Top 10 Tuesday: Books That Have Been on My TBR Pile Since I Started Blogging

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “ten books that have been on your TBR pile since before you started blogging”.

Even though this blog is only about 2 years old, I originally started blogging in 2004. I’m actually proud to say that I don’t have any books that have been on my TBR for 12 years. However, I do have some that are pretty darn close. So, these are the 10 books that have been sitting on my TBR pile the longest.


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Greygallows by Barbara Michaels
Genre: Gothic Mystery
Length of Time on TBR: 10 years

Back Cover Description: Lucy Cartwright placed her life and future into the hands of the dashing Baron Clare, despite the rumors of his dark, unsavory past. Trusting his kind words and gentle manner, she agreed to be his wife and followed the enigmatic lord to Greygallows, his sprawling country estate. But mystery, deception, betrayal, and danger surround the magnificent manor—a ghostly secret charges the atmosphere and terror reigns in its shadowed hallways. Lucy entered Greygallows willingly . . . and now she may never leave.


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The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Genre: Literary Fiction
Length of Time on TBR: 9 years

Back Cover Description: It’s been 11 years since Junot Díaz’s critically acclaimed story collection, Drown, landed on bookshelves and from page one of his debut novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, any worries of a sophomore jinx disappear. The titular Oscar is a 300-pound-plus “lovesick ghetto nerd” with zero game (except for Dungeons & Dragons) who cranks out pages of fantasy fiction with the hopes of becoming a Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien. The book is also the story of a multi-generational family curse that courses through the book, leaving troubles and tragedy in its wake.


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Fortune’s Fool by Mercedes Lackey
Genre: Fantasy
Length of Time on TBR: 9 years

Back Cover Description: Katya, the youngest daughter of the Sea King, is sent by her father on a spying expedition. It’s a perfect assignment for one with the unique ability to transverse both land and water. Once on land, Katya encounters a spectacular battle between two mages, then meets Sasha. He is also of royal birth — the seventh son — destined to play the part of the Wise or Fortunate Fool and Songweaver. Their instant affinity and blooming romance is interrupted when Katya’s father calls her back on business: Two magical maidens have gone missing from an island. Katya disguises herself and gets kidnapped by the Jinn who is keeping the others prisoner, but it will take all her cleverness and powers, as well as Sasha’s magic, to get them out alive.


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Captain Blood by Raphael Sabatini
Genre: Classic Literature
Length of Time on TBR: 10 years

Back Cover Description: Peter Blood is a physician and an English gentleman who becomes a pirate out of a rankling sense of injustice. Barely escaping the gallows after his arrest for treating wounded rebels who were fighting the oppressive King James, Blood flees England and becomes enslaved on a Barbados plantation of buccaneers. When he escapes, no ship sailing the Spanish Main is safe from Blood and his companions. Abounding with adventure, color, romance, and strong social commentary on the evils of slavery and the dangers of intolerance, this classic adventure is a story about how oppression drives men to desperate actions, how fate plays a hand in everyone’s life, and how love is ultimately the greatest power of all.


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King of Sword and Sky by C.L. Wilson
Genre: High Fantasy Romance
Length of Time on TBR: 7 years

Back Cover Description: Rain, the proud and haunted Fey King, risked everything to follow his heart and his destiny to Ellysetta—his truemate, his love, the woodcarver’s daughter who possessed miraculous gifts she did not understand. He defied the nobles of Celieria to claim her, battled demons and Elden mages to wed her.

And now he must protect her—and his imperiled kingdom—with magic, steel, and scorching flame. For his soul-kin, the magical tairen, are dying, and only the Fey King’s bride can save them . . . if Rain can help his beloved embrace the magic within her and forge the unbreakable bond of passion and power necessary to save her soul.


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Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Genre: Magic Realism
Length of Time on TBR: 10 years

Back Cover Description: When an exotic stranger, Vianne Rocher, arrives in the French village of Lansquenet and opens a chocolate boutique directly opposite the church, Father Reynaud denounces her as a serious danger to his flock – especially as it is the beginning of Lent, the traditional season of self-denial. War is declared as the priest denounces the newcomer’s wares as the ultimate sin.

Suddenly Vianne’s shop-cum-café means that there is somewhere for secrets to be whispered, grievances to be aired, dreams to be tested. But Vianne’s plans for an Easter Chocolate Festival divide the whole community in a conflict that escalates into a ‘Church not Chocolate’ battle. As mouths water in anticipation, can the solemnity of the Church compare with the pagan passion of a chocolate éclair?


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Madam, Will You Talk by Mary Stewart
Genre: Gothic Mystery
Length of Time on TBR: 10 years

Back Cover Description: Widow Charity Selbornehad been greatly looking forward to her driving holiday through France with her old friend Louise – long, leisurely days under the hot sun, enjoying the beauty of the parched Provencal landscape. But when Charity arrived at a plush resort in the picturesque French resort town of Avignon, she had no way of knowing that she was to become the principal player in the last act of a strange and brutal tragedy. Most of it had already been played. There had been love–and lust–and revenge and fear and murder.

Very soon her dreams turn into a nightmare, when by befriending a terrified boy and catching the attention of his enigmatic, possibly murderous father, Charity has inadvertently placed herself center stage. She becomes enmeshed in the schemes of a gang of murderers, one of them a man with whom she is rapidly falling in love… And now the killer, with blood enough on his hands, is waiting in the wings.


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North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Genre: Classic Literature
Length of Time on TBR: 10 years

Back Cover Description: When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England. Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of the local mill-workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice. This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill-owner and self-made man John Thornton, as their fierce opposition over his treatment of his employees masks a deeper attraction. In North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell skillfully fused individual feeling with social concern, and in Margaret Hale created one of the most original heroines of Victorian literature.


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Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
Genre: Fantasy
Length of Time on TBR: 10 years

Back Cover Description: Once upon a time there was a fairy godmother named Desiderata who had a good heart, a wise head, and poor planning skills—which unforunately left the Princess Emberella in the care of herother (not quite so good and wise) godmother when DEATH came for Desiderata. So now it’s up to Magrat Garlick, Granny Weatherwax, and Nanny Ogg to hop on broomsticks and make for far-distant Genua to ensure the servant girl doesn’t marry the Prince.

But the road to Genua is bumpy, and along the way the trio of witches encounters the occasional vampire, werewolf, and falling house (well this is a fairy tale, after all). The trouble really begins once these reluctant foster-godmothers arrive in Genua and must outwit their power-hungry counterpart who’ll stop at nothing to achieve a proper “happy ending”—even if it means destroying a kingdom.


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The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Genre: Young Adult
Length of Time on TBR: 8 years

Back Cover Description: My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don’t even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost – and the ghost saw me.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won’t leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. Don’t tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It’s up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House… before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

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7 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: Books That Have Been on My TBR Pile Since I Started Blogging

  1. Mercedes Lackey has written so much- I always seem to see books by her I’ve never heard of. Amazing how prolific some authors are. And captain Blood I actually didn’t know was a book- I’ve heard of the movie but never seen it. Interesting.

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    • Yes! Pratchett is one of those authors who I’ve been meaning to read forever! I’ve only ever read Good Omens, but I don’t know if that counts since it was co-written with Gaiman. So, I’m in the shame pond with you. 😛

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