Books I Just Had To Buy That I Haven't Yet Read

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is a fun one: Top Ten books I just had to buy that are still sitting on my bookshelf.

Most people who know me know that I can't manage to walk into a bookstore without buying something. The books I just had to have, but are still sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read months later are as follows:

1. Rabbit, Redux - John Updike

2. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - Dave Eggers

3. Middlesex - Jeffery Eugines

4. The Suicide Index - Joan Wickersham

5. Cat's Eye - Margaret Atwood

6. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

7. The Man of My Dreams - Curits Sittenfeld

8. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

9. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

10. The Prince and the Pauper - Mark Twain

I am going to get to a handful of these in the next few months, and I do plan on reading them all at some point, but they are the stragglers on my TBR bookshelf. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.


  1. You must get to Middlesex soon! Kidding. But really-- loved it! I've been searching for a cheap copy of The Woman in White to no avail. I need to read it, especially since The 13th Tale was filled with references to the title. Oh, and I'm reading The Bell Jar this month for my feminist book club, which just happens to be a title on my Classics Challenege list. It's been WAY overdue so I'm exited to finally get to it. I can't wait to hear your reviews and share notes!

  2. the rabbit books are a good one - i've read "rabbit, run" two or three times, but haven't even finished the second book in the series. yet another one (well, three - since i have the whole series sitting around, mostly unread) to add to my list.

    -- ellen

  3. Beth, I've got Middlesex on my classics challenge so I will get to it soon! Also, I found my copy of The Woman in White at B&N - the classics edition was only $6 or $7.

  4. Ellen, I read Rabbit, Run last year and went out and bought the second in the series right away. But, I've yet to read it.

  5. @ Beth, if you don't mind reading on the computer, phone or kindle. Amazon has the Kindle version of Woman in White for free.

  6. None of these but Little Women are on my shelf, but I plan to read The Woman in White and the Rabbit series this year. Great list!

  7. I have so many John Updike books that I haven't read- I got a bit overexcited by the New Yorker's tribute to him, where they printed loads of extracts of his writing... I loved it, but somehow haven't got round to reading the books yet!

  8. TwoBibliomaniacs, I hope to get around to both of those this year as well!

    Laura, That's when I started Rabbit, Run and then lost momentum. Too funny!

  9. Ooohhh I highly recommend "The Man of my Dreams"! SO GOOD! Curtis Sittenfeld is one of my favorite authors :)

  10. reederreads, Thanks! I enjoyed Prep A LOT, so maybe I should finally read Man of My Dreams!

  11. Little Women is on my shelf, too...How I escaped adolescence without reading it is beyond me.

    MIDDLESEX is amazing! I've read it a couple of times.


  12. Middlesex is really good. The Woman in White is a little overly long, but still worth reading. I think it's better than The Moonstone which was my first Wilkie Collins.

    This is a great meme and I'm off to compile my own list!

  13. The Bell Jar is brilliant. I hope you enjoy it. I'd like to read it again, but my to-be-read list is so long!

  14. lifemerging, I don't know how I missed Little Women either.

    Karenlibrarian, I loved the Moonstone so The Woman in White should be a treat.

    Loni, I look forward to that one!

  15. I've read a few of these. Man of My Dreams was okay, but not as good as Prep. I love Heartbreaking Work.

    I haven't read Little Women all the way through. I have it on this year's TBR shelf.

    Check out my list here: http://hawthornescarlet.blogspot.com/2011/03/top-ten-tuesday-tbr.html

  16. Oh, Little Women. That book makes me smile!

  17. Read Eggers soon! Really incredible.

  18. From your list, I have read 'Little Women', 'The Woman in White', 'The Bell Jar' and 'The Prince and the Pauper'. I also have 'A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius' on my bookshelf and I haven't read it yet.

    Hope you get to read the above books. Happy Reading!