TOP 10 TUESDAY: Books I Was SO EXCITED to Get, but Still Haven’t Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

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How does this happen? You’re about ready to jump out of your skin to get this book and then once you have it you read something else. Then the book you wanted so badly to read starts to get buried by the rest of your TBR list.

I have no excuse to not read these as soon as I got them.

Stranger in a Strange Land

I almost understand why I have not yet read Stranger in a Strange Land: once I do, I will feel compelled to read everything Robert Heinlein has ever written.

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

Xenogenesis Series

by Octavia Butler

Xenogenesis Trilogy

no excuse – This is my ideal series to read:

After nuclear war destroys the world, Earth’s survivors are rescued by the miraculously powerful Oankali aliens …

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

by Stieg Larsson

A good friend recommended this one, and I still have not read it.

… The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo combines murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Where the Crawdads Sing

by Delia Owens –

I think i’m letting this one age like a fine wine before consuming it.

Where the Crawdads Sing

Kya Clark is barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when the popular Chase Andrews is found dead, locals immediately suspect her.

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The Time Machine

by H.G. Wells

The Time Machine

no excuse!

… Time Traveller’s astonishing firsthand account of his journey 800,000 years beyond his own era—and the story that launched H.G. Wells’s successful career and earned him his reputation as the father of science fiction.

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orphan train

by Christina Baker Kline

… [story] of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask.

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orphan train

Unbroken

by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, … Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

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The Witch Elm

by Tana French

The Witch Elm

[Toby] surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, … he takes refuge at his family’s ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden – and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

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Things Fall Apart

by Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart

A simple story of a “strong man” whose life is dominated by fear and anger, Things Fall Apart is written with remarkable economy and subtle irony.

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The War of the Worlds

by H.G. Wells

October 30, 1938. My paternal grandmother was a young mother of two when War of the Worlds aired for the first time on the radio. She was in a car, being driven by her husband, when they turned the radio on after the program had started. They listened a little bit, turned the car around and headed to the Family farm, where everyone was to gather if anything awful ever happened.

When an army of invading Martians lands in England, panic and terror seize the population. As the aliens traverse the country in huge three-legged machines, incinerating all in their path with a heat ray and spreading noxious toxic gases, the people of the Earth must come to terms with the prospect of the end of human civilization and the beginning of Martian rule.

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The War of the Worlds

4 thoughts on “TOP 10 TUESDAY: Books I Was SO EXCITED to Get, but Still Haven’t Read

  1. Unbroken and Where the Crawdads Sing are both EXCELLENT. I liked Boys in the Boat (and the PBS American Experience film version) just a tad more than Unbroken but just a “tad.” I gave Crawdads a nearly unprecedented 4.5 stars. Orphan Train was good. I love the photo at the top of your blog–James Herriot’s books are lifelong favorites of mine and I loved the first tv version. I’m liking the new version, but the original will always be “my” version on film.

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