Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Top Ten Unread Books On My Shelf

It's Tuesday, and that means it's Top Ten day over at The Broke and the Bookish.  Head on over there to link to lots of great blogs and lots of fun lists.

Today's topic is Top Ten Unread Books On My Shelf.  This was a very easy list for me - I could have listed 20 or 30 Unread Books on My Shelf easily!  So, I decided to go with the spirit of the week's topic and focus on the REALLY old books on my TBR shelf - those I keep meaning to get to but never seem to...
  • Emma by Jane Austen - this had to be #1 because I've been meaning to read something of Jane Austen's for years and bought this book a very long time ago.
  • Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut - ditto 
  • The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant - my mom lent this to me years ago.
  • Peony in Love by Lisa See - another one my mom lent me.
  • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson - I got this for Ken as a gift one year and have been meaning to read it ever since; Bryson is a favorite.
  • The Counterlife OR Exit Ghost by Philip Roth - I've never read a Roth novel and both of these are waiting patiently on my shelf.
  • Breathless by Dean Koontz - I don't read many Koontz novels these days, but Ken says this one was great.
  • Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand - a special author for me because she has the same illness I have.  It's been on my shelf since last Christmas.
  • Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver - my friends have been recommending this to me for years!
  • The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos - I saved this one for last because it has probably been on my TBR shelf for 10 years or more!  Both my mom and Ken keep saying I must read it.

sigh....so many good books and so little time...

How about you?  What books have been sitting on your shelf waiting to be read?


  1. Hey! Peony in Love is one I mentioned on my list today too! I think mine has been on the shelf for about four years now. How sad is that.

  2. Just a warning about Bill Bryson's books, in case you don't know - stay near a toilet. You might pee your pants.

    That's all I'm saying.

  3. yes, you must read Emma and Mambo Kings- now! :-)

  4. I also have an unread copy of Emma, a lovely Penguin Classics hardcover no less! Ack... I would start with Sense & Sensibility for reading Austen for the first time. It's still on my mind after more than a month of finishing it.

  5. Suey -

    I think mine has been on the shelf for at least 2 years, so I hear ya! Will go check out your list.

    Musing Mother -

    LOL, yes, I am very familiar with Bryson's books, and you are right - they are hilarious!! I've been looking forward to this one for a long time.

    Marie -

    OK, OK, I promise to get to them both!!

    Teacher/Learner -

    Yes, I have heard great things about S&S, but Emma has been taunting me on this shelf for so long! Thanks for the tip.