TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Unread Books that have been on my Shelves the Longest

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week – I’m thinking I might not take part every week but just see if a week takes my fancy. This week’s topic is actually called FREEBIE – so you can either pick a previous topic you missed out on or choose a new one. So this week I’ve decided to go through my shelves to find out which books have been sitting there the longest and I haven’t picked them up yet. I’ve worked this out by looking at the publication date (with the hardback books this worked especially well) and if I can remember if I was in school/college/university when buying the book.

The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan CooperFullSizeRender (55)
Publication date: 2007 Been on my shelves for over seven years
I bought this (or more precisely I think I got my mum to buy it for me) when I heard that a film of the same name was being released. I always liked reading the book before seeing the film and when I realised the film was based on one book in the series I got the complete collection. I have yet to watch the film or read the book.

Life and Laughing by Michael McIntyre
Publication date: 2010 Been on my shelves for four years
I went through a stage of buying and reading a lot of autobiographies but then I just stopped so I’ve got a few on my shelve that I haven’t actually read. Michael McIntyre is a British comedian and it’s thanks to him I now have a word for that drawer you have in your house that is full of random stuff – it’s called the Man Drawer. This was definitely a Christmas present from my mum but it as a kind of joint-present since she’s read half of it (but not finished it) and I’ve never started it.

FullSizeRender (54)Always Looking Up by Michael J. Fox
Publication date: 2009 Been on my shelves for
I went through a stage of buying and reading a lot of autobiographies but then I just stopped so I’ve got a few on my shelve that I haven’t actually read. I got the Michael J. Fox one because Ii always loved him as the voice of Chance in the Incredible Journey films and (of course) the Back to the Future films. I’m pretty sure this was either a birthday or a Christmas present from my mum.

Small Man in a Book by Rob Brydon
Publication date: 2011 Been on my shelves for three years
I went through a stage of buying and reading a lot of autobiographies but then I just stopped so I’ve got a few on my shelve that I haven’t actually read. Rob Brydon is another British comedian/actor who I like a lot hence owning his autobiography – I’m actually pretty sure I bought this for my dad for Christmas but because I wanted to read it, I didn’t give it to him and bought him something else instead.

Last Man Standing by David BaldacciFullSizeRender (53)
Publication date: 2001 Been on my shelves for over 13 years
This is definitely the book I’ve had the longest but have yet to read. It was a present for my Granddad who read it and then gave it to me after I said I’d like to read it. It’s all about spies (and I love that kind of thing) but it’s always been a bit daunting as it’s over 500 pages and has very small print.

Hood by Stephen R. Lawhead
Publication date: 2007 Been on my shelves for seven years
This is an adaption/retelling of Robin Hood and I did try to read it when I first bought it but couldn’t get into it at all – Ii think my idea of Robin Hood was too focussed on Kevin Costner in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

FullSizeRender (52)Along Came Dylan by Stephen Foster
Publication date: 2008 Been on my shelves for five years
My mum bought me this book. It’s about a dog (and we both love dogs) and I think she got it when we went through a read-all-the-stories-about-dogs phase after reading Marley and Me.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Publication date: 2010 Been on my shelves for four years
I’ve been told many, many times to read Neil Gaiman books as it’s something I should like but I’ve not yet gotten around to trying American Gods. I think that’s in part due to how big the book is – big books need commitment that I’m not often able to give.

The Magicians Guild by Trudi CanavanFullSizeRender (51)
Publication date: 2007 Been on my shelves for seven years
I think I picked this up because I liked the cover and I kept seeing it in every bookstore I went into. Also, I think a couple of guys I knew at school were reading it and I liked fantasy so that was the thought process behind it. Then I got a bit put off by how fat the book is.

The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
Publication date: 2012 Been on my shelves for two years
I think I bought this because I was going through my Sherlock Holmes phase and I’d read a lot of Anthony Horowitz’s books before and really liked them so I obviously thought – two things I like in one, I shall read this book immediately and love it. I have yet to even think about picking it up.

 

If I could read two of these by the end of the year, I’ll be very happy. Let’s see what happens in 2015!

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6 comments

    1. Thank you! I had a clear out about 18 months ago and gave away books I hadn’t read and books that I’d read but didn’t like or wouldn’t reas again to friends and the charity shop – it definitely made my shelvea are a lot clearer. These books I kept because I do still want to read them at some point.

    1. Therein lies the problem! I’ve got a few unread classics on my shelves too – I just feel they need so much more time and concentration from me and I don’t always feel like really thinking about what I’m reading.

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