Hi everyone! I actually scheduled this post in advanced, how cool is that (I barely ever schedule in advance!). By the time you guys read this, I will have got back from my what will hopefully be amazing few days in London where I’m heading off to tomorrow with my Uni friends! By this time on Tuesday, I will have been to the Harry Potter Studios and hopefully had an amazing time, (I will be doing a post all about my trip here on the blog on Tuesday, hence me scheduling this post in advance), though I don’t see how it will be possible for me to have a bad time, I mean it’s the Harry Potter Studios! Anyway, this week’s prompt was meant to be Top Ten Books I Have on My Shelf (or Goodreads TBR) From Before I Started Blogging, but I actually don’t have any books on my shelf or my Goodreads TBR from pre-2014 (when I started blogging), so I twisted the topic slightly to be Top Ten Books That Have Been On My Goodreads TBR For A Year Or More (which I can assure you, I have a lot of!). I’m going to try to stick to 10, but it may not happen! Anyway, in no particular order, here are my top ten (I’m not going to include ones that I own, these are ones that I have not yet got and ones that have already been released as opposed to soon to be released, I need to narrow the list down somehow):
- The Darkest Minds-Alexandra Bracken-Added in January 2015
Okay, so this one is not entirely my fault, I added this in January not knowing that Alex Bracken didn’t have a UK publisher, so it wasn’t available in the UK. Yes, I could have bought it off Amazon, but if I can help it, I prefer to buy my books from actual book shops and I decided I wasn’t desperate enough for this one to order it from Amazon (not that I didn’t want to read it, I did and still do, but I had enough other books that getting this one was not desperate). Luckily, I now have a Uni friend who ordered them from the US so I’m going to borrow her copies of the series!
2. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower-Stephen Chbosky-Added in January 2015
Okay, so this has probably been on my thought TBR a lot longer than on my Goodreads TBR since after I saw the film, I did think, okay maybe I should read the book now. Anyway, long story short, years later and I still haven’t read it. I’m not really sure why, it’s just one of those books that is on my TBR, yet somehow always seems to slip under my radar.
3. The Fixer-Jennifer Lynn Barnes-Added in February 2015
This one sounds really cool, a contemporary political YA thriller, and I honestly don’t know why I haven’t bought it yet, I think it’s one of those cases where I get distracted by all of the pretty fantasy books (#sorrynotsorry) and forget about some of the other books on my TBR!
4. The Iron King-Julie Kagawa-Added in February 2015
I honestly don’t know why this one has flown under my radar for so long, it’s fantasy (my fave genre) and I’ve liked stories with faeries in the past, but I think because it’s an older fantasy I probably forget about it often because there are so many great new fantasy releases!
5. The DUFF-Kody Keplinger-Added in February 2015
I added this one because of the movie which I’ve watched and really enjoyed. I think I’m a little hesitant of reading it because my book/movie taste is completely opposite, what I hate in books, I usually love in movies and what I love in books, I may not be as keen on in films (case in point, I like gory scenes in books-to a degree and I actually enjoy being creeped out whilst reading, but am not so keen in movies. I’m not that keen on romance in books, but I love rom-coms), so I feel like I’m not sure whether I’d like the book as much as I liked the movie, because I look for different things in books as compared to movies. Still I feel like I will try to read this one, one day.
6. Anne and Henry-Dawn Ius-Added in February 2015
I honestly don’t know why I forgot about this book, I love the Tudors and the idea of Anne and Henry in modern day high school is totally appealing to me, but somehow after the release date for this passed, I totally forgot about it! Hopefully I will read it at some point because it does sound interesting.
7. The Girl On The Train-Paula Hawkins-Added in February 2015
I know, I know, I should have read this one by now, but like all of the others on my list, it just kept flying under the radar (but how Jo you ask, this book was everywhere? Well yes it was, but as I keep saying, I get distracted by the pretty fantasies, they call to me, I can’t help it!). I was hoping to read it before the movie came out, but since the movie comes out in September, I think that’s highly unlikely!
8. Made You Up-Francesca Zappia-Added in May 2015
This one sounded so amazing, a contemporary about a girl with schizophrenia. I actually added it because I was studying schizophrenia at the time as part of my Psychology A Level but somehow between then and now, I completely forgot about it. It still sounds like an interesting read and I would like to see if I can try it at some point.
9. Inkheart-Cornelia Funke-Added in May 2015
This sounds so cool, characters coming to life out of books, going into books, this is basically bookish heaven and it’s in my preferred genre, fantasy. So why have you not read it Jo, you ask? Well it’s actually one of my sister’s books not mine and I haven’t borrowed it yet. It may have ended up being cleared out in her move to Amsterdam, so this might be the push I needed to get my own copy!
10. Every Breath-Ellie Marney-Added in May 2015
This Sherlock retelling has been on my radar for ages, and I keep meaning to get it but again, just like with The Darkest Minds, I can’t find it in UK book shops and so the only way for me to get it is through Amazon, and as I’ve said earlier in the post, I prefer to get books from book shops if I can help it!
11. Pretending To Be Erica-Michelle Painchaud-Added in June 2015
This crime novel, billed as We Were Liars meets Heist Society (I’ve never read We Were Liars, but was very attracted by the Heist Society comparison), sounded really intriguing, so I added it to my TBR, then as usual, promptly forgot about it. Hopefully I will be able to pick this one up at some point.
12. Tiny Pretty Things-Sonia Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton-Added in June 2015
This is billed as Pretty Little Liars meets Black Swan and I really liked that description, I like the idea of soapy high school drama meets ballet. Why haven’t I picked it up yet? Well I think there’s just been books that have interested me more but this book is still firmly on my radar.
13. Miss Mabel’s School For Girls-Katie Cross-Added in June 2015
This kind of sounds like Hogwarts but strictly for girls? Anyway, I love boarding school books and I love magic books, so this book sounded perfect for me but for whatever reason, a year on and I still haven’t got it (again I think it’s my reluctance to buy on Amazon unless I’m really excited for a new book showing through). Hopefully I will get it eventually.
14. Hold Me Like A Breath-Tiffany Schmidt-Added in June 2015
I was really excited for this book when I added it. I was. After reading Unwind, the idea of anything to do with the black organ market was really interesting to me and this with black organ traders and warring mafia like families sounded incredible. Then I saw that the reviews of this weren’t exactly amazing and my excitement dampened a little. I still want to read this because I want to make up my own mind about it, but it’s hard to keep up a high level of excitement about a book when it has several negative reviews.
15. Scarlet-AC Gaughen-Added in August 2015
I love the idea of this book, a Robin Hood retelling with a female Will Scarlet (now I just need to find one with a female Robin Hood), and I’m in love with all things history, so a historical retelling sounded right up my alley but like so many other books, I completely forgot about this after I added it to my TBR (that’s the problem of having over 300 books on a TBR, I have learned). I would definitely like to read it at some point though.
I think that’s all for this week (ha ha my restraint from last week did not last very long) and I could probably have done more! Ah the curse of the ever expanding TBR (according to a quiz I took today it’s going to take me 25 years to finish my current TBR. Ha ha, as if. Make that more like 50 years, the books will keep on coming). What books have been on your TBR the longest? Do you have books on there from before you started blogging? Have you read any of these books? Which should I read first? Let me know! Next week’s topic is a freebie, a back to school freebie, so I have to choose a back to school related topic, you’ll have to wait until next week to see what I choose. In the meantime, I should have a Wishlist Wednesday post for you guys tomorrow so stay tuned for that.