Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven't Read Yet

Today's Top Ten list is all about procrastination and good intentions!  The post title says it all--what has been hanging around the TBR shelf since before I started writing about what I've been reading?

In no particular order, although the first is the first book I put on my GoodReads TBR list.

  1. The Gentlemen of the Road, by Michael Chabon
  2. Villette, by Charlotte Bronte
  3. Agnes Grey, by Anne Bronte
  4. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See
  5. Trinity, by Leon Uris
  6. Chesapeake, by James Michener
  7. Battle Cry of Freedom, by James MacPherson
  8. The Art of Eating, by M.F.K. Fisher
  9. The Proud Tower, by Barbara Tuchman
  10. Perdita, by Paula Byrne
Interestingly, none of these are on a reading list for this year.  Maybe I've just gotten comfortable with where they are on the shelf.  Anything I should push to the top of next year's lists?

Visit The Broke and the Bookish to see what others have a hard time committing to!

What's on your list of good intentions?


  1. I've started to see these Top Ten Tuesdays around and it seems like something I should do! Do you enjoy it? How do you keep up with weekly posts?

    I have a giant stack of books from before my blogging days and it just multiplied with blogging. Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper, Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott have literally been sitting on my to read shelf for 20 years. I'll get to them some day!

    I love Agnes Grey on your shelf and thought it was a great look at the hard life of a governess. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan was a great historical fiction book. I love Charlotte Bronte and Villette is interesting, but not at the same level as Jane Eyre.

    Interesting discussion!

    1. I like the Top Ten Tuesday book meme. I don't do it regularly but when I remember to check or if I see it on someone else's blog, and I'm inspired, it's an easy post to write! And usually fun because most people will have some reaction to something on your list!

      Yes, I would like to read Agnes Grey as I have a soft spot for poor dear Anne Bronte.

  2. You are doing yourself a disservice by not reading VILLETTE. There.

    1. Next year's Classics list, for sure!

    2. I enjoyed Villette. I hope you do as well.

    3. I thought Villette was kind of slog, and I hated the ending. I'm now running and hiding because I know many people love this book.

  3. I like your list : I wouldn't mind Battle Cry of Freedom too. I have read #4 which is an interesting read. You can move that up for next year.

  4. I am almost afraid at my own shelves for similar books :) I think that there would be many.

    This is one reason why I no longer buy books in advance. I lose interest before reading them

    I am currently read Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August. I am finding it to be very good so far. This is my second book by her that I have like. Thus I would like to read The Proud Tower.

  5. I have the 2 Brontes in my TBR too but they're recent purchases. I went through a Michener and Uris phase in my twenties. Loved them,esp centennial and Mila 28. Great sweeping historical sagas although I do wonder if my literary tastes have changed since then?

  6. Being comfortable with where they are is kind of where I am with mine. It's not intentional, but it's easy to forget or just continue to leave them unread.

    Villette's a bit divided. I'd personally leave it but others would say read it now. If you've not read any Lisa See books before, definitely move Snow Flower up (I've not read it but the later Shanghai Girls is excellent and Snow Flower seems to be a favourite with others).

    I've a couple of big non-fictions on mine, very easy to say later to.

  7. It's good to know you're not the only one with unread books isn't it? This weeks topic totally reminded me to shop my own shelf before anything else!

  8. I read Chesapeake years ago and absolutely loved it from the beginning when Michener is only talking about the migratory patterns of geese to the end. If you can pull me in talking about migratory patterns, that's a book worth reading!

  9. I hadn't seen this Top Ten but my list would include Portrait of a Lady and Daniel Deronda. Also some Thomas Hardy that I keep swearing I'll get to -- and I might actually achieve this because I finally read Return of the Native and it was really good.