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Top Ten Books I Just Had to Buy but Still Haven’t Read


I really want to participate in this Top Ten Tuesdays meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish for a couple of reasons. One is because I love lists. I love making lists. I love crossing things off of lists. It is a daily habit of mine to make all different kinds of lists. So there is no way I can resist a weekly list-making opportunity like this. The other reason is to feel like I’m part of a community. Even if no one ever reads this blog, I’m still participating in something with like-minded people that inspire me.

This week’s list is “Top Ten Books I HAD to Buy… But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread.” For me, this list is going to be mostly adult books, some pretty heavy, that I definitely wanted, but I haven’t gotten around to reading because of my fiendish addiction to YA. I pretty consistently have a stack of 4 or 5 books checked out from the library, and since those have a due date, they end up getting top priority. Which means the books I buy (or I’ll admit, in some cases, are given as gifts) sit on my shelves for months, if not years, waiting for their turn.

1. Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution by Holly Tucker: I’m really into science and medical history for some reason, but I haven’t gotten around to reading this one yet.

2. The Book on Fire by Keith Miller: I loved Miller’s The Book of Flying so much that I’d be excited about reading anything by him, but somehow this one is still sitting on the shelf.

3. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe: Not even really a whole book really, but I have just this story and still haven’t managed to read it yet.

4. The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression by Amity Shlaes: Did I mention I like history? I hated history in school, it was my least favorite subject. Once I realized there were much better-written stories than I read in text books, I realized how interesting history can be. Unfortunately I still haven’t read this one though.

5. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand: This is one of those old titles that I’ve always wanted to read, and finally got, but the length is so intimidating! I have a couple of these on this list.

6. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: My husband loves Neil Gaiman, so I thought a YA book would be a nice introduction for me, but it’s still sitting on my nightstand un-started.

7. Hell’s Angels by Hunter S. Thompson: My dad was a big Harley guy. He wasn’t in any gangs or anything, but he heard about them. The biker life intrigues me, I just haven’t read it yet.

8. Insomniac by Gayle Green: I don’t have any issues with insomnia; this book just sounded interesting to me, so now I have it.

9. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela: Again with the history! I really do like biographies too though. I definitely must read this one… eventually.

10. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: I have read a couple other Tolstoy books. They take some time to get into, but they’re always worth it. I thought I’d read this one after I was done with my graduate degree, but it still sits there waiting for the day I feel like I have enough time to get into it… hopefully that will happen.

Thus concludes this weeks Top Ten Tuesday! Sorry adult books!