Top Ten Tuesday: Had to buy! Still unread...



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the creative girls over at The Broke and The Bookish.

This week they ask: What are the Top Ten Books I had to buy but are sitting on my shelf unread?

I don't have a lot of good explanation for why I haven't read these.
J. Law puts it best.

Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz. You guys - this is a serious throw back. I bought this book when I first started reading and reviewing YA like FIVE YEARS AGO from a Half Price Books. And I haven’t read it...but I still can’t give it up. I think I was expecting to be REALLY into the vampire scene, but instead my interest in it comes and goes. So there it sits. Waiting.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I DEVOURED Oryx and Crake by Atwood and I wanted to read something else by her immediately! So I rush out and buy this book because I’ve heard of it and am assuming it will be amazing! And yet, somewhere between the purchase and now, I’ve done nothing. I’m still really interested in reading it, don't’ get me wrong...it just doesn’t have that same importance it once did. Sigh.

Once by Anna Carey. It’s no secret that I adored Eve and was anxious to start the next step in this series! So when the book was getting all the buzz it deserved, I was entering contests for it like a mad woman. I ended up winning a copy of Eve and Once from Anna at Anna Reads and thought to myself YES. I can reread Eve and then read Once and all will be well! That’s still the plan...just a bit delayed. Heh.

Prodigy by Marie Lu. I really really REALLY liked Legend by Marie Lu. I mean, I sincerely like dystopian already but this world was different enough and the characters were so unique and unlike anything else I’d read at the time that I was GUNG HO about the next one. Maybe I’m afraid it won’t live up to the hype? Maybe I’m afraid of middle book syndrome? Maybe I’ve got the same qualms as I do with Eve & Once in that I need to reread Legend first? I dunno.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. After reading Marcelo in the Real World, I heard this was a book akin to it in style and also really really good. I admit that the summary captured my interest as well. So why the delay?! I got nothing.

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. Obviously, I’m an Iron Fey superfan so reading anything and everything by Julie was a no-brainer. I can blame this delay on the fact that I’m trying to read the Vampire Academy series and I don’t want to read two vamp series at a time. Finally, an excuse that’s kind of valid!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I KNOW YOU GUYS. I know, okay?! I preordered a signed copy and everything. I think I’m just scared of the feels. Give me time.

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. I’m just so in love with this world and I don’t want it to end, okay?! But since I’m participating in the #cashoregoodtimes and we’re starting Bitterblue today! I guess it will come to an end. I’ll pretend like I’m not totally excited and crushed at the same time.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Everyone and their mom has told me how awesome this book and this series is. At first, I put it aside for reading the Song of Ice and Fire series (you can’t blame me there), but now I think it’s the sheer size that frightens me. Don’t worry, I’ll get over it.

The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King. I was head over heels for Please Ignore Vera Dietz. The writing style, the character development, the plot...all of it hit me JUST right as a reader. I don’t know why I’m putting this one off, but I can promise you that it’s sitting on the top of my to-read shelf. Honestly! It is!

OKAY. Enough of the shame! Are any of these on your shelves waiting to be read by you? Or have you read one or more of these and want to push me into it’s loving arms? Do share!

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

40 comments:

  1. Perfect use of a Jennifer Lawrence GIF. OH MY GOSH HOW IS PRODIGY NOT ON MY LIST. Maybe because it's in a gigantic pile of "IMM" books by my TV stand that I still haven't even put on the shelf so I forgot about it.

    Okay, and totally forget about The Immortal Rules - if you have to pick, VAMPIRE ACADEMY ALL THE WAY GO GO GO GO READ.

    I shouldn't comment this early in the morning but <3 you

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    1. I saw that huge pile and I loved it and also felt your anxiety through the picture over it. I know your feels.

      LOVE early morning comments! It made my whole day awesome! Trust.

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  2. I will totally read Prodigy and The Dust of 100 Dogs with you. I own both but have yet to read either. Story of my life.

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  3. My exact feelings on Prodigy. I was so excited about it because I had just read Legend about a month before it was released! Then it came... and it sat! Booooo. Also, ditto on The Fault in Our Stars-- only I'm worse... I had the book--- got so scared of the feels I took it back!! I need to grow a pair and get on with it!

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    1. I love that you took back TFioS. That cracks me up! One day you will be able to face that fear! I BELIEVE IN YOU.

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  4. I totally get being afraid of all the feels when reading TFIOS. It took me a long time to read it, too. It's not my normal read, but I am glad I read it. I actually listened to it via audio because I think I would be able to keep a little distance. :)

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    1. Oh geez - I dunno if I could handle listening to it. I would start sobbing uncontrollably while driving and that would not end well! I know this from experience while listening to I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak!

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  5. the handmaid's tale was straight dope. for reals. also, i hope you have oryx and crake in paper so i can borrow it the next time we hang out, because atwood's writing is that good.

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    1. Glad to hear it! Yes, I believe I do have it. I'll be sure to send it home with you when you come to visit soon!

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  6. The Fault in Our Stars is just... NO WORDS for that book! Plus, you get 100 cool points for the JLaw gif.

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  7. I feel the same way there with you on TFiOS. Lol. The GIF is definitely well said ;)

    Here's my Top 10

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  8. Ah, gotta love the J Law. Fortunately none of these are on my TTT list this week. Unfortuantely, most of them are on my super daunting TBR list. Sigh.

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    1. The TBR is just as humiliating, I think. SO many books to read...not enough hours in the day!

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  9. Oh, Handmaid's Tale --- love that book so much. It's one of Atwood's best, in my opinion. And I heard that there's a THIRD book in the Oryx and Crake series coming out this summer -- yippee!

    TFiOS .... There are no words. You just must read it.

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    1. Uh, I didn't even know there was more than one in the series! FREAKING OUT. Thank you for making my life.

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    2. Ha! You crack me up :). I think it's called Year of the Flood.

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  10. The Name of the Wind is on the list of books that I mean to read this year. Honestly, the sheer size of that book is intimidating though!

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  11. Dear Lisa,

    I see you have The Name of the Wind on your TBR. Allow me to give you three good reasons to read it!

    1) Kvothe is an AWESOME, smart-ass, realistic, amazing character who you will laugh at, cry for, sympathize with, cheer for, and want to throttle.

    2) The writing and imagery in this book (and in the sequel) is breath-taking, and you will feel like you are THERE. "Rich" is a word I would use to explain how the writing is, and how I felt after reading this book.

    3) It would make me smile and giggle, and flail, and I've been told I'm adorable doing all of those things. :D

    Love,
    Molli

    PS. Please read it!

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

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    1. Those ARE great reasons. I promise it will happen one day!

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  12. THE ANME OF THE WIND IS SO GOOD. It may start off kind of slowly for you, but I honestly think once you get into it you'll read it fairly quickly.

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and The Fault In Our Stars are both great as well. I'm eager to hear how you like them when you finally get to them!

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  13. I just finished my review of Prodigy... one of my biggest issue was that I wished I had reread Legend. I definitely needed a refresher. But it was an awesome book, I thought it lived up to the hype for sure!

    Our TTT

    Ashley @ The Quiet Concert

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    1. So good to know that I should definitely reread Legend first! Thank you for the heads up!

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  14. Handmaids Tale is really good and really makes you think. Bitterblue is the best book in the series and I recommend it!

    My Top Ten!

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    1. I just started Bitterblue! And I'm excited about The Handmaid's Tale too as I've heard NOTHING but good things.

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  15. First of all The Name of the Wind!!!! Now that I've stated the obvious -

    I have The Curious Incident of... on my shelves too! And alas I have also not read it. I will, though. I totally mean to. Also, I actually have The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake on my shelves but haven't read either yet, but in response to your awesome post on Jane Eyre, I mentioned that I planned to read some modern classics this year, and I think these two qualify. So I'm again TOTALLY planning on getting to these.
    I can attest to the awesome of Prodigy and The Immortal Rules.

    But I have to tell you that having The Name of the Wind ON YOUR SHELF is the first step. Whenever you do get around to it, I can assure you that you'll love it.

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    1. Modern classics! Let's do this!

      I can't wait for TNotW. Honestly. I know I will love it and I just need to make the time!

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  16. I LOVE The Name of the Wind! Patrick Rothfuss is such an amazing writer! The hugeness of it will fade away once you get sucked into the story :)
    Oh, and I'd wait to read Once till you can get your hands on Rise, cause the ending of Once nearly killed me!

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    1. Whoa! Thanks for the heads up on the cliffhanger!

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  17. I didn't love Eve but I did love Once, and book three should be out soon so it's just like you've saved Once to read before the final book - good move ;)

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    1. HA! Unintentional yet good move on my part! Thanks for letting me know! :)

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  18. THE IMMORTAL RULES. Read it lady. SO good. ALSO BITTERBLUE!!!!!! That book made me have all the feels. SO worth the way :)

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    1. I'm excited! I just started Bitterblue! I think I'll start TIR after I finish VA. For reals!

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  19. LOL whenever someone lists The Fault in Our Stars there's always the talk of feels and shock at it even being on an unread list. Your description of Legend seriously makes me want to start the series but there's just so many I need to read at the moment, if I start another series my brain is gonna explode!

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  20. I've had The Handmaidens Tale on my shelf forever. You aren't alone there! I also LOVED Legend and have yet to read Prodigy... But OMG read TFiOS!! ;)

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  21. I'm really excited to finally read Bitterblue with you! Yay for readalongs :)

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