Top Ten Tuesday: The Books I Need To Get To

This week’s TTT, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, is meant to be about the 2016 releases we didn’t get to. I read a crazy amount of new releases last year, neglecting some of the books that had been on my shelves for ages, and I’m determined to rectify that this year. So these are the long-neglected books on my TBR in 2017.

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I’ve been saving this because I’ve read all her other books and I am scared of running out.

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Bought because of its beautiful cover but abandoned 100 pages in because the plot wasn’t doing anything for me, I’m going to return to this soon.

Middlemarch by George Eliot
Let’s pretend that I will finally read this book in 2017, having said I was going to for the last two years.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Another book I’ve had for a while, I really want to read this soon; I read The Muse just after it came out and enjoyed it, so there’s no reason for me to neglect this one any longer.

Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon
I received for Christmas in 2015, so it is disgraceful that I haven’t read it yet. I am going to. Really.

The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
This arrived with my copy of The Raven King, so I know it’s been staring at me resentfully since May.

Darkthaw by Kate Boorman
I read and loved Winterkill last year but have probably forgotten everything about it (were the people in it speaking French? And there were monsters or something?) so, perversely, I’ve been putting off reading the follow-up. This makes no sense as a strategy.

Darkness Follows by L.A. Weatherly
I have only had this for a few months but, as with Darkthaw, I need to read it before I forget my own name.

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins
Another Christmas gift from over a year ago, I have no excuse for not having read this yet.

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
Here is a story of book-buying logic: I bought this at the airport on my way to Portugal in October 2015, struggled to fit it into my hand luggage, ignored it all week and haven’t picked it up since. Because I am terrible. I have a grand plan to reread my favourite Rushdies (The Ground Beneath Her Feet and Midnight’s Children, since yo u asked) but I have resolved to read this first.

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9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: The Books I Need To Get To

  1. Kate @ Midnight Book Girl says:

    Haha, I completely get you book buying logic! I bought Rushdie’s The Ground Beneath Her Feet just because U2 wrote a song about it (that happens to be on the soundtrack of a movie I only watched because U2 did songs for it). Hope 2017 brings you all the reading time to enjoy these books!

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  2. Laila@BigReadingLife says:

    You can TOTALLY read Middlemarch! Realistically, I wouldn’t have read it last year without participation in a readalong, but breaking it down into sections (“books”) really helped me absorb and process everything. There are some super entertaining love stories and intrigues in it, so I wouldn’t be worried about it being dull. Eliot is such a fabulous observer of the human heart! (You can skim the more political sections if you’re not as into them.) I’ve never read Mill on the Floss, though.

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