Top Ten Unread Books on My Bookshelf

Posted November 15, 2011 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 15 Comments


This week was actually my week to post at The Broke and The Bookish, but I wanted to post here too! I can’t miss my very first Tuesday as a solo blog owner, now can I?

If only I had more hours in the day. If only I had more money in my bank account. If only my only responsibility was to read books. Those three little things would make my to-read list much less ominous and overwhelming. Do you ever sit in front of your collection of books and want to read so many of them all at once that you just give up and do something else? I do. Or… I’ll look at all my books and decide I’m not feeling any of them, and hop on Amazon to buy something new! The following is a list of books I’ve been wanting to read for so long, but other books (or life) has continually gotten in the way.

Juliet: A Novel by Anne Fortier
A great friend of mine on Goodreads posted her love of this book over a year ago. I’d had my eye on it for a while, but it was really expensive so I decided to wait for a few months until I found it cheaper. She loved it so much that she sent it to me! I was ecstatic! Why have I not read it yet? This is the story of modern-day ancestors of Romeo and Juliet, who believe they are victims of a curse that has plagued the families for 600 years, ever since Romeo and Juliet were not allowed to be together. Conspiracy… romance… Romeo and Juliet. I should have read this forever ago.

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Two words. Richard Armitage. I’ve been wanting to read this ever since I saw BBC’s mini-series. I’ve heard the book is just as amazing as the show. I wonder if Elizabeth’s Thornton will live up to sexy Richard.

Heat Wave (Nikki Heat #1) by Richard Castle
I absolutely LOVE the TV show Castle. It’s one of my favorites, and I own all of the seasons so far. The main guy in the show, Richard Castle, is a writer who assists the NYPD with their cases so he can gather information for his latest crime fighter book series. This book was written by someone the studio hired to write under the pen name of Richard Castle. Every season, a new book is released. I love that the books he spends the different seasons writing can be purchased! It makes the show seem more real to me. I can only assume this is as wonderful as the show, and book 3 was just released! I have to get moving on this!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Ok, shoot me. I know, I know. I claim that Austenland is one of my favorite books, yet I have never read the INSPIRATION for it. I even bought the sexy Barnes and Noble leatherbound classic! I feel like I have sinned for not reading this yet.

Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley
Magical. I love Beauty and the Beast retellings, and I feel bad that I read Alex Flinn’s (Beastly) first. This has been collecting dust on my shelf for years, and I don’t know why.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Gah. Not only does this book sound amazing, and have a reputation of being pure awesomeness, but it’s a historical romance/mystery! MY FAVORITE.

Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
Ok, I read Poison Study forever ago and I swear I have forgotten the entire thing. I don’t even know the main girl’s name now. I should have read this sooner, because now I’m going to be really confused. This might never get read.

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
I’ve been hearing great things about this series for years now. Again, historical romance/mystery. MY FAVORITE!

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan
Christmas and New York are my two favorite things. If you put them together, I’m basking in celestial glory. Why have I NOT read this romance that takes place in NYC at Christmastime? Ugh!

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Other than the Beach Boys, this story provided some of the most beloved music of my childhood. I remember dancing to this in my living room as a wee thing. Why have I not read the book that inspired Andrew Lloyd Webber to be a genius and create one of the best soundtracks I’ve ever tuned my ears to? I love this show!

So, what books are really desirable to you, yet you haven’t picked them up yet? Do they intimidate you? Do you have too many other book-reading commitments that you have no time to read what you really, really want to read? Are they out of print, so you’re attempting to find a used copy in some second-hand store? Let me know what your choices would be! I love reading other peoples’ lists. It’s so much fun to discover new books to read!

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15 responses to “Top Ten Unread Books on My Bookshelf

  1. Congratulations on having your own blog! It’s always exciting when you start out. I may be living vicariously through you for a moment because of it.

    Great list too. I’m actually considering checking out some of those titles.

  2. Some really good books on that list, however I’m going to go against Anne and tell you to keep Pride and Prejudice on your list…there are better books out there! haha

  3. Thanks, Bonnie! It’s been tricky to gain exposure. I really love having my own blog, though. I’m excited to make new friends!

    Anne, I totally need to move it up the list. I think it’s been on my TBR list for the longest of all the ones I mentioned here.

    Kayleigh, I have not read it for the reason you just mentioned! I’m worried that I’ve hyped myself up too much, and will end up disappointed.

  4. Welcome to blogging! I’m still fairly new at it, too. And we have some books in common, even if they didn’t make it onto my list. I’ve been especially eager to read North and South ever since I finished Cranford, though I haven’t actually bought a copy of it yet. New follower!
    The Beauty of Eclecticism

  5. Yay – I love discovering other new blogs (I’ve had mine for about a month and am still in the excited newbie phase). You have so many good books on your list – hope you get to them soon :-)

  6. Thanks, JNCL! I love blogging. So much fun, and I love making new friends!

    Tanya, You deserve a welcome to the blogging world too! The newbie phase is fun, huh? :)

    diaryofadometicgoddess, I am so excited for Hea tWave!

  7. Ooh thanks for the reminder! I had wanted to check out that Juliet novel!!

    And nope, it wasn’t Count of Monte Cristo.. tho I’m wondering which one you were looking at on the crammed shelf!

    Thanks for stopping by! :)

    Michele | Top 10 Tues

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog. :) I really like your personal blog a lot. I love the design, especially. It’s so cute! Good luck with it; I can’t wait to see what you post.