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
  1. Cam @ Camillea Reads
    Cam @ Camillea Reads says:

    I only recently bought The Other Boleyn Girl!! I fell in love with Philippa Gregory’s writing last year and have been looking to build my collection of her different series.

    Oh man, I wish I had Muse of Nightmares! I haven’t gotten around to Strange the Dreamer because of that haha

    • 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.”

  4. 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.

  5. Angela
    Angela says:

    The Other Boleyn Girl is probably my favorite Gregory book. A Dance With Dragons is so dense, I can see why you would put that off!

  6. 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.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’ve read Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series and those books were huge too, possibly bigger than the ones I have listed here.

  7. 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.

  8. imyril
    imyril says:

    Love the spin – I had a look at the doorstops on my TBR last autumn and I’m entirely unsurprised that I’ve only managed to read one of them in the twelve months since. Maybe I’ll make knocking one off the list each year a goal to keep chipping away – I do find it takes some motivation to get stuck into books this long these days!

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. Greg
    Greg says:

    I’ve always been curious about The Name of the Rose, and can’t wait to see what you think of A Dance with Dragons!

  12. 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!

  13. ShootingStarsMag
    ShootingStarsMag says:

    Longer books can be tough to read because they just even if the book is good. I still need to read Thunderhead – and Strange the Dreamer before I read the sequel, but that’s a long one too.


    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Right? I really need to make myself just commit the time and get through these since they’re all books I really do want to read.

  14. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard
    Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard says:

    I read The Name of the Rose just after college; it was really good but also challenging to get through. I haven’t read any of the others on your list. The longest books I’ve read are probably the two Kingkiller Chronicle books by Patrick Rothfuss — but they are amazing.

    • 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!

  15. Daniela Ark
    Daniela Ark says:

    Oh I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one that hasn’t read these books yet! 🙂 I think the only one not on my TBR is IQ84! Wow these books are loooong LOL

  16. 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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