I saw this title bobbing around the blogosphere a couple of weeks ago, I think it might have been for a meme but I don’t seem to be able to find it now. Either way, I thought it sounded like a lot of fun! After all, how many books have you just HAD to rush out and buy on a whim because you read a great review of it, or it was new from your favourite author or had taken the world by storm? Before you know it you get distracted by something shiny, and suddenly it’s months later and the book is still sitting on your shelf. I am definitely guilty of this, so I felt the need to participate and make my own post! 🙂
So without further ado here are ten books I absolutely had to buy that are still unread:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I decided to buy this after reading so many great reviews. Everyone was calling it a captivating, magical story about a mysterious circus that appeared at nightfall and disappeared at dawn. At first I wasn’t sure about it, I had never really been interested in circuses. But reviews from spellbound readers continued and the cover was so beautiful (Especially in hardback!) that I came to the conclusion I absolutely, positively had to buy it!
The main reason I haven’t read it yet is that I am saving it for the right moment….if that makes any kind of sense. I don’t know, I feel like I will really enjoy it but I want to wait for a day where I can appreciate it. Plus, after all the hype I’m a little scared I might not like it. :S
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time Book 1) – I got this book in 2011 for Christmas because it was on my wishlist. It’s the first in the popular Wheel of Time series known by pretty much every bookworm dedicated to the fantasy genre. I was on a fantasy kick when I first heard about it and so I automatically wanted to read it! It was a couple of months later that I started questioning whether it had been a good idea. News that the author had died unable to complete the series reached my ears and that the final books would be completed by another author. Next I started hearing people calling it a Tolkien rip off (head over to Maggie’s blog post to hear more) and then I became aware that it was a 14/15 BOOK SERIES. Like WHOA, that’s a commitment. So for now it remains on my shelf until I feel ready to give it a go (although talking about it is now making me want to read it, agh).
Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan (Immortal Beloved Book 1) – A blogger I follow who no longer seems to be posting reviewed this book about a year ago and my eyes zoomed straight to the author’s name, Cate Tiernan. One of my favourite authors had released a new book, wooopieeee! Celebration! 😀 Her Sweep/Wicca series still remains one of my all time favourites and I reviewed the first book on my blog. Less than a week later I found it not only in hardback but really cheap too, and then whoops it just jumped into my basked and accidentally got checked out. My bad.
As for why I haven’t read it yet….I really don’t know, I just haven’t gotten around to it!
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – This was another sneaky little purchase. I was buying books for other people, and then I started to get all jealous that they were getting books and I wasn’t (yes, I had a little internal argument with myself) and I was scanning through the most popular books section on Amazon and The Book Thief came up. I suddenly remembered all the reviews I had seen praising the novel and how different it sounded. It’s narrated by death during world war two, I think that’s the general gist anyway. I was overtaken with literary excitement and bought it on the spot!
The main reason I haven’t read it yet is that my initial excitement wore off and other books took its place. The Book Thief is not one of my normal genre’s and for that reason it feels like a scary unknown quantity.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – An instant purchase. I watched the movie and absolutely adored it! Like, crazy adored it! Saoirse Ronan is one of my favourite actresses and she always picks such interesting roles. My eyes were glued to the screen from the moment it started until the credits were rolling. At which point I discovered it was directed by Peter Jackson! (Aka, director of LOTR) No wonder it was so good. 🙂 For that reason I logged straight into eBay and bought a second hand copy, and it’s been waiting patiently for me ever since. 🙂
11.22.63 by Stephen King – I think I picked up on some of the advertising for this book when it first came out and it got into my psyche. I had never had the urge to pick up a Stephen King book until this one came along. The idea of time travel changing the course of history in relation to the president Kennedy’s assassination sounded like such a fantastic idea for a novel with so many possibilities. When I was shopping in Tesco’s after finishing a tough exam I found it in the book section and decided to treat myself! Because hey, I deserved it!
The main reason I originally hadn’t picked it up was because it was Stephen King, and I wasn’t sure if he was going to me my kind of writer. But since reading On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft and loving it I can’t wait to read it now. 🙂
The Ambassador’s Mission by Trudi Canavan (Traitor Spy Trilogy Book 1) – If you read this blog regularly, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that Trudi Canavan is one of my favourite authors. So when the first book of her new trilogy came out as a sequel to her previous Black Magician series, I bought it straight away at full price!
The main reason I haven’t picked it up yet is that I have been waiting for the full series to come out so that I can read them in reasonable proximity to each other. I didn’t want the details to get fuzzy in-between! Well, the last book came out late this year so I can’t wait to get started. I’m actually thinking of picking this one up for the 24 Hour Readathon. 🙂
Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush Hush Series Book 3) – Hmm, this is a bit of an odd case. I borrowed the first book in this series Hush Hush from the library and hated it, it felt like a horrible rehashed version of Twilight, even the finale was similar! And the love interest seemed so ugh. When I returned it the the library I saw the second book, Crescendo and decided what the heck it’s free, I’ll carry on. I absolutely loved the second book, got totally invested in it and couldn’t put it down. Again, it does follow the similar paranormal romance second book thing where the love story all goes wrong in the middle, but I liked it so much that I didn’t mind! For that reason I decided I had to get the third book as soon as it was released. But when I started thinking about it I thought the reason I might be enjoying it so much was because I was going through some similar personal issues at the time. Now I’m worried I might not like the third book!
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling – I really wasn’t sure about this book when all the pre-hype was going on. I thought the magic of J.K. Rowling’s writing was probably due to her amazing idea, and not necessarily because I loved her writing style. For that reason I never really planned to pick her new novel up. But when the reviews started rolling in and I heard that it was a book full of despicable characters I changed my mind completely. It may be weird, but I love reading about protagonists you’re supposed to hate! It’s like getting to see the world from an entirely different perspective so different from your own. The only reason I haven’t picked The Casual Vacancy up yet is because I know it’s going to be a depressing read, I get enough depressing with all my university deadlines, lol, I need happy! So I’m waiting until the summer.
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (All Souls Trilogy Book 1) – First off, yes that is an entire bookshelf dedicated to Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels you see in the background, I’m a fan girl okay? Secondly, I bought this book because I needed to make my virtual basket up to a certain price for free delivery. I saw that this beautiful hardback book for only £3 (That’s criminal!) and fell in love with the atmospheric cover. As far as I’m aware, it’s about a librarian, witches, and vampires and that sounds good enough to me! My blogging friend, Cindy absolutely loves the series so I’m looking forward to getting round to it. So why haven’t I read this book yet? My bookshelf dammit! I have too many choices. :S
So that’s your lot! Ten beautiful books on my shelf that are being neglected. Wow, this post was so much fun. 🙂 Can you tell I tried really hard to make these book pictures more interesting? Lol, I took them in so many different places which was surprisingly difficult!
It should also be noted this post excludes the 16 pack of Charles Dickens books I bought spur of the moment two years ago that I still haven’t read any of, (They would be a whole list on their own!) I’m too terrified to pick them up. :S
So lovely readers, 🙂 what books have you just HAD to buy at the time…but are still sitting on your unread shelf? I would love to hear about them!
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