Top Ten Tuesday – ‘Must Reads’ I Still Need To Read

August 19, 2014 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 9 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I’ve been told it’s great, I’ve been told I’m guaranteed to love it, yet it still remains unread. Someday. Someday I’ll get around to reading it. These are the top ten (recent) books that give most people pause when they realize I have yet to read it.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
I remember a few months back I did a Top Ten Tuesday post about the books that have made me cry and this was on everyone’s list. Which totally became a challenge for me because books very rarely make me cry.
Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts #1) by Stacia Kane
This is the one Urban Fantasy series I’ve been avoiding. Why? No fucking clue. I even started it at one point, got to like 10% then got all panicky about starting a brand new series while I still have so many others I’m in the middle of. It was dumb. I enjoyed the 10%, my brain just works in mysterious ways.
The Stand by Stephen King
I consider myself at this point to be a legit, albeit new, fan of Stephen King. So why haven’t I read his most popular one? Well, because the size scares the shit out of me just a bit. I’ll try to get around to it when I’m done wading through the Game of Thrones series.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I have nothing against “Chick-Lit” or “Contemporary Romance”, I’m actually quite a fan, at least when the mood arises. But YA contemporary romances and I have never really seen eye to eye. There have also been super mixed reviews. I remain a skeptic. Maybe someday.
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad #1) by Tana French
I love me some mysteries and this one has been on my list for a long while. Yet another one my brain won’t allow me to start because of the fact that it’s the start of a new series. If I could only finish up some other series I’d be able to start new ones! Good plan. I’ll get on that.


The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
This book has been on my bookshelf since the dawn of time. And recently my friend gave me the audiobook of it. So I really have no excuse. I had been excited to read it for quite some time, and then I read Bellman & Black, so until I get that dreadful thing out of my head I’ll be excited to give the author another shot.
Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop
I haven’t heard a single bad thing about this book (another first in a series… *grumble). I was so crazy eager to get my hands on it and then I finally did! I won the audiobook in a giveaway! I need to get over my fear of starting new series AND my irrational fear of audiobooks over 13 hours long (Written in Red is 18.5 hours). I’ve been told it’s well-worth it.
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
This would have been Cinder but I managed to finally get that one knocked out. But now people are wondering how I managed to not drop everything to continue reading this series. Serious self control. haha No, just kidding, I don’t have any of that. Bookish Bingo is crazy important! And I’m behind so I’m trying to get caught up so there’s my excuse.
The Iron Duke (The Iron Seas #1) by Meljean Brook
When I tell people that steampunk and I are not friends, they always refer me to this book. I keep trying to give it another shot but I just haven’t gotten around to it. This’ll be the first one I pick up when I do re-attempt to bond with the genre.
The Giver by Lois Lowry
With the movie coming out, this is becoming a crazy popular book and only serves to remind me I haven’t read it. The Giver is one of the most well-known dystopian novels and being that I consider it to be one of my favorite genres, I think I need to get this one read. (Update: I am actually in the middle of reading this!)

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9 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – ‘Must Reads’ I Still Need To Read”

  1. Christina Franke

    Oooh, I need to read Tell the Wolves I’m Home. And Stacia Kane. And some Stephen King. I’ve only read Carrie which was meh, but I think also his first?

    In the Woods bored me, but I’m also not a mystery person. Everyone who likes mysteries swears by this one, though.

    Hahahaha, 13 hours is also my cut off after which audiobooks generally feel like they will never end ever. This even applies to the 13.5 hour one I’m listening to now. Book one went quickly at 10, but this guy is dragging. HOWEVER, I was completely hooked in WiR by the prologue or whatever the opening bit is and it went fast because I was obsessed.
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  2. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies

    I really loved Tell The Wolves I’m Home. I thought it was really beautifully written. The Thirteenth Tale is one of those books that people have been telling me to read for years now… and somehow, it just never happens. I really should reread The Stand and The Giver. I read both of them so many years ago that I barely remember the plots, just the fact that they were really good books!
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  3. Rachel @ Paper Cuts

    I read In the Woods absolute years ago and loved it–though heck if I remember why now. I didn’t realize it was a series then, and haven’t read any of the others, though I have the second one, I believe. I must admit if I’d had Scarlet on hand after finishing Cinder I definitely would’ve devoured it them and there, but self control is a wonderful thing to have! 🙂 I’ve got The Iron Duke to read too (though not the steampunk problems to go with it) and just haven’t gotten to it yet. Only so much time, eh? 🙂

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  4. Charlotte @ Books and Baby etc.

    I’ve got Anna and the French Kiss on my list too.

    The Stand is amazing and I really enjoyed it even though I find Stephen King a bit hit and miss. I’ve also just finished the latest Tana French book, The Secret Place, and OH MY GOSH it is incredible. You should definitely read something by her. She’s such a good crime writer.
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  5. Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books

    I have heard nothing but praise for Tell the Wolves I’m home as well. Planning on getting to it…someday. 🙂 Same with The Thirteenth Tale and The Stand!
    I definitely think you should read The Giver. It’s fast, thought-provoking, and just so much better than the majority of YA dystopian novels currently being published. Anna isn’t bad. It’s cute and a good fluffy vacation read (that’s how I read it). And you must read Scarlet so that you can continue on to Cress! Good picks, Bonnie!
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