Top Seven Books That Have Rotted on the Shelf Forever

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (now hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl) lends itself well to some good, old-fashioned TBR self-shaming, which we all know I like to indulge in from time to time.

(I still haven’t picked up any of the five I meant to get to last year.)

That said, I don’t want to get too repetitive in bringing up the few from past TBRs that have sat on hold since. (I still have six left out of thirteen left to read from the last fails round-up.) So let’s talk about some books I bought months ago that haven’t even made it to a blog list. Because if I don’t even let them see the light of a written TBR, then they’re really rotting in the deep, dank tomb of the unread.

That said, here are the top seven books I’ve left collecting dust on my “new” stuff shelf!

Spindle by E.K. Johnston


Why I bought it: I found a lot to admire in Exit, Pursued by a Bear, so I thought I’d try this author again (plus, you know, online sales). I knew nothing about the book at the time.

Why it hasn’t made a TBR: I didn’t look into this book before I ordered it, so I didn’t realize until afterwards that it’s the second book/a companion book to A Thousand Nights, and thinking I should read that first has put me off it even though I know it can kind of stand alone?

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

The Forbidden Wish

Why I bought it: I was going through a phase of trying to read all the retellings, and this was one I hadn’t seen elsewhere (Aladdin) with some good reviews.

Why it hasn’t made a TBR: I got kind of worn out on retellings after reading quite the string of them and not really liking most of them, unfortunately. It’s an exhaustion you can sense in my review of The Star-Touched Queen. (I went back for Girls Made of Snow and Glass, but that didn’t work out, either.)

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

The Dark Days Club

Why I bought it: So many people were raving about this book / series a little while ago, and I do love supernatural fantasy, so the idea of demon-hunting ladies appealed to me.

Why it hasn’t made a TBR: …buuut I’m actually not a huge fan of Regency/Victorian settings? I know, I know, a lot of people are, but I’m just not very attracted to the 19th century, and I tried to overcome that to read A Great and Terrible Beauty, and I found that book fell pretty short for me, and I just haven’t gotten to a point where I wanted to try again.

Armada by Ernest Cline


Why I bought it: I had heard a lot about how I should read Ready Player One, but it was expensive at all of my chosen book shops at the time, and this one’s summary appealed to me more back when I bought it.

Why it hasn’t made a TBR: …welp, then Ready Player One was announced as a film adaptation, and I kept thinking I should get it and read it first, but that has also never happened, so here we are.

Sometimes We Tell the Truth by Kim Zarins

Sometimes We Tell the Truth

Why I bought it: In a YA world rife with retellings, the idea that someone might be retelling, of all things, The Canterbury Tales, seemed just too amusing to pass up on. That, and I saw some decent reviews around.

Why it hasn’t made a TBR: Sometimes I get swept up in the novelty of things: I actually don’t even like Chaucer, so although I still think this is clever, I have no reason to be excited about it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea

Why I bought it: This book won some awards last year and got a lot of hype from reviewers and kept showing up in my local book chain at some point, so I figured it was the New Big YA and I should give it a read.

Why it hasn’t made a TBR: …okay, so maybe I’m just not that into period books in general. I can definitely enjoy them, but it’s not what I gravitate towards. (I mostly like contemporary or genre fiction.) WW II stuff is a more likely read for me than 19th century, but…yeah. I haven’t gotten there.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane

Why I bought it: So many glowing reviews! Such a funny, fun YA fantasy twist on retelling history!

Why it hasn’t made a TBR: Yep. As you might have guessed, I’m still not that into those periods of history. I mean, I like reading or seeing tight narratives about how huge historical periods affected a certain few people, and this is probably along those lines, but I’m just not…super motivated in general about it?




Do you have any books that you picked up that you’ve been half-meaning to get to (but not really because there are others you’re feeling into)? What stalls you from getting around to something on your shelf? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll speak to you again soon!

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