Monday, March 18, 2013

Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy...But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

I choose... THAT ONE!

So, I have a lot of books. A LOT. I believe I've already told you guys about the time I broke my toe on one of the many stacks of books on my floor in the middle of the night. I have over 200 titles on my Kindle and a TBR list a mile wide. It's no wonder, then, that I haven't had time to get to all of them.

1.  Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)

I LOVED both If I Stay and Where She Went so much that I bought Just One Day the day it came out. Every review I've read has made it sound amazing, and yet... I haven't gotten to it! Why? I don't know. I've been so swamped with other review books lately, or maybe I haven't been in a contemporary mood. I'll get to it though! I'm determined. After adoring Anna and the French Kiss, I'm desperate to get back to (a book version of) Paris.

2. Sanctum by Sarah Fine

Sanctum (Guards of the Shadowlands, #1)

This is one of those books where I loved the premise so much I just had to buy it. And yet, other books got higher priority, and Sanctum just kid of languished there on my Kindle shelf, waiting for me. Don't worry, Sanctum. Your day will come.

3. The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

The Friday Society

The blurb for this book describes it as a Steampunk whodunit. I mean... that is irresistible to me. So how is it possible I'm still resisting? Even though I know it has three strong female leads and a healthy heaping of humor? I don't know! Hopefully I'll get to this book at some point.

4. Carnival of Souls by Marissa Marr

Carnival of Souls

Confession: I also haven't read Marr's most famous series, her Wicked Lovely series, though I did pledge to do so sometime this year (for the second time). Not sure what my deal is with not starting books I know I'd like, but I did always have an element of self-sabotage in me.

5. The Archived by Victoria Schwab

The Archived (The Archived, #1)

SPEAKING OF NOT READING BOOKS I WILL LIKE. I don't know WHY I haven't just stopped everything I'm doing and read this at once. I was salivating for MONTHS to get my hands on this sucker. You'd think I would devour it the second I had it in my cold greedy clutches, and yet... I bought it at the same time as Unravel Me and Scarlet, two sequels I'd been waiting for so anxiously that I could barely contain myself on the drive to the bookstore. And so The Archived fell to the wayside.

6. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

The Gathering (Darkness Rising, #1)

Normally this premise wouldn't interest me, but this series has gotten a lot of hype, and I managed to snag a copy on the cheap. I also managed to win an ARC copy of the sequel (not the third one, though), meaning I truly have to read it now, going by the pressuring, nonsensical logic in my head. But I've never been good at doing things I have to.

7. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

 Again, I haven't been in a contemporary mood lately (which is lucky, since it's currently March Fantasy Month), which is the only reason I have for not reading this book yet-- that and the fact that I own it, which sometimes makes me feel less inclined to rush and read it (my loopy internal logic is also highly specific and capricious. Follow it at your own peril). I'm saving it for the day I need a real emotional pick-me-up.

8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 

The Book Thief

I. KNOW. This book has been deemed by many estimable people to be an absolute must-read, and read I HAVE NOT READ IT. I own it. It's there. If I ever fancy a good cry, I will pick it up. I PROMISE.

9. Underworld by Meg Cabot

Underworld (Abandon Trilogy, #2)

I love Meg Cabot, I truly do. There are few authors as prolific or as capable of making me happy so quickly. And yet because she's so prolific, I feel less of an urgency to get to all her books. I read Abandon when it came out, and it make me look forward to Underworld, and yet I didn't have that addicted feeling I usually have with sequels. So Underworld still sits on my shelf unread. But eh. I'll get to it.

10. Slide by Jill Hathaway

Slide (Slide, #1)

I read such a great review of this book and loved the synopsis so much that I rushed immediately to buy it. I could not tell you why I haven't read it yet. Too busy? Possibly, but I've had this one for ages. I DON'T KNOW. TOO MANY BOOKS. TOO LITTLE DAYLIGHT HOURS. HAVE NOT YET MASTERED ART OF READING WHILE SLEEPING. HOW IS ANYONE EVER SUPPOSED TO GET TO ALL OF THEM?!

So what about you? Which books did you rush to buy but still haven't read? Leave me your TTT links if you've got them so I can come see!


  1. haha a borrowed copy of carnival of souls is sitting on my self too. My sister finished it and then immediately brought it over saying I just had to read it.

    Marissa @ Rae Gun Ramblings

  2. JUST ONE DAY!! I haven't read If I Stay but just like you, everyone's recommendation makes me want to start on it right now :) I have Anna and the French Kiss on my TTT list, every girl needs some Paris in her life ;) The Statistical Probability is a really cute read, hope you'll get to it soon!

    Alicia @ Book a World
    My Top Ten Tuesday

  3. Seriously, I don't know what it is about buying a book (ok, I have a theory) that makes me a little less interested in it afterwards. I think I subconsciously cross it out of my TBR list once I own it and it just gets pushed down the TBR list, thinking that since I own it, I will read it EVENTUALLY. I have so many books at my fingertips but NO, I always have to think about books I don't own or that aren't in my library. Endless cycle of greed is endless.
    A few books that I've bought eagerly that I still haven't read: THE PECULIAR by Stefan Bachmann, UNSPOKEN by Sarah Rees Brennan, DEATHLESS by Catherynne M. Valente and I AM NUMBER FOUR by Pittacus Lore.

    I'm wondering from what movie/TV show or whatever you got that last gif? Is it from a movie/TV show or whatever that is kind of bookish-centered? This is random but I really like that gif.

    1. I have NO idea where that gif is from, sorry! I found it either on Tumblr or through Google.


  4. Sigh . . . yeah, I have this problem too. Sometimes I look at my bookshelf and just shake my head, because there are too many there I haven't actually read. The Book Thief! It's the BEST historical fiction novel ever, and I hope you love it when you read it!

  5. I find it interesting that when you buy a book it can sit on your shelf forever. I get most of my books from the library so I have to read them quickly!! The Book Thief is really good so be sure to read it soon! I have a few though on my Top Ten


  6. I've been trying to tackle one book on my TBR list with a book for review. In theory it's suppose to work out great, but nope not working. I've pretty much stopped buying books I want to read and head to the library instead and if I love it, I'll buy it. I do want to read The Book Thief & The Archived.

    Jessica @ Literary, etc

  7. I have so many books on my shelf that I haven't read yet too. I just finished The Archived which I enjoyed and didn't expect that ending! I own Sanctum, and The Friday Society but won them in giveaways so I didn't count them in today's post! ;) I own The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, and Carnival of Souls, and haven't read either of them yet.
    I'm trying to dedicate this year to reading what is on my bookshelf, but it's not going too well at the moment!

    My Top Ten post

    Sabina @ Delirious About Books

  8. OMG I cannot believe how many people have The Book Thief in this list, that book is amazing, you really should read it.

    You have so many amazing books in your list, I do hope that you get the time to read them all :D

    My Top Ten

    Have a great week!

  9. I pretty much have all of these in my TBR pile as well! But I have already read Just One Day (which was amazing!!!) and Sanctum (which was my favorite book of last year). You really should read those two and real soon!

  10. Just One Day is on my list, too! With pretty much the same explanation: "Loved her other stuff and I want to read this, so why aren't I? Good question!" Hah! But actually, I picked it up yesterday and started it.

    As for Kelley Armstrong's series...I lover Kelley! I read her Darkest Powers series then eagerly snatched up The Gathering. It is a really good book. I was so pumped about The Calling's release....and then I kind of forgot about it. But it is great and if you find time to read it, I seriously suggest it.

    My Top Ten :)

  11. LOL I love the gif of being burried in books :) I haven't read any of the books on your list except The Book Thief. But they all look good! Hope you get to read them soon.

    My TTT

  12. Oooo, Stastical is such an amazing book. A quick read, too. It wasn't what I was expecting, but it was still completely amazing. I hope you get to it sometime. :)

  13. Slide is a really great YA mystery, that gets overlooked a lot. I recommend reading it! I love your list thanks for sharing!
    My Top Ten!

  14. Just One Day was phenomenal! I really, really liked it. I also highly recommend The Book Thief (for the power of its story) and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (for the cuteness!)


    Okay. I'm done. But seriously. Read it. And THE ARCHIVED. Because they're awesome.

  16. I have bought so many books in the past few weeks it's not even funny. The five that pop in my head are The Archived, Legend, Anna and the French kiss, The Reckoning, and Ruby Red. I need less college interfering and more reading time.

  17. Great list. I really want to read most of those, I just don't have a copy, yet. I have If I Stay by Gayle Forman on my Kindle and I haven't cracked it open yet.
    Hope you get to some of those soon!
    I highly recommend The Book Thief, but it's one of those books I think you have to be in the mood to read or you won't like it as much. So don't rush through it!
    Here's my Top Ten Tuesdays Post
    Megan @ Love, Literature, Art, and Reason


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