Monday, February 05, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest Which I Still Haven't Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely Jana at The Artsy Reader Girl.


My Top Ten Tuesday is my Top Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest Which I Still Haven’t Read. I did not start tracking when I began buying books until sometime in 2004, and even then I was not good about logging in the date. So, there are likely books that have been on my shelves for much longer. All these books survived several book weeding sessions--and so I definitely still want to read them. For the sake of today, I will go with the ones I have documented as the oldest by date. Note: I define TBR as To Be Read books I actually own and have on my shelves.  

1.

Open House by Elizabeth Berg 
(purchased in 2004)

2.


Pope Joan by Donna Wolfolk Cross
(purchased in 2004)

3.

A Great Deliverance (Inspector Lynley #1) by Eizabeth George 
(purchased in 2004)

4.

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb 
(purchased in 2004)

5.
Katwalk (Kat Colorado #1) by Karen Kijewski 
(purchased in 2004)

6. 

Through Wolf's Eyes (Firekeeper Saga #1) by Jane Lindskold 
(purchased in 2004)


7. 

The Color of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett 
(purchased in 2004)

8. 

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray 
(purchased in 2004)

9.

A Share in Death (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #1) by Deborah Crombie 
(purchased in 2005)

10.

The Vampire Files, Volume 1 (Vampire Files #1-3) by P.N. Elrod 
(purchased in 2005)

Have you read any of these? What did you think? What book has been on your TBR pile the longest? 


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54 comments:

  1. I haven't read any of these but many of them look interesting. A Great Deliverance might be my kind of book. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Cheryl - There's so many books in the George series. I have most of them because I keep intending to read them--I just haven't yet. One of these days!

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  2. I just looked up Pope Joan and now I'm really intrigued. That sounds so interesting. I've also wanted to read Vanity Fair for the longest time too. I definitely don't get around to my classics as often as I'd like.

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    1. Ceri - I've had Pope Joan forever and everyone I know whose read it says I should read it. I just keep putting it off . . . Someday!

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  3. I liked the Assassins series by Robin Hobb although I'm not sure I would re- read them (and not because they're bad, but just because there are so many books in that series now and then I'd want to get through em all again). :) But they're fun.

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    1. Greg - I was really gung-ho about reading the Assassins series until my husband read the first book and told me it was only okay. It kind of dampened my enthusiasm for it. I keep reminding myself that he is hard to please and that shouldn't put me off.

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  4. I haven't read any of these books, so I can't tell you if they're good or not! I do hope you enjoy them when you do decide to read them!

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    1. Chrissi - I hope I will be able to get to them at some point.

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  5. I've not cleared my bookshelves for a while and I'm sure I've too many books in there which are not read and have no interest in reading them now, lol.

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    1. Melody - I know I have books older than these on my shelves. It's hard to tell . . .

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  6. I haven't read any of these. I hope you get to read at least one, if not all. :-)

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  7. I’ve read Through Woves Eyes by Jane Lindskold and absolutely loved it. It’s the first in the Firekeeper series. I’ve actually read this book multiple times, I enjoy it so much!

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    1. I really like the sound of Through Wolves Eyes and hope that I love it as much as you did.

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  8. I tried Through Wolf's Eyes, and it just didn't work for me. I think I wrote about why on my blog.

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    1. Jeane - I'm sorry to hear you didn't care for Through a Wolf's Eyes.

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  9. I've read 3 or maybe 4 of these. First of all, A Share in Death - I love that series. I know it's long now, but it is really good. I've also read A Great Deliverance. Did you ever watch any of the Lynley/Havers TV show - BBC? Barbara Havers is a great character. Tommy Lynley is great too. They work well together and lead different sorts of lives, except for crime solving. I'm pretty sure I read Katwalk a long, long time ago. I know I read some in that series. And the one I can't remember for sure is Open House. Probably. Start with A Share in Death - truly!

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    1. Kay - I've read a later book in the Crombie series and just loved it. I am determined to go back and start from the beginning now. I never did see the Lynley/Havers TV show, I'm afraid. It's another series though I've read one book from and keep meaning to get back to. Katwalk appeals to me mainly because of the setting, admittedly, since I lived in Sacramento for a number of years. I am glad you recommend them!

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  10. I'm not sure I could figure out the books that have been on my TBR the longest. I need to weed again.

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  11. I've always wanted to read the P.N. Elrod series. In fact, I was recently checking Thrift books and looking into buying some of them used. Great list and I ADORE the cover of Through Wolf's Eyes.

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    1. Barb - Me too. I bought the first three books in volume form because the books came so highly recommended. I really need to give them a try.

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  12. Loved The Assassin's Apprentice! It is the first in a trilogy, but Hobb wrote other trilogies that connect with the characters. I always enjoy Elizabeth George and Deborah Crombie--both series are great!

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    1. Jenclair - I really need to dive into that series. I think I have all three in the trilogy too. :-) I've read one book each of George's and Crombie's and now want to go back to the beginnings and read the series in order. Them and Louise Penny . . .

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  13. I have a book club edition of Assassin's Apprentice and I'm not even going to say HOW old that bad boy is.

    OMG, you have got to put aside some time to read The Vampire Files! I adored that and the Gentleman Vampire series she wrote. Oh, and the Ravenloft novel, I, Strahd. :D

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks!

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    1. Haha! I can imagine. :-) I am glad you recommend The Vampire Files. I've been wanting to read them for ages . . .

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  14. I read the Elizabeth Berg, and most of her other books too, plus the first 3 of the Deborah Crombie. Lost track after that. I'd say it depends what mood you're in because your titles are in different genres. I've wanted to read The Assassin's Apprentice but never have.

    Good luck with choosing a book from the tbr to read!

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    1. Kari - I have heard great things about Elizabeth Berg's books, but haven't managed to read one yet. I have read one of Crombie's later books in the series and loved it. I want to go back and start from the beginning now. Someday I will get to all of these. :-)

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  15. READ POPE JOAN! Pope Joan was the book that got me started blogging because it was so good, I needed to talk about it somewhere. First book review I had ever written.

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    1. Elizabeth - I don't know why I haven't already. I keep putting it off for some reason. It's one of those books that has been recommended to me over and over again. Kind of like The Time Traveler's Wife, which I finally read a couple years ago.

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  16. A Share in Death is one of my favorites! The whole series is fantastic! I really liked the series from Elizabeth George for a long time but the series got kind of drama-y. I really need to read Elizabeth Berg. I've heard great things about her books.

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    1. Katherine - I read a later book in the series and just loved it. I want to go back and start from the beginning now. I've heard that about George's series. I have so many of the books that I've collected over the years with every intention of reading . . . I need time!

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  17. Wendy, you always have such eclectic selections!

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    1. Donna Marie - I have to be ready for every eventual mood. Haha

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  18. I have The Vampire Files on my stacks too and probably it's been there as long as you've had yours too! haha... It's so hard to keep up with all the books isn't it? Loved seeing this. Oh and I do recommend the Deborah Crombie book. It's a good series.

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    1. Iliana - I wouldn't be surprised. :-) It really is hard to keep up. And then new books keep coming out and they sound good and end up in my TBR pile . . . It's never ending.

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  19. I hope you get a chance to read all these soon!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  20. The only one of these I've read is Vanity Fair and I honestly don't remember much of anything about it, lol.

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    1. Suzanne - I am kind of afraid of that one, I admit.

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  21. I haven't heard of any of these. I have about 700 books on my Goodreads to read list, not sure which has been there the longest.

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    1. Ellen - I am not sure how many books I have on my wish list. Too many. And many more actual books I own that I still haven't read. I wish there was more reading time.

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  22. I haven`t read many of these, but I do hope to get to Vanity Fair soon. Good luck with your reading!

    Carmen`s Reading Corner

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    1. Georgiana - I hope you enjoy Vanity Fair. I'm kind of intimidated by that one, I confess.

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  23. Several of these are on my (overly long) want-to-read list as well: A Great Deliverance, Assassin's Apprentice, and Through Wolf's Eyes. And I've read the first seven or eight Deborah Crombie mysteries; they are terrific!

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    1. Lark - I am glad you enjoy the Crombie books! I am eager to read more of the series (and finally start at the beginning!).

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  24. I've read Terry Pratchett! He's really funny, although there are several different series in the Discworld books so it might be worthwhile to look around and see which interests you the most (the witches, the Watch, the Tiffany Aching series, Rincwind are the main ones that comes to mind)

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    1. Eustacia - I have heard such good things about Pratchett's books. There are so many! And I understand some of his series crossover each other which just confuses me more. I do want to give his books a try though.

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  25. I consider TBR books that I actually have on my shelves too.
    I haven't read any of yours but if you get to them, enjoy :) I have a bunch on my pile as well, well, maybe I will read them someday and maybe not.

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    1. Naida - We hold out hope we will someday get to all our TBR books, and someday we actually may!

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  26. I have not read any of the books on your list. I have had some books for a very long time. I know that I had books that I bought in high school but did purge them just a couple of years ago. I just need more time and I will get to them all!

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    1. Carole - Probably my oldest book is Les Miserables, but since I am reading that now, I didn't count it. I have a lot of books from my childhood and high school still--but all I have read. I keep them because I hope to reread them one day.

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  27. I'm not familiar with any of these, but that's one reason why I like linkups like this so well is because the possibilities of what people will list are endless!

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    1. Ericka - Yes! So many new to us to explore. :-)

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