Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been On My Shelf For The Longest

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books That Have Been On My Shelf For The Longest But I've Never Read

This is the kind of Top Ten list I can create without even having to think about it. The books that have been on my TBR list the longest are always there in the back of mind, making me feel constantly guilty for not having read them.

10. What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

Funny (ha ha) fact: I actually derived my blog name from the title of this book. Funnier (weird) fact: I still haven't read this yet.

9. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susana Clarke

It's the sheer size of this novel that always discourages me from reading it. I look at it and start to panic that it'll take me a year to finish.

8. Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series by Louise Rennison

I was determined to start this series and bought a bumper edition of the first four books. I think it's sat on my shelf unread for nearly 3 years now.

7. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

I'm positive I will love this book; I know it will be an amazing read. Perhaps I'm so sure that I've got to the point where I don't actually need to read it to prove this to myself? Seriously, my first reading resolution for 2012 is to finally read this book.

6. Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

I've disappointed myself by reading far fewer fairytale retellings than I would like to and thought that I would. I bought this one because The Twelve Dancing Princesses was one of my favourite stories as a child, but for some reason, this has never felt like an urgent must-read.

5. Nobody's Girl by Sarra Manning

I've read a couple of Sarra Manning books and really enjoyed them, so I have no idea why I just stopped dead with this book and never read it and haven't read anything else by the author for a couple of years, either. Why would I stop reading an author I enjoy? It's madness, but I just got distracted by all the other authors.

4. The Enemy by Charlie Higson

I love zombie novels and was eagerly anticipating this one. And yet...it remains on the bookshelf.

3. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M. T. Anderson

I wonder if I'm a little intimidated by books with lots of shiny award medals on the front. I'm sure this is a great book and the premise really interests me. This is getting read soon. Honest.

2. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

When I first got back into YA, this was recommended to me as a great 'gateway' book, as it's kind of YA but also kind of adult. I guess I didn't need a gateway, because I went straight into YA and never looked back. I do want to read this, though.

1. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

This book takes pride of place on my bookshelf as the book I have kept the longest without reading it. I'm not even sure if I should read it anymore - 10 years ago, it sparked a trend and interest in geishas here in the West. I remember going to the bookshop and seeing the shelves filled with books about geisha-dom and people like Madonna wearing geisha-inspired fashion and make-up. I wanted to know what the fuss was about, bought the book, but then never read it, which sort of defeated my purpose. Now that geisha fever has come and gone, I wonder if there is any point reading this a decade after everybody else did. I guess I must think so, because I've kept it all the same.


  1. You just HAVE to read Jellicoe Road! It's such a beautifully written book and you'll just fall in love with the characters. Marchetta has such a way of writing characters that just stick with you.

  2. I'm definitely with you on Jellicoe Road. I really need to read more Melina Marchetta, she's sooo good. I saw the Georgia Nicolson movie not too long ago, and I think I might have to read the series also. Awesome list!

    Here's mine: http://crackaspinebookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/11/top-ten-tuesday-1.html

  3. Memoirs of a Geisha is a really good book. It put me in the mood for green tea and Japanese food the whole time I was reading it.

  4. The Louise Rennison series is HILARIOUS. Seriously. They are must reads! ; }

  5. Jonathan Strange is a great book, it is long but definitely worth it!

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  7. Memoirs of a Geisha is good, but please read Geisha of Gion by mineko Iwasaki (the woman on whom the character and story are loosely based) it's WAAYYYY better. :)
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post. :)

  8. Jellicoe Road was such a great book! I couldn't put it down. Hope you enjoy it!

  9. Hey there,
    I've read the first book in the Georgia Nicholson series (also saw the movie! Hilarious!!). The whole diary format wasn't really for me, but it was a funny, light-hearted read. Also never read Memoirs of a Geisha, but it looks wonderful.
    Hope you're doing well,
    Ninja Girl

  10. I highly recommend Angus, Thongs- it is such a blast. I also have What I Saw and How I Lied on my list this week, and a Melina Marchetta title!

  11. Memoirs of a Geisha is a really great book, and the movie's pretty amazing too (just typing this makes me really want to watch the movie right now :)

    I really want to read Jellicoe Road. It's on my Christmas wishlist.

  12. Oh my god, I love the Georgia Nicholson series! It is so funny I wouldn't read it in public because I would catch myself laughing out loud and getting funny looks. I recommend for a rainy or depressing day!

  13. I liked Memoirs of a Geisha and I've read it more than once. It's pretty darn good :)


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