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




Hello my bookish friends! Top Ten Tuesday has a new host so be sure to link up over at That Artsy Reader Girl. The creators over at The Broke and the Bookish are closing their doors for now. I'm going to try to be a semi-consistent contributor. But as always, I make no promises.

Today's topic: Top Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest

There will be no links attached to photos today because there are no reviews and I am super short on time.

The Oldest



This is what a future book hoarder looks like. When I was in first grade my teacher took pity on me and my extreme shyness and allowed me to help her in the library. It was such a respite from the noisy classroom. That was the beginning of my bookish obsession.         

   https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/535408.The_Fifth_Child

When I was a few years older I bought this book. Somewhere around 1988 (were some of you even born then?!). I was a teen with very little money but I spent whatever I could scrounge up on books (and chocolate) and soon I had so many books they started to get ahead of me. This book has been sitting in my tbr piles for probably 30 years. It's moved with me eight times. It is such an ancient, lonely thing now. I'll read it before I die, I swear I will. I'm sorry book. It's nothing personal. 

10, 15, 20 years?!



The year was 1990 and this was gifted to me by a lovely relative. Now it's a cat bed.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10225046-red

I meant to read this a million years ago but I am afraid. I know bad things happen to sweet looking Red and I don't know if I can handle it to get to the revenge parts.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/831018.Briar_Rose    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/77544.The_Lovely_Bones    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1471480.Diary_of_a_Vampire?from_search=true    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1025961.Creature_Fantastic?ac=1&from_search=true    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/293132.Under_the_Overtree?from_search=true    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/223828.Courtney_Love?from_search=true    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30526.Sublime_Stitching

And here are the rest of the sad little tbr victims. I have many more but these are the dustiest and were the easiest to reach. I bought the Love book when it was first released and then I read that it wasn't really "the real story" and it got put on the backburner and has stayed there ever since. And that stitching book? I keep meaning to learn how to do all of those pretty stitches and then I don't. I even bought a hoop and some thread. It's around here somewhere . . . 

Do I have you beat with my Lessing book? 

Comments

  1. Your oldest book does have me beat!! I liked Lovely Bones a lot when I read it.

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    1. I figured I'd beat most everyone. It feels like I've been lugging that book around forever and it's because I have!

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  2. I hated The Lovely Bones! The only thing I liked by the author was her memoirs.

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    1. Ah, the reviews were so mixed on this one. I'll read it someday.

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  3. I really liked the Stand the movie. I always love SK movies but not so much the books. I'm with chuckles about The Lovely Bones !

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    1. He can get so long-winded. I've read the "abridged" version but never this one. I'll do it eventually.

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  4. You definitely have me beat lol Most of my unread TBR books date back to my first BEA in 2011. I admit it - I was one of those grabby hands people thinking I could read everything. lesson learned.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. Ah, yours are still new books then! I consider anything after 2010 a new book still, lol. I would no doubt do the same if ever I were to attend something like BEA.

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  5. I don't even want to think about how long I've owned some of my TBR books...it makes me feel too guilty. :D

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    1. I know this was painful! It makes me feel a bit like a book hoarder which may be true :)

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  6. Great list! Some of these books are even older than me!

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    1. Hee, hee, I figured as much. I've been collecting forever!

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  7. Lol about The Stand. What is it with cats and books??? :)

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  8. Wow, 30 years. That's impressive lol. If it's any consolation, you have at least made me feel a bit better about having some books on my shelf for like 3 years :-P

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  9. I'm trying to wrap my head around a "kid" buying Doris Lessing, actually. I think any books I have that have been around that long are ones my parents had when I was a kid, and when they died I grabbed because I'd always thought they looked interesting. Barry Lopez's "Arctic Dreams," for example. But most of what I owned when I was younger I read. I liked Lovely Bones, and I'm 90% sure I've borrowed that stitchery book from the public library at some point.

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    1. Yeah, that one is definitely my oldest. My dad passed when I was a young teen and he loved horror so I grabbed most of his but my mom wasn't a reader at all. I think I bought the Lessing when I was 18 or so and I think I realized it wasn't quite horror and it kept getting pushed aside. I started collecting books at 12 or so and quickly bought more than I could read and it just steamrolled from there :)

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  10. I've only read The Lovely Bones from your list but I did really love it - super sad of course though! I have SO many books from years and years ago that I need to read (since I own them).

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Same. I know I have quite a few that will no longer suit me but weeding through them will be painful.

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  11. I'm right there with you on Red. Although I think I might enjoy the Revenge parts. What a sweet looking cover though. I really need to go through the bookshelf I have that houses my mass market paperbacks. It's hard to tell what I will find on there to read.

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    1. I think I'm going to enjoy the revenge bits too but getting there may kill me.

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  12. I did not even THINK about going to my older books that are sitting in my guest room! Probably because out of sight, out of mind. I am not even going to think about how long I've had them, but most are within the last ten years probably. Sadly, my parents moved a lot and my books were not thought of as treasures (except by me!). LOVE this list though.

    I agree with reading Red. I'd be traumatized.

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    1. Yes, that's the best way to deal with them! Less guilt that way :) My mom threw away all of my childhood things when I moved out, including the books I didn't grab first. I'm still not over it :(

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  13. Oh, Red. :'( I have a copy of Under the Overtree I still need to read, too.

    Your picture is so cute. What a great teacher you had.

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    1. Yes, she was great. She pulled me and another painfully shy boy out of the class and made us feel special by giving us tasks in the library.

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  14. Yeah, I think I you have me beat with that first book. Lol! The Stand and The Lovely Bones are both so good! By the way, your cat is adorable!

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    1. Seriously who holds onto books for that long without reading them? I should just set it free at this point.

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  15. I love that photo of you as a child. :-) I used to spend a lot of time in the school library too. I would help the librarian while I waited for my mom who was an aide and later a substitute at the school I attended. I could probably go back quite a few years with mine too, although I didn't really keep track until much later. I went with the ones I did keep track of--kind of. You definitely have me beat with the Lessing book though. :-)

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    1. That thing sure is an oldie. I need to read it and set it free :)

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