Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Top Ten Closet Cloggers

This week's Top Ten is Books That Have Been On My Shelf For The Longest .......But I've Never Read.* Now I am trying to get this number down by chalenging myself to read what I call "closet cloggers".** But here is a sampling of what has been justing sittting around unread for the longest*** time.

1. The Thirteenth Tale -- This premise still intrigues me, and I've heard only good things, but I keep buying pretty, new, YA books that shove it lower on the TBR pile.

2. Paint It Black -- White Oleander is one of my favorites and I just love the way Janet writes (very pretty language), but I've started this three times and never made it through 4 chapters.

3. Danse Macabre -- I bought this (and many simular books) when I thought my only path in life was to be a writer, but after a few kicks to my self esteem and the realization that work is work and not always fun no matter what you do, I never read it.

4. Eragon -- I heard such great reviews for this book written by a 19 year old because I wanted to encourage such a young author. Then I read that he got published because of his parent's connections, and I ended up hating the movie, so yeah, there it sits.

5. Paradise Lost -- The book that holds Satan's greatest line, "Better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven," was a classic I just had to own, but have you seen the size of this thing??!>? Enormous tome, in verse, so it sits prettily on my shelf waiting for me, year after year.

6.The World According To Garp -- Another friend of mine recommended this author. He is her favorite and she is the woman who inspired my book obsession, so as soon as I saw a book by her fav author I scooped it up and gave it a home.... then never honored it with a reading.

7. The Host -- November 2008 I went charging through the Twilight series and eschewed all other activities. Noticing my obsession a dear friend bought me this for Christmas. Despite his effort, which I found very touching as he is not a big reader, I have yet to open this novel.

8. Chocolat -- I loved this movie and when I saw it was a book, and it was on sale, I had to have it. That's as far as the love affair has gone, unfortunitely.

9. Kafka's Metamorphasis -- I have been terrified for years of cockroaches, I thought this might help me get over it since it's about a man who wakes up a giant roach one day. It immediately skeeved me out and I never tried again.

10. Crime and Punishment -- Great Russian Literture was recommended to me by the smartest woman I know when I told her I wanted to be a writer. "Russian writer's," she told me, "will show you the way to be a great." I immediately went out and bought this, as Dostoyevsky is rated as one of the best... and never read it.

I feel so guilty after writing this, these books deserve my time, otherwise I should have never bought them.
Has anyone read any of these? (Come on make them irresitable to me again.)

*TBTB Top Ten Tuesday
**Until recently a lot of my books were literally in a closet in a box, now I have new bookshelves! : )
***I can't even remember how long


  1. I always think about reading Paradise Lost, but I've never gotten around to picking it up. I read The Host almost immediately after reading the Twilight series and I liked it, but after all these years it's kind of lost it's luster :0)

  2. You'll love The Host! I loved it more than Twilight. Go for it! It's thick, but a fast read nonetheless.

    - Jana @ http://thatartsyreadergirl.blogspot.com/

    (Although today was my day to post the TTT at The Broke and the Bookish as well, so you may have already read my list!)

  3. Thirteenth Tale and Crime and Punishment are both really good. I know what you mean about the Russian's! I'm trying to get my nerve up to read Anna Karenina.

  4. chocolat is a great book, hope you get to read it soon.

  5. Ugh - I could never read Kafka's Metamorphasis - cockroaches are my kryptonite - even reading about them would freak me out.

  6. I loved Chocolat!
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post. :)

  7. I really enjoyed The Host - it's nothing like Twilight, and it was hard for me to believe the same author wrote both.

    I've always wanted to read Paradise Lost, but I think its more because I feel like I need to be able to say I've read it (if that makes sense lol)

    My Top Ten Tuesday

  8. I've been seeing The Thirteenth Tale around everyone's lists. Agree about Eragon, the movie. It's not good at all. I haven't read the books though. My Top Ten :)

  9. I tried to read Eragon, but just couldn't get into it.

    Here's My Post

  10. I loved The Thirteenth Tale! You should read it - it's great! :)

  11. I'm a big fan of the Inheritance Cycle (including Eragon) by Christopher Paolini. I didn't like the movie, but the books are pretty good :)