1. KristinaNov 15, 2011 09:21 AM

    I read the Uglies, but I just couldn't get past all the superficial characters. The story was very interesting and I am still curious to know who it ends, but I just can't read them.

    Awesome books list. This is my 1st week participating.


  2. JulianneNov 15, 2011 12:41 PM

    Bright Young Things is on my TBR too, I only acquired it this year though 🙂


  3. Actin' Up with BooksNov 15, 2011 02:41 PM

    Rot and Ruin! – read it now, that's all there is to say! So incredible and the story continues with Dust and Decay, which is already released – no waiting. Bonus!!


  4. diaryofadomesticgoddessNov 15, 2011 03:34 PM

    I've not read any of those!
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post. 🙂


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *