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

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read.  I’m a little embarrassed to say that all of these books were added to my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf back in 2012 and I still haven’t touched any of them.  There’s something about each of them though that still appeals to me, so even when I do occasionally go in and purge, these books still remain.  Considering they’ve been sitting there for six years, it seems doubtful that I’ll ever actually make the time for them, but we’ll see.  Maybe 2018 is finally the year…


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Top 10 Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read


NECESSARY LIES by Diane Chamberlain

PRODIGAL SUMMER by Barbara Kingsolver

SHADOW OF THE WIND by Carlos Ruiz Zafon


OF HUMAN BONDAGE by W. Somerset Maugham

INFERNO by Dante Alighieri

BURIAL RITES by Hannah Kent

THE STREET SWEEPER by Elliot Perlman

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO by Boris Pasternak

SOPHIE’S CHOICE by William Styron


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Question:  What books have been on your TBR the longest?

46 replies
    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I don’t even remember adding it but every time I think about removing it, I read the synopsis and think I may read it after all, lol.

  1. Daniela Ark
    Daniela Ark says:

    I cant believe I haven’t read SHADOW OF THE WIND either. I bet is one of the oldest books on my TBR too! I should read Infermo too. I’ll add it now to my Classic shelf in GR. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. lissa
    lissa says:

    I tried reading ‘shadow of the wind’ – just couldn’t get into it. the same with ‘burial rites’ as I think the language is a bit hard to understand but that’s probably me. I read ‘the accidental tourist’ a while back and I remember liking it but all I can seem to remember is the movie instead but I think it’s a good book.

    have a lovely day.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’ve been thinking of ditching Burial Rites anyway because I don’t even remember putting it on my TBR and I think you just convinced me it’s the right move.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I read bits and pieces of it for school but some day I would like to read it cover to cover. Don’t know if it will ever happen though, lol.

  3. Ericka @ A Quiet Girl's Musings...
    Ericka @ A Quiet Girl's Musings... says:

    Oh, I get the embarrassment thing… I really do. To add insult to injury, not only do I have some books on my TBR going all the way back to 2013, but I also own many of them. The ones I shared for this linkup are the ones I have actually paid for, but yet have not read/listened to.

    Visiting from TTT

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Oh, I share your embarrassment on that one too. At least half of the ones on my list are sitting on the shelf behind me, haha.

  4. ShootingStarsMag
    ShootingStarsMag says:

    I have not read any of these, but I do hope you get the chance to read some of them soon. I have so many books I bought years ago on my actual shelves that I really need to get to – I have no idea which one were there the longest though.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I had to rely on my Goodreads shelves for how long I’ve had them on my list. I don’t know that it was 100% accurate but I’m usually pretty good about logging them as I get them.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Oh yes, Shadow and Bone has been on mine for a while too. I’m pretty determined to read that one this year, especially after falling in love with the Six of Crows duology.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I think probably the Barbara Kingsolver book. I’ve loved every book of hers I’ve read, so I don’t even know why I haven’t gotten to Prodigal Summer yet.

  5. the bookworm
    the bookworm says:

    I have Shadow of the Wind on my shelves too, there’s always so many books and so little time. Speaking of Goodreads each time a fellow blogger recommendations something that sounds good, I add the book to my ‘want to read’ list too. Hope you get to read some of these this year!

  6. Lee @ Rally the Readers
    Lee @ Rally the Readers says:

    The Shadow of the Wind has been sitting on my bookshelf for maybe 6 or 7 years now. :-/ I definitely still want to read it; it’s just that other books always seem to jump ahead of it on my TBR, lol.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Ooh, good to know about Necessary Lies. I don’t really remember even putting it on my TBR but every time I read the blurb, I’m convinced I need to read it.

  7. Verushka
    Verushka says:

    Wow, Suzanne, I love this list! You’ve reminded me about Burial Rites — I think I should get to that before the movie comes out, and The Accidental Tourist — I actually really did like that movie!

  8. Literary Feline
    Literary Feline says:

    Some of these are on my bookshelves as well. I should probably dust off my copies and read them, but the new and shiny books tend to get more of my attention. I really do want to read Shadow of the Wind someday. As well as Sophie’s Choice.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yes, I am a sucker for the shiny, new books getting all of the buzz. I really need to work on sharing the love with these older books.

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