Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. Today, we’re talking about books that have been on our TBR the longest and still haven’t read. I’m keeping this to my actual physical to-read shelf at home, instead of just my Goodreads one! 


Prince of Thorns (Broken Empire #1) by Mark Lawrence // This book has been on my shelf since the beginning of 2014. HELP ME. It’s so short too, why haven’t I read this one?? 

The Help by Kathryn Stockett // Another book that has been on my shelf since 2014. I know, I’m terrible. I have watched the movie though. I actually bought the book because I really enjoyed the movie. 

Wild by Cheryl Strayed // This one has been on my shelf since the beginning of 2015. I still haven’t read it. Once again, I have watched the movie! I thought the movie was incredibly thought-provoking and touching. I have 0 legitimate reasons as to why I haven’t read this yet.

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien // SOMEBODY HELP ME. This has also been on my shelf since 2015. As a Tolkien fan, this is just unacceptable. I find this book quite intimidating though…

Promise of Blood (Powder Mage #1) by Brian McClellan // Once again, has been on my shelf since the beginning of 2015. I’m a failure. 


Stormbird (Wars of the Roses #1) by Conn Iggulden // I bought this one in a sale my favorite English bookstore in Brussels had in 2015. Still haven’t read it -obviously, since it’s on this list. I’m truly interested in the story and I’ve been wanting to read more historical fiction anyway but for some reason I still haven’t picked it up. 

Altar of Bones by Philip Carter // This was a random purchase. It was so cheap, and the hardcover was still in good condition so I figured, “Why not?” Fast-forward almost 3 years and it’s still on my to-read shelf.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini // I AM A TERRIBLE PERSON. I think the main reason I’ve been putting it off is that someone once told me I should read The Kite Runner before reading this. Is that true? If it isn’t, I should pick this one up soon. 

The Angel’s Game (Cemetery of Forgotten Books #2) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón // The shame. The shame. I loved the first book, The Shadow of the Wind, so much I recommended it to my English teacher at university. Somehow, years later, the sequel is still on my to-read shelf.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton // EVEN MORE SHAME. Pan Macmillan was kind enough to give me a copy of this book when I visited them in 2015 for a uni assignment. And I STILL haven’t managed to read this book. Someone please help me. 

There you go. 10 books that have been on my shelf for about 3-4 years.
10 books I’m actually ashamed I haven’t read yet. 

Have you read any of these? Which one should I pick up first?

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41 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest”

  1. Please read The Help it is sooo good! Especially if you enjoyed the film (which is quite an accurate adaptation) I think you will like it. Even though the subject matter is dark, the book is actually quite a light read filled with love and good moments too (without skimming over the awful parts).


  2. Oh! *jumping up and down* The Miniaturist!!! It was my favorite debut of the year when it came out. i absolutely loved it- which made it completely crushing when her next novel was meh.


  3. You absolutely don’t need to read The Kite Runner before you tackle A Thousand Splendid Suns. Just armour your heart and prepare for trauma.

    On The Silmarillion – you don’t have to read it all at once! Sure, it all adds up to a sweeping epic history, but lots of it works well as short stories / novellas you can read separately? Like the first two ‘books’ which give you all the background on the gods before the action really gets going. And all the later books which stop being “The History Of The Noldor” and become “Damn, some Heroic Men showed up and now we need to pause to tell each of their stories in turn” (yes, sadly Men, because Tolkien so with the exception of Luthien the Total Bad-Ass ‘Watch Me Storm The Very Halls of Hell and Heaven to Save My Chosen Man’ Tinuviel most of the women are horribly treated). Ahem. Anyway – those stories actually work better if you read one, put the book down for a while and then read the next one later.

    Short version: don’t read The Silmarillion all at once. It won’t mind.


  4. A few of these books are on my TBR as well, like “A Thousand Splendid Suns” and “The Miniaturist”. I`m curious to see if there a big difference between the movie and book when it comes to WILD. I really want to see the movie, but I don`t know if I want to pick up the book.

    Carmen`s Reading Corner


  5. I’ve been wanting to read The Silmarillion for years as well! I’ve read The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy and enjoyed them, so I really ought to read The Silmarillion. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.


  6. “the help” has been on my TBR for so long, too!!! I think officially I’ve had it for 4 years but I didn’t like the film so we’ve been at odds ❤


      1. I can’t say it’s spectacular. I definitely did struggle a bit, but it’s also non-fiction, so that’s always harder to write in a way that hits home in my opinion. Especially if you want to sell it as something resembling fiction.

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  7. I’ve been meaning to read The Silmarillion for YEARS… basically ever since I first finished reading the LOTR trilogy in middle school. It is one of my bucket list books for sure! 🙂


  8. Oh my god, The Angel’s Game has been on my TBR for YEARS. There’s no excuse for not picking it up, and yet it continues to sit there…! Hopefully calling ourselves out will be the inspiration we needed to actually pick it up 😂


  9. Haha, prince of thorns has been on my wishlist on and off for years! I just couldnt make up my mind 😀

    Then I finally tried a sample and did not like it at all! Glad I took so long to decide and didn’t just buy it.

    I hope you like it more! It’s pretty popular though so there’s a big chance for that.

    Promise of Blood is so good!!!


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