Top Ten Tuesday – Pre-Blogging Books I STILL Haven’t Read Yet

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Eight Books From Before Blogging That I STILL Haven’t Read Yet

If I were to tell a “normal” person that I have over 300 unread books, that I read an average of 60 books per year, that I started blogging over 2 years ago, and that there are some books I own from the pre-blogging days that I just haven’t quite gotten around to reading yet, they’d think I was insane. Luckily, I discovered the Book Blogging community. Behold, the top ten books I’ve been meaning to get to, since before I started blogging…

TTT Preblogging Books

1. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, purchased in 2012.

I did that thing again. I watched the movie before I read the book. This really doesn’t happen that often, and it was before I was a big Picoult fan, but regardless it happened, I can’t take it back. Apparently, the book and movie versions are quite different though. The movie made me cry like crazy. (The song below is featured in the part where I was blubbling, though the video uses clips from The Notebook instead).

2. S. by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst, purchased in 2013.

I just know this book is going to be the bane of my existance, because I never get around to reading it, and it would take a long time to get through it all! It’s beautiful, described as a love letter to physical books. The novel itself is called Ship of Theseus (written by the fictional author, Straka), and throughout the novel there are are a plethora of notes written between the two main characters, Eric and Jennifer. What makes it really special is that there are numerous items slotted within the pages that also add to the experience. It’s a story within a story. Stefani @ Caught Read Handed has read it, and sings its praises. I’m sure I’ll get to it someday…

S. by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

3. The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory, purchased in 2014.

I bought a box set of the first 5 books in this series (The Cousins’ War) and flew through them. There was around a 6 month gap between me finishing book 5 and this book being released (maybe more), and I kind of wanted to reread the whole series before starting this one, and it’s still what I plan to do, should I ever get the luxury of more time. I have seen, and own, the entire BBC TV adaptation though, which was fab!

4. Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, purchased 2011.

I began reading the Shopaholic series when I was a teen, and I used to love it. When this new book came out I snapped it up, but similar to above I wanted to reread the series before I dove into this one. Part of me is a little afraid I’ll not enjoy the books now I’m officially a grown up, even though I’m technically the target market.

TTT Preblogging Books 1

5. The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort, purchased 2013.

I picked this up because I really wanted to see the movie, but I wanted to read the book first. Fast forward to 2016, and I haven’t yet read the book or seen the movie. I should fix this soon.

6. A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin, purchased 2013.

I got a box set of the Song of Ice and Fire series back when it suddenly boomed into this massive deal that everyone was reading. I think the TV show had just been announced, or the first season had just been released, when I purchased these. All 6 or 7 of them are still sitting with their spines un-cracked on my bookshelves.

7. The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling, purchased 2013.

As soon as a new release by J K Rowling was announced, I was determined to get my hands on it. Then I read the blurb and lost interest (a council election?!), then I heard quite a few bad reviews, and I never picked it up. However, in recent years I’ve heard much better reviews, and I’ve seen Rowling in interview explain the plot in more detail, and now I’m really intrigued!

8. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, purchased 2012.

I got this book as part of a collection from The Book People before I started blogging, added it to my book pile, and didn’t think much more of it. Sometime during my blogging years, I’ve come across great reviews for this book (it also has over 140,000 ratings on Goodreads, with a 4.06 average), and now I’m looking forward to reading it.


Although I was reading books, and buying them, before I started blogging, it really only ramped up a gear since I joined the community, so I struggled to think of more than 8 books that have been kicking around for that long. This is kind of a good thing, but then also incredibly scary as it illustrates perfectly the rate at which I acquire books… *ahem* moving on…

What books have gathered dust on your shelves from before you started blogging? Or, if you aren’t a blogger, what books did you buy ages ago that you haven’t picked up yet? Let me know in the comments! 

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26 comments

  1. My book collection certainly ramped up when I started blogging as well. I used to read books as soon as I got them! How times have changed… I really enjoyed My Sister’s Keeper. I haven’t watched the movie yet!

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    1. I remember panicking when I had 30 unread books. Poor naive me! Lol You should! I know I haven’t read the book, and no doubt it is better, but the movie I felt was very emotional and impactful as well, though bear in mind apparently the story was changed somehow. R xx

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  2. So many of these are on my TBR as well, especially A Game of Thrones and The Casual Vacancy. For some reason I’m so intimidated by GoT– I think it’s the size of the books/series and intensity of the fandom that seems a little daunting to an outsider.
    Great list! 🙂

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    1. I know I’ll get to them at some stage. GOT probably in retirement to be honest… Lol it’s the size of the books and the multiple, multiple POVs that put me off. Thanks, Holly! R xx

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  3. S. It took me a while to read the book because I’ve had to implement a strategy as to how to tackle two stories going on simultaneously. It’s very ingenious, though.

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  4. I’ve heard The Language of Flowers is really good. I can’t remember My Sister’s Keeper, but I know I read it and watched the movie. That’s how bad my memory is!

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    1. I can’t remember where I spotted it, but I remember hearing good things! Haha it clearly left an impression on you! Was it pre-blogging you read it? Ps that’s SO my wedding song, you know, when I find a victim. R xx

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    1. I only really remember the bit with that song playing, and crying a lot! Lol it seems to be a firm favourite though so I’ll have to get to it soon. R xx

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    1. I wasn’t really interested in it at all, but then I binge-watched loads of interviews with her where she talked more about the plot, and I realised it’s about so much more than a council election! Lol 21 year old me wasn’t keen, but 26 year old me definitely is. I love your blog name! R xx

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  5. I loved the whole Game of Thrones series (so far…) but the first one is definitely daunting with it’s size perspective switches. It really is worth the effort though.

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  6. I am so sad you watched My Sister’s Keeper before reading the book. The book is a million times better and the end of that made me cry a billion times more than the film. I was so angry when I watched the film, they changed so much.I highly recommend the book though, it is sooo good.

    The Language of Flowers was one I read before I started blogging and it was really interesting. I learnt a lot of new things whilst reading it.

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    1. It was a long time ago, and everyone is telling me the book is very different, and better, so hopefully when I get to it it’ll be like a whole new story. It saddens me too now though, because I know how much of a Picoult fan you are, so for you to love it, it must be one of her better ones! R xx

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    1. Do you read eBooks?? I know you can use OverDrive in the UK to “borrow” eBooks from the library, and maybe something like that would give you more of a chance to get to it? Or be crazy and do what I did, buy all 7 of them on super special offer and then use them as fabulous bookends, but never actually read them! Lol R xx

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