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Top Ten Tuesday: The Never-Ending TBR List

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl) is books that have been on my TBR list the longest.

There’s various reasons why I haven’t read these books yet. Some of them got sidelined for something else, others I just keep passing on my bookshelf. I’m sure I’ll get around to them all eventually…right?Never-ending-TBR-list

1. ‘The Woman In White,’ by Wilkie Collins

This has been on my TBR list since I was in college, which was nearly 10 years ago. It was on our reading list and I did start to read it, but didn’t have time to finish it before having to move on to the next book (the joys of doing an English degree).

Unfortunately, through the course of studying the book, I found out the ending, which makes it more difficult to enjoy a book I haven’t fully read yet. I was disappointed because I loved the part of it I had read, so I told myself I’d read it when I forget what the ending is and can enjoy it, which hasn’t happened yet.

It might be wishful thinking that I will forget it so I’ll probably have to read it regardless at some point, but I’ll hold out hope for a little bit longer.

2. ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of A Window And Disappeared,’ by Jonas Jonasson

This is another book that I started but had to stop, this time in favour of another book I had to review at the time. I was enjoying this book as well, so definitely want to go back to it, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet. There’s no particular reason, I just keep going past it on my bookshelf. I’ll get to it.

3. ‘Wuthering Heights,’ by Emily Brontë

I bought this book in Borders‘ closing down sale when everything was €1. I have a few friends that love it, and it always reminds me of that episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch where Hilda is on the misty moors shouting ‘Heathcliff, Heathcliff’ (I have no recollection of what else happens in that episode, though).

The problem is that I’m not actually a big fan of ‘classics’ so I’m no sure I’ll actually enjoy this. Jane Eyre is the only book of this sort that I’ve ever liked so maybe I should give it the benefit of the doubt since it’s another Brontë sister, but I do think it’ll be on the list for a little while longer.

4. ‘Out Of Oz,’ be Gregory Maguire

This is the last book in a series that I’ve read the rest of. But it’s not an easy series to read. Anyone who has read the Wicked series knows how political and heavy it can be, and while I do love them I need to be in a certain mood to read them.

I’ve also probably left it too long to read this one because I’ve forgotten a lot of the details of the other books that I might need to know, so I’m probably going to have to read the other 3 again before reading this one. It’s a lot of heavy reading to commit to so I keep going past it on my shelf.

5. ‘Sharp Objects,’ by Gillian Flynn

I adore Gillian Flynn. Gone Girl is one of the most amazing books I’ve read in years, and Dark Places wasn’t far behind. I think the reason I haven’t gotten around to reading Sharp Objects yet is because it’s on my Kindle and I kind of forget it’s there. A lot of the time I go to my Kindle for Netgalley books and forget about the ones I’ve actually bought. I definitely need to work on that.

6. ‘And Then There Were None’, by Agatha Christie

This is similar to The Woman In White in that it’s a book I want to read, but I know the ending and don’t think I’ll enjoy it as much as if I didn’t.

I love Agatha Christie, and that includes watching all the TV adaptations of her books. BBC made an excellent version of And Then There Were None a couple of years ago so I obviously found out whodunnit then, so I’m not quite ready to read the book yet.

Unlike The Woman In White, though, I don’t think there’s any chance of me forgetting the ending of this one, so I’ll have to deal with just knowing whenever I do get around to reading it.

7. ‘The Help,’ by Kathryn Stockett

This is another book that’s been lost on my Kindle. Every now and then I remember it’s there and think ‘I really need to read that,’ but then I find a physical book I want to read and they’ll always win.

8. ‘Haunted,’ by Chuck Palahniuk

There’s a few books, like Out of Oz, that I haven’t read yet because I just can’t seem to get in the mood for them, and this is another one. I liked Fight Club so I bought Haunted a few years ago thinking I’d like to read it, but I’m never really in the right mood for reading horror.

I’ve read some of the genre before and it wouldn’t be my favourite, but I do sometimes enjoy it, so I just have to wait until that mood strikes me.

There are plenty more books on my TBR list, but none that have any particular reason for me not reading them yet. They’re just not that high up on the list compared to others. But there you have it, my Top Ten (or 8) Tuesday for this week. Which ones do you think I should give a chance?

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