Top Ten Tuesday: To Read or Not To Read?

It's Tuesday, which means I can use the prompt from The Broke and the Bookish to keep my blog from getting covered in cobwebs. This week's list is Top Ten Books I'm Not Sure I Want To Read --- basically any book that has you going, "TO READ OR NOT TO READ?" 1. Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Picketty - I want to read this but I generally only make it 10% into business/self-improvement books before I'm bored out of my mind.

173332232. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - A book about "a rumination on the nature of art and appearances" doesn't entice me to tackle a 784 page book, especially when I have its cousin sitting on my bedside table, waiting for me to finish.

3. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton - the aforementioned cousin of The Goldfinch, i.e. literary doorstop with a partially obscured painting on a tan book cover. I started The Luminaries but I too easily set it aside for me to hurry back to it.

4. Moby Dick by Herman Melville - Poor Moby Dick. It will never get off of my To Read or Not To Read list, I fear.

5. William Faulkner - He may be brilliant, but he's a slog.

6. Middlemarch by George Eliot - another English language masterpiece I didn't connect with.

7. John Green - Was so unimpressed with The Fault in our Stars I doubt I'll ever pick up another one of his books, especially when a common criticism I hear is his books are startlingly similar.

8. Outlander Books 6-8 - I blew through the first five books one after the other years ago when I discovered Gabaldon. I loved her writing, characters, history and scope. But reading one after the other burned me out on the world. I would need to re-read the first books before tackling 6-8 and I've no doubt the same thing would happen. Luckily, the Starz adaptation is brilliant.

9. Game of Thrones Books 5 and Beyond - Started and disliked book five. Immensely. Maybe more than The Fault in our Stars, which is saying something.

I'll stop there. It feels weird, wrong even, to write a post about books I'm not going to read. Still, blog content!

What books do you vacillate on?

Guest Post: Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Books on Camey's Summer TBR List

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish. Since I posted My Top Ten Books In My Backpack a couple of weeks ago, I asked my good friend, Camey, to write a guest post about her summer reading list.

I’m just going to start out by being vulnerable. (I’ve been working on that lately.)  Coming up with 10 books to read was a stretch. I’m currently working on my masters and could come up with a separate post called “Top 10 Leadership and Curriculum Books for the Summer”. Unfortunately, those will trump the below list, but I can dream, can’t I?

Great list, Camey! Thanks for posting!

Top Ten Tuesday/Thursday - Top 10 Books I've Read This Year

toptentuesday After reading 100 books last year, I've only read 20 this year. I'm three behind my goal of one per week. As a result, this Top Ten Tuesday (shut up, I know it's Thursday), Top 10 Books I've Read This Year, will encompass half of my reading accomplishments. Yikes. I need to stop watching tv and start reading. Though in my defense, I've abandoned more books than usual this year. Regardless, these ten stood out.



Top Ten Tuesday - 10 Books That Will Be in My Backpack* This Summer

image from danshamptons * I have mountains and rivers in my future, not beaches. Maybe one beach, but it'll be cold. I'm still using the beach picture...oh, never mind.

From The Broke and the Bookish: Ten Books That Will Be In My Beach Bag This Summer...Until I go to Barnes and Noble and hear the siren song of the buy 2 get 1 free table.

The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass - I bought this at DFW Con a month ago and have been reading it in fits and starts. I need to dive into it.

Calling me Home by Julie Kibler - another purchase from DFW Con.

Ashenden, or The British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham - part of my Reading Hitchcock series

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy - I've never met Murphy personally, but she's friends with writers in my workshop. Plus, the book has received good reviews.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell - I should probably add Attachments to the list as well.

The Smoke at Dawn by Jeff Shaara - Civil War historical fiction

The Lumineers by Elizabeth Catton - the 2013 Booker Prize Winner has been on my bedside table for three weeks, getting dusty. I'm 100 pages in and am enjoying it...?

Silas Marner by George Eliot - for my 23 Short Classics Book Club on Goodreads

Whack Job by Kendel Lynn - Second in the Elliot Lisbon series, and a book I gave away a couple of weeks ago!


Your turn. What's in your suitcase/beach bag/backpack this summer? Share in the comments.

A list about failing and not having the will to try. Awesome!

Top Ten Tuesday is an online meme created by The Broke and the Bookish – check out their blog for some great book reviews and recommendations! Today’s list is Top Ten Most Intimidating Books (might be intimidated by size, content, that everyone else loves it but you are sure you won’t etc).

1. Moby Dick - I've tried to read Moby Dick and failed. I tried to listen to Moby Dick and failed. If I thought there was a decent screen adaptation of it I would watch it, but I'm afraid there isn't. The truth of the matter is, I only want to read it because I feel like I should.

2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas - If I didn't know the ending, I might be more apt to pick it up.

3. Le Miserables by Victor Hugo - another book I started and stopped.

4. Blindness - Stream of conscious. Need I say more?

5. Cloud Atlas - Moves back and forth in time.

6. Love in the Time of Cholera - I'm not sure why this is intimidating, but it's been on my bookshelf for a few years and I keep passing it by.

6. Blood Meridian - I've heard how difficult McCarthy is to read too many times to not be intimidated.

7. Bleak House by Charles Dickens - long and about a legal case. I'm falling asleep typing that. Plus, the British mini-series from a few years back was awesome.

8. Vanity Fair - again, length.

9. Anything else by Faulkner - it was a struggle enough to get through The Sound and the Fury.

10. Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote - I really, really want to read this but geez. It's almost 3000 pages long. I probably should have started it when the 150 year anniversary of the Civil War started back in 2011. Now I'm mad I didn't think of that sooner.