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.
February 6: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read
This is like the Top Ten of book shaming. I’m so glad I started reading my longest reads. Although, I still have quite a few to go. All Netgalley! Of course because they’re like crack but for book addicts. Instead of writing that I requested the book for its cover, we can just all assume, I requested most of these because I love the covers. Yes, I’m that type of person.
Since it’s been a while for all of these, I’m pretty sure some of them went into Netgalley as Read Now later than their published dates. I have a few that I know I didn’t get in 2013, but then again, I know I got them a long, long time ago. Ack!
Pretty Baby Published July 2015: A thriller! Here’s one that should not be on my TBR! I’m not honestly sure why I haven’t gotten to it, other than the old adage, so many books, so little time! The cover isn’t bad, the synopsis sounds good. Yup, putting this on my to read soon list!
Synopsis: She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can’t get the girl out of her head…
Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal—or worse. But despite her family’s objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.
Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow’s past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she’s willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.
Nightsiders Published April 30, 2013: Why is this still on my TBR!? It sounds intriguing! I do love this cover but I’m pretty sure it was the synopsis that pulled me in this time.
Synopsis: Keep repeating, it’s only a story, it’s only a story, it’s only a story…
Welcome to Number One Oval Lane, the last house at the top of the hill. Robert Mitchell thought he lived there with his wife and children, but he doesn’t. Not anymore. A new family—the Corbeaus—has taken up residence, and they are on a deadly mission for mischief.
Soon Robert will understand the true nature of ownership, and he will discover that real life is nothing more than a story…a horror story.
We’re playing games now. We’re just beginning.
A Desperate Fortune Published April 7, 2015: This one is on my TBR because I read another from Susanna Kearsley and fell in love with it. I still remember it, and it’s been quite some time. I’ve been looking forward to getting to this one, but at slightly over 500 pages, I need a chunk of time to separate from any other reading to commit. Hence the reason it’s still on my TBR.
Synopsis: For nearly 300 years, the mysterious journal of Jacobite exile Mary Dundas has lain unread — its secrets safe from prying eyes. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas has been hired by a once-famous historian to crack the journal’s cipher. But when she arrives in Paris, Sara finds herself besieged by complications from all sides: the journal’s reclusive owner, her charming Parisian neighbor, and Mary, whose journal doesn’t hold the secrets Sara expects.
It turns out that Mary Dundas wasn’t keeping a record of everyday life, but a first-hand account of her part in a dangerous intrigue. In the first wintry months of 1732, with a scandal gaining steam in London, driving many into bankruptcy and ruin, the man accused of being at its center is concealed among the Jacobites in Paris, with Mary posing as his sister to aid his disguise.
When their location is betrayed, they’re forced to put a desperate plan in action, heading south along the road to Rome, protected by the enigmatic Highlander Hugh MacPherson.
As Mary’s tale grows more and more dire, Sara, too, must carefully choose which turning to take… to find the road that will lead her safely home.
Angelfall Published August 28, 2012: I remember requesting this and the second in this series and I started reading book one, but I didn’t connect with it. I set it down and never picked it back up. Since then I’ve read stories that sound similar, and none of them work for me, so really I’ve been worried about picking this one back up. Especially since I already have book two.
Synopsis: It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.
Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.
Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.
The Nightingale Girls Published August 16, 2012: Another that I requested for a reason other than just my want of reading. This one was going to coincide with a readathon that I took part in years ago.
Synopsis: Three very different girls sign up as student nurses in January 1936, while England is still mourning the death of George V. Dora is a tough East Ender, driven by ambition, but also desperate to escape her squalid, overcrowded home and her abusive stepfather. Helen is the quiet one, a mystery to her fellow nurses, avoiding fun, gossip and the limelight. In fact she is in the formidable shadow of her overbearing mother, who dominates every aspect of her life. Can a nursing career free Helen at last? The third of our heroines is naughty, rebellious Millie — aka Lady Camilla — an aristocrat on the run from her conventional upper class life. She is doomed to clash over and over again with terrifying Sister Hyde and to get into scrape after scrape especially where men are concerned. This utterly delightful novel brings a London pre-war hospital vividly to life.
Amity & Sorrow Published April 16, 2013:I can’t remember why I got this one, but I think it is another that fit the criteria for a readathon, and then I never got to it. It sounds intriguing, but it also sounds deep. I don’t mind reading books that make us think, in fact I really love it, that’s why I go for psychology, but this one sounds deeper than my normal. Hence why I have put it aside for so long.
Synopsis: Amity & Sorrow is a story about God, sex, and farming. It’s an unforgettable journey into the horrors a true believer can inflict upon his family, and what it is like to live when the end of the world doesn’t come. – A mother and her daughters drive for days without sleep until they crash their car in rural Oklahoma. The mother, Amaranth, is desperate to get away from someone she’s convinced will follow them wherever they go – her husband. The girls, Amity and Sorrow, can’t imagine what the world holds outside their father’s polygamous compound. Rescue comes in the unlikely form of Bradley, a farmer grieving the loss of his wife. At first unwelcoming to these strange, prayerful women, Bradley’s abiding tolerance gets the best of him, and they become a new kind of family. An unforgettable story of belief and redemption, Amity & Sorrow is about the influence of community and learning to stand on your own.
In the Land of the Living Published March 12, 2013: Ok, I have no idea here. I don’t even remember picking this one up. I read the synopsis and I’m not sure it is something I would want to read on a normal day. I do enjoy coming of age stories, and I probably picked this one up when I was thinking of mortality, but now I just want to shoot myself in the foot because I feel like I’m never going to read this!
Synopsis: The Auberons are a lovably neurotic, infernally intelligent family who love and hate each other-and themselves– in equal measure. Driven both by grief at his young mother’s death and war with his distant, abusive immigrant father, patriarch Isidore almost attains the life of his dreams: he works his way through Harvard and then medical school; he marries a beautiful and even-keeled girl; in his father-in-law, he finds the father he always wanted; and he becomes a father himself. He has talent, but he also has rage, and happiness is not meant to be his for very long. Isidore’s sons, Leo and Mack, haunted by the mythic, epic proportions of their father’s heroics and the tragic events that marked their early lives, have alternately relied upon and disappointed one another since the day Mack was born. For Leo, who is angry at the world but angrier at himself, the burden of the past shapes his future: sexual awakening, first love, and restless attempts live up to his father’s ideals. Just when Leo reaches a crossroads between potential self-destruction and new freedom, Mack invites him on a road trip from Los Angeles to Cleveland. As the brothers make their way east, and towards understanding, their battles and reconciliations illuminate the power of family to both destroy and empower-and the price and rewards of independence. Part family saga, part coming-of-age story, In the Land of the Living is a kinetic, fresh, bawdy yet earnest shot to the heart of a novel about coping with death, and figuring out how and why to live.
Best Kind of Broken Published March 4, 2014 – When I’m not reading horror and psychological thrillers, I love YA romance. It’s like my guilty pleasure! I saw this cover and thought how adorable this would be for a summer read. Now it’s winter, three years later! This is another that sounds like I will love it, so sooner or later this is going on my actual TO READ soon list.
Synopsis: Pixie and Levi haven’t spoken in nearly a year when they find themselves working―and living―at the same inn in the middle of nowhere. Once upon a time, they were childhood friends. But that was before everything went to hell. And now things are… awkward.
All they want to do is avoid each other, and their past, for as long as possible. But now that they’re forced to share a bathroom, and therefore a shower, keeping their distance from one another becomes less difficult than keeping their hands off each other. Welcome to the hallway of awkward tension and sexual frustration, folks. Get comfy. It’s going to be a long summer.
The Echoes of Love Published Dec 6, 2013: Sounds beautiful, looks beautiful, so it must be beautiful, right?! I’ve opened this a couple times, and every time I just can’t get into it. I really haven’t read more than a chapter. Maybe it’s just not for me. Which is okay, but I really want to give it a better shot before I DNF. Sooner or later I’ll get back to this.
Synopsis: Set against the breathtaking beauty of Italy, The Echoes of Love is a passionate, heart-breaking romance to ignite the senses and rekindle your belief in the power of love. Seduction, passion and secrets… Venetia Aston-Montagu has escaped to Venice to work in her godmother’s architectural practice, putting a lost love behind her. For the past ten years she has built a fortress around her heart, only to find the walls tumbling down one night of the carnival when she is rescued from masked assailants by an enigmatic stranger, Paolo Barone. Drawn to the powerfully seductive Paolo, despite warnings of his Don Juan reputation and rumours that he keeps a mistress, Venetia can’t help being caught up in the smouldering passion that ignites between them. When she finds herself assigned to a project at his magnificent home deep in the Tuscan countryside, Venetia not only faces a beautiful young rival but also a sinister count and dark forces in the shadows, determined to come between them. Can Venetia trust that love will triumph, even over her own demons? Or will Paolo’s carefully guarded, devastating secret tear them apart forever?
Black Earth Published Sept 2015: At 462 pages, this is another that is not only heavy but is going to include difficult lessons. I love to read (hate to maybe?) read about the Holocaust because I think it is so important to learn from our mistakes. But since I picked it up, I have not been brave enough to open it. I feel horrible, but it’s true. I want to read it soon.
Synopsis: In this epic history of extermination and survival, Timothy Snyder presents a new explanation of the great atrocity of the twentieth century, and reveals the risks that we face in the twenty-first. Based on new sources from eastern Europe and forgotten testimonies from Jewish survivors, Black Earth recounts the mass murder of the Jews as an event that is still close to us, more comprehensible than we would like to think, and thus all the more terrifying.
The Holocaust began in a dark but accessible place, in Hitler’s mind, with the thought that the elimination of Jews would restore balance to the planet and allow Germans to win the resources they desperately needed. Such a worldview could be realized only if Germany destroyed other states, so Hitler’s aim was a colonial war in Europe itself. In the zones of statelessness, almost all Jews died. A few people, the righteous few, aided them, without support from institutions. Much of the new research in this book is devoted to understanding these extraordinary individuals. The almost insurmountable difficulties they faced only confirm the dangers of state destruction and ecological panic. These men and women should be emulated, but in similar circumstances few of us would do so.
By overlooking the lessons of the Holocaust, Snyder concludes, we have misunderstood modernity and endangered the future. The early twenty-first century is coming to resemble the early twentieth, as growing preoccupations with food and water accompany ideological challenges to global order. Our world is closer to Hitler’s than we like to admit, and saving it requires us to see the Holocaust as it was — and ourselves as we are. Groundbreaking, authoritative, and utterly absorbing, Black Earth reveals a Holocaust that is not only history but warning.
What are the oldest books you’ve had on your TBR?