Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Bought But Haven’t Read Yet

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We have come up dry where covers are concerned so we’re doing something new here. Something different but to all readers, very familiar. The Japanese have a word for it.


I am guilty of this. At the time of purchase, I am convinced that I must have the book but somehow afterwards, life gets to me and my intentions go awry. So today, all of us are going to share however many books we’ve bought but haven’t yet managed to read. We will, someday. Soon.

Nafiza’s Books 


The books, from the top, are:

  1. Nowhere Girl – A. J. Paquette
    This is set in Indonesia, you guys, and is advertised as some kind of Cinderella story. The heroine is born or spends time in a prison because of her mother and it just sounds so awesome. I grabbed it when I saw it on sale and well, I will read it. Soon.
  2. Black Spring – Alison Croggon
    This is a retelling of Wuthering Heights involving witches and magic by one of my favourite authors. So, I am going to get to it. I just don’t know when.
  3. Bitter Greens – Kate Forsyth
    A retelling of Rapunzel by a fantastic Australian author.
  4. The Ghost Bride – Yangsze Choo
    You need to read the synopsis to understand why I want to read this one so much. It sounds so amazing.
  5. Midwinter Blood – Marcus Sedgwick
    Wendy Darling, a friend and fantastic blogger, recommended this to me and I generally love everything she sends my way so I picked this one when I saw it on sale. I’ll read it soon. I will.
  6. Madapple – Christina Meldrum
    The main character is called Aslaug. Okay, that is not the entirely reason I want to read it. Some of my friends have raved about this book and that’s why I purchased it. It’s now languishing on my shelf.
  7. Liesl & Po – Lauren Oliver
    You’ll be seeing this author in an interview soon and I still haven’t read this book. I’ve had it for two or so years now, I think.
  8. Masque of the Red Death – Bethany Griffin
    There’s a sequel out already and I still haven’t gotten to it. Hmm.
  9. The Thief – Megan Whalen Turner
    Janet’s going to side-eye me for this one. I’m sure of it.
  10. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making – Catherynne M. Valente
    The sad thing is I have bought the sequel also. The good thing is that I know I’m going to enjoy this book no matter when I read it.

Yash’s Stack of Shame Unread Books:


From the bottom up:

  1. The Adventures of Hergé by José-Louis Bocquet, Jean-Luc Fromental, Stanislas Barthélém, and Helge Dascher: Not really for children, I suppose, but certainly relevant to children’s literature.
  2. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Col. Chris Hadfield: Again, not exclusively children’s literature. And yet, he’s coming to Kidsbooks for a signing, so yeah, I think I want to include it here.
  3. Wicked by Gregory Maguire: I’ve listened to the musical a hundred times but I haven’t yet read this beauty.
  4. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett: From last year’s VPL sale. Still haven’t read it, despite my love for other Discworld novels and Good Omens.
  5. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett: Ditto.
  6. Rags & Bones edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt: I happened across it while I was doing my part for one of the earlier TTTs. Basically- I. Can’t. Wait.
  7. The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp: I just realised that I missed the screening of this movie, but I hope to read it soon, especially having met the writer.
  8. Going Bovine by Libba Bray: Yeah, see my explanation for numbers four and five. Plus, I have Megan’s copy of The Diviners on my shelf too. Eek.
  9. Death in the Air by Shane Peacock: The second in a young!Sherlock Holmes series. Shane Peacock is absolutely brilliant at adapting Doyle’s stories. (And oh look, Megan, more middle grade reading that I like! You were right, I was being quite vicious in the last Cover Wars post.)
  10. Airman by Eoin Colfer: Because I love Colfer and make no excuses for it.
  11. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: Another 2012 purchase that has gathered dust on my shelf. I must confess, probably to the horror of lots of book-lovers, that I really enjoyed the movie.
  12. Not Pictured: 8 eBooks that include Marie Lu’s dystopian trilogy, Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson, The Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark.

And that’s not even including my pile of non-children’s literature stuff. Yep. I have issues. *sigh* Who’s up next?


I am not going to include a picture, because the books I have yet to read have taken over a good portion of my dresser and still do not all fit in there. This despite the fact that I have stacked them in so densely that I can’t even see half the titles.

Also, I haven’t bought any of these books, most of which are uncorrected proofs/ARCs. I was given them – for free! – at last year’s midwinter ALA meeting. (I crammed the contents of my suitcase into my backpack so I could take all the books home, and still had to leave some behind at the hotel. I hope the cleaning lady enjoyed them.)

Here are a few (a very few, a miniscule selection) of the books I have yet to read:

  1. The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens. Siblings on an adventure!
  2. The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen. This is the sequel to The False Prince, which I also have not read.
  3. Samphire Song by Jill Hucklesby. Horses!
  4. One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia. I’ve been told that these are excellent.
  5. The Magician’s Tower by Shawn Thomas Odyssey. Sequel to The Wizard of Dark Street, which I have not read, either.
  6. The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman.
  7. A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty. Sorry, Nafiza!
  8. A Rabbinic Anthology compiled by C. G. Montefiore and H. Loewe. This is not an ARC and certainly did not come from ALA but is a collection of rabbinic teachings.

Steph’s Books she will one day get to reading…

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1. American Psycho by Easton Ellis – I’ve seen the movie and not read the book. This must be remedied.

2. Shade’s Children by Garth Nix – given to me by a friend who knows I love technology and dystopia and says this is a must read.

3. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher – supposedly a dystopia and so I should read it. I have my hesitations, but as it’s on my shelf I’ll give it a go.

4. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer – I’m studying children’s literature and I have read this.

5. Stardust by Neil Gaiman – It’s by Gaiman! I haven’t read it and it is a friend’s favourite so I feel like I’ll enjoy it and should give it a go (and then watch the movie?).

6. Zombies vs. Unicorns – It’s a loaner from Yash and I’m supposed to report back to her which story I like best. But horror month is over, and now it’s on the shelf.

7. Aquifer by Jonathan Friesen – Nafiza gave me this one to see if I’d like it. I don’t know yet as it has remained on my shelf.

8. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami – The Hunger Games is supposedly a rip off of this, there is a movie and I got it for christmas last year! I gotta get on this one.

9. The Fault in our Stars by John Green – got it at the ALA conference in January, it is supposedly amazing, witty, sad. All those things that are wonderful in a book (plus a sex scene, right? right?) so I gotta get on this (haha, that’s what she said).

10. All The Wrong Questions/ “Who Could That Be at This Hour?” by Lemony Snicket – Lemony Snicket. Hilarious. Great reviews. Need I say more?

11. Virals by Kathy Reichs – she is the author of the Bones series so I know there will be mystery and it’s dystopia and I bought it on a whim. So it sits awaiting my interest to get re-piqued.

12. The Theory of Everything by J.J. Johnson – another from ALA that I just really want to read but haven’t had the time and probably won’t get to until after the thesis.

13. Going Bovine by Libba Bray – just co-bought this with Megan Harrison because we know it’s awesome. It is just outside of the thesis reading arena, but we know it will be amazing because Libba Bray is amazing!

14. Unpictured:  Veronica Roth’s Insurgent and Allegiant, Marie Lu’s Champion, Libba Bray’s The Diviners, Isobel Carmody’s Obernewtyn Chronicles, anything by Maureen Johnson, Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Boys series, and more! And all the sequels to the ones I have listed and many many more!

Oh books unread! I must write an ode to you, but alas I haven’t the time, which is, of course, why I haven’t read you yet…