The Broke and the Bookish hosts Top Ten Tuesday and this week's topic that sent me running to scour my shelves is: Top Ten Books that have been on the shelf the longest without being read.
Honestly, I had kind of a hard time figuring this out. Most of the books that I saved from childhood have been read and I gave lots of books away in a pre-college clean out and with every move since then. So, what I learned from this exercise is that I've really accumulated a ton of books in the last five years or so.
Here are 7 books I'm pretty sure I've had since college:
10. Richard Brautigan, An Unfortunate Woman: A Journey: I believe I was having a beat phase.
9.William Faulkner, Light in August: Purchased in the three book Oprah edition, but this is the only one I haven't read.
8. Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams: I may have even bought this one in high school, as a result of my obsessive love of The Bean Trees
7.Katherine Dunn, Geek Love: This I still very much want to read and I don't know why I haven't.
6. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen: I had a big graphic novels phase brought on by reading Gaiman. I never got to this one.
5. Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina: This was another Oprah's book club purchase, embarrassingly enough. I started it and couldn't get past the names.
4.Don DeLillo, Underworld: This is the book that I've been reading the longest. I've given it two goes. What's strange is that I really like it, just can't finish it.
And three that I've had since childhood:
3.Austin Teppan Wright, Islandia: This is my parents' book, so it has likely been in this house since the late 80s. I'm not sure why I kept it and not any of the others that they left when they moved.
2.Louisa May Alcott, Little Women: I have had this copy since elementary school. I've read most, but not all of the book. I would love to replace it with the Penguin clothbound pictured.
1. Volumes 5-7 in C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia: I've had the same box set for as long as I can remember. I think I got it as a Christmas present when I was seven. My mom read me 1-4 before bed.
What books have been on your shelves the longest? Do you still plan to read them?