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August 24, 2016

top ten tuesday: dusty tbrs
posted by soe 10:40 am

I started this early, which meant that it didn’t occur to me that I hadn’t published it yesterday when I should have. ::sigh:: Anyway, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from The Broke and the Bookish is Ten Books That Have Been on Your Shelf/TBR Pile from Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet.

Here are ten books that have been in my possession for more than 11 years:

  1. Thanks to a collected work I bought in middle school, I have my top three taken care of: Vilette: Charlotte Brontë
  2. Shirley: Charlotte Brontë
  3. The Professor: Charlotte Brontë
  4. Paradise: Toni Morrison (Rudi gave me this the year it came out because I was so excited about it.)
  5. Quidditch through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them: J.K. Rowling (I’ve tried several times. Maybe this year will be the year for success, given the movie coming out inspired by the latter title.)
  6. The Age of Innocence: Edith Wharton (I once wrote a paper on this book based on two friends’ explanation of what happened in the movie. Ah, college!)
  7. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court: Mark Twain (I bought several used copies of this book in the years before moving to D.C. Multiple copies did not make me more likely to read it; nor did a podcast version.)
  8. White Teeth: Zadie Smith (This is another one I’ve given a couple shots, although not in a while. Maybe it’s time to revisit it.)
  9. The Secret Life of Bees: Sue Monk Kidd (Ditto.)
  10. A Confederacy of Dunces: John Kennedy Toole (I started this book and hated the protagonist, but since my best friend liked it and gave it to me, I will try it again at some point because she’s usually right about such things. Plus, I’m a big believer in sometimes it’s just not the right time for a certain book to enter your life.)

Do you have any books that have been lingering unread a long time on your shelves?

Category: books. There is/are 2 Comments.

1. The sequels to “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams. I’ve probably been putting them off because I know I will need to refresh my memory by rereading the first book. Committing to multiple books is harder, you know?
2. “So You Want to Be a Wizard” by Diane Duane. I started it, liked it, didn’t finish it, don’t recall why.
3. “Roughing It” by Mark Twain. It wasn’t as funny as funny as I wanted it to be, so I stopped reading. Since it’s Mark Twain, I can’t give it away without giving it at least one more try.
4. “Something to Remember Me By” by Saul Bellow, a graduation gift from my alma mater. I’ll get around to it someday. No rush. It’s not like they’re ever going to call me up and ask how I liked it.
5. “The Once and Future King” and “The Book of Merlyn” by T.H. White. I used to think I was interested in Arthurian legends, but apparently reading about them was (and still is) too much effort.
6. “The Crystal Cave” and three other books by Mary Stewart, ditto #5.
7. “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving. I enjoyed what I read of it, but I got distracted in the middle and never got back to it.
8. “Beloved” by Toni Morrison. It’s probably going to be sad, and most of the time I can’t handle sad.
9. “The Shipping News” by E. Annie Proulx. Someday I’ll be in just the right mood to finally finish it this unusual book.
10. “The Sound and the Fury” by William Faulkner. I tried reading it twice, and ugh both times. I’ll give it one last try, but I’m not looking forward to it.

Regarding your list, I thought “A Confederacy of Dunces” was hysterical, but it might not appeal to your sense of humor as it did to mine. You have my permission to give up on it. I own a copy of “The Secret Life of Bees,” so maybe we could read it together. Don’t be surprised if you don’t like “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.” I couldn’t stand it.

Comment by Karen 08.24.16 @ 5:51 pm

Great list! All the books you know you should read, and do want to read, but there is always a shorter/ more interesting book to grab your attention. I haven’t read any except the last two. Well, maybe the Rowling ones.
Anyway. Let’s discuss A Confederacy of Dunces.

I read this back in 2007, around the time I was reading a bunch of southern books.(http://raidergirl3-anadventureinreading.blogspot.ca/2007/07/book-confederacy-of-dunces-by-john.html)
I just reread that review, and it sums up my memory of it, with a few more details. If you go in with the right attitude – this is a foolish book, then it is a lot of fun.

I just finished a great Jaclyn Moriarty, the second in the series. Have you read The Colours of Madeleine? Great YA, mix of fantasy and science. Great fun!

Comment by raidergirl3 08.24.16 @ 8:26 pm