Believe it or not (not!), I started this blog ten years ago this month. Crazy. It's evolved a lot since then, as have I. Weirdly enough, in all those years, my enthusiasm for book blogging has not waned. I still think it's a grand old time. Will I still be doing this ten years from now? Probably. Here's to another decade of BBB!
I've been inhaling books for a lot longer than ten years so you'd think that I'd have read every book on my TBR
Top Ten Books That have Been On My TBR List Since Before I Started Blogging:
1. Atonement by Ian McEwan (2003)—This Booker Prize-nominated novel seems to be about many things: writing, a crime that changes people's lives, war, and I'm not sure what else. Lots of people love it and I've yet to read it or anything by McEwan for that matter.
2. Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick (2006)—I bought this book at Borders back in the day. I've been meaning to read it ever since. My Bailey (Bayley) ancestors did not come to America on the Mayflower, but they arrived in Plymouth soon after the famous ship docked. Mayflower is supposed to be a fascinating account of the Pilgrims and their journey to the New World. Philbrick's In the Heart of the Sea has also been on my TBR list for some time.
3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (2004)—This story about an autistic teen investigating the death of a neighborhood dog sounds quirky and interesting. I've seen lots of praise for it over the years. And yet, still it languishes on Ye Olde TBR ...
4. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (2006)—A sweeping multi-generational tale about fathers and sons, this novel came out the year I started blogging. Still haven't gotten around to it.
5. The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst (2004)—This tale about a man who tries to make sense of his wife's death by performing experiments to teach his dog to speak sounds ... unusual. Also heartbreaking. I'm still curious about it. One of these days I'll finally get to it. Maybe.
6. Eragon by Christopher Paolini (2001)—Admittedly, I'm not a huge dragon/fantasy fan. Still, so many people love the Inheritance Cycle series that I need to at least give it a go. The fact that Paolini wrote the first book when he was just 15 is another reason to check it out.
7. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak (2002)—Like many people, I've only read one book by Zusak—The Book Thief. Some of my most trusted book blogging friends (I'm looking at you, Suey and Jenny) think he's written more than one great novel. I need to see for myself. This particular Zusak has been on my TBR list for far too long. It's about time I just read I Am the Messenger already!
8. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (1998)—I love post-apocalyptic books, but for some reason I just can't ever get very far in this one. Not because it's not intriguing, just because I always get distracted by newer, shinier books.
9. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach (2004)—I've heard so many great things about Roach's books, this one in particular, that it's a wonder I still haven't read her. I need to remedy that right away.
10. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (1992)—I was completely swept away by Outlander when I read it way back when. Why I didn't grab this sequel immediately I'm not sure. I'll have to read Outlander again before I can continue on with this series, so who knows if it will ever actually happen? I like big books (and I cannot lie), but re-reading has never been my favorite thing.
So, there you have it. What do you think? Have you read any of these? Do you consider any of them must-reads or can they linger on the TBR list? I'd love to have a look at your list. Leave me a comment on this post and I'll gladly return the favor.
(All book images from Barnes & Noble)