Ten Books That Have Been on My TBR the Longest (And I Still Haven’t Read)

February 6, 2018 Top Ten Tuesday 18

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The meme was originally the brainchild of The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read.


It was a little tricky to figure out how to do this one. Do I go by Goodreads, which I only started using in 2012, or try to figure out which books have been on my list since well before that? I decided to go with my Goodreads want-to-read shelf, more or less. Most of them are fantasy. You’ll notice that a lot of them are MG or YA books; in part that’s because in 2012, I was still raising a high-schooler, and there were a lot of books I’d heard about for MG and YA that I hadn’t gotten around to reading yet. Oh, and as usual, there are more than 10, because why not?

 In no particular order (they all have approximately the same date, the month I joined Goodreads):



  • In the King’s Service (Katherine Kurtz)
  • The Thief (Megan Whalen Turner)
  • Wildwood Dancing (Juliet Marillier)
  • The Moorchild (Eloise Jarvis McGraw)
  • The High King’s Tomb (Kristen Britain)
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Catherynne M. Valente)
  • Son of the Shadows (Juliet Marillier)
  • The Goose Girl (Shannon Hale)
  • Graceling (Kristin Cashore)
  • The Iron King (Julie Kagawa)
  • The Art of Detection (Laurie R. King)


I actually own all of these in one form or another (most of them in hard- or softcover; one or two as ebooks.) So I have no excuse for not having read them yet!


18 Responses to “Ten Books That Have Been on My TBR the Longest (And I Still Haven’t Read)”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Wildwood Dancing is a fairytale retelling incorporating The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Frog Prince, and (I think) Transylvanian vampires. Robin loves it, and is pretty sure I will too.

  1. Lark

    I’ve been meaning to read Wildwood Dancing for a long time now, too. Maybe this year! (After all, it is based on one of my favorite fairy tales.) 🙂
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      They do have great covers! The Laurie King is… well, obviously I haven’t read it yet, but my understanding is that it relates to both her series. It takes place in San Francisco, and is partly set in the past (Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes, shortly after Locked Rooms) and partly in the “present” (Kate Martinelli.) So it should be interesting, and will introduce me to King’s contemporary mystery series. The big question is, as much as I love the Russell & Holmes books, why has it sat on my shelf for over 5 years?!

  2. Beth Kagan

    Three of those books are on my to be read pile too and I have them as e-books. I really enjoyed Goose Girl and The Thief was outstanding. Here’s to you getting around to reading them (and me too)

  3. RO

    You’ve got a pretty good mix of books to choose from once you get around to reading them. As you mentioned, I think we all have way too many sitting around from back in the day that we never gt to. (lol) Hugs…RO
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      It’s funny you should say that, because I was surprised at how many on this list are fantasy! I love fantasy, but haven’t been reading as many new-to-me books in the field for a while now, for some reason.

  4. Anna @ Adventures with a Book Nerd

    Oh my gosh I completely forgot about Graceling! I sill need to read that one as well. I’ve checked it out from my library a couple of times, but I just never get around to reading it. Let us take a moment of silence for the bottom of our TBR piles (which are probably looking more like pancakes instead of books at this point, lol).
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      You know how some people have a TBR pile? I have two full-height bookcases of unread books. Plus two boxes. Plus assorted other books on other shelves here and there. I think I should stop going to the library book sale. (Actually, I missed it last fall… which is probably for the best.)