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Monday, November 14, 2011

Top Ten Books TBR on the pile the longest

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(It seems like I have created a similar list previously so I hope this list of longstanding books on my TBR pile isn't boring to you, dear reader!)

*With updates! I have been shamed in to action today by the comments on the blog.  See the remarks in red.

  1. Five Flavors of Dumb by Anthony John. If I read finish this book before January (I just started it) it won't be quite a year on the list and it will complete my Read the Award Books Challenge. I currently have this book checked out from the library and I've read the first few pages.  It's a start.
  2.  Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. This book was so popular in my library the minute it arrived that I had to stand in line behind the students. After a year I still haven't had that turn yet.
  3.  Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. My hubby gave me this book for Christmas in 2009 because he knows I am a Kingsolver fan.
  4. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. I watched the PBS Masterpiece Theater in January of 2009 and bought the book at the time with the resolve to read it. I still want to but... 2+ years.
  5. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett has been on my TBR pile for at least 5 years. I worked with a teacher who was crazy for the book and highly recommended it.
  6. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler---This book has been on my TBR pile for 6+ years and I just finished it today! Finally!!!! I cheated and added a book that I had actually finished.  It wasn't anything like I expected but I did enjoy it a lot.
  7. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky---I'm in two book clubs and I still haven't read this novel by the famous author who was killed in the Nazi holocaust. I want a good excuse to set aside the needed time to do so. 6+ years.
  8. The Giver by Lois Lowry---I think kids must read this book in late elementary school because everyone but me seems to have read it. I've owned a copy for at least ten years and I still haven't cracked it.  But I am determined to read it soon. I placed a hold on the audio version of this book at the public library.  A copy was available so I should have this book "in the bag" by this time next week.
  9. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry---this book was published in 1995 and has been on my list since at least 2000, so that means it's been on my TBR pile for, um..m..., over 11 years. I think its length is a deterrent to starting.
  10. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery---this book shows up on all my "guilt-ridden" lists. It's been on my list for over 20 years. Gasp! This book was also available in the audio format at my public library so I will listen to it when I am finished with The Giver. I did place a hold on it to insure that I do this...after 20 years one cannot be too careful!


  1. Wow, 11 and 20 years!! I think they've well and truly deserved a chance to move off the list now!

  2. I was one of those people who read The Giver in elementary school, and loved it! You should read it!

    - Jana @ http://thatartsyreadergirl.blogspot.com/

    (Although today was my day to post the TTT at The Broke and the Bookish as well, so you may have already read my list!)

  3. You weren't kidding when you said some of the books on your list had been there for a while. Before I started blogging I was really good about reading what I bought, but now I find out about so many awesome books that I have trouble telling myself "No."

  4. I have one that's been on my TBR list for 11 years too!

    And oh my God - you definitely need to read Anne of Green Gables! Don't let it get to 25!

  5. You're brave to list the number of years along with your books ;) I really enjoyed Suite Francaise. Lacuna should have been on my list, too. It's been sitting on my shelf for over a year.

  6. Lol - wow some of your books have been there a loooong time :-) I enjoyed The Giver and Tessof the D'Urbervilles - didn't realize this had been adapted for tv.

  7. Good Omens is MARVELLOUS and Anne of Green Gables is lovely. :)
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post. :)

  8. Anne of Green Gables! Oh my...that's probably my favourite book ever. Please read it :)

  9. I like that you have the amount of time these books have been on your TBR list. I have books like Anne of Green Gables on my list. I feel more obligated to read them out of guilt than desire, though. :(

  10. Anne of Green Gables has also been on my list for about 20 years. My parents gave me the books when I was young, but I never read it. And, now, I wish I had.

  11. OMG! Anne of Green Gables was one of my FAVORITE books/series when I was young! Its one of those books that sparked my love of reading. I even had it in a collectors edition that I read so many times I ruined it. Aw memories!

    -Amanda P

  12. My favorites on your list are Five Flavors of Dumb and Before I Fall

  13. I want to read Five Flavors of Dumb so badly! Before I Fall was a good book. And The Giver... OVER TEN YEARS? Please read it soon. I loved it.


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