Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Top ten books I can't believe I haven't read yet!

Every once in a while I look through my To-Be-Read (TBR) list on Goodreads and try to "clean it up" or prioritize. My TBR list is currently 390 books! Every year I do catch up with a lot of  older books on my list, but I have to balance them with all the new great books coming out too.

But these have been waiting to be read for so long that I'm going to make a real point of getting at least ten of them read this year. They are a whole mix of genres, but most of them are pretty famous and so they keep coming to my attention one way or another.  I've never read anything by Barbara Kingsolver or George MacDonald or Patricia McWrede, and I know they are great classic authors.

Click on any cover to go to the Goodreads description. This post is a Top Ten Tuesday theme (hosted by the Broke and Bookish blog)

The Poisonwood Bible
The Yada Yada Prayer Group
The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Princess and the Goblin
Tiger's Curse
I Capture the Castle
Dealing with Dragons
The Phantom Tollbooth
Ruby Red
To Say Nothing of the Dog
Life of Pi
The Falconer
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
Rendezvous with Rama
A Single Shard
Finnikin of the Rock

I  can't rate thesefrom 1-10, nor could I limit this list to 10 (there's twenty of them showing), but I'll try to limit my text to just ten!

The Poisonwood Bible - famous author, famous book, very controversial: missionaries out to change lives in Africa but sounds like their own lives, or at least perspectives, need changed first.

The Yada Yada Prayer Group - I keep running into people that love this book!

The Art of Racing in the Rain - how could I not yet have read this book written from a dog's perspective??? I love these kinds of books! And its wildly famous and high rated too.

The Princess and the Goblin - my two most FAVORITE authors, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, were deeply influenced by the author, George McDonald. And it's another wildly famous book I've known about forever and its description is right up my ally. Truly mystified why I haven't read it yet.

The Tiger's Curse - this sounds like a beautiful love story and a twist on Beauty and the Beast and I love tigers and it's highly rated and.. and... yeah, must read this one.

I Capture the Castle. Yup, another famous one, and I know I'll love it because I love Dodie Smith's other books!

Dealing with Dragons. Come on, it's dragons!!!! I have to read at least one dragon book a year, and Patricia McWrede is wildly famous. What's taking me so long??

The Phantom Tollbooth. Classic kidlit. Hanging my head in shame. This is as bad as never having read Roald Dahl's books or something.

Life of Pi. Because I really want to see the movie that was out several years ago now but I promised I wouldn't till I read the book!

To Say Nothing of the Dog. Because the first book, Doomsday Book, is on my all-time favorites list and I've heard this one is even better.

What book have you been meaning to read forever???


  1. You have three of my favorite books ever on your list. The Princess and the Goblin is beautiful and when I first read it, I literally had to read everything by George McDonald that I could get my hands on. I Capture the Castle is the only one of Dodie Smith's books I have actually read, but my copy is battered and worn from being read so many times. It has been an inspiration for me in many ways. And then there's Dealing With Dragons, which is the first in a series, and that whole series is one of the funniest and most adorable fantasy series I have ever come across. I have Life of Pi and A Single Shard on my TBR list, for sure.

    1. Not just one, but three!!! I think you and I need to share more of our book lists together.

  2. Loved seeing your list. I can never keep up with my TBR list.

  3. The Art of Racing in the Rain and the Poisonwood Bible are both earned 5 stars in my book! I read the Poisonwood Bible last summer through a buddy reads thing on Goodreads. It was the perfect book to read with someone else so I could discuss all my thoughts as we went along! The writing was fantastic and the plot was so complex and amazing. It starts off a little strange but stick with it!

    1. Books like these make me wish for book buddies or a book group too. I love to discuss books!

  4. I need to read a couple of these books too LOL!! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday if you wanna check it out :) http://bookbabble.weebly.com/blog/top-ten-tuesday1

  5. Margo - you complete me. I thought I was the only person on the planet who hadn't read The Phantom Tollbooth. I even own a Norton Juster autographed copy. How sad am I! BTW - I ADORED the Uglies series.

    1. Well okay then!! Which one do I start first, Uglies or the Phantom Tollbooth? So glad you stopped by, I've missed you!

  6. Awww. I remember reading The Phantom Tollbooth as a kidlit. Couldn't

    I love the covers for The Falconer and Unspoken. Those are on my TBR. Mine is massive too.

  7. THE TIGER'S CURSE IS REALLY GOOD! I couldn't keep up after the second book though :( I am hoping to try and get back in the series again, I last read the first 2 in 2011. Also, Uglies is pretty awesome as well :)

    Check out my Top Ten Tuesday here!

  8. I really want to read Finnick on the rock! *-*

    My TTT: http://frannieinthepages.blogspot.it/2015/02/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-i-cant.html

  9. Tigers Curse and Uglies have been on my list for a while too. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  10. The Art of Racing in the Rain: I cried at the beginning, cried several times in the middle, and bawled at the end. Amazing storytelling. Loved it.



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