Sup, fools? I’m trying something a lil new today. In my recent (very fruitful) endeavors to actually, you know, read the posts of the people I follow, I’ve found I’m just as into their tag posts and lists and other fun stuff as their reviews…if not more so. And whenever I see something I like, I just have to take it for myself, so here we go! It’s a whole new age, guys.
I obsessively remove books from my to-be-read. While a lot of people on Goodreads languish under the weight of 1000+ books on their TBR, I am the full-on opposite. Currently, mine is a carefully cultivated 87 – and I own 64 of them.
You can applaud, if you want. Personally I took a three-minute break after writing that to pat myself on the back.
Anyway, if I feel even the slightest reluctance to read a book, I take it right off my bookshelf and throw it in my closet. (No joke. Well, minus the throw part. There are 100+ unwanted books neatly stacked in my closet. Books > clothes.)
But these books have made it through countless sweeps. I am still convinced I’ll read them someday. So here they are – the 15 most long-lasting books on my TBR, from most recent (added a year ago) to oldest (THREE YEARS AGO!)
15. The Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
I’m not going to lie: I’ve thought about removing this book. It’s not that I didn’t like Red Queen, it’s that…well, I don’t remember it at all. ‘Twas boring, or forgetful, or something. In order to pick up this book, I’d need to reread the first one (sounds like a lotta work) or find a really good recap (ughhhh, I hate trying). And honestly, when I’m in the mood for fantasy, this one doesn’t come to mind. And so it has languished on my shelf – looking very pretty, at least!
14. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
I found this book on sale for 35 cents immediately after watching the movie in a French class, so I was like “Whoa! It’s a sign!” (Apparently I believed in signs a little over a year ago.)
But honestly, I already know the story. So I never feel all that motivated to get into it all over again. There’s new tales to be read, bro!
13. The last three books in the Bloodlines series, by Richelle Mead
I really liked the Vampire Academy series, back in a simpler time, so I slogged through the first three Bloodlines books
even though Sydney is no Rose Hathaway. I’d have to start from scratch and honestly? I don’t know if I’m strong enough. I’d rather reread Vampire Academy and face the potential tragedy of not liking it.
12. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I am often asked, Emma, from where do you source the millions of dollars it must take to sustain such an impressive book collection? From bank heists alongside a ragtag group of good-looking misfits, Six of Crows-style? Or is it somehow on the merits of your charm and good looks alone? Neither, my dear child. I buy pretty much 100% of my books from Book Outlet. And despite the fact that I’ve heard nothing but good things about The Raven Boys, it’s never been for sale on Book Outlet.
So we wait.
11. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
I used to say historical fiction was my favorite genre. I almost always like it when I pick it up…but I never pick it up.
I just haven’t been in the mood to read this book. I’ll get there. I don’t really have much to say about it.
Except that the face on the cover of this book gets more and more unsettling the longer you look. How much is animated? And more importantly, WHY IS SHE WEARING EYELINER WITHOUT MASCARA?!
10. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
Again, hasn’t been on Book Outlet.
This is #NotSpons, by the way. God I wish. Book Outlet, if you’re out there, please sponsor me. Jane Austen knows I could use the assistance with the purchases. (That’s my version of “God knows.” Currently in beta.)
9. Above Us Only Sky by Michele Young-Stone
This was a gift, I think. I’m not particularly interested in it but it’s, like, 200 pages long so I figure someday I’ll finally try to catch up with my reading challenge and power through this bad boy.
More importantly, it seems like I’ve been 8 books behind my reading challenge since January. WHEN WILL THIS SUFFERING END? This must be purgatory.
8. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
THIS BOOK IS A MONSTER. I think I need to just set myself a ration of like, 50 pages a day minimum or something. That way I’ll be done as soon as 2024.
Also, I consistently like classics more than any other genre (they’re classic for a REASON) and literally never pick them up.
And I always hate contemporaries but TRY to catch me reading anything else.
I’m logical like that.
7 & 6. The Sun Also Rises and For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Thus continues the “Emma is bad at reading classics” portion of the event.
Don’t you go thinking it’s over, either. It only gets worse from here.
5 & 4. Mansfield Park and Emma, by Jane Austen
Okay. I have an excuse on this one.
I looooove Jane Austen sosososo much (I just used her name instead of God!) but I’m rationing her books. I only have these two and Love & Freindship (sic) to go, and man, does the latter even count?
Anyway. It’s not like old Janie’s going to drop a book in 2018. But can you IMAGINE? Way more exciting than the publication of that forgotten Dr. Seuss book a bit ago.
3. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
I’ve probably owned this book for 6 years. I need to be honest with myself and say that I don’t know if I’m ever going to read it.
But how could I get rid of it?! Look at that cover. Man oh man. Penguin clothbound classics will be the end of me someday.
Hopefully said demise will be through future-me being, like, crushed by my complete collection of them. That’s a good way to go out.
2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
If I’m reading a romance novel from the nineteenth century that is widely considered a classic, IT’S GOING TO BE JANE AUSTEN. And I’m not sorry for that.
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
This HAS to have some shock factor. Right?! Like, you’re all, mehhh…one classic after the other…and I’m all, BOOM. The finale to one of the best loved series of all time. Get wrecked.
Sooo. I started rereading this series in December. Not really “re”reading, because I hadn’t touched the things in 10 years. But still.
It all went well and dandy until I read Half-Blood Prince and MY HEART WAS DESTROYED. At first, I didn’t want to finish the series. Now, I’m just kinda like…eh.
We’ll get there. I have to soon, otherwise I’ll have to reread the series AGAIN. Can you imagine?
SO. I did it, guys! Here we are.
- Should I keep posting non-review stuff every once in awhile?
- WHICH OF THESE SHOULD I PRIORITIZE?
Thank ya for suffering through this post. Sound off in the comments below! (That made me feel like a YouTuber, and frankly, I loved it.)