Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been on My Shelves Forever

I like today's theme for The Broke and the Bookish's Top Ten Tuesday. It's all about those books that have spent many long years on our shelves but have never managed to get read. It definitely lead to the dawning realization that I have had some of my books for a looooong time, so long that I don't even know when or how I came into possession of them, only that I've also intended to read them for a loooong time. Here are some of my more long-neglected books...maybe you can help me decide if they're really worth hanging onto for that elusive future read!

1. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver - I think this one landed on my shelves back in the major heyday of Oprah's Book Club when my mother and I were discovering the wonderful world of literary fiction. I want to read it, but I've read so many mixed reviews that I'm kind of skeptical.

2. Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice - I can't remember a time when this book wasn't on my shelf. Most books I can at least remember when I acquired, not so with Interview With the Vampire. I saw the movie and liked it, and I've always wanted to give the book a shot, but then the mass market paperback has super tiny print that always manages to scare me off before I get very far.

3. A Son of the Circus by John Irving - This is the first of many John Irving books that I've purchased over the years that I've subsequently never read. Luckily, my mom's kind of a fan, so they're not all going to waste while they await my attentions.

4. Skeleton Crew by Stephen King - I love Stephen King, and I've even started this book a few times. The first story, "The Mist," I've read several times, and it's deliciously disturbing, but I never seem to get much further.

5. Seize the Night by Dean Koontz - I should probably just get rid of this one, but Dean Koontz is one I go to for easy (dare I say "comfort"?) reading whose books I tend to enjoy if I can manage to get past his wildly awkward metaphors.

6. Marlfox (Redwall Book 11) by Brian Jacques - The Redwall books were some of favorites when I was younger, but despite the fact that I've kept collecting them over the years, they've kind of fallen into that abyss between what I used to read and what I read now. I'd love to read the rest of the series, though, and this is about where I left off. In fact, I wouldn't mind reading this whole series all over again. It's full of good memories!

7. The Chamber by John Grisham - When I was in high school, I looooved John Grisham. I spent a few good nights with the likes of A Time to Kill and The Client. I haven't read Grisham in forever, but I can't bring myself to part with this one that my parents say is their favorite of his books. Unfortunately, I haven't quite managed to read it yet, either.

8. And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts - As I was combing my collection for the long-neglected I noticed this one that's been gathering dust on my shelves for far too long, has an impressive 4.38 stars rating on Library Thing. When I stop being such a slacker about reading non-fiction, I think this one should probably be up first!

9. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - I've heard so many good things about this series that I have half of it sitting on my shelves. I've got a total thing for Scotland, so this is probably going to be right up my alley, but it's kind of hunormous and therefore inconvenient to carry to work for lunchtime reading and therefore has been sitting neglected on my shelves for far too long.

10. She Walks These Hills by Sharyn McCrumb - I started reading Sharyn McCrumb's mysteries set in Appalachia in high school, too, starting with The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter which I really liked. I've been collecting them ever since. Soon maybe I'll even read them starting with this one that I've had the longest.

So - those are the books that have been awaiting my reading attentions the longest. Have you read and loved any of them? Are there any I should just give up and chuck on the donation pile?


  1. The Poisonwood Bible had been on my shelf forever as well, and then I read it a years ago, and it remains one of my favorite books --do yourself a favor and read this one.

  2. I'm afraid all of these books sat on my shelf for a long, long time before I finally gave them away. I wonder why we do that?!

    Here's my Top Ten: Top Ten Books That Have Been on My Shelf the Longest But Never Read. I hope you will stop by and sign up for my November Giveaway, too. It's a $25 Amazon gift card!

  3. I love Outlander, it is one of my favorite books. It's long but worth it!

  4. Poisonwood Bible and Interview with the Vampire were both good, as was Skeleton Crew. Good luck :)

  5. I love some of Stephen Kings stories but others I don't really care for.
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  6. The Outlander is on mine too. Interview with a Vampire is awesome sauce!

    Beth ^_^

  7. We Share The Poisonwood Bible. :) Outlander is great. The Vampire Chronicles are overrated imo. ;)
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post. :)

  8. I gave up on Poisonwood Bible and Outlander is number 10 on my list! Hah. ;)

  9. I've read The Poisonwood Bible and The Chamber. I loved the first and enjoyed the second.

  10. The Poisonwood Bible and Outlander are two of my all-time favorites!!!! Seriously, Outlander is the best, I love the entire series! Hope you like it when you finally get around to it!

  11. The Poisonwood Bible is one of my husband's favourite books and he's been trying to get me to read it for about 5 years, I just haven't gotten there yet! I've read Outlander (just that one) and found it okay - didn't love it anywhere near as much as I expected to, given the recommendations.

  12. Interview with the Vampire WAS on my list, but no more! YAY! I read it! :)

  13. The Poisonwood Bible is an intimidating read, but it's so worth it. The writing is amazing, and the story deep and meaningful.

    Like you, I bought a copy of Interview with the Vampire after seeing the film. It's a rare occasion when I like the movie better than the book, but this was one of those instances. I really think it was that Kirsten Dunst did such a great job as Claudia that any character I could imagine in my head just wasn't as awesome.

    Outlander is an intimidating series, but just take them one at a time. I like the first and second ones the best.

  14. Outlander has been collecting dust on my shelf, too. I really liked The Poisonwood Bible, so I say give it a shot! ;)

  15. Ooh, ooh! Don't get rid of Outlander. Maybe over the holidays you'll have a chance to read it. When I first read it (in law school), I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but now the series is one of my favorites. I'm re-reading the series right now and it is just as good, if not better, the second time around!!!