Top Ten Tuesday – Books I was SO excited to get but still haven’t read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Throughout May my TTT posts will be themed to fit in with the 5th anniversary of Wyrd & Wonder, a month long celebration of all things fantasy. You can find out more about W&W here.

Quite frankly, I feel attacked. This TTT subject is not going to cast me in a good light. Look guys I can’t help it, I have a problem and that problem is getting really excited about books, then hoarding then like a particularly short but well read dragon instead of actually reading them.

1. The Invisible Library Series by Genevieve Cogman (The Mortal Word onwards)

on TBR since 2017 when I finished book 4

Ugh guys, I am so behind. At this point I need to go back and reread the whole series in one big gulp in order to fully appreciate Cogman’s world. I’m quite looking forward to doing it, because Cogman combines being clever and meta about books with great plotting, character development and just being really fun. I’m planning for it to be my next full series reread after Rivers of London.

2. Turning Darkness into Light by Marie Brennan

on TBR since it’s publication in 2019

Excuse? I ain’t got none. I finished the main series and this Memoirs of Lady Trent sequel was a pleasant surprise I should have scooped up long after. It’s got excellent reviews and will no doubt be brilliantly written, so why haven’t I read it yet?

3. Wayfarers by Becky Chambers (A Closed and Common Orbit onwards)

on TBR since 2016 – oh the shame

It’s taken me so long to read A Closed and Common Orbit that not only has Becky finished this series she’s already on to a new one! The first book was a surprise and a delight and her loosely linked series of novels in the Wayfarers universe has continued to be heaped with praise, acclaim and awards.

4. Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (Ghost Story onwards)

on my TBR since 2011

Look, Changes wrecked me emotionally (and I really don’t like the new cover art) so I shied away from the immediate sequel and just never caught up. I think this one wins the dubious award of being on my TBR for the longest. It’s daft because Dresden Files used to be one of my favourite series, but it’s so long since I’ve read it that I’m going to have to start the whole 17 book long series from the beginning again. Thank god I work at a library.

5. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

on my TBR since 2018

It’s been on my TBR shorter than many of the other books but, considering how Strange the Dreamer floored me, I am horrified by how long it has taken me to read this one. My only excuse is that after that ending I’ve needed over three years to get back to finish the duology.

6. The Broken Earth Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin

on my TBR since 2015

Ok, I own the whole series in paperback, but I have completely valid reasons for this one. I adore Jemisin, her writing is like sweet sweet ambrosia to me. But I know, I know, that this one is going to break me and the world is awful enough already. I’m going to have to take a run up to this and read a lot of mindless fluff before and after.

7. Divine Cities by Robert Jackson Bennett (City of Blades onwards)

on my TBR since 2014 when I finished the last page of City of Stairs

Second verse, same as the first. City of Stairs is one of my all time favourite books but I know RBJ’s work and my faves are not going to get through this unscathed. I own the rest of the series and I really want to read it but I’m going to have to psyche myself up first.

8. Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

on my TBR since it’s release in 2019

Another one that’s not been on here that long, but I have started this book 3 times and each time it floors me. I know, for absolute certain, that this will be a new favourite and I want to be in the right frame of mind to appreciate its magnificence. It’s like the equivalent of that notebook you own that’s two pretty to write in.

9. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

also on TBR since 2019

Again, this book is so up my street it’s practically living in my porch. Again, I’ve started it and I love it. But have I actually read it yet? No siree.

10. Goldenhand by Garth Nix

Depending on who you ask, on my TBR since 2016….or 2003

Actually, forget The Dresden Files, I think this one might be an actual record of shame. I’ve wanted to read Goldenhand since finishing Abhorsen just after it came out in 2003. Admittedly, at the time the fourth Old Kingdom book was still unnamed and it wouldn’t actually be released until 2016. But I’ve been looking forward to this book for nearly 20 years and I STILL HAVEN’T READ IT.

Now you know about my shameful TBR confessions

what’s the longest you’ve waited to read a book you’d been desparate to read?

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