Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Have Owned for a Long Time but Haven’t Read


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Top Ten Books We Have Owned for a Long Time but Haven’t Read

Let us know which of these books are MUST reads, and we will be sure to get to them!


1. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

A Million Little Pieces

I bought this book before the controversy. After the controversy about it being a lie, I had little desire to read it. If it was just labeled fiction in the first place, I would have enjoyed it more!

2. Tinkers by Paul Harding


I bought this book after it won the Pulitzer. A friend saw it on my shelf and said it was awful, and now I can’t get the energy to pick it up!

3. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

nineteen minutes

Like most of my Jodi Picoult books, this one is collecting dust. I love her writing, but I never seem to actually start reading the books.

4. A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind

A Hope in the Unseen

For some reason, it takes me a long time to pick up nonfiction texts. I have heard that this book is incredible.

5. Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by Michael Braungart and William McDonough

Cradle to Cradle

This book just seemed really cool in concept. It is even made from unconventional materials. But it is so heavy!


I think this list is very similar to my “Top Ten Classic I Want To Read” list as I’ve owned all of the classics I listed for many years, so for this one, I am going to choose MG/YA books that I bought my first year teaching for my classroom library, but I haven’t read yet.

1. Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snickett


I actually have the entire Series of Unfortunate Events in a special box set still laminated here at home to read at some point (and the whole series at school as well).

2. Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen


This is a book that everyone is surprised that I haven’t read, and everyone says it is so good.

3. The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman


This was actually the first Shusterman book I ever bought, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet although I love everything else that I have read of his.

4. Copper Sun by Sharon Draper


I am sure this book is brilliant, and I am not sure why I haven’t picked it up yet.

5. The Young Man and the Sea by Rodman Philbrick


I got this book because I loved Freak the Mighty and Old Man and the Sea, but it just never got pushed to the top of my TBR.

Which books are gathering dust on your bookshelf?

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1 thought on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Have Owned for a Long Time but Haven’t Read”

  1. Oh, my gosh, Nineteen Minutes is an amazing book – so emotionally powerful and thought-provoking, like all of Picoult’s books but even more so. It provides the perspective of the mother of a school shooter, as well as multiple other POV’s of people who knew the boy – fascinating and eye-opening.

    I did read Tinkers after it won the Pulitzer. Hmmm…it is definitely not a quick and easy read, but I’m glad I read it. Very dense text a detailed writing. It was good, though I’ve enjoyed other Pulitzer winners more (especially The Orphan Master’s Son and The Goldfinch!)

    Kellee, have you really never read any of the Series of Unfortunate Events books? Wow, are you even allowed to teach without reading them? ha ha just kidding I read a few of them. Even though you own the entire series of books, you might want to listen to book 1 on audio. Actor Tim Curry reads them and he is GREAT! Hilarious.

    Great lists, guys! This summer, I read one of my oldest TBRs on my shelf – Emma by Jane Austen.


    Book By Book


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