Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Sat on my Shelf for the Longest Time

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because they are particularly fond of lists. I am too so that is why I am participating this week.

Books that Sat on my Shelf for the Longest Time

I have finally started to accept the fact that I am not going to read every book that I own. So I have been taking a look at the books on my shelves, selecting the books I am ready to give away (and giving them away) and reading some titles that have been there forever. It has been a slow process, but I'm making some progress.

Recently Removed: 
Anthem  by Ayn Rand - donated to local literacy program
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand - gifted to coworker
The Bean Trees [BEAN TREES] [Mass Market Paperback] by Barbara Kingsolver - gifted for RAK!!

 Our Town: A Play in Three Acts by Thornton Wilder - I read this one last month after having owned it for about 8 years. 

Still Sitting There (at least 5 years and counting):
I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb  (ready to give this away)
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry (ready to give this away)
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen (don't know why I haven't read it yet)
Emma by Jane Austen (kept it because I think it is a book I should read)
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger (kept it because I think it is a book I should read)
Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare S.) (this was a gift from a friend who has passed and I will always keep it)


  1. Franny and Zoey is one I'd like to get to also. I try and make space on my shelf by bringing books to the used book store for credit - or give them away to people I think might like them. It's a win-win situation! More room for new books ;)

  2. I Know This Much is True has been sitting on my shelf for years too! I loved She's Come Undone so I really do want to read it.

  3. Oh, Ayn Rand. The Fountainhead is still one of my favorite books, even with all its flaws.

  4. Dreamland is one of Sarah Dessen's best books! It stood out for me because the subject matter was so serious.
    And Franny and Zooey is okay, from what I remember. It didn't leave a huge impression on me. The Catcher In The Rye has always been a favourite of mine...
    and I share your pain on I Know This Much Is True. I've had it for over 5 years. I tried reading it two or three times and always put it to the side.

  5. Franny and Zooey is one of my favorites. It's at least two relatively short little long short stories/ mini-novels.

  6. Emma is my least favourite Austen - my fave is Northanger Abbey. :)
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post. :)

  7. I love Emma, and I really want to read Franny and Zoey! I commend you for giving away books, I have problems letting go of books. I have so many on my shelf that I haven't read yet (most of them are classics that I just haven't had time for).

    Cozy Up With A Good Read

  8. I have only read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and that was hard enough to understand. I don't know if I will read anything else by her, just too old of writing.


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