Top Ten Tuesday

Books That Have Been on My TBR List the Longest



This TTT was a freebie, so of course it got left to the last second because I’m no good at coming up with topics. Finally, late Sunday night I decided, when usually I have it done and scheduled by Saturday morning.

But, without further ado, I bring to you the TTT! *points at post title* It’s that, right there.

I joined Goodreads back in 2016, and really enjoy having a way to keep track of books I want to read as well as finding new ones. But there are only so many hours in a day, and it’s easier to add a book to a list then it is to actually read it, so needless to say, my TBR list is a long one.

These are the first ten books I added to that list, way back in the summer of 2016. Now, three and some odd years later, it’s up to 241, but that’s less than half of what I’ve already read in my lifetime, so I figure I can at least hope to get to those someday.

*laughs quietly to herself forever*

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Wildwood Dancing, by Juliet Marilier: As far as I can tell it’s a cross over of the fairy tale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses with Dracula. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to having initially noticed it for the cover art. Kinuko Y. Craft is an amazing artist, I fell in love with her work years ago when I started reading Patricia A. McKillip


The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, by Diana Wynne Jones: I really need to read more of Jones’s work. She’s so funny and creative and charming without being annoying and I love her down to earth characters and humor. This story is about Cat and Christopher Chants, who despite being born to a magically powerful family, cannot perform a spell themselves. They do however, have nine live, and this is the story of how they lose at least some of them.


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Saenz: I don’t know if I’ll like this. I feel like I’m taking a chance because one one hand it could be another Carry On moment for me, or it could be another What if it’s Us? moment. Wait? Did I like Carry On because despite everyone being in school, they barely dealt with that aspect of their lives at all? Well, that and Baz.


Mink River, by Brian Doyle: I read Martin Marten a few years ago and loved it, and the fact that I haven’t read another one of his titles is just sheer laziness on my part. His writing is lyrical and magical, his stories seem simple when outlined, but are delightfully layered and paint a clear picture of the woods and rivers and homes his stories take place in. This is his debut work, a story about a little town on the coast of Oregon, and the tangled lives of it’s inhabitants.


The Gallery of Regrettable Food, by James Lileks: You’ve probably seen them somewhere, a thrift store maybe, or a garage sale, under a pile of old Goosebumps and Animorphs paperbacks. A discordantly colored cookbook, with something that can only be described as meat jelly proudly displayed on a plate garnished with parsley, pineapple, and maraschino cherries. This book shows off those sort of images for all their worth, with James Lileks making snarky comments about such amazing delicacies as “tongue mousse”. I want this, I need this, even if it will make me slightly sick to my stomach.


Grandma’s Wartime Kitchen, by Joanne Lamb Hayes: If the above title is post war American cooking, here we have a sharp contrast. Kitchens in the U.S. during WWII faced many unique challenges when rationing came into affect, and this outlines some of the many ways housewives at the time would make what little they had last longer, as well as providing recipes used during those years. I learned a little about this from my grandma, who grew up during the Great Depression and lived through WWII, but I’m always curious to know more.


Summerlong, by Peter S. Beagle: I put this on because Peter S. Beagle feels sort of like required reading, and I will always love The Last Unicorn. But it doesn’t necessarily sound like the sort of book I go towards. It’s a slow, thoughtful fantasy that seems to focus a lot on relationships and connection and change and it’s probably delightful but I’m a trash panda of a human and like magical explosions (in space if I’m lucky).


Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People who Cook, by Anthony Bourdain: I read Kitchen Confidential, and enjoyed it’s humor and honesty, brutal at times though it might have been. I’ve read the preview to this and it seems like a calmer, less macho version of Tony is conveying his story. This is him recounting his time traveling around the world in search of the perfect meal, and the adventures that took him on.


Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop, and other Practical Advice in Our Campaign Against the Fairy Kingdom, by Reginald Bakeley:

In “Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop” readers will discover:
– Why a bustle in one’s hedgerow may be cause for alarm

This alone got me interested in Goblingproofing… I love books that treat fantasy as fact, allowing me to pretend for awhile that these are my day to day concerns, instead of what feels like carrying the weight of the entire planet but not being able to do a thing about it. Woops, unloaded a bit there, sorry. Anyway, Goblingproofing… if full of practical strategies and advice on protecting yourself and your home from the menacing forces of the Dark Fairy.


The Thin Man, by Dashiell Hammett: I was destined to enjoy The Maltese Falcon, as I was obsessed with the movie as a child. However, I wasn’t expecting to love the writing nearly as much as I did. Hammett has atmosphere down, and his banter is fast and sharp. He writes great morally grey characters and it’s fun wondering who exactly is the most guilty out of a very guilty collection of people.

So there it is. Any books on here that you’ve read? What did you think of them, are they worth keeping on the list, or should I say goodbye? I’m trying to be better about only putting books on there I feel like I’ll actually enjoy, not books that have a lot of hype built up around them. Anyway, happy Tuesday, may we all have donuts and coffee.

11 thoughts on “Books That Have Been on My TBR List the Longest

    1. I love the set up so much! And while I’ve read a lot of fairy tale retellings over the years, I haven’t picked up on for Twelve Dancing Princesses, and it’s such a good set up for a story!


  1. Aristotle & Dante had been on my TBR for a really long time too. It was a very quick read — short chapters made the book glide by — but I wonder if maybe I should have read it when I wanted to be heavily invested in an 80s LGBT coming-of-age story, and not just to finally see what the hype was about. So take that advice as you will. I could see why people really loved it, but I ended up feeling more neutral.

    I’ve been hesitant on Doyle’s first book because the marten part sounds so much like the older (50s & 60s) wildlife stories I cherish, and I don’t know if I want some boy intruding on that…but your mention of Gary Paulsen style makes me want to investigate it.

    Also The Gallery of Regrettable Food and Grandma’s Wartime Kitchen both sound amazing in different ways (I have to laugh at your description of finding the former at garage sales under a pile of old kids’ series books — this is true to my life experiences!).

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    1. After reading a preview of Aristotle & Dante I feel like I’d like it well enough, but you’re absolutely right about reading it for what it is, and not because of the publicity. It feels more like something I should read because it will be good for me, not necessarily because it’s something I’d pick up on my own. Does that make sense?

      Martin Marten was such an enjoyable book! Please don’t let Martin (the young human protagonist) turn you away. He’s intelligent and endearing, and doesn’t bring any of the usual frustrations character his age can sometimes bring to a narrative.

      Thanks for stopping by and checking out the post!


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