Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy...But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. 

Today's topic is Books I HAD To Buy...But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread.
I bought The Host soon after it came out while I was still in my Twilight haze. Tai read it and I think he liked it. But I still haven't pick it up. 
I bought Snow Falling On Cedars so long ago. I wanted to read it before I saw the movie. I still haven't seen the movie. I wanted to read it since it was set in Seattle. Still haven't read it.
I'm going to add Stiff to like this list despite the fact I didn't buy the book. I actually borrowed from an old coworker. We don't work together anymore and she told me to keep the book. Still haven't read it. Feel a little guilty about it.
I bought A Million Little Pieces after My Friend Leonard came out. My BFF Ashley bought My Friend Leonard. At one point she also had A Million Little Pieces but loaned it to someone and never got it back. I bought A Million Little Pieces to read it first and then borrow My Friend Leonard. Never did either.
After reading Lovely Bones, I decided I wanted to more of Sebold's work. I found The Almost Moon at Half Price Books. I was excited to buy it but again it's still sitting on my shelf.
Another one I didn't actually buy. When Marta used to work for the large internet retailer, I was sometimes able to score books that publishers sent for review. The Eternal Ones was one of those books. I was super excited to read it then I read My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares. I heard The Eternal Ones had a similar plot and since I was so in love with My Name Is Memory, I never picked up The Eternal Ones.
Another one I borrowed from an old coworker and never gave back. I was excited to read it but since it's loosely based on Laura Bush, I kind of lost momentum. 
I've owned Sense and Sensibility so long I can't remember why I bought it. Did I buy for school? Did I buy it because I love the move version and wanted to read the book? I don't remember. After reading Pride and Prejudice, I decided that Sense and Sensibility was my next Austen novel.
I'm fairly certain I bought 1984 during one of those I-can't-believe-I-haven't-read-this-classic-I-must buy-it-and-read-it-immediately. I had a lot of those episodes during my mid-twenties when I read chick lit exclusively. My friend Erin and I would talk about how we needed to read more "grown up" literature. I'm sure 1984 was purchased during one of those buying sprees while I was devouring anything resembling Bridget Jones.

I could only think of nine. Most of my books are still in boxes. If they weren't I'd probably be able to think of the tenth. Oh well. What are some books you HAD to buy but still haven't read?


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  2. OMylanta, I did that with American Wife and A Million Little Pieces! For me, it's The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd and The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble. I love both authors and have carried around those books for YEARS. My friend Carole, who also bought those books at the same time, has let them go. Why can't I?

    Now I must ponder this more deeply. In a stack of unread books. :-)

  3. Ugh the Host was one of the worst books I have red. Bored me to death

  4. I've avoided the buying it just because it's a classic syndrome. It's hard though! Thanks for visiting my TTT.

    LisaILJ @ I’ll Tumble for YA

  5. I'm so glad that I'm not the only person on this green earth who hasn't read The Host yet! I bought it a few years ago and still haven't gotten to it even though everyone I've talked to has raved about it. I'm going to try to make time THIS YEAR to get to it - esp with the movie coming out.

    Stiff is a book I don't own but really want to read at some point! It looks fascinating (in a morbid sort of way) :D

    April @ My Shelf Confessions

  6. That reminds me - I have American Wife on my shelf too. I loved Prep and picked tis one up but never read it. I see she has a new book coming out in Spring. Need to not get it till the one I have is read!

  7. I've read 5 of them!!! I loved The Host. Thought it was so original and brilliant, and nothing at all like Twilight!!!

  8. I read the host?? I do not remember doing that..


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