10 books on my to-read shelf that keep getting snubbed.

I’m the worst at reading the books I tell myself I’m going to read, and the worst about buying books faster than I can read them. Getting this under control is one of my primary 2018 reading goals. My tbr is way too large and the books there from 2014 and 2015 are crying out in desperation while I choose shiny new releases instead.

I’ve made two posts about this topic before, one back in 2015 where I talked about books on my shelves I probably would never read, and one last June where I talk about series that I still hadn’t read. Out of all the books listed between those two posts, the only one I’ve read is Half Bad by Sally Green! (And I haven’t even read the other books in that series yet…)

To figure out the books for this list, I went to my Goodreads tbr, sorted by “added by,” and chose the ones that surprised me the most. I’ve excluded books that I talked about in the 2015 and 2017 lists.



Today I’m linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl for a Top Ten Tuesday!

This week’s theme: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read


 

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Stone Mattress: Nine Tales // Margaret Atwood
added Dec 29, 2014
I actually do not own this book, but I know for a fact that it’s available at our university library. I know exactly which shelf it is on. I’ve gone up and held it before, then put it back on the shelf. It just never seems like the right time to check it out.

 

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Rebecca // Daphne du Maurier
added Jan 6, 2015
I bought a beautiful copy of this from a used bookstore and take pictures of it all the time…People probably think it’s one of my favorite books, when in reality I haven’t read a single page of it!

 

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The Kite Runner // Khaled Hosseini
added June 14, 2015
This book was really popular for a long time and my friend recommended it to me so I bought it used, then proceeded to never open it ever. It just sits there, staring at me. 

 

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Little Women // Louisa May Alcott
added June 14, 2015
I added a lot of books on this date, but out of all of them I really can’t believe I haven’t read Little Women yet. I watch the movie (and sob) every year.

 

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Uprooted // Naomi Novik
added June 17, 2015
This has been on my Kindle for years! Years!
(it too is available at my university library but I bought it on sale for like $1.99)

 

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Saint Anything // Sarah Dessen
added June 20, 2015
My sister is a bigger Dessen fan that I am, but everyone loves this book and I managed to find a hardback copy in pristine condition at the used bookstore (which is now out of business). I have every intention on reading it, but something else always catches my eye instead.

 

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More Happy Than Not // Adam Silvera
added Nov 9, 2015
I have this on audio! There’s absolutely no excuse why I haven’t listened to it yet. It’s not very long and audiobooks are much easier to work into a schedule.

 

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Dumplin’ // Julie Murphy
added Nov 12, 2015
This was on my wishlist and my lovely mother bought it for me for Christmas in 2015 and now the sequel is coming out and I still haven’t read it.

 

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American Born Chinese // Gene Luen Yang
added Nov 13, 2015
I have loved Yang’s work on the Avatar: The Last Airbender comics and I know I would love this. It’s on my shelf but I just never reach for it. 

 

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The Complete Persepolis // Marjane Satrapi
added Nov 13, 2015
I cannot believe that in the all the graphic novels I read last year I never picked this up. It’s so universally loved and I need need need to just read it. 

 

–Emily

 

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What book have you been snubbing?
How far does your tbr go back?

15 Comments

  1. Holly
    February 6, 2018

    I’m guilty of inadvertently snubbing several of these as well! I’ve been meaning to read The Kite Runner, Uprooted, and anything by Margaret Atwood besides The Handmaid’s Tale. There are so many books I still need to read!!

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    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      February 6, 2018

      I’d love to know your thoughts on all of them. You’re such a careful reader. 🙂
      I liked The Handmaid’s Tale but admittedly don’t remember it at all. I’d also like to read The Blind Assassin…I’ve heard mixed things about it.

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  2. bookmuffin
    February 6, 2018

    I’ve got the same edition of Little Women, but it’s so pretty as decoration, and it is quite a long book as well! I think it’s one for me to tackle when I’m not behind on my Goodreads challenge! Hope you get to these books soon. Great list, here’s my TTT: https://bookmuffin.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/hello-my-old-friend-books-that-have-been-on-my-tbr-like-forever/

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    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      February 6, 2018

      I unfortunately have a different edition that isn’t nearly as pretty. I think if I had this one, I’d be more tempted to pick it up. 😀 It is very long…and I’m worried that it will bore me, even though I really love the story.

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      1. bookmuffin
        February 6, 2018

        I did start reading it years ago, but I was obviously a lot younger then and struggled with the older writing style, but I am definitely tempted to pick it up again at some point!

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  3. Elena @ ElenaSquareEyes
    February 6, 2018

    Persepolis is great! Uprooted is on my TTT this week as well – I got it when it was first released and I still haven’t read it! Maybe this year…
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    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      February 6, 2018

      I’ve just heard so many mixed things about Uprooted. Some people say it’s amazing, which makes me afraid that I won’t like it as much. Other people say it’s incredibly boring, which really doesn’t have me jumping to read it.

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  4. Bridget
    February 6, 2018

    I definitely LOL’ed at the Rebecca one. I think we’ve all been guilty of taking pretty pictures of books, but not having read them xD

    I’ve never seen the movie for Little Women, but that edition of the book is GORGEOUS. I really want to buy it, but the book is SO long that I’m intimidated to do so… :O

    Persepolis is an incredible story and so, so, SO important – I definitely recommend that one

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    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      February 6, 2018

      I really want that edition of Little Women. It’s so pretty (and I will take book photos of it…and hopefully still read it!) 🙂

      I will 100% read Persepolis. I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet.

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  5. Emma
    February 6, 2018

    Saint Anything was the first Dessen book I liked! I’d suggest reading that one soon. 🙂
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    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      February 7, 2018

      I hear it’s pretty good! The only Dessen book I’ve read was Just Listen and it was okay, but it’s been years since then.

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  6. Lee @ Rally the Readers
    February 6, 2018

    I’m a huge fan of Gene Luen Yang’s work on the AtLA graphic novels as well, and I need to add American Born Chinese to my TBR. I’ve been very tempted to pick up a copy of Uprooted, but I’m so bad about buying books then letting them sit on a shelf for years that I might try to just borrow it from the library instead, lol.

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    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      February 7, 2018

      The combo of Yang + Gurihiru on the ATLA comics was amazing. I’m bummed that North & South was the last edition with that duo (they’re going to do more comics, but with a different writer and different artist).

      I’m going to try to make it a point to only buy books this year that I KNOW I’ll read, and check out anything else from the library.

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  7. Carmen
    February 7, 2018

    I`ve seen Rebecca on quite a few lists today and I need to read it as well. I also love Adam Silvera`s writing, so I have no excuse for not reading More Happy Than Not.
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  8. Helia @ Rose Quartz Reads
    February 8, 2018

    Uprooted also made my list this week and has been sitting on my shelf FOREVER! Hopefully we both get to it this year. Great list!
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