10 Books I Own But Haven’t Read

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10 Books I Own But Haven't Read

As with many bookworms, my TBR is endless, and for every book I read, I add about ten more.

The problem is that every time I see one of the books on my TBR for a reasonable price I feel compelled to buy it, even though I know I won’t get to it for a while (I mostly blame Tesco with their £4 books!). Which means I’m now drowning in unread books, and just keep adding more and more to the pile!

(And lets not even start with the unread books I have on my Kindle…damn Amazon monthly deals!).

So here are a few of the books I own a physical copy of, but haven’t yet got round to reading:

  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

This was one of my Tesco book bargains…I had seen this book around the blogosphere and thought the cover was gorgeous, so when I saw it going cheap I snapped it up.

It’s been so long since I bought it though, and I still haven’t read it. And to be honest, without looking at the back cover I can’t even remember what it’s about!

  • Shadowsong by S Jae-Jones

I absolutely loved Wintersong by S Jae-Jones, so when my boyfriend gave me a Waterstones voucher for my birthday back in April I immediately went out and bought a copy of Shadowsong.

For some odd reason its been languishing on my bedside table ever since… I have no idea why though. I guess I’m scared it isn’t going to be as good as the first one!

  • The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

I loved the concept of this book when I heard about it, so I got this on a ‘Buy One, Get One Half Price’ deal with Shadowsong when I was spending my birthday voucher. Again, I haven’t touched it since, even though I’m still really interested to read it!

  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone has been such a big deal in the book world, I knew I had to read it! This was another ‘Buy One, Get One Half Price’ Waterstones buy that I’ve had sitting about for a while. I think, with this one, it’s the hype that’s stopping me.

I’m just worried that after all this build up, I’ll end up disappointed, but so many bloggers I like have given it raving reviews, that I think that’s unlikely! I definitely intend to get to this one very soon (maybe after my Harry Potter reread?).

  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman

The book I bought on the Waterstones offer with Children of Blood and Bone was Scythe by Neal Shusterman. This was actually kind of an impulse buy: I hadn’t heard of it, but spotted it on the offer table, and adored the cover. I then read the back and loved the concept, so happily bought it.

I’ve heard good things about it since, and seen as Neal Shusterman is a really well-regarded author, I can’t wait to read it…whenever I finally get to it!

  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I can’t even remember when or where I got my copy of Nevernight from, I’ve had it that long. I know this was huge a while back, and it’s around that time I bought my copy, but I picked it up a few times and looked at the first page, and for some reason just kept putting it down.

  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

This series is kind of old now, but I snapped up the first book in Tesco a year or so ago and have just never felt overly compelled to pick it up. I want to read it, but it’s just never felt urgent!

  • All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This book was heavily recommended to me by a friend, and I pretty much immediately bought a copy. However, I still haven’t read it!

I think it’s largely because it’s set in World War II, which is a subject I have to be in a mood to read about. Although I find it interesting, it can also be pretty depressing, and seen as this also seems to be a literary fiction book, I feel like it isn’t going to be light reading. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it one day, when I’m in the mood though!

  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

I’ve always been really interested in mythology (particularly Norse mythology at the moment, because I just watched ‘Vikings’ on Amazon Prime!), and I’ve always wanted to read something by Neil Gaiman, so as soon as this book came out it was on my TBR. However, I ended up waiting ages for it to come out in paperback, and when I finally managed to buy it cheaply at Tesco (I seriously do have a Tesco book-buying problem!) it kind of went to the bottom of my TBR pile.

I hope to get to it soon though!

  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Finby Gail Honeyman

I was so up-and-down with this book! When I initially started to see it everywhere, I was just not interested at all. I wasn’t a fan of the title, or the cover really, and so never even looked at what it was about.

Then I read a really positive review about it, and became interested in the story, so when I saw it at Tesco (again, I have a problem!) I bought a copy on impulse. Then I read a negative review, and wasn’t sure whether to bother, but now I own a copy, I probably should read it…

I’m just not sure, so let me know if you’ve read this one, and what you thought!

So have you read any of these books? Which do you think I should prioritise? What books have you owned for ages but haven’t read?

18 Responses to “10 Books I Own But Haven’t Read”

  1. Jen

    I have the same problem buy books on offer usually in The Works or in charity shops and never get around to reading them but buy more. I’ve set myself a ban on ARCs and books now lol I want to read Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, just read it’s being made into a film. Regret not getting the ARC. But with a massive tbr and wishlist not going to happen 😂

    • Laura

      It’s so hard to resist bargains isn’t it?
      I didn’t actually know they were making Eleanor Oliphant into a film! I’ll definitely have to read it before it comes out then. I always like to have read the book first.
      Best of luck with your TBR! 🙂

    • Laura

      I’m glad you enjoyed All The Light We Cannot See! I’ve heard great things. And I hope you like Rebel of the Sands! 🙂

  2. Darina

    I would suggest to try Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine – I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised! I have All the Light We Cannot See on my TBR pile and it’s been there for so long but like you, I also feel that you have to be in a certain mood to read it. Great post!

  3. Nicole @ NewbookcatsREADS

    I got 99 problems, and allowing my tbr pile to be read is a lot of them!

    I so understand you with this. I love books (obviously); however, I need more book babies to be brought into my home so I can pet their spines and smell their pages. I also have Scythe on my TBR since RivetedLit has it online for free, but I keep using school as an excuse to not read anything. I hope you can find a way to tackle your tbr while also quenching your book-buying needs!

    • Laura

      Haha, I know the feeling of needing more book babies! I just need to try and get round to reading them all.
      I hope you enjoy Scythe when you get to it! 🙂

  4. Malka @ Paper Procrastinators

    I’m personally obsessed with All the Light We Cannot See, so I’d highly recommend getting to that one ASAP. But since I’m a mood reader I understand not being in the right mindset for a particular books. I guess read it the minute you feel like reading it?

    • Laura

      Thanks for the recommendation! I hope I get in the mood to read All The Light We Cannot See soon…so many people have recommended it to me! 🙂

  5. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Just 10 books you own and haven’t read, I have so so many books I need to get to. I do recommend reading Shadowsong, I didn’t adore it as much as Wintersong yet I did find it really good as well if that makes any sense? I know I liked it but it wasn’t what I was expecting. And I recently got Norse Mythology and I am so excited to see Neil Gaiman’s interpretation of some Norse mythology because he always sucks me in with his skilful writing.

    • Laura

      You’ve definitely made me more excited to read Shadowsong, even if you didn’t enjoy it quite as much as Wintersong. I’m going to try and get to it very soon.
      And I’m excited to read Norse Mythology as well! I haven’t actually read anything by Neil Gaiman before so this is going to be a first for me 🙂

  6. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    I really cannot recommend Scythe enough! I liked The Belles too. I also have Hazel Wood and Nevernight which I have neglected to read for actual years hahah. Oops? And I thought I was getting a copy of Children of Blood and Bone, but it seems to be lost in the mail so I guess that isn’t happening anytime soon. Hope you are able to get to these sooN!

    • Laura

      You’ve definitely made me excited for Scythe! I’ll have to make sure to read that one soon. It sucks that your copy of Children of Blood and Bone seems to have got lost in the mail though! I hope it shows up soon! 🙂

  7. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I could write a 100 Books I Own But Haven’t Read post. So sad! I highly recommend Scythe. I wasn’t a fan of The Hazelwood, but you might like it better than I did. And I did enjoy Children of Blood and Bone, The Belles and Rebel of the Sands. 🙂

    • Laura

      I’m glad you enjoyed so many of these! It’s a shame about the Hazelwood though. I have to say, I did just buy that one on a whim, and right now I’m not overly excited about it.

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