Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Top Ten Dust-Collectors on My Shelf (TTT #5)

"Top Ten Tuesday" is a weekly book blogger meme hosted by

The Broke and the Bookish!   


This week's list topic is...


I know, right? How utterly WEIRD can a book blogger be to have had this book on her shelf for 5 or 6 years now, and still have yet to read it? I'm completely insane!

2. DAVID COPPERFIELD  by Charles Dickens
Been meaning to read this for forever, but I just know the book will take me forever to read it. It is around 900 pages long, after all. Still, I intend to read it. It's Dickens…

3. EMMA  by Jane Austen
I developed an aversion to this book, despite my love for Jane Austen's other books. Why? Because I do NOT like Gweneth Paltrow, and whenever I think of Emma, I think of her in the role of Emma in that 90's film adaptation. I just can't bring myself to read it. I will someday, though.

4. PERSUASION  by Jane Austen
I don't even have a good excuse for why I still haven't started reading this one. I love all the movie versions I've seen. It's going to be the very next Jane Austen book I read.

5. THE LORD OF THE RINGS  by J.R.R. Tolkien
Well, I suppose I just love watching the movies so much, I end up doing that instead, when I want to experience the story. Plus, all three of the books total over 1,000 pages. Heady stuff.

6. THE HOBBIT  by J.R.R. Tolkien
I haven't had this book for quite as long, so I don't mind that it's still unread on my shelf. Also, I know I'll be reading it real quickly before the first movie comes out late next year, so I've got time.

7. THE BLUE SWORD  by Robin McKinley
I've only had this since early this year, so I've got a good excuse for why it's still unread. I became a book blogger only this past June, so we all know how that goes!

8. IVANHOE  by Sir Walter Scott
I've had my copy of this book for a decade, but have yet to read it. I don't really know why. I just buy books and let them collect dust. Always have been that way, but I'm trying to kick that nasty habit.

9. ANNE OF GREEN GABLES  by L.M. Montgomery
I read these books when I was a girl, but my friend bought me an omnibus of the books, and that's what's still on my book shelf unread. I need to reread these books, which I remember liking a lot.

10. MOBY DICK  by Herman Melville
I think the main reason I've let this one collect dust over the years is because I completely FORGOT I even had it! I only just recently re-discovered it on my book shelf and realized I hadn't ever read it after buying it from Barnes & Noble a long time ago. That's probably the best excuse ever.



  1. I can't believe you haven't read the Harry Potter series! What's going on Cathy?? There are heaps of classics I haven't read either. I know they're meant to be some of the best books ever written but the language really gets to me. I usually watch the movies or TV series beforehand so I know what's going on!

  2. I've never seen the Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow, my problem was I'd watched Clueless multiple times. Having now read Emma I've realised Clueless is surprisingly accurate.

    My top ten is here if you'd like a look :)

  3. Ahh Harry Potter - I liked and I;m glad I read them close to when they came out, otherwise they would be on my shelves too.

  4. Emma is my least favourite of Austen's novels (Northanger Abbey is my favourite!). Persuasion is my second least fave - LOL! Anne of Green Gables is such a lovely read though.
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post. :)

  5. I have read all of the books you listed. Didn't much care for Emma, but loved all the rest.

    Here's My Post

  6. I have the Return of the King on my list this week. I have read the Hobbit and bk 1 and half of bk 2, but I didn't finish reading the series.

    This is my 1st week participating in Top 10

  7. I loved The Hobbit! It's my favorite Tolkien book because it's just so much fun to read. And Anne of Green Gables was definitely an important feature in my childhood as well :)

  8. I haven't read Harry Potter either :P

  9. Oh my! That's all I'll say about HP. I don't blame you w/Dickens & Tolkien, they're just too long. Moby Dick. I hate, HATE that book. It's the only book I've ever been assigned that I refused to finish.
    Great list!

  10. @Andrea: LOL about Moby Dick. Still, I should read it to find out why you hate it so much, shouldn't I?

  11. Heh heh, Moby Dick is on mine, and I've started it at least five times. Every time I see Star Trek TNG First Contact (where they quote the book and talk about it numerous times), I give it another try, but it's a slooooow book. :P

  12. Okay, of this list I have read the two Austens, both Tolkiens, Harry Potter (the entire series)and Ivanhoe. I loved them all. Ivanhoe waffles a lot, but read it anyway - there's a delicious story under all that waffle and I love some of his footnotes, such as the one where he says (translated into modern English) "Hey, I've checked out my heraldry and I did get it right, so there!" and anther where he's brought back a character who'd been killed off saying, "My editor will kill me, but everyone wanted (the character) back". Perhaps get an abridged version to start with - someone gave me one and I was amazed at how well it worked. Of the Austens I'd suggest you start with Emma, whatever you think of Gwyneth Paltrow, who isn't Jane Austen's fault - it's very funny. Persuasion is a tad slow. You'll probably be willing to have another go at LOTR after you read The Hobbit.

    As for the Harry Potter, give it away; it's a wonderful series, but if you haven't read it yet, you're not going to, and someone else might as well have it, perhaps to replace a copy that's been loved to death. :-)

    I haven't read Moby Dick, but I suspect a lot of Americans associate it with school set texts and hate it because of that. ;-) Lindsay, if you're going to watch a Star Trek movie with MD mentioned in it, go for The Wrath of Khan. Khan IS Captain Ahab and Ricardo Montalban is very good.


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