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

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I could seriously do a Top 100 for this week’s topic. I am in the process of formulating a plan for tackling my pre-blogging TBR which I will update you all on at a later date, however I don’t think I’d ever be content with not having a vast personal library of books to choose from!

#10 – The Passage
It’s the size of it, I know. I tend to avoid buying giant tomes if I can but I think I must have ordered it before seeing how many pages it had. Rookie error. I know lots of people love it, and it nearly came off the shelves when the sequel came out, but then people didn’t love the sequel so much…and the moment passed.

#9 – Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero
I whizzed through the Percy Jackson books so was really excited to hear there was another series set in the same world. I also have the second book sat on my TBR too.

#8 – Azazeel
Is it bad that I have a review book on my list? I discovered it recently at the bottom of a pile, it was such a pretty looking book I jumped at a review copy. I should dust it off for the translation challenge this year.

#7 – Rivers of London
I bought myself a copy of this when I got my 2011 Secret Santa copy too. Now I have two more books in the series. I want to read it, I really do!

#6 – The Devil’s Star
Another series that I have a pile of. I found Nesbo just before I started blogging though and I got a bit sidetracked. Then I found out book one was being translated so put them off. Now I have book one, I should get back onto that, right?

#5 – A Blink of the Screen
There was a time when I would read a new Terry Pratchett immediately. I don’t know what’s going on… Gah, I also have Dodger still to read so this is a double-whammy entry. I had to wait for Dodger because I knew a friend was getting me a signed copy and I guess the momentum died out.

#4 – The Raven Boys
You know how it is, there’s sometimes books that are everywhere and I have one of Maggie’s books on my all time faves, so it was inevitable I would buy this. I got really annoyed about the creased up cover on my copy, returned it and hunted down a replacement. There was a lot of effort into getting this book… So why is it still unread?!

#3 – Kraken
I want to read more China MiΓ©ville and I even bought this from WH Smith, in person. It must be at least two years’ old now. Shame on me.

#2 – Jack Glass
I bought this for the cover mostly (not to knock the actual words, I’m pretty sure they’re top notch). You know how it is when publishers change covers when you’re not looking? I would have been distraught if I had missed out. So sometimes it’s OK to buy a book as a pretty object, OK?

#1 – Care of Wooden Floors
A hardback bought in an actual Waterstones store. You think I would have been desperate to read this, right? I hear nothing but wonderful things about it. Every time I do, I think “must grab that off the shelves”. Do I? It appears to have been a casualty of my inability to read entire lists of things (in this case, last year’s Waterstones 11).

So I should read these, right? If you spy them on my blog, please come and shower me with praise so I remember to read the rest!

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  1. Becky LeJeune

    Oh, I adore THE PASSAGE and Ben Aaronovitch's entire series! I'd definitely read those soon. The Aaronovitch in particular moves quite quickly. I do have a few Jo Nesbo titles in my TBR at the moment but they didn't make my top picks for my list.

  2. Becky LeJeune

    I should add I've tried many times to prompt myself into tackling more of the TBR. I was even challenging myself to do an alphabetical TBR tackle challenge that fell by the wayside with A! Although the Translation Challenge is one of the things I'm doing this year in hopes of knocking out some of the tbr.

  3. Ciska

    That is one wonder jar if it holds books like this!! Hope you get to read them at some point!

  4. Lindsay

    I did the same thing with Azazeel and here it still is… I can fully understand the cover love for Jack Glass. I think I could do a lengthy list for this topic too.

  5. Victoria Hooper

    Totally understand about Jack Glass, the cover is gorgeous! πŸ™‚ I really want to read the Ben Aaronovitch series too, but am trying to be good and not adding it to my actual shelves until I'm ready to read it!

  6. Anonymous

    Yes, why is The Raven Boys still unread?!? I was not a fan of her werewolf series, but I loved this one. I am loving the Percy spin-off even more (is that possible?!?) than the original. Hope you get to them soon!

  7. Sam (Tiny Library)

    The only one of these I've read is The Passage. It was good, but not good enough to justify the massive time investment it represents.

  8. Hannah C.

    I highly recommend 'The Raven Boys' – I finally got around to reading it last month and really enjoyed it!

  9. Daisy

    I really need to read The Lost Hero and The Raven Boys as well! I can't believed I haven't yet!
    I hope you end up reading and enjoying all of these!

  10. beccabooklover

    I completely forgot about Rivers of London on my list. I can remember wanting it so bad and it popping up cheap in a kindle sale and I bought it straight away…and have never given it another look! So bad as it looks sooo good and just like you I really do want to read it! I also really need to buy the Percy Jackson series as I love greek mythology. Great list!

    Becca @ Lost in Thought

  11. Mel

    Like you I could have a 100 books on my TBR pile that I couldn't wait for but still haven't read. The Passage is one of mine as well and it is the size of it that puts me off picking it up as well. On a side night I really enjoyed the Rivers of London – it's so nice to have an UF set in London rather than Chicago, New York or New Orleans (not that those cities aren't great but diversity is nice!).

  12. applesandglue

    I love big books… there's something to me about picking up a long book and knowing that it's going to take me ages to finish it that I find delicious. I have the book The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb in prominent display on my bookshelf because I love seeing how thick it is. And it's good too. πŸ™‚

  13. Nikki

    Okay, seriously, you have to drop what you're doing right now and read The Raven Boys! I haven't read all of Stiefvater's works but this was, by far, my favourite!

  14. So many books, so little time

    I got the passage due to the red ridges on the pages, I couldn't resist it. So unusual, wasn't a huge lover of it though from what I remember.


  15. KarenSi

    Great list. I like the look of all of these. Oh, and it is always okay to buy a book based on it's cover. I would have picked that one up for the same reason as you.

    I loved The Passage but it took me a year to pick it up because it was so huge! Disappointed to hear that the sequal isn't so good. Glad I decided to wait for the paperback of that one now.

    I have been meaning to try Joe Nesbo too. I don't have any on my shelf but I keep noticing them in the bookshop and thinking I should try one but then picking up something else instead. I am easily distracted (probably by a pretty cover).

  16. Nose_in_a_book

    Ha! Who doesn't do this? I have so many examples in the TBR. In fact Rivers of London is one my examples too. I'll get round to it eventually, I'm sure. And China Mieville is one of those authors I keep saying I want to read but haven't got round to. So many books, not enough time.

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