I saw this on someone else's blog (sorry! can't remember where! if it was you, let me know and I will link you immediately!) and thought it looked like fun. The top ten books that I can't believe I haven't read yet. I decided to limit the list to books that I've had on my TBR shelves for ages and haven't yet read instead of the ten out of every book available.
In no particular order -
1. Any book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, but especially Love in the Time of Cholera and Hundred Years of Solitude - can't tell you how long I've owned these Garcia Marquez books. Their orange spines mock me frequently. I always thought that if I liked Isabel Allende, I'd like these books. It's not happening for me just yet.
2. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood - I've heard so many people rave about Atwood, all I've read of hers are her dystopic novels. And not even all of those yet! I have so many of Margaret Atwood's books on my TBR shelves. I just figure she'd be an author I'd like?
3. Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell - I think this is the one I'm most embarassed about. And the one I'd like to remove from this list the soonest, I think! It's hard not to pick up on things like 'Big Brother' and 'Room 101' without reading the books, but I'm hoping that I'll just get other things after I've read this.
4. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant - I've had this book forever, it seems. No closer to reading it despite the good reviews. I like the idea of it being about women and their roles, I just think the menstruation puts me off a teeny bit. And that's it, isn't it? What the book is about?
5. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell - I feel bad about this one. It was free from a publisher when I was still working in a bookstore and me and a colleague both wanted it. He said 'no, you have it as you're more likely to read it than I am' and more than five years later, here we are.
6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - I love the books that I've read of Markus Zusak, and everytime I mention one of his books, absolutely everyone says something about The Book Thief. Which I haven't read. Started it a few times, it just hasn't stuck yet.
7. Atonement by Ian McEwan - I think I've mentioned before, my love/hate relationship with Ian McEwan. I do really want to read everything he's written, even if I do love to hate his writing... I've seen the movie, does that count?
8. Nightwatch, Tipping the Velvet and Little Stranger by Sarah Waters - Sarah Waters is one of my favourite authors at the moment, and I still haven't gotten around to these three books. Maybe my excuse is that I'm 'saving them' rather than 'I'm lazy' right?
9. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides - This one just seems like a book I'd like to read. But the size of it puts me off :(
10. Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres - I remember I was still working at WHSmith when I bought this book. That was ... 7+ years ago now? SIGH.
And that is the end of my list. I'm not even feeling guilty that most of these books have been on my TBR shelves for almost a decade. Books are all about timing, right?
Which books would be on your list?