Books That Have Been Sitting On My Shelves Since The Dawn of Time… #TopTenTuesday

Some of these poor books, man… they seriously get overshadowed by all of the new releases that capture my undivided attention. I have a multitude of books who have just succumbed to the darkness of the bottom of my shelves…and they wait, ever so patiently, for me to one day pick them up, blow off the dust, and turn their brittle pages to read the story within.

So, this morning, on a whim, I got the idea to put a spotlight on these poor unfortunate souls who’ve been wasting away on my shelves for as long as I can remember (way before I ever started blogging, for sure). Only a couple have been started (and when I say started, I mean maybe the first chapter or so, but hardly any further).

1. Voracious by Alice Henderson. Whoa…what is this one even about? *opens Goodreads1* Hmm, a “gripping, atavistic, supernatural thriller”? Oh okay, yeah that sounds like something teen-version-of-myself would pick up at the store. The protagonist can see flashes of a person’s past when she comes into contact with them, and when she takes a walk in the woods, something starts hunting her. Interesting…

1Because yeah, I’m just too lazy to walk over to my bookshelf again, pick up Voracious, and read the blurb on the back…

2. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne-Jones. Um, I LOVE HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE — the movie. One of my favorite Studio Ghibli movies, aside from My Neighbor Totoro. But the book? I just haven’t picked it up is the almost 10 years (or it seems like) that I’ve had it on my shelf.

3. Crank by Ellen Hopkins. Wooooow this one has been sitting on my shelf for a hot minute. I read Burned for my first Ellen Hopkins novel, and I … sort of remember the gist of it? I remember really loving her poetic way of writing, and I know it would take me absolutely no time to read because there’s no that much writing on each page, but for some reason I just haven’t taken that dive.

4. Cell by Stephen King. Ahh, Stephen King. Don’t you know I own about four other of his books besides this one? And I haven’t read ANY OF THEM. The only King book I’ve read was Cujo, and — HA — that was back in eighth grade. EIGHTH GRADE. DO YOU KNOW HOW OLD I AM NOW???2

2If you don’t know, then GOOD!!!

5. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. This is one of those books that I started, so I know it’s about zombies. But I think it’s low-key about zombies and more about the people within the zombie-shelter/town/village? I think there’s eventually a breach, but anyway… I really think I’d like to read more zombie books, so maybe I should start with this?

6. Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Werewolf book? Most likely. *checks Goodreads again* YEP! I don’t know, ever since Twilight, I’ve kind of steered clear of vampires and werewolves (although, I did read Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, and really loved it). But I should probably give this one a try, since, you know, it’s been on my bookshelf for like 46234 years.

7. Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Ugh, I can’t remember what this one is about either. *one second* OH YEAH, love is a disease in this world. This sounds fascinating actually! Why haven’t I read this one yet???

8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I KNOW, I HAVE TO READ THIS ONE. It’s just. Okay, I don’t have an excuse? I just forget about some of my babies. And I’M SORRY, OKAY. I am just a busy woman. I’ll read you soon, my precious, I promise. *ogles the cover until I drool a little bit* *snaps out of it*

9. Evermore by Alyson NoΓ«l. *checks Goodreads one more time* Okay…so the more I read about it through other people’s reviews, the less I want to read it. It’s overall rating is a 3.59. It’s a super short book though. I don’t know. Have you read it?

10. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. This is another book I read a little bit of. But I don’t remember ANYTHING. I’m fairly certain I liked what I read, but I don’t remember why I stopped? But it’s about a futuristic prison, one that’s kind of alive? Cool — I’ll keep this one on my reading list3!

3Because that’s the last thing I need, haaaa. I need to do some spring cleaning — book style!

DEAR READER: Do you have any books that you’ve had for so long that you kind of forgotten that they exist?

Rosie is SO TIRED. She just got home — from working with toddlers! — to finish this TTT post, and now she has to do some chores *SOB* before she goes to the gym tonight *DOUBLE SOB* Can’t she just be a vegetable? Like…a potato, on a couch??? With wine and a comfy blanket???


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  1. I have three unread Stephen King books on my shelves: Carrie, The Shining, and The Dead Zone. I read about half of The Dead Zone when I was 14 but never finished it for some reason, and I keep trying to get through The Shining because I really want to watch the movie. I’ll probably read Carrie in the fall because it’s the shortest one πŸ˜…
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    1. Phewwwww it’s been so long since I’ve seen The Shining… one of my best friends owns like, every single one of his books, and King is her absolute favorite author. I own Carrie, Under the Dome (holy huge book, I wonder if I ever read this one?!), The Dark Half, and Full Dark, No Stars. I really wanna read the Dark Tower series too, though. I used to have them, but I think I sold them to Half Price Books when I was young and stupid… :O

  2. Ha, I can relate to this. I have so many books on my shelf that I’ve neglected for years. πŸ˜€ Burned is actually one of them. Crank is pretty good, but it has been a really long time since I read it. The Forest of Hands and Teeth is one of my old favorites! I don’t remember a lot of details about it, but I always remember that it made me. cry. so. much. But that’s just me. It might not be much of a tearjerker for most readers.

    1. A tearjerker, eh??? CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. It’s real hard to get me to cry for books. Like, I’ll feel lots of emotion — I’m not completely heartless — but books just hardly ever conjure tears!

    1. Yeah, I think I remember some hot+cold reviews when it came to Delirium, now that I sit and think about it. I might still check it out, even if the rest of the series isn’t worth navigating. I just kind of want to read all the books on my shelves, because if I don’t… I’ll feel like a failure lolol.

  3. I haven’t read any of these books, but I’ve heard such great things about some of them. Honestly, Voracious low-key sounds interesting, so I might even look into that one. πŸ˜… I still can’t believe you and I haven’t read Delirium, though. It’s such a beloved series, we should get on that ASAP. πŸ˜‚ Great post!
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    1. Yeah, some of them are olllllld, lol. I might try to read some of my really old books, maybe one per month, just so I can put a notch (even if it’s small) in my physical TBR pile! Maybe I’ll start with Delirium… ;D

  4. GOSH, yes! I have SO many books on my shelf that have sat there for eons. Why I haven’t read them, I don’t know. (Oh, wait, yes I do. Because I keep getting MORE – i.e., NEW, books. #BookwormProblems) Lauren’s is one that’s been on my shelf for-ever. Hope we both read it. Someday. πŸ™‚

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    1. I know, it’s SO HARD — read old books, or read NEW ones that everyone else is talking about??? Someday, though….someday…

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