Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Had to Have and Still Haven't Read

I've decided to jump on board with Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the topic, Top Ten Books We Had to Have and Still Haven't Read. Ugh, there are way more than ten in my case - this is going to be an embarrassing post.

Let me preface this by saying that my expectation of being a broke college student led to some massive book hoarding on my part. In reality, I got a job at a bookstore and never had a lack of things to read on hand but the pattern was already set.

1. Apartment 16 by Adam Nevill - Nevill is a UK horror author who's latest releases ARE out here in the US. This was one of his UK only titles that I had to special order from overseas. Sadly it's still on my TBR. 

2. Divergent by Veronica Roth - everyone was talking about it so of course I had to have it. One of these days I'll get around to it (sooner rather than later).

3. The World House by Guy Adams - another horror-ish title. I'm not quite sure because I've yet to read it! I do pick it up frequently trying to squeeze it into the reading schedule but it's yet to happen. 

4. Clive Barker's entire Books of Blood collection - I don't feel terribly guilty about this one except for the fact that they're short stories and I feel like I should be able to get to them fairly regularly. This was more of a long term had to have for the book collection as a whole. 

5. The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen Beckett - supposedly very "if you like Jonathan Strange... you'll like this" but I wouldn't know as of yet (in truth, I have accumulated three titles in this series by now 'cause, you know, what if I can't find them when I am ready to read them?)

6. The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox - gothically tinged Victorian mystery. I've got it and the follow up in hardcover. 

7. The Stone Council by Jean Christophe-Grange - (French thrillers) I've read one of this author's books and seen movie adaptations of two others (the books of which are on my TBR as well). I actually joined the 2013 Translation Challenge with getting to his books in mind!

8. The Quiet Girl by Peter Hoeg - I was so excited when this book came out. I've read Smilla and Borderliners and this one has been sitting on my TBR since its release. 

9. The Tomb by F. Paul Wilson - when The Keep was rereleased, I wanted to read through the Adversary Cycle. Unfortunately this second book was the only one available at the time (and it's the first Repairman Jack book). I held out until the rest of the Cycle was available and then... didn't buy them. BUT I did just read the new prequel to the Repairman Jack series so I can see The Tomb being bumped up soon. 

10. Among Others by Jo Walton - what can I say? I've heard nothing but AMAZING things about this book and I still haven't been able to get to it. I have a nice hardcover copy waiting patiently for me. 

There are so many others - I've got a backlist collection of Minette Walters, Sarah Rayne (special ordered from the UK), Barbara Vine/Ruth Rendell, Peter Straub, and Dan Simmons. I tend to start buying up backlist once I discover an author I like. I think I've been permanently scarred by books going out of print in my bookseller days! 


Christina said...

Bleh. I bought Divergent for that same reason. Finally read it about a year later, only to find that I really don't like it. *headdesks*

Jessica @ Books: A true story said...

Divergent was good, but the next book Insurgent was even better. The movie is going to be so good!


Becky LeJeune said...

While I WILL be looking forward to the movie, I have a leeeeetle issue with the casting, namely an actor who played a particularly douchey part in a Brit com that ended with him getting poo on his face. It was quite amusing but I need some time for that image to leave my brain before I can take him seriously again!

A Beautiful Madness said...

Loved Divergent. It was so good, and I'm so excited to see the movie, and of course read the third book. Great list!
Em @ A Beautiful Madness
My Top Ten

BookCupid said...

Divergent! oh, you need to read this.

Here is my TTT

Susan said...

Of the books on your list, I've only read DIVERGENT. I really liked it. Obviously, not everyone does, but I say go ahead and give it a try.

Good luck with your list!

Ula (Blog of Erised) said...

Divergent series are amazing, get to them fast!!! :) Happy reading!


Jennifer | Book Den said...

I've heard amazing things about Among Others, too. I did manage to read Divergent, but I still have Insurgent waiting TBR.

Hollie said...

Divergent is fantastic. I highly recommend it!