Top Ten / Books I Had to Have… But Still Haven’t Read

I HAD to Have These Books... But I Still Haven't Read Them

Today I am participating in Top Ten Tuesday for the first time, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and the theme this week is Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy…But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread.

I suspect that prolific readers, book bloggers, booksellers, and the like, will agree with me when I say that it’s a terrible feeling to constantly discover tons of fantastic books that you want to read, only that you cannot possibly find the time to. I find this quotation from Lewis Buzbee’s The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop sobering: ‘If you read one book a week, starting at the age of 5, and live to be 80, you will have read a grand total of 3,900 books, a little over one-tenth of 1 percent of the books currently in print.’ But it certainly does not stop us trying to read them all. Here are just ten that I really wanted to read at the time, but haven’t yet:

Pretties (Uglies #1-3) by Scott Westerfeld
I received Uglies, Pretties and Specials for my birthday, probably back in 2006, and for some reason did not move onto the second book. Uglies was one of the first young adult dystopian books I ever read and so I really want to re-read it and move onto the rest of the series!

Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle #1-2) by Libba Bray
A Great and Terrible Beauty is another book I read sometime between 2005 and 2007, and another book I want to re-read before moving onto the sequel. I remember being swayed by its popularity online (although not with bloggers, since I did not run or read book blogs back then) and beautiful cover.

Across the Universe (Across the Universe #1-2) by Beth Revis
I won Across the Universe from my friend Daphne back in 2011. I kept saying to myself ‘I’ll read it soon!’, but to no avail. As the third book, Shades of Earth, is published in May, I’m planning to read and review the entire trilogy. You can hold me to it! And here’s a fun anecdote: Daphne offered to buy me the hardback but I assured her that I’d much prefer the paperback, and told her not to spend extra money on me. I didn’t quite realise just how lovely the hardback was back then – Daphne was rightly puzzled!

Second Glance by Jodi Picoult
I picked Second Glance, but I actually have these Jodi Picoult books to read: Mercy, Keeping Faith, Handle with Care, Perfect Match and Harvesting the Heart.

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
I had A Short History on my wishlist for while before spontaneously buying a used copy online sometime in 2011. My copy arrived smelling of smoke, with a cigarette roll ups package stuck inside, and with some strange black gunk on it. Lovely. As I cannot stand the smell of cigarette smoke, I haven’t yet picked up the book.

I HAD to Have These Books... But I Still Haven't Read ThemThe Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society #1-3) by Trenton Lee. Stewart
I asked for the lovely box set of these books for Christmas 2011, particularly after reading positive reviews from Emma and Priscilla

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
I first read Paper Towns on my Kindle and it became one of my favourite books. In 2011, I purchased physical copies of all of John Green’s books to date. Will Grayson, Will Grayson is the only book I haven’t yet read. I’m slightly afraid, if I’m honest, for once I read it, I shall have no John Green books left to look forward to!

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
I had seen The Snow Child jotting around the blogosphere, but I avoided buying it for a while because it was back when I was on a self-enforced book-buying ban. I caved last May because I became worried that I wouldn’t be able to purchase the hardback once the paperback was published.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzgerald
Why haven’t I read My Life Next Door? Just why?! I first heard about it in March 2012 and it wasn’t published until June. I even pre-ordered it, something I rarely do. I’m hoping the (eventual) spring weather will spur me on to read this finally!

Harry Potter: Page to Screen by Bob McCabe
I received this for Christmas 2011 and started reading it instantly, but I stopped around The Order of the Phoenix section. I think it may have something to do with the fact I visited the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, which had a lot of the same information. Nonetheless, it’s an utterly beautiful book that every Harry Potter fan should own. I’m sure I’ll be flicking through this when I’m 80.

I HAD to Have These Books... But I Still Haven't Read Them

Oh, books. Why must you torment me so? I apparently need to dedicate two months to reading these!

Which books did you need to buy/borrow/download/ask for but still haven’t read yet?

47 thoughts on “Top Ten / Books I Had to Have… But Still Haven’t Read

  1. Yay you’re participating in Top Ten Tuesday! Ohh I’ve heard really good things about The Snow Child. Lol and you haven’t read a Jodi Picoult book that you bought? *Gasps* ;). I hope you enjoy Will Grayson Will Grayson when you get around to reading it! It’s a really great story!

  2. I have The Pretties books too but haven’t read it. I may read it after I finish my current book. I’m interested to see what you think of it once you’re done.

  3. I feel the same way about my John Green books. I didn’t want to speed through them because then I wouldn’t have anything left to read by him. BUT I sped through them anyway and then started rereading them because I’m am OBSESSED. Will Grayson Will Grayson is good!

  4. I loved the Across the Universe series! I say that same thing about getting to a book, and though my intentions are good, sometimes it just doesn’t happen. My Life Next Door is very cute. 🙂

    • Oh definitely. It happens with me all the time. I just cannot keep up.

      My Life Next Door DOES look very cute. I also have Meant to Be, which I still haven’t read.

  5. I looooooove Scott Westerfeld, and his Uglies series is fantastic, I think. It was one of the first series I re-read and it really helped me get into reading. Beth Revis seems to be on a lot of people’s lists today. I don’t own any of her books so she’s not n mine, but that’s a series I would really love to read.

    My Top Ten 🙂

  6. Will Grayson, Will Grayson is great! Also, there is another book after Rebel Angels; it’s sequel is called The Sweet Far Thing.

  7. I’ve read a couple of these (Oh, and I loved THE YELLOW-LIGHTED BOOKSTORE, btw) and have several on my TBR list as well. *SIgh* I’m pretty sure I’ll never read them all, but I do try. Oh, do I try!

  8. Across the Universe is simply amazing. I need to read the Gemma Doyle series, since I’ve heard only great things. Great list!
    Em @ A Beautiful Madness
    My Top Ten

  9. I was going to ask why you wouldn’t pick up Will Grayson, Will Grayson immediately but I really can see your point!
    Across the Universe is one of the books that I would have added to my list if I were participating because it’s been stuck on my shelf for a few months now and I really need to get around to it. Hopefully sometime in the next month!

    Hope you get around to them all soon! 🙂

  10. I’m glad I saw your post pop up today! Wouldn’t have heard about the prompt otherwise. I had a lot of fun making my own list.

    I highly recommend finishing Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle series 🙂 They are magical and remind me of my schoolgirl days.

    • Oh I’m so glad! I’m not a huge fan of memes, but this one is always interesting for me to read so I thought I’d finally take part. You can see a list of upcoming ones too (I always wondered how people posted them so quickly…).

  11. We share page to Screen! 🙂 That’s one thick fudger. 😀 Will Grayson is so amazing, happy reading!

    My TTT

  12. Oh dear, I am so very guitly of this!
    I bought The Casual Vacancy on the day it came out (which was silly because it cost a bomb) and I still haven’t read it! This might have something to do with it being a big hardcover, though. I don’t like reading HCs when I’m likely to be lugging them around travelling or commuting because they’re so bulky and I don’t want to damage the jacket. Maybe I’ll make it a summer read!

    • Don’t worry, I think all booklovers are! I can see The Casual Vacancy being quite a good beach read actually. (Aww the paperback is published in July. It has a different cover too).

  13. The Mystery Benedict Society is a lovely book! I hope you enjoy it-if you ever get to it, of course 😛
    I have so many books on my shelf that I just *needed* to buy but haven’t read them yet. Just proves that I have a problem. It seems that I am not alone though!

    • Definitely not alone! I really do want to read The Mysterious Benedict Society. I loved ASOUE and it sounds like it has the same sort of theme/tone.

  14. I know I told you this on Twitter, but I wanted to comment because I like commenting. 🙂 Yes, read Pretties. I have The Mysterious Benedict Society still on my Nook and have yet to touch it. *sigh*. So many books to read, so little time. Also, your TTT is like 10000 times better than mine, haha!

    • And I like to receive comments 😀

      We should read it at the same time! And yes, gosh, I have so many ebooks I need to read. It’s hard because I cannot see them on my shelves and so it’s easier to forget.

  15. Snow Child on my list as well… Shamefully I even PRE-ORDERED this one!

  16. OH MY GOSH. My Life Next Door. You should read it. Like, right now. It is really good. Really. 🙂

    Here’s my TTT

  17. I have The Snow Child, it’s wonderful – you’ve good reason for buying it and you should definitely read it 🙂 I’ve had The Casual Vacancy since November and some Dickens that I really wanted and still want to read. But yes, time?

  18. Goodluck on reading them!
    I haven’t read a Jodi Picoult in a while, but the ones I have tackled before are Mercy, Keeping Faith, and Harvesting the Heart. The latter was my least favorite.

  19. Read My Life Next Door today. It is so cute!

  20. Hey Stacey, I just discovered your blog and I really like it – the design, your taste in books and the way you write about them.
    I can totally relate to your fear of not having any of John Green’s books to read and thus not picking up “Will Grayson Will Grayson”. But it is a really good book so you should read it soon – and then there are the loads and loads of David Levithan’s books to discover, if you haven’t read them yet.

    One book I really needed to have and still haven’t read yet, is “The Assassin’s Curse” by Cassandra Rose Clark. I even pre-ordered that one, but somehow I still haven’t picked it up yet.

    • Thanks so much! That’s lovely to hear and I hope you continue to enjoy Pretty Books 🙂

      I think Will Grayson, Will Grayson will be the first book I pick up from the list!

  21. That quote is basically my life’s saddest truth. I agree with you though, I won’t stop trying to read them all. Snow Child is an amazing book, it was one of my favorite books of 2012. I really want to read the Benedict Society as well!

  22. Hello! I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award (:

  23. Oh, I’ve never heard of Harry Potter: Page to Screen – that looks like a fascinating read! I’ll have to check it out, or let my uber-Harry-Potter-obsessed friend know!

  24. I have Page to Screen as well, and I only opened it once. Need to get to it soon!
    Happy reading!

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