Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.
This week we’re scanning our shelves for the ten books we couldn’t resist getting…but still haven’t gotten around to reading. Which pretty much describes my entire bookshelf.
1) “Captain Alatriste” by Arturo Perez-Reverte. It’s got swashbuckling and intrigue! But I’ve owned it for going on six or seven years now, and still haven’t read it.
2) “Rasputin’s Daughter” by Robert Alexander. Pre-revolutionary Russia as viewed by Rasputin’s eldest daughter, Maria.
3) “King Solomon’s Mines” by H. Rider Haggard. This would feed two of my literary interests: colonial/post-colonial lit and jungle adventures. I have a beautiful box set of Quatermain books and I’ve yet to read any of them.
4) “Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil” by John Berendt. Okay, this one was borrowed, not bought, but I borrowed it three years ago and I still need to read it.
5) “Spies of the Balkans” by Alan Furst. I’ve read most Furst books, but after I grabbed this one and “Spies of Warsaw” during the Great Borders Closing, I never got around to reading it. “Warsaw” won because I found out they were making a miniseries of it starring David Tennant.
6) “The Historian” by Elizabeth Kostova. I got this one in hardcover for $1 at our library’s bookshop. Hardcover! $1! How could I say no? Too bad I rarely read hardcovers since I can’t bring them with me if I go somewhere – especially this one, which is approximately the size of a dictionary.
7) “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” by Susanna Clarke. I picked this at a book exchange party, but it’s so thick, I’ve been too intimidated to start it.
8) “The Piano Teacher” by Janice Y. K. Lee. Another Great Borders Closing purchase, another hardcover languishing on my shelves.
9) “The Book of Fires” by Jane Borodale. Seventeen-year-old secretly pregnant Agnes gets apprenticed to a fireworks maker, presumably learns how to be awesome.
10) “Eye in the Sky” by Philip K. Dick. I got this as part of a grand plan to become better-versed in Golden Age science fiction. Have I read anything besides Bradbury yet? Nope.
What’s languishing on your shelves, waiting to be read?