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


I need a ‘pause’ button.

I read great reviews (thanks fellow bloggers) and then hit Amazon and moments later I have the book on my Kindle. Such is the joy (and the agony in terms of my wallet) of online shopping.

I have tempered my impulse buying somewhat. Somewhat…

I use ‘wishlists’, Kindle samples and the ‘Want to Read’ feature on Goodreads as a way of reminding me of books that look like my kind of thing. But still, sometimes the need is too great. And I wish I could hit ‘pause’ instead of ‘Add to Shopping Cart’.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is the Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy…But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread. Here are the books that bypassed my wishlists, samples and want-to-read lists and instead were bought immediately. Because I couldn’t wait. And yet, they haven’t even been opened….

1. The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

3. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

4. Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

5. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon (although in fairness to me, I started this one, left it at the beach house, got it back but haven’t picked it up again)


6. Charlotte Street by Danny Wallace

7. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

8. The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg

9. Alys, Always by Harriet Lane

10. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey (What? It’s only been on my shelf for eight years…)

17 responses

  1. Me Before You and The Snow Child were really quite lovely. The Lifeboat is sitting on my shelf unread too. Which makes me laugh because I won a signed copy of this and was so crazy excited and… that was like a year ago. One of these days. 🙂

  2. I have Me Before You on hold at my library! I think I’m number five or something so it will be quite awhile, still. The Snow Child was lovely! Hope you enjoy the books if you do get around to them. 🙂

  3. The Lifeboat was a miss for me, I didn’t care for it, but I’ll be curious what you think. Charlotte Street is worth a read, it’s cute and fun (won’t exactly change your life, but a solid 3-3.5/5). I’m refusing to read Me Before You – too sad.

  4. I would highly recommend Me Before You. It made my best of list last year and I think it is going to make it again for this year (becaue I reread it and still loved it!).

  5. I have Michael Chabon on my list as well. He’s one of my favorite authors, but I don’t always have time carved out to savor his books. I keep hearing good things about Telegraph Avenue!

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