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Top Ten Tuesday: My forever TBR

Top Ten Tuesday: My forever TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl

With hundreds upon thousands of books being released every year, it’s not hard for a TBR to grow out of control. These ten books are ones that I’ve owned for as long as I can remember, and I’m finally admitting that they’re probably going to stay on my TBR forever. I still want to read all of them… It’s just looking unlikely.

10) Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris cover

I’ve yet to start the Sookie Stackhouse series, despite the fact that I own all thirteen books. I started putting them off because I didn’t realise how sexy they were. I was a huge fan of Twilight and The Vampire Diaries – far, far tamer vampire stories, and much more suitable to a teenager! – and if I’d realised quite how risque Harris’ books were, I probably wouldn’t have bought them quite as early.

However, I’ve now watched every episode of True Blood, so the dirty bits in the books no longer phase me. It’s just trying to find the time to start a series which is so sprawling.

9) The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien cover

I started reading The Fellowship of the Ring back in 2013. I didn’t read very often, but I was absorbed by Tolkien’s world and read 200 pages in a night… Then I put the book down, couldn’t get back into it and had to return it to the library. When I eventually try to read The Fellowship of the Ring again, I know I’m going to be able to read the entire series extremely quickly, but I just can’t bring myself to start over.

8) Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium by Lauren Oliver cover

Dystopians were my favourite, way, way back. I bought the Delirium trilogy and planned to read it fairly quickly, and I’m not quite sure when the eagerness I felt dissipated. I’ve read a few of Lauren Oliver’s other novels now, and I’ve enjoyed all of them… I’m sure I will still like this trilogy, but it’s just taking me a while to get to it.

7) Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

Glass Houses by Rachel Caine cover

The Morganville Vampires series is on this list for similar reasons to the Sookie Stackhouse novels. There are fifteen – 15! – books in the Morganville series, and I haven’t started a single one of them. Again, I used to love vampire novels, but I wanted to wait until the entire series was out before I started it… And then it just kept going. And going. And going.

6) Matched by Ally Condie

Matched by Ally Condie cover

Another dystopian series which I’ll probably love, but don’t have the will to get to.

5) Passion by Lauren Kate

Passion by Lauren Kate cover

I read the first two books in the Fallen series, but I wanted to reread them when Passion was released because I couldn’t remember a single thing that had happened. Then a fourth book was announced, and I’ve been putting off that reread ever since.

4) Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz cover

The next three entries are all series that my mum has recommended to me. That’s not why I’ve been putting them off, honestly! I trust her recommendations, and that’s one of the reasons I hope I find the time to read these books at some point. Sadly, the Alex Rider series was ten books long, and then Horowitz decided to revive the character – who knows how long the series will be by the end!

3) The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan cover

Meanwhile, Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series is only five books long, but I’ve been told that it links very closely to The Heroes of Olympus series. If I start a series, I force myself to finish it no matter how much I’m not enjoying it. Because I’m not sure whether the Percy Jackson books will be my cup of tea, I’m just not able to commit to them right now.

2) Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz

Raven's Gate by Anthony Horowitz

My mum bought me the first three books in The Gatekeepers series for a birthday when I was much younger. I then found out that the series was also known as The Power of Five, so I decided that I wouldn’t start the series until the other two installments were out… And then it took Horowitz four years to write the fifth installment. The long wait made me kind of lose interest, and I don’t think I trust him not to release a surprise sixth book!

1) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

I’ve talked about my inability to finish the Harry Potter series a lot in the past. I still want to read the last four books, but they’re just so long compared to the first three! Maybe this will get moved to my read pile eventually, but I can’t see it happening any time soon (no matter how much I want it to).


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I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! Have any of these books been on your TBR forever, or have you actually read any of them? Leave your comments down below, and make sure to link me to your own TTT posts.



  • Lili Marcus

    These are amazing books, well maybe except for Matched… I read the whole series 2 years ago but I can’t seem to remember anything about it now. hehe. By the way,
    Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter are two of my all-time fave books and hopefully you get to read them soon. I even read the whole HP series every year.. it’s a tradition I started few years back.. 🙂 🙂
    Good luck with this list.

    • I can’t even really remember what it’s supposed to be about, just that it’s a dystopian trilogy with gorgeous covers! I’m hoping that I will fall in love with the Harry Potter series, but I’m just too intimidated by the length of the later books… I know as soon as I start them I’ll fly through them, though, and I’m going to be so angry with myself for putting it off for so long.

  • I completely forgot about the Percy Jackson books. I finally started reading the series a few years ago (my husband loved them as a kid). I got through the first two books and enjoyed them, then put the third one aside for a break and never went back to it. 🙁

    • I tried to read the first one many, many moons ago, but I couldn’t get into it. Soon afterwards I realised quite how many books Riordan has released, and that intimidated me and put me off!

  • Amy Rush Da Silva

    I loved the Morganville Vampires Series when I was younger! Would highly recommend! I need to read Matched too! My TTT –

    • One of my friends absolutely LOVES the Morganville Vamps and struggled to forgive me when I said I hadn’t read them – I should probably start soon, or she’ll disown me!

  • Barb(Boxermommyreads)

    The Sookie series is one that I’ve actually read the whole thing. The books, while still quite risque in parts, are a lot different than the series. I loved Lafayette ob TV (still sad the actor passed) but he wasn’t in the books much at all. Plus the ending is really different. Hope you find time to start them as they are really fun reads.

    • It makes me sad that Lafayette wasn’t a big part of the books, because I was looking forward to seeing more from him! Very excited by a different ending though – I wasn’t a huge fan of how the TV show finishes, so it’ll be interesting to see what Charlaine Harris decided to do with the characters.

  • I’ve never read any of the Percy Jackson books though I do now they’re super popular (and I think I picked up a copy of the film a while back); I have Ally’s trilogy and a couple of Lauren’s dystopian books (both of which could have fit on my list this week) on my shelf too, but yeah… so far I haven’t read those either.

    • I genuinely think my list this week could have been 200 books long. The more I think about it, the more books I remember!

  • Poinsettia

    I’d like to read the Percy Jackson series as well. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is definitely worth the effort. I’ve read the entire Sookie Stackhouse series. The books are very different from the tv series, and I like the books better. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

    • I’ve heard quite a few people saying that the True Blood TV series isn’t as good as the source material, so that makes me feel far more inclined to pick them up. I know I’m going to love The Lord of the Rings trilogy when I eventually get through them – there’s just so much walking!

  • Jo Elliott

    The Percy Jackson series is so much fun, though does read as a lot younger than the HOO series even though it’s aimed at the same age range. The Harry Potter books do get intimidatingly large with no 4 but they’re so good-number 4 is actually my favourite. Matched I have on my TBR, but I’ve had it for three years and have very little interest in reading it.
    My TTT:

    • It’s interesting that they’re aimed at the same age range but Percy reads younger… That might explain why I struggled to get into it when I first tried to pick it up, but I might need to give it another go after all. I promise I’ll finish Harry Potter eventually!

      • Jo Elliott

        Honestly HOO is probably YA, it’s just not labelled as that. I hope you do better with it second time around. Haha take your time, it’s not going anywhere!

  • Elena @ ElenaSquareEyes

    I know exactly what you mean about Anthony Horowitz and his books. I think I read up to book 6 or 6 in the Alex Rider series (I did really enjoy them) and I’ve read the first four books in the Raven’s Gate series, but as you said it took years for the last book to come out and it’s a huge book as well! I do want to finish the series at some point because it was one of my favourite series when I was younger, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

    • Oh gosh, I hadn’t even thought to mention the size of it! Yeah, his books almost quadruple in size when it gets towards the end of the series.

  • Ash

    There is sooo many books on this list I want to read! Matched and Passion are two that I definitely want to finish.

    Here’s our Top Ten Tuesday:

    • I’m sure I’ll get to them eventually, I’m just not sure when!

  • I have actually read 5 books on your list (go me). Tolkien is such a classic. I read that one in my youth. I really liked Delirium, but was not super happy with the end of the trilogy. I still love Oliver, though. I enjoyed the Matched books, and I loved the Fallen series. Oh, and Uncle Rick is always great.

    • You’re doing far better than I am! I really loved Before I Fall and Panic, but because they’re standalones I think I’m a little apprehensive about whether I’m going to enjoy Oliver’s writing as much in a series.

  • Percy Jackson is definitely close to The Heroes of Olympus! Percy is the main character in that series, and if I recall, maybe 3 of the main characters from Heroes of Olympus appears in that one? I’m not too sure, but I know there are 2 for sure!

    I hated Delirium – I love dystopian novels, but Delirium just didn’t sit well with me when I read it.

    Harry Potter is long, but it’s worth it, I think.

    ~Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

    • Oh wow, I didn’t realise it was THAT intertwined! That makes far more sense about why people say you have to read all of them.

  • I hope you get a chance to read these soon! I love Harry Potter. Percy Jackson is pretty fun, too.

  • Greg Hill

    “Forever TBR” – that’s a great way to put it!! I like Lauren Oliver’s stuff but have never read that series. And I had trouble getting through Fellowship of the Ring the first time, but eventually I finished it. The parts that I like now- the beginning in the Shire- bored me as a kid. 🙂

    • Thank you 🙂 I think one of the reasons I struggled was because I’d never read fantasy before, so I was trying too hard to picture every location in my head and I ended up feeling lost. Now I’ve read and enjoyed a lot more SFF novels, hopefully I’ll get into it far faster.

  • Elena K

    I’ve had Raven’s Gate and Tolkein on my TBR for far too long as well! I absolutely loved the Percy Jackson series when I read it. I’ve read the Goblet of Fire and actually managed to get through it fairly quickly since it’s pretty straightforward. Can I just say that I love your title! Forever TBR, so relatable!

    Thanks for visiting,

    ~ Elena @ The Novelistics

    • I’ve read the beginning of Goblet of Fire a few times, but then there’s a huge sprawling section about Quidditch and I’ve never been interested in sport, so that’s when I normally put it down! I think next time I start I’m just going to force my way through it, Quidditch be damned.

  • I`ve yet to read The Lord of The Rings trilogy. I`ve also read Harry Potter quite late compared to others, but I highly enjoyed the books. Except The Order of The Phoenix, all of them were 5 stars. Good luck with your reading!

    • Ooh, that is high praise! I’m definitely going to need to finish it, I’ve been featuring them on ‘haven’t read yet’ lists for far too long. Hopefully we’ll both get around to reading the Lord of the Rings sooner rather than later.

  • The Harry Potter books took me ages to read so I feel you there – I recommend the audiobooks if your library has them! I love the Percy Jackson books and they are really easy to read and speed through. I hope you enjoy them if you do pick them up! I definitely need to read some Tolkien. I haven’t read anything by him before, partly because of how the books look so big, but I feel like I need to. Great list!

    • I’ve never listened to an audiobook before but I have been looking for a way to get into it, so that’s a really great suggestion! I think Tolkien is one of those authors that we all feel the need to read but are intimidated by – I’m sure as soon as you’ve read one you’ll want to read them all.