Books That Have Been on My TBR List the Longest. Can You Help Me Decide Which to Keep?

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Top Ten Tuesday is run by That Artsy Reader Girl. With life and whatnot happening, I missed when this topic was first posted. Reading other friends’ and bloggers’ lists was so fun, though, it made me curious about what mysterious books have lingered in the silent shadows of my own To-Read list. And that’s why today I am bringing my flashlight as I go and search through the forest of books that is my TBR… Perhaps you’d like to join me? Bring a handkerchief for the dust (you never know what you might find). Perhaps you can tell me which books I should continue to keep on the list, and which ones I should say goodbye to?

 

Frankenstein, monster, books, penguin classics, mary shelley,

FRANKENSTEIN. I can’t believe I haven’t read this classic. Like what rock have I been hiding under not to have read this? It’s one of those classics that EVERYONE knows. And even though I’ve seen plenty of new and old movies about the monster, I hear that reading the book is a whole other monsterly matter! Hmm, maybe around Halloween time…?

 

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GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES. I have the collection on my shelf, so I need to make myself sit down and read story by story. It’s just too easy to get distracted by all those other shiny new books…

 

howl's moving castle, books, anime, book to movie, diana wynne jones,

HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE. I loved the movie. And that’s really the only reason I haven’t gotten around to reading the book. (I can hear some of you grumbling about those who see the movies instead of reading the books 😉 ).

 

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THE SILMARILLION. I tried, I really did try, and I know I’ll come back to it again one of these days! There are so many of Tolkien’s stories that I must get to. Like the Children of Hurin.

 

septimus heap, Magyk, angie sage, books, middle grade books, goodreads,

SEPTIMUS HEAP. This cover is so adorable, I have the hardback and it’s the cutest! I’ve read the first few chapters. At the time I was looking for something else, and didn’t like all the hopping around of POVs. But I’d like to go back to this book. The characters and world are lovely.

 

the luck uglies, paul durham, books, middle grade books, goodreads,

THE LUCK UGLIES. I keep coming across this one, which is why I finally added it to my Goodreads. The name is very catchy, and has that fun mischievous vibe. Have you read this? Do you think I’d enjoy it?

 

unicorn chronicles, into the land of the unicorns, bruce coville, books, MG books, YA books, must reads, old reads,

SONG OF THE WANDERER. So the first book in this series, Into the Land of the Unicorns, I first got when I was in sixth grade, and I loved the book SO much. Problem was, it ended on a cliffhanger and…there was no sequel.

I searched and searched, for years forgetting about it and then searching again. Until one day I stumbled upon it on a bookshelf. There it was, the sequel, and I nearly jumped up and down with joy! I’m much older now, so I’m not sure what it will be like diving into a world I loved as a kid, but we’ll see how it goes. Now it’s just a matter of moving it up the TBR list. 🙂

 

eragon, christopher paolini, dragons, books, goodreads,

ERAGON. I made it through…I think 1/5 of it? Then other books came along and swept my attention away. There’s lots of negative reviews about the series as a whole, and that’s kept me at bay, even though I actually have the whole series on my shelf. (I just like the dragon covers sitting there all pretty like 😉 ). Have you read this book? Did you enjoy the series?

 

the scarlet pimpernel, emmunska, books, classic book, goodreads, great reads,

THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL. It’s a classic, so yeah, it’s been sitting on my Goodreads shelf for a LONG time now. I think my dad has a copy of it somewhere, so it’s just a matter of me taking time to break away from all the great modern reads to dive into an old read!

 

the false prince, jennifer nielsen, books, middle grade books, YA books, goodreads, best reads,

THE FALSE PRINCE. I keep coming back to this one, wondering if I should give it a chance. I’ve read both positive and negative reviews, and still can’t get my frazzled brain to decide! So, what do you think? Should it stay on my list, or are there other books worth my time?

So we’ve come out on the other side of the forest of books, unscathed and nothing lost (hopefully). Though I’ll keep sneezing from the dust we stirred up. But what about you? Which books do you think have been sitting on your TBR shelf the longest? Do share with us in the comments!

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13 thoughts on “Books That Have Been on My TBR List the Longest. Can You Help Me Decide Which to Keep?

  1. I just read Howl’s Moving Castle with a couple of my kiddos. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I found the dynamic between Howl and Sophie to be quite endearing. The ending was a little rushed, I think, but I looked forward to our before school morning reads every day! 🙂 I’ve seen the movie a few times and also liked it, but it’s definitely a little different than the book, but not in a bad way as some are. 🙂 Now I want a live action version!

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  2. Definitely Howl’s Moving Castle!!! I love the Miyazaki movie and I had no idea it was a book for the longest time. I loved the book when I finally read it! I need to see if the library still has it and read it again!

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  3. And Eragon is great too! It has a lot of exposition and a lot of stuff that I felt like I was wading through, but if you like Tolkien, I don’t think you’ll have a problem with it! I read it back in high school before the whole series was out and when I got to the end of the red book (can’t remember the title) I thought I was going to die because there was no more! Now the movie on the other hand…total garbage. The book is great though!!!

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  4. I’ve read Frankenstein, and The Silmarillion. Frankenstein I want to read again, because I think I was too young to really fully appreciate it, but I remember enjoying it. It made me think a lot about the world.

    And the Silmarrilion, that book took some reading! It took me ages, but I was fascinated by how in depth and clever it was. And then felt a little sad that I’ll never have the discipline to build a world with such depth. :/

    I’m currently making my way through books that have sat on my shelves for ages. I got fed up of seeing them on the to be read shelf, and decided to make my way through them. I’ve found some gems, and some from series’ I’m not sure I really like anymore.

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    • The Silmarrilion is tough but so detailed, I know what you mean! I beat myself up about not being able to create such an in-depth world like Tolkien did, too. Maybe many of us writers feel that way. 🙂

      What are some of the gems you’ve found?

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      • I think creating a world like Tolkien’s is the goal for many fantasy writers – but I think it’s such a detailed world and he must have spent years and years and years on it that it’s one of those comparisons that it’s unfair to make for ourselves!

        I think the most recent gem was a book called the hand of Isis. It’s an historical fiction with just a touch of magic that I really loved. 😊

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  5. I think creating a world like Tolkien’s is the goal for many fantasy writers – but I think it’s such a detailed world and he must have spent years and years and years on it that it’s one of those comparisons that it’s unfair to make for ourselves!

    I think the most recent gem was a book called the hand of Isis. It’s an historical fiction with just a touch of magic that I really loved. 😊

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