Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR For Way Too Long

Ten Books That Have Been on My TBR For Way Too Long - Top Ten Tuesday

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It’s the first Top Ten Tuesday of the month, and as far as books are concerned, I’m on the right track this year. Though still sort of dragging Voyager around (shouldn’t have binged the show!), leave it to Penny Reid to get me out of a rut: I read Kissing Tolstoy, and am now on what looks like a successful follow-up, The Cruel Prince. I’ll let you know all about it on this week’s Rewind post! Because of all this, I can look at my TBR and not feel intimidated – especially since I reduced it to less than 70 books a few months ago.

10 Books That Have Been On My TBR
For Way Too Long

in order of publication

Far From The Madding Crowd Book Quote by Thomas Hardy

Far From the Madding Crowd

written by Thomas Hardy, 1874

This is just one of the classics I and every other Goodreads user adds to their lists when they first sign up, right? I still have a handful of them to read in my TBR, but decided to highlight only this one and the next book, as they are the ones I’m most looking forward to read at the moment, for a couple of different reasons. In the case of Thomas Hardy’s Far From The Madding Crowd, because the most recent film adaptation was terrific. And the book is always better, right?

Anna Karenina Book Quote by Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina

written by Leo Tolstoy, 1878

And the second (gi-gan-tic) classic is Anna Karenina, because the adaptation wasn’t terrific. It turned out to be pretty forgettable despite its cast and director, yet I can tell the story is good because its meh-ness disappointed me – I wanted more. Alright fine, also because I just read Kissing Tolstoy, so I’m prepping for a future affair with a Russian lit expert.

The Phantom of The Opera Book Quote by Gaston Leroux

The Phantom of the Opera

written by Gaston Leroux, 1909

This is the one I actually already own, so I’ll probably pick it up soon! I’m not sure the book will live up to the movie/musical (heard mixed opinions), but I’m hoping it will be even darker.

Alone in Berlin Book Quote by Hans Fallada

Every Man Dies Alone

(or: Alone in Berlin) written by Hans Fallada, 1947

This book has been on my TBR for so long I couldn’t even tell you how I found out about it. Do I know the author from another publication? Was it recommended to me? Is there a movie? Or did I just fancy the title? (I did find out whilst searching for pictures that it was in fact made into a movie, two years ago! )

Half a Lifelong Romance Book Quote by Eileen Chang

Half a Lifelong Romance

written by Eileen Chang, 1948

I know you must sick of hearing me say this but Lust, Caution is SO good guys (also be prepared: being February, chances are you’ll hear more about it). You need to watch the movie, read the short story, and then be like me and add Chang’s other books to your TBR and never pick them up. It’s the most irrational thing because she is such a talented writer, just look at that title. I should totally make a book’s list of shame, right?!

The Fellowship of The Ring Book Quote by J R R Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

written by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1954

I’m not even sure I’d like this series, but every time I catch sight of this gorgeous box set… One day I’ll break bank and then will have to finally read them – if only to justify the expense. Or perhaps I’ll settle for the tiny faux leather editions.

The Bell Jar Book Quote by Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar

written by Sylvia Plath, 1963

Here’s one of those books you know you should read and will probably love, because all things beautiful and depressing are lovable.

The Book of Disquiet Book Quote by Fernando Pessoa

Livro do Desassossego

(or: The Book of Disquiet) written by Fernando Pessoa, 1982

It’s pretty shameful, but here we are. I must’ve added this book to my TBR when I was in high school, and probably have a copy around somewhere…

The North China Lover Book Quote by Marguerite Duras

The North China Lover

written by Marguerite Duras, 1991

I’m obsessed with this book because I can’t find it anywhere! There is one edition, but the cover is too ugly and that just doesn’t work for me. I guess I’ll cave if I can’t find a better one before the year’s end. But anyway, I first heard of Duras because of Hiroshima Mon Amour, and now I can’t get enough. This is supposed to be her most daring and truthful novel, so I’m dying to read it. With a pretty cover.

A Court of Wings and Ruin Book Quote Sarah J Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin

written by Sarah J. Maas, 2017

Drastic tonal shift here, I know. It’s only been a year but considering how much I liked the previous books and the gigantic hype around this one, reading ACOWAR feels long overdue! I mean, when you recommend the series to a friend and they end up reading it before you, something is wrong. I think I’ll ride The Cruel Prince YA wave and read it next!

Which books have been on your TBR for waaaay too long?
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  1. February 6, 2018 / 1:24 PM

    Anna Karenina has been on a few lists this morning, and it is a book I need to get to, also. ☺

    • February 7, 2018 / 5:42 PM

      Hope we both get to it soon!

  2. February 6, 2018 / 4:37 PM

    Thomas Hardy is my favourite classics author. His books NEVER disappoint! You’re going to love Far From the Madding Crowd – in my opinion, the book was 10x better than the film (and the film wasn’t bad either!). Same goes for Anna Karenina. Wonderful book that goes by really quickly, surprisingly, considering its size.

    • February 7, 2018 / 5:47 PM

      I might just get to them this year, then – your recommendations have been on point lately ?? If it is 10x better than yeah I’ll LOVE it 😀

  3. Sonia (A Film A Day)
    February 6, 2018 / 5:24 PM

    The Lord of the Rings trilogy is the only one I’ve read and I loved it. I’m not a huge fantasy fan so I wasn’t expecting it love it so much. I’m planning on reading Anna Karenina this year.

    • February 7, 2018 / 5:51 PM

      That gives me hope as I’ve never been a fantasy reader either! Yesss, let’s all become russian lit experts this year.

  4. February 6, 2018 / 5:46 PM

    I totally would read Anna Karenina but honestly, haven’t even heard of half the books in this list. Maybe I have in my own language, but the English titles just don’t ring a bell. Except the last one, but you know I’ve read that one, so it’s redundant to point it out. 😀

    Can’t wait for your thoughts on The Cruel Prince and good luck getting to these forever in a TBR books! 😉

    • February 7, 2018 / 5:54 PM

      A few of them are a bit obscure, indeed. And I can’t wait to get to the end of The Cruel Prince!! Though also having to wait a year for next one is killing me already.

      I NEED that luck, thank you. ?

    • February 8, 2018 / 11:34 AM

      I know, the wait is long. Though, not as long I’m going to have to wait for The Dark Artifices book. The second one came out in May 2017, the third one, December 2018!! More than a year!!!

    • February 8, 2018 / 12:56 PM

      That does remind me I should read that series, too!! But god such a long wait for you, I feel your pain ?

    • February 9, 2018 / 12:10 AM

      I was very surprised how much I enjoyed that series. I finished The Mortal Instruments (you sort of need the final book for some context for the characters), and the last three books in that series were quite okay and then booooom, Lady Midnight WAS AMAZING! Seriously good. Cassandra Clare is one of those authors who improves book to book, I’ve yet to read her The Internal Devices series but I own all three books. 😀

  5. Brittani
    February 7, 2018 / 2:50 AM

    I know I should read Anna Karenina, that’s also on my list. But it’s been there forever.

    • February 7, 2018 / 5:56 PM

      Looks like that’s the case for a lot of us! I think it’s because not only it is a classic, it’s also so big.

  6. February 7, 2018 / 4:18 AM

    I’m not a huge fan of classics, so I always have trouble making time for them. I read Anna Karenina a long time ago (at least 11 years ago, I’d say), but I’ve never seen any film adaptations. The book had some very beautiful parts, but there were (if I remember correctly) at least 100 pages or so about farming. It’s not an exaggeration to say that I struggled through that section of the book. It’s just not interesting. Not unless you’re into farming, I guess.

    I loved The Bell Jar when I first read it 12-13 years ago, and I still loved it when I reread it more recently. I hope you fall in love with it too.

    P.S. I love your blog name! 🙂

    • February 7, 2018 / 6:01 PM

      Oh man, I can see that bit scarred you ? There’s probably some kind of elaborate symbolism in those 100 pages, but yes, those can be dreadful! I loved Revolutionary Road but there were a bunch of pages about Frank’s office life and I couldn’t get through them fast enough.

      I hope I’ll love it, too! And thank you so much ?

  7. February 7, 2018 / 8:16 PM

    Tolstoy was on a few lists today, including mine! I have seen several adaptations of Anna Karenina, but really want to read the book.

    Carmen`s Reading Corner

    • February 8, 2018 / 12:50 PM

      I can see why, it’s so big it’s kinda scary! I’m sure we’ll all love it though 🙂

  8. February 7, 2018 / 11:45 PM

    The Bell Jar is also on my TBR! I hope I’ll be in the mood to read it this month. I’ve read Fellowship of the Ring two years ago, and I think it helps if you’ve seen the movies because the excitement builds up when you get to specific parts and the scene just plays in your head — or maybe that’s just me.

    • February 8, 2018 / 12:53 PM

      Yes I thought about that – that having seen the films I’d be more excited to get to the bits that were adapted! I think even being able to match faces (that we like of course bc the movies were great) to the characters will be beneficial in this case, because it adds a familiarity to the story, you know? Otherwise I think LOTR might’ve been too daunting and foreign for me to read, but we’ll see.

      Hope you get to read The Bell Jar and love it! 😀

  9. February 9, 2018 / 2:01 AM

    Classic lit “scares” me. This is because most of the are SO DARN long. The other part is the drastic difference in how the classics are written. The style is so different than that of modern lit. I’ve made attempts, but so far, nothing has “clicked.” I *did* manage to read “Sense and Sensibility,” so I guess that’s a pro. 🙂

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland!!

    • February 10, 2018 / 7:59 PM

      Thank you so much for visiting, Rissi!

      I understand being scared of classics. I haven’t read some in a quite a long time, but I used to read a lot of classics when I was younger, so I think it’s just a matter of habit. And the same thing goes for their writing style! Some might not click with you, as any contemporary could fail to do, too – but once you find a good story, I’m positive you’ll get used to the writing.

      It’s kind of the same with Old Hollywood movies. At first they look so odd, the acting so fake, but once you learn their “language”, it’s not strange anymore!

  10. February 11, 2018 / 8:01 PM

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    • February 14, 2018 / 4:57 PM

      Thank you, Anna Karenina sure is popular lately! Can’t wait to read it 🙂

  11. February 14, 2018 / 12:22 AM

    Love this list! The Bell Jar is a good read, but I’m a huge fan of Sylvia so I might not be bias. My sister is obsessed with Phantom of the Opera, and she loved the movie musical. That’s still one that I have to read too. My mind strays away from classic novels and can never really get into them, but I still try. lol

    • February 14, 2018 / 4:58 PM

      Thanks, Katy!

      I used to read them a lot, but lately I’ve neglected classics… Should definitely remedy that, and hope we both get to read Phantom of the Opera soon!

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