TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. As the title suggests, this week is all about those books we bought and totally meant to read them and still haven’t. Oops!

In no particular order, here’s the ten books that have been sitting unread on my shelves for the longest.

The Time in Between by Nancy Tucker
Thanks to an Instagram pic of a bookhaul I can tell you when this book came in my possession – August 2015! And I still haven’t read it. it’s a non-fiction book and I’m not always in the mood for that so I think that’s one of the reasons I just haven’t got to it yet.

Truthwitch by Susan Denard
I got this in an Illumicrate box in early 2016 and I still haven’t read it. I did try it when I first got it, but I didn’t make it past the first 20 pages. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood for it? I do want to give Truthwitch another go as I’ve heard nothing but great things about the series.

Uprooted by Naomi Novak
I’ve got Uprooted in the hardback, and I think I got it for either my birthday or Christmas so that means it came to me late 2015. I think this was another book I wanted because everyone was talking about it and then because of the hype I put off reading it.    

The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak
This is another book I can date thanks to a bookhaul. I think I bought it because I saw Rincey from RinceyReads gushing about it and on the whole, I tend to like the books she likes. Now I know I can use it as my pick for Turkey on my Read the World Project but that hasn’t gotten me to pick it up any faster.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer
I got this at an airport when I was flying to my dad’s around three years ago. I’ve actually started it twice, but both times haven’t made it past the first chapter. I do hope third time will be the charm as it sounds like just my kind of book.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
It’s another one from the Instagram bookhaul of August 2015! Murakami is such a well-known and well-loved author, I find it a bit intimidating to pick up any of his books, and that’s why I still haven’t. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage is a reasonably short book, for Murakami anyway, and the premise sounds interesting so maybe 2018 will be the year I finally get to it.

Last Man Standing by David Baldacci
I think I must’ve had this book for at least fifteen years. I remember my grandad read it and I said I wanted to read it after him (even though it was an adult book about spies and murder) so he gave it to me when he’d finished. I remember him saying that there was American slang in it, and how they call their coins different names, but he thought I’d be OK reading it. Still haven’t read it, though it makes me think of him every time I see it on the shelf.

Wool by Hugh Howey
I got this from a second-hand booksale at my university, and I graduated from that Uni over three years ago! This book was everywhere on booktube at the time and I think that’s what made me pick it up.

Ruined by Amy Tintera
This came into my possession thanks to FairyLoot in Spring 2016. It was a book I knew very little about and I haven’t even attempted to read it yet.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Another book I got in a subscription box in the middle of 2016. I did give Nevernight a go when I first got it but couldn’t really get into it so put it down very quickly. I am intrigued by the story and how dark and mysterious it sounds so I do want to pick it up again some time.

If anything, this Top Ten Tuesday has shown me I need to start reading the books I get in subscription boxes a lot quicker than I do. I already knew this about myself though really, and that’s why I haven’t bought any subscription boxes so far this year and have cancelled my pre-existing subscriptions. Subscription boxes are great but it’s a very easy way for books to mount up.

What are the books that have been sitting unread on your shelves the longest?


  1. Ruined has also been on my TBR for ages. Every time I think about picking it up, I just feel so…ambivalent about it. I’m glad this post was able to help you realize the downside of subscription box books, but hopefully you’re able to get through all the ones that have piled up and end up enjoying them more than you anticipated. 🙂

    1. I think I feel ambivalent towards it too because I know little about it and didn’t even see much hype or criticism of it so don’t know what’s the general view of it.
      Yeah I didn’t even get subscription boxes every month! I had one that was quarterly and then I’d get others now and again for a single purchase when the theme sounded interesting. The unread books still managed to mount up though! Thanks, it’s kind of an unwritten goal of mine to read (or get rid of) all the subscription box books I have.

  2. So many books on your list that I’ve been meaning to read as well! In particular, I’ve wanted to read something by Murakami for so long but I just don’t know where to start. Great list! 🙂

    1. Thank you! 🙂 Yeah Murakami is one of those authors that’s so popular and has written so many books it’s a bit daunting to start reading his stuff, even if you really want to.

    1. It’s been great! A friend of mine decided to do it so I hopped on the bandwagon and haven’t looked back. It’s definitely got me reading outside my comfort zone but I’m enjoying it. 🙂

  3. A friend gave me an advanced copy of The Time in Between a couple of months before it was released, and I STILL haven’t read it. I love reading non-fiction, but it sounds like it’s going to be extremely emotional, so I’m trying to make sure I’m in the right headspace before I pick it up.

    Here’s my TTT!

    1. Yeah it definitely sounds like an emotional read. I always put those sorta books off too until I just bite the bullet and pick it up because otherwise I’ll probably never be ready! 😛

  4. I really wanna get to Uprooted to but I’ve been avoiding it for a long time now, although I’ve heard great things about it!
    I personally really enjoyed Truthwitch, although the second book was better for me. Hope you enjoy it too!

  5. Nevernight is definitely one I should pick up someday as well. I haven’t had it thàt long yet but I’ve heard a lot of good things about it – and the sequel – so I should read it.. Although I might wait until the publication of the third book is a bit more near, haha.

    1. Yeah, that’s the thing with series as well – I’m so bad at keeping up with them even if I enjoy them. I definitely read more standalone books because I don’t have to invest so much time in them – which probably sounds bad but as I said, I’m terrible at keeping up with series!

      1. That’s a good idea. It’s like I generally only read nonfiction in November because you gotta love the alliteration! But anything that gets us reading has got to be good!

    1. Oh gosh it’s scary sometimes when you look at your bookshelves and see there’s so many unread books, some of which might have been there for years! Hope you get to some of the books in your TBR soon 🙂

  6. Oh, how could I forget Haruki Murakami has been on my list for ever now?!
    I’m so glad I found your blog, this is the best part of TTT for me 😉

    1. He’s definitely an author who I want to read at least one of his books to see whether or not I like his writing.
      Thanks! I love discovering new blogs to follow on TTT – and I often end up adding more books to my TBR after blog hopping on a Tuesday 😉

      1. Yeah… Me too! I think TTT might not be that great for my bank account… but let’s not tell it 😉

  7. I really enjoyed Truthwitch so I’d definitely recommend giving it another go! It’s a lot slower paced than other ya fantasies around at the moment which is a nice change. I’ve got Nevernight sitting on my shelf right now too and I’ve heard both good and bad things about it so I’m interested to see what the fuss is about.

  8. Murakami is my favourite author, but I must admit that I have not kept up with his latest releases. The shame! For me, his greatest novel is “The Wind-up Bird Chronicle” and even my dad who`s not a fan of magical realism enjoyed it, so maybe you should start from there.

    Carmen`s Reading Corner

  9. Uprooted is wonderful when you’re in the book for a fairytale like book. Nevernight does take a bit of work to get into but is completely worth it. Truthwitch is very slow paced but I really liked the magic system in it. I haven’t read any of the books I’ve got in FairyLoot…they need to do a version without the book!

    1. Thank you! I’ve heard nothing but good things about Uprooted these last few days. I love the way you describe it too, maybe it’ll be a read for Autumn (if I don’t pick it up sooner)

  10. I DNFed Truthwitched and loved Nevernight even if it was hard to get into in the beginning. Nevernight is written in a unique style but the author also shows a love for metaphors and uses them too frequently but I hope when you get to the books, you’d enjoy them ^^

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