Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Big Books Gathering Dust on my Shelves Waiting for Me to Read Them


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 actually Top Ten Longest Books I’ve Ever Read, but I’ve already done a post like that recently and haven’t read any longer books since then, so I tweaked the topic a bit to focus on big books I own but haven’t read yet.  Today I’m sharing a list of 10 Big Books Gathering Dust on my Shelves Waiting for Me to Read Them.  Some of these, like IQ84, have been sitting on my shelves for years and I just keep bypassing them for shorter and less daunting reads.  Others, like the Maas books, are newer additions that I’m excited to get to, but still tend to side eye and skip over in favor of shorter reads.

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10 Big Books Gathering Dust on my Shelves

Waiting for Me to Read Them


IQ84 by Haruki Murakami  (1,157 pages)

A DANCE WITH DRAGONS by George R. R. Martin  (1,051 pages)

THE BEAR AND THE DRAGON by Tom Clancy  (1,028 pages)

A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara  (814 pages)

EMPIRE OF STORMS by Sarah J. Maas  (693 pages)

THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL by Philppa Gregory  (661 pages)

QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas  (645 pages)

THE NAME OF THE ROSE by Umberto Eco  (535 pages)

MUSE OF NIGHTMARES by Laini Taylor  (514 pages)

THUNDERHEAD by Neal Shusterman  (504 pages)

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What are some big books sitting on your shelves waiting to be read?

46 replies
    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m glad to hear that you enjoy Gregory’s writing. I’ve actually never tried anything by that author before, but won The Other Boleyn Girl as part of a Giveaway a few years ago. I’ll have to give it a try at some point since I do hear good things about it.

  1. RO
    RO says:

    I read The Name of the Rose and loved it. These days, the books that are piling up on my shelves have manageable lengths, but I still have books on my selves that I’ve read from back in the day ready to re-read in case of a Zombie Apocalypse.(lol) Happy Tuesday and Hugs! RO

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m glad to hear you enjoyed The Name of the Rose. I picked up at a book fair years ago and always mean to get around to it but just haven’t quite gotten there yet, lol.

  2. verushka
    verushka says:

    Whew the page counts I am seeing on this TTT are just blowing my mind — and making me realise how much I avoid long books like this (blushes)

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      LOL! I don’t blame you. Wnenever I do stop to read one, even if I’m enjoying it, I always have this little voice in my head saying “You could have read 3 other books in the amount of time it took you to read this one.”

  3. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    Love your list! The one I’ve read is The Name of the Rose, which I loved. And I so much envy you The Muse of Nightmares as I have only just finished Strange the Dreamer and LOVED it – she writes so well! I’m hoping to get hold of it as soon as I’ve whittled down some of the other books on my shelf!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yay, I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed Strange the Dreamer. It was, by far, one of my favorite reads from last year. Taylor’s writing is gorgeous.

  4. Poinsettia
    Poinsettia says:

    I haven’t read any Sarah J Maas, but I’d like to. I also have a couple of Philippa Gregory’s books on my shelf that I haven’t read but hope to read soon. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  5. Dinara Tengri
    Dinara Tengri says:

    Cool list! Very diverse. Haruki Murakami has been on my “I swear I’m going to read another book by him soon!” – author for years. I don’t even remember the title of that one book I read.

  6. Jordan Rose
    Jordan Rose says:

    I loved 1Q84, but it is quite a big one! I also loved The Other Boleyn Girl, but then I’ve really yet to meet a Philippa Gregory book that I don’t like–her historical fiction is the best. I also really enjoy the Throne of Glass books. I still really need to read A Little Life also!

  7. Sam@WLABB
    Sam@WLABB says:

    I cannot see myself reading a book over 1000 pages. It’s actually scary to me, but way to go! SJM has quite a few spots on my list, which is pretty much dominated by SFF books.

  8. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight
    Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight says:

    My gosh, I don’t blame you for skipping over those 1000+ page reads lol. But I get you. When you have so many books on your TBR, it just seems like a more tactically sound decision to choose the shorter ones so you can get through more of them!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Everyone keeps telling me The Name of the Rose is really good. I just need to make myself commit the time it’s going to take to get through it. Smaller books are so much easier, haha!

  9. Literary Feline
    Literary Feline says:

    I have a number of unread chunksters on my shelf waiting to be read. They often get passed over for the shorter books. Some of these are on my TBR pile too! I have read The Other Boleyn Girl. I hope you have a great week.

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