Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #4

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. The idea is to put up a top ten list and share it with other bloggers. This week's topic is:

Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy. . .

But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

I swear I feel like every Top Ten Tuesday topic is meant for me. I just went on a massive book spending spree this past month, so I don't even know how I'm going to narrow this down to just ten but here goes...

Across the Universe by Beth Revis 

I bought this AND A Million Suns (the 2nd book in the series) because I thought they'd be the perfect gateway YA sci-fi books for me. Plus, my goodness, just look at that gorgeous cover. Go on. Lust after it. I know I did. 

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card 

Speaking of sci-fi books, I have felt acutely ashamed not to have picked this up until now. I mean, this book is referenced SO many times that it's a wonder I've only just got around to it now, but alas, it's yet another evidence of my late start in the sci-fi genre.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson 

I read an excerpt of Wintergirls a while back and knew I had to have it. Anderson's writing is just so richly evocative that I literally get a thrill every time I think about the moment I get to start this book.

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore 

I ADORE Graceling, and since this book takes place in the same realm, I had to have it. Plus, it's a lengthy read, and I do love my hefty books! (Feels like I'm getting more bang for my buck.)

Crewel by Gennifer Albin

I've been cover-lusting after this one for a while now, and even though it's a dystopian, the premise seems so intriguing."The ability to weave the fabric of reality"? Yes, please!

The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch

Seen this one advertised on my Kindle a bunch of times, and finally went ahead and bought it. Seems like such an eery historical thriller. Perfect for a cozy night under the covers!

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton 

I LOVE Kate Morton. The Distant Hours is one of those books that will change my view of storytelling forever. And I have a feeling that Morton's newest book will be no exception.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

I feel ashamed to call myself a historical fiction fan without having read this book, but alas, there is something terribly wrong with me. I have coveted a copy since it first came out (in 2010) but FINALLY purchased the hardcover edition last year (in 2012). It's still sitting on my bookshelf, so please do me a favor and smack me upside the head if I still haven't read this within the next month or so. Danke!

To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl

This seems like the funnest historical non-fiction book I've ever encountered! Not only is every page laid out in a magazine-style (complete with pictures!), but it seems to provide a pretty detailed account of Edwardian times. Perfect for one of those days when I'm mopey and suffering through a Downton Abbey withdrawal.

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

I'm always on the lookout for great middle-grade fiction, and this seems to more than fit the bill with its Victorian gothic undercurrent. So excited to read it!!

 What are the books you had to have--but are still left unread?


  1. All of these look really good! Ender's Game is one of my all time favorites, so I really hope you enjoy it.

    Here's my Top Ten.

    1. Thanks, Brittany! I'm super excited about Ender's Game! My bestie finally convinced me that I should get it, and since she's kind of a picky reader, I know it's bound to be awesome if she likes it!

  2. AtU series are amazing, hope you get to them soon, totally worth it!

    My TTT

    1. Thanks, Ula! I'll definitely take your word for it. I've seen so many people rave about the AtU series. Can't wait to finally start it soon!

  3. Ender's Game (and it's companion/paralell novel Ender's Shadow) is one of my favorite books EVER. It will not disappoint, promise :)

    1. AHhh! All this talk about Ender's Game is making me want to abandon everything I'm currently reading! Then again, I may need to adequately prepare myself for the awesomeness. In the meantime... *adds Ender's Shadow to TBR list* ;)

    2. Ender's Shadow is actually my favorite of the two. Though, I think that it totally depends on which one you read first you will like more because they're telling the same story from different perspectives. So, there is that. And I just love Bean (a character).

    3. OOOH interestingg... I didn't know Ender's Shadow was the same story from a different POV. Okay, that's it. I'm REALLY bumping up Ender's Game to the top of my TBR list!

  4. Great list! All of these but ENDER'S GRAME are on my TBR list as well. I've tried to read ENDER'S GAME a few times and I just really don't like it. Everyone says the ending's amazing, but I just can't get that far. Oh well. Lots of people love it -- maybe you will, too :)

  5. All of these except for ENDER'S GAME are on my TBR list, too. I've tried to read ENDER'S GAME a couple of times and I just can't make myself like it. I've heard the ending is amazing, but I just can't get there. Oh well. Lots of people love it. I'm just not one of them.

    I hope you get a chance to read all the books on your list!

    1. Thanks, Susan! Yeah, I guess I won't know how I'll take to Ender's Game until I actually read it; but to each their own right? Really appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with me! Either way I'll be able to say, "I've read Ender's Game." loll. And hope you get through your TBR list, too--or at least make a good dent in it! ;)


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