It’s been so long…


Oh, how I laughed when I read the topic for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet. Jamie at The Broke and the Bookish notes that it’s sad that she’s had some books for six years and still hasn’t read them…. Six years? Pfft. One of the books on my list has been sitting next to my bed for fourteen years.

01. The Zookeeper’s War by Steven Conte – bought as a new release in 2008.

02. The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman – yeah, I pre-ordered this in 2012.

03. Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks – bought for book group in 2013, missed that meeting, haven’t got to it yet.

04. 11/22/63 by Stephen King – winter holidays in 2013, had a Kindle shopping spree. This was one of the books.

05. The Light of Day by Graham Swift – took this paperback to hospital when I had a baby in 2005. Never read a page.

06. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison – feel like it’s always been on my shelf…

07. Bright Lights Dark Shadows by Carl Palm – 2001. seems I like listening to them more than reading about them.

08. Little Children by Tom Perrotta – couldn’t stomach the book after seeing the movie.

09. A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz – 2012? Hasn’t even had time to gather dust yet.

10. The Mitford Girls by Mary Lovell – this is the one I’ve had for 14 years. Bought at Borders. Borders doesn’t exist in Australia anymore.


40 responses

  1. There are several here that I started and gave up or read and wished I hadn’t bothered: The Street Sweeper, Caleb’s Crossing, A Fraction of the Whole and Bastard Out of Carolina. Love the comment about unread books in the TBR since the last century!

  2. Fourteen years, bah, I’ve had some for twenty or more! Well, probably…

    I own hundreds and couldn’t begin to list them, save I know I haven’t read Stegner’s ‘Angle of Repose’ and it’s driving me mad. It’s one that’s really aggravating me. Why can I NOT get to it, nor anything by Toni Morrison!

    Did finally get to Cormac McCarthy last week, so there’s that…

    • I could have filled a top 100 with books to be honest! (instead of sorting through all of my books I just looked at the stack under my bedside table… which makes me wonder how many times I’ve moved them to vacuum and dust over the last 14 years!).

  3. I didn’t particularly like Caleb’s Crossing either — I felt that the actual plot didn’t match the book description (which made it sound much more interesting), and as a whole, it was a letdown. I love 11/22/63! I think I had a copy of Bastard Out of Carolina for years and years as well, but it disappeared in one of my moves… and since I never got around to it despite owning it for a long time, I guess I didn’t miss it much.

    • The general consensus seems to be ‘no’ to Caleb and ‘yes’ to 11/22/63. I think what has held me back on the King is that it is a long book and I figure I need some solid time to get into it.

  4. Bastard Out of Carolina is wonderful, very worth reading, but very violent and quite possibly not one you’ll return to once you’ve read it the first time…

    • Ha ha! No, it was my fourth c-section so I knew I’d have lots of lying around for a week. I thought I was being clever because for the first three babies I had funny books in hospital and I couldn’t laugh because of my stitches!

    • I have no idea why I have this book, particularly given that most reviews are lack-lustre! I probably picked it up because of the Berlin setting but I’m not a dedicated fan of historical fiction (or stories about animals) so needless to say I’m not busting to read it.

  5. I feel like you can never read The Mitford Girls. Fourteen years is a long time, but imagine being able to say ‘This book has been on my shelf for 20 years and I’ve never read it’. It just wouldn’t seem right to read it now; all that hard work procrastinating on it would go to waste.

  6. Fourteen years!?! That’s incredible! Do you think that you’re going to read it soon? Or are you going to let it keep it’s reign for a little longer? I haven’t read any of these, so I’ll check them out on Goodreads. Nice list! 🙂

  7. I love that you thought you were going to read a book In hospital when you had a baby 😊 Fraction of a Whole is worth it when you get the chance & I’ve had my eyes on the Mitfords for a long time too.

    I’m one of the few who enjoyed caleb’s crossing, but I read it as fiction not history, so simply enjoyed the story.

  8. I used to love Borders coffee. The store totally folded everywhere. I don’t typically read the meme/list posts because there are so many, but your title caught my attention, and I’m glad I stopped by! This list was funny 🙂

      • Oh, yes. I went to a conference in 2011 and bought back quite a few. I almost always buy a book when I go to a reading (and I go to about a dozen per year), so some of those date back to 2008. I always think, “I’m SO EXCITED about this book; I shall read it IMMEDIATELY.” Pfff. At least when I buy e-books and don’t read them I can’t see them taunting me!

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