This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is books you had to have but are still on your shelves.
My eyes for books are much bigger than my pace of reading - hence, I have tons of books on the shelves waiting to be read (hoping to make a dent with the off the shelves challenge this year). My Top Ten still in TBR purgatory:
- Freddy and Fredericka by Marc Halperin : I love reading about the British Monarchy so this allegory about the monarchy had me hooked. Perhaps the 500+ page count has been holding me back
- The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper: When I read This is Where I Leave You for a book club, I fell in love with this author. For some reason, however, I still haven't gotten to this one.
- I See You Everywhere by Julia Glass: Another example of a book bought because I loved another work by the author - Three Junes moved me so I immediately purchased the author's next two books.
- Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress by Susan Jane Gilman: I found Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven hysterical and loved the author's voice - I immediately snapped up another of her memoirs
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: I heard such great things about this book/series and although I am not usually a YA fan, I caved. I started reading this and really liked it but still need to get back to it.
- The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst: I remember reading about this in the NY Times Book Review and deciding I had to have it. The book then won the 2004 Man Booker Prize . . . but I still have not read it. It is on the docket for 2013!
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett: I really might be the last person to have not either seen the movie or read the book. I almost watched the movie on the plane over the weekend but I believe the book will be better so held out! Definitely will read this one this year for The Southern Literature Challenge
- Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese: About two years ago, glowing reviews for this book were all over the blogs and I was captivated by the storyline and the accolades . . .sadly, still have not read it.
- Empty Family by Colm Toibin: Toibin is a favorite author of mine so when I had the chance to hear him speak locally, I was so excited! This was his newest book at the time so I purchased it and had it signed by the author.
- any book by Jill Mansell : I am a lover of British chick lit and this author does it very well. I voraciously collect her books when I go to the UK but need to read them faster!
Phew - this post has been a good reminder to me about books I want to and need to read! What books have lingered on your shelves for a little too long?