Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Books on My TBR Shelf

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's theme is the Top Ten Books on my TBR shelf.  I'm one of those people who can't leave a bookstore without a book...even though I have a bajillion waiting at home on my TBR shelves.  I'm a weirdo and have my books on various shelves throughout my house based on which member of our family originally purchased them, genre and the gleaming glass cabinet where my favorites are on display as if they were expensive jewelry in a Tiffany's store.  My home office/media room, however, houses my TBR shelves (notice that I didn't say "shelf"...Oy.)  I feel guilty just by walking in there and browsing those shelves.  In order to complete this list, I had to actually go in there and scan those shelves.  I started to count them and tell you how many there are...but then I changed my mind :/

I did pull these 10 down and set them right in front of my computer screen...so they can yell at me on a daily basis over the holidays..."Read me! Read me! You know you want to!! Just sit down and read me!!!"

I'll let you know how that goes.

Middlesex - I bought this one for my classroom library in my old office building even though I'd never read anything by Eugendies.  Especially now that his new book is out, I'm anxious to spend some time with his other novels...

Little Bee - my dissertation chair gave me this book...we were both working on some special projects at our State Dept. of Ed. and she finished it while we were there.  I love to read books that I can talk about with other people.

Julie and Julia - I refuse to see this movie until I read the book...and I'd really like to see the movie :/  But, it's against the law.  So there.

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress - I've always been fascinated by the Amish and in the last few years have grown quite fond of coming home/reinvention types of women's fiction.  Why in the world I've been able to resist this one so long, I do not know.

Half Broke Horses - I've wanted to read this one since I finished The Glass Castle.  If this one is half as good as the first one, I'll be in good company.

Reading Lolita in Tehran - another oldie that I've been interested in since it was first published...

The Book Thief - bloggers everywhere rave about this one...and it sounds so right up my alley...so why have I not read it yet.

Speak - I'm in a YA slump right now...and I bet this one would pull me out of it...my hesitation here is the subject matter.  I have 3 daughters and I don't let go of deep deep issues very easily...especially if they hit too close to home.

The Thirteenth Tale - another one I'm constantly reading recommendations about...I've meant to read this for 2 Halloweens now...and still haven't

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - ok, how old is this one??  I haven't seen this movie either.  I told you; it's against the law to watch a movie based on a book if you haven't read the book yet.  Doesn't everyone know that???


  1. Sounds like you do what I do - get lots of recommendations, buy the book and then don't read it!

    You have so many good books waiting here, but I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that! :P

  2. Make time for Middlesex. That is a "for sure" thing.

    You can skip Julia and Julia...it was horrible. The movie was pretty good because Meryl saved it.

    I really liked The 13th Tale.

  3. OMG woman! You have some amazing books here! I would highly recommend The Book Thief, Middlesex, The Thirteenth Tale, and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil on audio. All completely, totally incredible. They would probably make my top 25 on audio ever. Speak is really good, and yes I've got a 13 year old daughter, but it actually was ultimately encouraging and started a good dialogue between the two of us.

  4. I read Middlesex and Julie and Julia earlier this year and I LOVED them both! That's probably not all that helpful since you want to read them but just haven't yet... but still, go for them first!

  5. I've not read any of those!
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post. :)

  6. Oh My God … Middlesex and The Book Thief are soooooo good!!! You will kick yourself for not having read them sooner. And not to burst your bubble but the Mennonite In A Little Black Dress isn't really so much about the Amish!

  7. Get yourself out of your YA slump with Hourglass by Myra McEntire or Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier! The Book Thief is really amazing. I also enjoyed Little Bee, The Thirteenth Tale, and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Here is my list (maybe you'll get some more YA ideas!) http://wp.me/pzUn5-FU

  8. I've read a few on your list...I really enjoyed both Middlesex and Speak. Speak is an outstanding book you should definitely not leave that one gathering too much dust.

  9. I'm surprised I've read a number of these! I would recommend almost all of them and I added Mennonite in a Little Black Dress to my wishlist. :D

  10. Oh my, Jenners...I'm such a ninny sometimes...I actually know Mennonite in a Black Dress is not about the Amish...using my SuperSleuth powers I would definitely know that the woman returns to her MENNONITE family...I think it's time for Thanksgiving holidays :)

  11. Oh, I really loved "Julie & Julia" the movie . . . it was such fun! I haven't read the book but have been meaning to do that.