Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I was Excited to Buy and Still Haven’t Read


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature from The Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s topic was a freebie, so I thought I’d do a post related to one of my challenges for the year, which is to make more of a dent in the books I actually own.  I normally find this a bit difficult because there are always more books and there’s all the wonderful things to be found at the library…

It’s easy to pick things up and then abandon them immediately for something new and exciting.

But these are ten books I’m eager to check off my list:

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith–I’ve wanted to read this for ages, but the new movie coming out gives me a bigger push. Has anyone read this? And if so, did you enjoy it? I’m kind of worried about it.

Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres–I picked three separate copies of this book up during one trip to a thrift store book section and figured it was fate.

World Without End by Ken Follett–I read the first book about building the great cathedral and really enjoyed it and all the perspectives it included, but the sequel has been gathering dust on my shelves.

The Women by TC Boyle–Mention Frank Lloyd Wright and I’m in. Add a woman’s perspective and I’m sold.

Dearie by Bob Spitz–So technically my mom purchased this one for me, but I picked it out. You can never read too much about Julia Child.

How to be a Movie Star by William J Mann–This biography of Elizabeth Taylor caught my eye during a closing sale at Borders.  I love Hollywood biographies.

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay–I picked this one up at Costco and have been waiting for the right mood to read it.

NW by Zadie Smith–Actually I bought this book this weekend. It was on sale at B&N and I couldn’t resist.

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan–I was happy to find a copy in good condition at a thrift store and snapped it up.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley– When I was really little I tried to read the Wishbone version of this book, and it scared me too much to finish. But I’m ready to give it another go with the adult version.


As you can see, some of these, even on this short list, start with the same letter, so it’s quite possible that I won’t get to them all this year. But I’m hoping to have fewer books on my shelves at the end of the year than the beginning. Although knowing myself, it’s possible I’ll just fill any room I make…

Are there books languishing on your shelves? Which were you most excited for when you purchased or received it?


7 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I was Excited to Buy and Still Haven’t Read

  1. I tried to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies but it didn’t hold my interest. Frankenstein is GREAT. I highly recommend it. I read The Feminine Mystique in high school and it’s probably a good “standard” feminist read. I really liked Ain’t I a Woman? by bell hooks as well.


    1. I really like bell hooks’s writing, but I haven’t read her book yet. I’ll have to add that one to my list. I’m a bit worried about P&P&Z, but I’m very much looking forward to Frankenstein.


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