Tuesday, August 23, 2016

10 Books I've Been Meaning to Read For Over 5(!!!) Years

 The topic for this week's Top Ten Tuesday list hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is one that may be a bit of an embarrassment for some bloggers (like me): 10 books that've been on our to-read lists since before we started blogging. I wrote my first blog post in 2011 (May 14th, to be exact) and I didn't even HAVE a formal to-read list until I started using Goodreads regularly in the fall of 2013.

But I've been intending to read all these books for years, and in some cases years and years, and there's no particular reason they've remained unread. In fact, I fully expect to love most, if not all, of these books! (On second thought, I do see what the problem is: I own the majority of these books, and for some reason I have a ridiculously hard time choosing books already on my shelves over library books! It's a problem.) Have you read any of them? Is there one that deserves to be bumped up to the top of my to-read list?

A note on "A Dog's Purpose": This was a fantastic Christmas gift from my mom one year, and I was so excited to read it -- but then I never did. And of course when I finally did pick it up, it was exactly the wrong time -- when our beloved boxer dog, Conan, was battling cancer. I read one chapter and knew it was NOT the right book for that time period. And after he passed away, I couldn't bring myself to read another dog book until a few months ago, over 2 years later.

A note on "A Short History of Nearly Everything": My sophomore year of college I took a chemistry class that was geared toward liberal arts folks, and I had the coolest teacher ever: a wacky and brilliant elderly gentleman with flaming red hair whose hobby was sword- and fire-eating. He taught us stuff like how a car engine works and the science of laundry detergent. And Bill Bryson's "A Short History" was our textbook, but we were never tested over it and I had so much else going on -- not to mention I had no idea who Bill Bryson was at that point -- that I never read it. I kept it anyway, and ever since I read my first Bill Bryson book several years ago I've been meaning to finally give "A Short History of Nearly Everything" a try. (Though I do have to say, at almost 550 pages it's not exactly "short.")


  1. Can you hear me yelling, "A Short History of Everything!" And, "Watership Down!" Both of these are on my Favorite Reads Ever list.

    Good luck on getting through all of these on your list!

    Here's my Top Ten!

  2. A Dog's Purpose and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime are two I have wanted to read for a really long time. Hope you enjoy these when you get to them!

  3. I have both A Dog's Purpose and A Dog's Journey and haven't picked either up. I love Cameron's writing and I know I will enjoy these but I know they will also be sad in places and I have to be in the right frame of mind to read them. Funny, I was at a family reunion Sunday and a distant relative and I were just talking about these books. They are making a movie of A Dog's Purpose so I will have to read it before it comes out. Speaking of movies, you should look for "The Dog Lover." It just came out on DVD/streaming a few months ago and the husband and I really loved it.

  4. I read Watership Down a long long time ago but remember enjoying it!

    I also read The Winter Sea and Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. I liked these both. Ironically I've had The Physick Book for years, unread, like you. My copy has small print that annoys me so maybe if I feel the urge I'll get it in e-book form.

    Have a good week!

  5. I understand your dilemma. I have so many unread books on my shelves . . . And there they sit for years and years.

    Several of the books on your list that I've read, I really enjoyed. Nefertiti, for example. I have some of Moran's other books sitting on my shelf to read, but haven't managed to get to them yet. I adored Saving Cee-Cee Honeycut and The Curious of Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is quite good too. The Eyre Affair was so much fun! I want to reread it--and then go on to read the other books in the series I still have yet to read.

    I have both The Winter Sea and The Physick Book of Deliverance on my shelf still to read too.

  6. Hey! Watership Down made my list too. The curious incident of the dog in the night time didn't really do it for me, but I would totally recommend The Eyre Affair! I love the whole series.

  7. I've got a copy of The Eyre Affair waiting on my bookshelf too!

  8. Nefertiti looks good! I love ancient Egyptian stuff! I read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and couldn't really relate, as I have an autistic brother who is nothing like the character in the book. But, the autism spectrum is SO broad, so no two are exactly alike! I hope you enjoy it more than I did! Happy reading! :D

  9. I loved Watership Down and then bought a copy later because I was planning to re-read it and I still haven't. I also really liked The Winter Sea, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, The Eyre Affair, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. I also want to read A Short History of Nearly Everything, but I am kind of afraid of science and also that book is long. But I suppose it's short for a book that covers nearly everything :)

  10. Hey, if it's a history of nearly everything, 550 pages doesn't seem nearly long enough! ;) I read it and liked it a lot.

    I hope you get to all of these sometime! I too hope to read Watership Down some day.


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