Sunday, November 13, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been On My Shelf the Longest But That I've Never Read

     Top Ten Tuesday is a fabulous weekly meme hosted by Broke and Bookish! Every week they post a new topic of Top Tens to answer, and anyone can join.
           This week's  Top Ten is Books That Have Been On My Shelf the Longest But That I've Never Read, and Holy Cow! There are way more than ten of these on my shelf! I must admit that I am a person very strongly drawn by a beautiful cover. After all, who isn't? So many of the books I haven't read are very blandly covered, or they were a library discard and so the cover is no longer legible. Hmm . . . Which ones are my Top Ten?
Top Ten is Books That Have Been On My Shelf the Longest But That I've Never Read
1. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (play)
           I loved the movie for this one! I'm not sure how true to the book it was, but it was fabulous!
2.Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
           I'm sure I'll read it eventually.
3. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
           This one sounds so interesting! But, yet again, I never had time.
4. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
           I really enjoyed the beginning of this book. Umm ...
5. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
           I've had good recommendations for this one. Someday I'll follow through.
6. Emma by Jane Austen
           It been on my TBR list. I keep bumping it down.
7. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
           I tried reading this one. But it was years ago, and, well, I got bored.
8. The Calender Papers by Cynthia Voigt
           It's a Newberry Honor book, and I know they have wide range, but one day I'll get to it. :)
9. The Three Musketeers by Alexadre Dumas
           I started this one too. But life got busy and I sort of forgot about it.
10. Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
          I think I'm cheating a teeny bit on this one. I have distant memories of a read-aloud long, long ago, and I'm almost sure I know the plot. That counts, right?

Okay! That about sums it up. Any recommendations as to which to read first?


  1. I love anything by Jane Austin, except Emma. Keep reading.

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  2. Dickens has always been a challenge for me. Good luck with Hard Times! I've got my eye on Bleak House or The Old Curiosity Shop. One day I will read these . . .

  3. We share Les Miserables on our lists.
    The importance of Being Ernest is a wonderully witty play. Sense and Sensibility is lovely, but Emma is my least favoutie of Austen's novels. The Three Musketeers is a rip-roaring read - you'll love it! :)
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  4. Emma is my 2nd fave Jane Austen novel, but I seem to be in the minority there!

  5. I can see why you have yet to read most of those, a majority of them are really depressing, but they are ALL excellent reads. That's how the majority of the classics are, they didn't sugar-coat or make every real-life type story into a happy ending. If you want adventure and daring do then pick Musketeers, if you want scandal and infidelity read the Scarlet Letter (I had a problem with this book because in this time period the men were almost expected to have a light o love on the side and the women had to meekly submit to that thinking but were unfairly condemned if they gave in to their baser nature). Emma really IS a good read, even if it isn't one of Jane's most popular books. Old Yeller you could probably read in like 30 minutes but keep tissues handy. Les Miserable would probably take you several days to read, and keep tissues handy. I think the only one on the list that I have not read at least ONCE in my lifetime is the Calendar Papers but even that one could have been read and forgotten. I have found that the best way to get into a book that you are sketchy on is just to dive in to it and MAKE yourself turn each page until the depth of the characters pulls you in to the story, and all of the above mentioned books will do just that if you give them a chance :-)