I’m trapped under an avalanche of books – send help


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

This topic just makes me feel very guilty!  But, here goes, books I’ve had for ages but haven’t yet found the time to read – I will do it.  There is no try.  These are all books on my kindle (so in fairness they’re probably not the books I’ve had the longest as some of the hard copy books I’ve bought have been around much longer:

  1. The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M G Buehrien
  2. Dinner at Deviant’s Palace by Tim Powers
  3. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
  4. The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker
  5. Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter
  6. The Adamantine Palace by Stephen Deas
  7. The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty
  8. The Legend of Eli Monpress by Rachel Aaron
  9. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
  10. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab

It’s quite disgraceful how many unread books I’ve bought and haven’t read – this barely scratches the surface.  Send help.

Have you read any of the above – should I bump any of these up the list??  Should I knock any off the list??  Enquiring minds.


33 Responses to “I’m trapped under an avalanche of books – send help”

  1. Lit Lens

    You should skip A Darker Shade of Magic… I found the characters to be the “cool and edgy” type without much substance or depth. The world building also felt a bit half-hearted. I was looking forward to this one for so long, but it was hugely disappointing 😦

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks for the heads up – it seems to be so popular too. I have bought the first book but it’s on a rather huge tbr so maybe it won’t become a priority to pick up anytime soon.
      Lynn 😀

  2. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    The only book that I own here from your list is The Adamatine Palace. I was able to pick up the first three titles of the series for a crazy low price from a book outlet store few year back. I was pumped when I saw them there. Hard to say no to a dragon story 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’m always doing things like that – picking up three books from a series because they’re on an offer, it’s a risk but it’s worth it I think.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Tammy

    I loved The Rook, and also A Darker Shade of Magic. And I’m glad you picked The Shambling Guide because I NEED to read more Mur Lafferty!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really do need to read Mur Lafferty – I haven’t read anything! This is bad.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I have The Shambling Guide to New York City and the 57 Lives books too. There’s just not as much time to read everything we want huh?

    • @lynnsbooks

      Bottled time – it could be a thing. If only somebody would just invent it already.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Danya @ Fine Print

    THE ROOK! Oh my god, suuuuuch a great book. I listened to it on audio and it was fabulous — here’s hoping the print version is just as good. ADSOM and The Golem and the Jinni have both been on my TBR / shelves for ages too. *hangs head in shame*

    • @lynnsbooks

      We’re all suffering from a serious lack of time – I must read The Rook soon. Clearly it was a strong recommendation and I bought it ages ago.
      Lynn 😀

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I’ve had both The Rook and A Darker Shade of Magic in my TBR since forever, and I even moved The Rook to my e-reader a few months ago, but I keep being distracted by other titles… (((SIGH))). In the end, I will probably get to Marillier first, since I totally *loved* Blackthorn and Grim and want to go back to her amazing writing… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I have to read Marillier soon – but I always seem to end up feeling behind somehow and my own books just come second. I need better organisation in my life.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Monica

    I went to goodreads and looked at the oldest shelved books. They go back to 2012! I am seriously working some of these in this year.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s so bad how many books I own that I’ve never even cracked open. Why!
      Lynn 😀

  8. tethyanbooks

    I thought The Golem and the Djinni was a really lovely book. The only other I’ve read from your list is Dinner at Deviant’s Palace, which was a very strange novel.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really do want to read The Golem and the Djinni – I read such good things about it at the time.
      Lynn 😀

  9. proxyfish

    The Rook and A Darker Shade of Magic are excellent! I thoroughly enjoyed both 😀 I’m afraid I also have a copy of The Adamantine Palace and The Golem and the Djinni waiting for me to pluck them off the shelf and read! Oops!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – this has been a little nudge for you too then. More time please.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Rindis

    The Golem and the Djinni is the only one from your list I’ve read, and I can recommend it.

    I think I’ve had most of the books on my to-read shelf for longer than any of yours have been in existence. >.< (Well, the physical to-read shelf. The Kindle shelf grew rapidly, but is much newer.)

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I was a bit lazy with this post – these are all ebook titles – I didn’t even look on the shelves. Too scary.
      Lynn 😀

  11. sjhigbee

    I loved Daughter of the Forest and highly recommend it:). In any case, do let us know which one you first choose to tackle – I look forward to hearing what you think. And once you have received professional help in reducing your TBR, perhaps you would think to send the help in my direction before I become a lost cause…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – I will gladly send help your way – although I think we’re both doomed….

  12. Zezee

    Lol at the title of the post.
    I’d like to try some Juliet Marillier books too and Lost Boy.

  13. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    So many good books! I’d say bump Juliet Marillier all the way up to the top of your list! 😀

  14. Jennifer | Book Den

    I had forgotten about The Golem and the Djinni. I still need to read that one, too.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Eek – a few of us then! Where did all the time go to.
      Lynn 😀

  15. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, I also have too many books sitting unread and unloved on my Kindle. Unfortunately they are too easily forgotten on there, as there isn’t a physical copy of them looking accusingly at me from my bookshelf!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, kindle books have to have a much more forgiving nature don’t they!
      Lynn 😀

  16. imyril

    I really feel like I should make time to read this one as I’m about to be spending time in New York!

    …I’d give a thumbs-up to the Rook and the Shades of Magic books. Neither of them are deep or meaningful; they’re all whambam action and fun, which is sometimes just what I’m after 🙂

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