Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Top 10 Books I just had to buy... but are still sitting on my bookshelf!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Harry Potter, JK Rowling
This is rather embarrassing to admit first up but it's true. I have yet to read them.
2. Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe
It's a classic and as such a title I had to have, but alas, it's also a title I have not read.
3. Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson
Fortunately, husband has read this one so our copy has been enjoyed - just not yet by me.
4. Under the Duvet, Marian Keyes
I've heard so many great things about Marian Keyes' books but have just never really read any of them.
5. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
Something about this book makes me think it's a hard read - I'm hoping the mood will overtake me one day and I'll meet the challenge
6. My Name is Red, Orhan Pamuk
Now I come to think of it, I have a host of Orhan Pamuk's books on my bookshelf, yet I've never read one of them. I wonder why I've chosen to collect his?
7. Charlotte Gray, Sebastian Faulks
I keep meaning to pick this one up!
8. Billy Connelly's biography, Pamela Stephenson
I got this one after reading Andre Agassi's Open (which is brilliant by the way!). It suddenly inspired me to read biographies about people who had led extraordinary lives, rather than read fictional books, but...
9. London (and others!), Edward Rutherford
This one is scarily thick - it might be a holiday read I think. The same can be said for my collection of Wilbur Smith books!
10. Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
Unlike the others in the collection above, I’ve actually picked this one up, but OMG – I couldn’t make head nor tail of it. A literary friend suggested reading one of his earlier ones first, so that’s my excuse for not having got to the end of Cloud Atlas!


  1. I haven't read Harry Potter either. Cloud Atlas is on my list for this year.

    Check out my list here: http://hawthornescarlet.blogspot.com/2011/03/top-ten-tuesday-tbr.html

  2. Harry Potter really is worth a read! The series coincided with my own growth from elementary school to university, so I may be biased, but I do think the books have a lot to offer.

    I need to read Pamuk and (more) Bill Bryson too.

  3. I've had a copy of Uncle Tom's Cabin since I was in middle school, but have never read it. I think I got enough of the plot from the film version of "The King and I"! :p

    One of my favorite quotes is from Mandolin, but I've never read it. I'm not even sure what it's about.

    I've got a Bill Bryson book on my list, too. He's a good writer, but I always have to dedicate a lot of time to reading him.

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I would recommend The Bean Trees by Kingsolver, even though I haven't read it since I was in high school. I really loved it then.

  5. All the books on my shelves are those waiting to be read.. Cross Stitch for instance. I've read 1/3 of it at least twice.

  6. Ooooh yay! A classic I HAVE read! Uncle Tom's Cabin is surprisingly good, I'd actually recommend it.

  7. I loved Cross stitch - but got annoyed with the series when it was like a never ending story... Too many sequels.
    I've read most of Marian Keyes books, but I don't like the one you have here. I preferred her first books (Lucy Sullivan is getting married, Rachel's Holiday). Sushi for Beginners was terrible and I didn't like Angels. Under the Duvet I haven't read however - because I kinda went off her. But only because I was just bored with her particular style. Under the Duvet is more her personal stories and views on things tho - so I should probably get around to reading that at some point.

    Have you read Pride & Prejudice?