Top Ten Tuesday: Books that have been on my TBR list for way too long…

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week, there’s a new top 10 theme — check out the host blog for a list of upcoming topics.

This week’s topic is Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

It’s a little hard to figure out which books have been lingering on my TBR list the longest. I started on Goodreads in 2011, but I definitely had plenty of “to-read” books hanging around before then!

In no particular order, a bunch of books that have been on my TBR shelf for a really, really long time:

1. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

2. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

3. Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton

4. The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, starting with The Color of Magic

5. 1776 by David McCullough

6. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

7. Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

8. The Eden Moore trilogy by Cherie Priest (omg, those covers!)

9. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

10. Lisey’s Story by Stephen King



Have you read any of the books on my list? Which do you recommend?

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26 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books that have been on my TBR list for way too long…

  1. I predict you will love I Capture the Castle, and it’s an easy read in a day. Am 3/4 way through audiobook of 1776 and while amazing to hear how it all could have so easily gone the other way, it isn’t gripping me, maybe I need to read rather than listen. All Terry Pratchett works are a delight, suspect you should start with Wee Free Men, hilarious and magical. Sirens of Titan not my favorite Vonnegut but read it in high school, so may have a different take now. Have not been able to finish any of Brennert’s Hawaii books, though I think I’m alone in that. I have zero recollection of My Cousin Rachel and Charing Cross, No idea why ithey didn’t stick!

    • Hmm, I was maybe going to do audio for 1776 — but now, maybe not! Thanks for the advice re Wee Free Men. I know I want to explore Discworld, but I’ve heard so many different opinions on where to start. I read a lot of Vonnegut in my college days, but this is one that I missed. 🙂

      • To qualify my comments about listening to 1776, I listen on my 50-min commute and In the audiobook’s defence, it was a vey busy time at work, which tended to pull my attention away while listening. I am probably 2 hrs from the end of the book but realized I needed to stop temporarily because I couldn’t focus. I got the cd book set from my library’s free shelf, so I’m definitely going to go back to it, just need to be in the mood for history and choose a time when work isn’t so busy. (And will probably have to start over!). Having said all that, history-book wise, my listen to Lincoln, Team of Rivals, was terrific (and actually helpful leadership advice at work!), tho the intro chapter to each rival was a little slow but very necessary.

        • Thanks for the info! I’m a little hit-or-miss when it comes to history audiobooks. Sometimes I find it hard to retain the needed amount of detail to keep tracks of all the facts and figures being thrown at me. Having a hard copy to reference is helpful (and otherwise, I miss being able to see the pictures.)

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE Charing Cross Road–you can read it in a few hours. It’s one of 2 on your list that I actually also love the movie! Capture the Castle is the other–I love the movie as much as the book. I read and love everything by David McCullough. My Cousin Rachel is awesome! I loved Rebecca and the King’s General is my very, very favorite of her books. Oh please read them! lol

    • Oh, awesome — I didn’t actually realize that there were movies of Charing Cross or Capture the Castle! I’ve been wanting to read more Du Maurier — I’ve only read Rebecca (love!), but I have copies of My Cousin Rachel and Jamaica Inn. I’m really, really going to try to get to these books this year!

  3. I really want to read I Capture The Castle. It really intrigues me. I hope you enjoy these books if/when you do get around to them.

    • I’ve been hearing about it (I Capture the Castle) for years! I even brought it on my vacation with me recently, but then got caught up in other things. One of these days… 🙂

    • I’ve been drawn to the Discworld series for a while now, but there are so many books that I get intimidated before I even start. Maybe this year, finally!

  4. I want to read I Capture the Castle. I haven’t heard much about it until recently but it sounds like something I’d enjoy.

  5. I read 1776 a few months ago and very much enjoyed it! I admittedly had just read Ron Chernow’s massive Washington: A Life. I will say that I learned more about the battles of Trenton (did you know there were two?) from the biography. But I still enjoyed 1776!

  6. The great thing about Discworld is that all the books stand alone, so that you don’t feel like it is one long series that must be read.

    • That’s what I’ve heard 🙂 but there are still certain worlds/stories that go together, right? I’ve been told there are multiple points of entry and storylines to follow. I’m sure if I just jump in it will be fine, but from the outside looking in, it seems a bit mind-boggling.

  7. Great list, Lisa! I Capture the Castle and Tooth and Claw are both on my TBR, too. I love Daphne du Maurier but My Cousin Rachel hasn’t been my favourite so far – the recent adaptation with Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin is fantastic, but I found the narrator of the book so irritating. I hope you enjoy it more than I did!

  8. Well well well. I haven’t read any of these either! lol Actually, I have read one and I can highly recommend it: 84, Charing Cross Road. So very lovely (and quite short!)

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