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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

TTT: And Still They Languish ...

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 list mountain mountain chain by now.  Yeah, not quite.  It's still crammed full of titles I'm hoping to get to someday.  Plenty of them have been on my radar for more than ten years, which makes this week's Top Ten Tuesday topic a cinch.  I could make several TTT lists of Books That Have Been On My TBR List Since Before I Started Blogging.  I'm guessing you could, too, so why don't you join in the fun?  Cruise on over to The Broke and the Bookish for the rules of the game, then make your own TTT list, and share it with the book blogosphere.  It's fun!

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.

Happy TTT!  

(All book images from Barnes & Noble)


  1. I still need to read Outlander. I have been meaning to but it's so long!! The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime is another I have meant to read forever. Great list!

    1. OUTLANDER is super long, but it's also very engaging. I enjoyed it ... just not enough to immediately pick up the sequel, apparently!

  2. You have a couple I have considered but also have never read.

  3. Your books always sound so cerebral, but I like them. I want to read I am the Messenger too. Someday.

    1. Ha ha, really? I guess this list does have more literary and non-fiction than usual. Glad I make myself sound brainy :)

  4. I haven't read Outlander. It just never seems to end up at the top of my TBR. My husband read Stiff and loved it and I've been meaning to read it ever since - especially with a physical copy sitting on my shelf - but haven't managed it. Mayflower sounds really good! One group of my ancestors came over shortly after as well and I'm fascinated by what the conditions must have been like.

    1. I know! I've wanted to read STIFF since it came out, I just haven't gotten around to it. I think it sounds totally fascinating.

  5. I won't mention anything about you not reading I Am The Messanger yet...but you really need to. ;) I'd be interested to see your thoughts on Eragon. As for The Handmaids Tale and Atonement? Meh, don't rush. They're not THAT great. IMO.

    1. I know. I deserve a guilt trip, don't I? Especially since you and Suey have pushed Zusak's books so hard. As for ERAGON, I don't know if I'll ever actually get around to it. If I do, I'll definitely let you know what I think.

  6. You simply must read the first four books listed. I'm with you on the last six. Haven't read them. Your children and husband do have a Mayflower ancestor through my paternal line.

    1. Noted! I think I actually have copies of the top four on my bookshelves somewhere. GILEAD might even be yours??

      I forgot about Eric's Mayflower ancestors. Maybe our Plymouth people knew each other :) Kind of like my ancestors that crossed the plains in companies led by Warren Foote and Thomas? Ricks.

  7. Congrats on 10 years!! That's quite the accomplishment. Here's hoping you keep it up for another ten years...or more. :)
    Oh, and Atonement has been on my TBR list for forever, too. Maybe someday.

    1. Thank you! It's hard to believe I've been at this for ten years. I'm still having a good time with it, so that's good.

      ATONEMENT has been on mine forever, too. Here's hoping we'll both get to it someday soon. Ish!

  8. Congratulations! Ten years! That's so cool! :) I've meant to read Atonement too...but I haven't even brought myself to watch the movie. lol.

    1. Thank you! It IS cool. I didn't even realize it had been that long until I checked because of this TTT topic. My blogoversary sneaked up on me :)

  9. You should give Eragon a try! It's not the best book out there, relies a lot on cliches but it does have some interesting stuff in it.

    1. Yeah, I probably will at some point. I know lots of people love the series, so there must be SOMETHING to it :)

  10. OMGosh, my husband has been trying to get me to read The Curious Incident of the Dog and the Night-Time for EVER. We actually have a bet going that when I read it he'll take me to the Melting Pot, so I don't know why I haven't read it yet...

  11. Ten years is awesome! Margaret Atwood is one of my all-time favorite authors, but I can barely remember The Handmaid's Tale. It's been years and years since I read it. The Robber Bride and The Blind Assassin are my favorites from her.


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