Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy…But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

Posted March 19, 2013 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 10 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
These books I went nuts over, shelled out the cash, did a little dance on the way home with it (or anxiously awaited its arrival in my mailbox) and yet… they have yet to be read.
India Black (Madam of Espionage Mysteries #1) by Carol K. Carr
Who’s Afraid of Mr Wolfe? by Hazel Osmond
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
You ever read a book by an author and completely fall in love with him/her? So then you go out and buy everything they’ve ever written? That’s what I did with the following authors yet on the shelf they sit. Unread.

John Fowles
This man blew me away with his novel The Collector. I loved it. It’s one of my all-time favorite books. So OF COURSE I begin collecting (ha-ha.. no pun intended) the rest of his works. I currently own: The MagusThe Ebony TowerA Maggot and The French Lieutenant’s Woman. All unread.
Kate Morton
After reading (and LOVING) The Secret Keeper last year I ran out and bought her three other books: The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours and The House at Riverton.
Margaret Atwood
Again, another author that I’ve never read anything of but had to own. I currently own: The Handmaid’s TaleCat’s Eye and The Robber Bride.
Jane Harris
This author? I haven’t even read any of her stuff yet I HAD to have both of her books because of the fabulous reviews I’ve read about them. Gillespie and I and The Observations.
Sarah Waters
I read Affinity and Tipping the Velvet and this woman had me mesmerized. I had to have more. I currently own The Little Stranger, Night Watch, and Fingersmith.
What books did you just have to have but haven’t even read yet?? Leave me your link or let me know in the comment section below!



10 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy…But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

  1. Hahahaha, so many books! Why do we do this to ourselves?!

    I've got The Thirteenth Tale on my TBR list, but haven't even bought the book yet. Which is probably a good thing. 🙂

  2. comehometobooks

    I have a Kate Morton book on my list this week. I've heard SO many great things about her, but still haven't read any of her books. One of these days, I swear …

  3. Oh my gosh Bonnie there are so many good books or books I want to read in this!

    I love love Kate Morton. I hope you get to those soon because the Distant Hours and The House at Riverton are two of my favorite-ever books. Her new one, The Secret Keeper, is also jaw-droppingly good.

    We've talked about India Black, so I also really hope you enjoy those. I have had so much fun with all three.

    The Historian is another of one of my all time faves. It's a bit slower paced, but I loved the writing and the story Kostova told. I'll be stalking your updates when/if you get to it!

    I am the same way with Atwood – I read and loooved The Handmaid's Tale so I ran out and bought The Blind Assassin and Alias, Grace. I will get to them one day!

    I have heard such good things about Sarah Waters. I own Fingersmith – yet another I really need to get to.

    Great list, Bonnie! Here's hoping you can squeeze them in soon!

  4. Lisa

    I've had The Thirteenth Tale on my shelf for at least two years now. Heard it's amazing… but still haven't read it. So happy to hear you're a Sarah Waters fan! Fingersmith is one of my very favorite books of all times! Seriously, I'd say drop everything else and read it now! I still have copies of Affinity and Night Watch sitting on my shelf… So hard to keep up!

  5. Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings

    Wow! What a haul. I can say that I read The Thirteenth Tale and I really didn’t like it. Really weird and dark. I read the Cat’s Eye in college and I will be damned if I can remember anything about it and I even wrote a freaking paper on it. I must be coping with senility. The Historian I liked it, but didn’t love it and I can’t really put my finger on why. Oh I have got to read something by Morton. Anyway I will be watching for your reviews of some of these!

  6. I too have The Historian and The Handmaid’s Tale sitting in my to read pile…I should probably get to these soon.
    Fic Fare TTT

    Have a great week!

  7. techeditor


    Really, that’s the book that made ME fall in love with the author.

  8. Christine

    I did NOT like Gillespie & I. When it was over, I felt like I had dragged myself through it for nothing! I have The Observations and I am hoping for a much better experience with that one.

    But you really must read the other Kate Morton books — I’m dragging my feet on reading The Secret Keeper since it’s the only book of hers I have left to read and I absolutely adored all her other novels.

    Thirteenth Tale is also really good, especially if you like Kate Morton! I have a bunch of Sarah Waters books I picked up at a used bookstore and haven’t gotten to any of them either even though they sound fabulous, hence why I bought them!

  9. Wendy Darling

    Omg, read Fingersmith. And Little Stranger. And Thirteenth Tale!

    I’m hardly one to talk, though. I’m in the same boat with Kate Morton and Jessica Darling. *sigh*

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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