Top Ten Tuesday is a book blogging prompt hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s prompt is to pick one you’ve missed, and since I only started participating last week, I had a lot to choose from. I’m quite embarrassed about the number of books that I have bought in the last year and still haven’t gotten around to reading, so I thought writing up a post might give me that nudge to move these off my to-read shelf.
Library books always have looming due dates and ARCs are shiny and new and I feel more obligated to read them in a timely manner, especially if I have a print copy that someone else didn’t get (I feel less pressure with e-galleys, which I actually prefer due to space constraints and because I read more quickly on my Kindle). Plus, I like to keep my hardbacks pristine, and the thing is, I eat and drink coffee and spill and bang up dust jackets and am in general hard on books. I can’t carry them around with me, so they are bedside reading. These are my excuses for this pile of unread but owned books. It was actually difficult to narrow it down to just 10 (because I own many, many unread books), so I threw in a bonus “own, and am completely ashamed I haven’t read it yet” pick—The Book Thief. I didn’t even look at my Kindle. I’m a sucker for those daily deals and have many unread e-books!
- The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty: Since it’s the latest book by one of my favorite authors, I had to have this. I bought an autographed copy from The Raven Bookstore when Laura did a reading at the library last summer to kick off it’s publication. I can’t believe I haven’t gotten to this one yet.
- Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan: I also bought this one from The Raven Bookstore (yeah, that’s 2 adult books at full price). I thought Mister BS and I would both read it, and hey, it has a glow in the dark cover. He’s still on his second reading of Game of Thrones and I haven’t read it yet, but I know I will by June 22 because it won an Alex Award and is part of The Hub Challenge.
- Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Septys: I bought this after loving my ARC of Out of the Easy. I was saving it for when I needed a good cry, but then I went ahead and picked it for teen book club so we’re reading it in June.
- The Archived by Victoria Schwab: I rarely buy a hardback of a book without reading it, but this was part of my B&N preorder spree I did with my Christmas giftcards. I’m really hoping I like it!
- Level 2 by Lenore Applehans: I bought this at an author signing at Mysteryscape, and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. Soon!
- Something Like Normal by Trish Doller: I bought a huge lot of autographed YA novels last fall to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief. Half of them I had read and loved, many I still had to get to, and I’ve given away several in drawing at teen book club meetings. I enjoy veteran stories, so I’m looking forward to reading this one.
- In Honor by Jessi Kirby: This is another from my Hurricane Sandy donation. I have an ARC of Golden on my Kindle, but am trying to tell myself I should read this one first. So that means I better get to it soon!
- Ask the Passengers by A. S. King: I am pretty sure I’ll love this book, and I loved seeing A. S. King speak at the 2012 YALSA Lit Symposium last fall. This one was also on my list of 2012 releases I didn’t get to so I’m planning on getting this one by the end of the year.
- The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan: My sister and the other teen librarian both loved this, and I have this autographed copy I still haven’t gotten around to reading!
What had-to-have books are gathering dust on your shelf?