Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Top 10 Tuesday - Unread Books on My Shelf

True confession time: it was way too easy to find ten unread books on our shelves. I could probably do a list of twenty or thirty books I own that I haven't read yet but I won't.
1.Whose Voice the Waters Heard: A WWII Novel. By Robert Vaughan. I picked this up this summer at a library sale because I am a sucker for books about the Second World War (and because, let's be honest, I liked the cover). I still want to read it but it is sitting on the shelf with my other WW2 fiction, sadly neglected.

2.Embers by Sandor Marai, translated by Carol Brown Janeway. Another beautiful cover. This novel by a Hungarian author about the Austro-Hungarian Empire looks like it would be a fascinating read. I've owned it for ages but just haven't gotten around to it yet.

3.Emilie's Voice: A Novel by Susanne Dunlap. I picked this up at Half Price Books for a dollar. Paris, Versailles, coming of age, music...still not enough to jump into my "Read NOW" stack.

4.Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. This is one of those classics I feel like everyone else has read. One of these days I'll get around to it...

5.The Woman in Whiteby Wilkie Collins. One of the first mystery / sensation thrillers. In my current mood for vintage mysteries (Sayers, Marsh) I expect I'll be reading this one sometime soon.

6.Watership Downby Richard Adams. Another book I think everyone else has read. I've tried before but, hello, it's about rabbits. Let's just say I have trouble getting past the first page.

7.The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton and:

8.Ethan Frome also by Edith Wharton. Which just goes to prove that I'm the person who feels I ought to read Wharton but I'm also the person who never gets around to it. In much the same category:

9.The Ambassadors by Henry James. I've read one James book (Washington Square) and it wasn't really my favorite thing ever. I own several more but this is the one I'm most likely to {eventually} get around to reading.

10.Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nationby Cokie Roberts. My own mother read this one and passed it on to me, long, long ago. And there it sits on my shelf.

These are books I own (or have had passed on to me) so this list doesn't even begin to cover the books in my library stack or the other books crowding my shelves that I just haven't quite gotten around to yet. {sigh}

So little time, so many books, right? Do you have a "still unread" stack? Please tell me I'm not alone here.

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Trish said...

House of Mirth is something I'd like to get read in the new year. Woman in White is really good! I read it last year and loved it.

Anne said...

I am a huge fan of Edith Wharton, love that you have two of her books on your list. Hope you get to read them soon!

E. L. Fay said...

Robinson Crusoe was actually the first real classic I read. It made a huge impact on my and it's interesting how my relationship to it has developed over the years. I hope you get to it sometime soon.

diaryofadomesticgoddess said...

I cannot bring myself to read Watership Down as the film still wigs me out to this day - it traumatised me as a child!
Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post. :)

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