Top Ten Tuesday

Books I Was SO EXCITED To Get… But Are Still Standing On My Shelves Unread

20220517 Books I Was SO EXCITED To Get, But Are Still Standing On My Shelves Unread

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Today is time for another post of shame because we’re talking about books we were excited to get, but still haven’t read. I’m focusing specifically on my physical book collection, because that’s the worst somehow? (audiobooks and ebooks are more the ‘purchase and read immediately’ type of books to me, but physical books… they’re a collection too)

Also, the majority of these books were gifts (that I requested because I was so excited to get them) so I really, really hope none of my gift-givers will read this post. I love your gifts and I will read them soon, I swear! Until then, I also really like looking at them?? No bookish gift is ever in vain, because collecting books is also a valid hobby… right?

Anyway, let’s dive in!

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco – I was super excited about this series, and then I got the first book as a birthday present 2 years ago and then proceeded to just not read it…

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty – This is more recent, as I got this as a Christmas present last year, but still… It’s been on my TBR for so much longer than that.

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint – Another Christmas present last year – I promise I’ll read it soon!

Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan – I remember reading the first book in this series during the start of the pandemic and the first lockdown. I immediately ordered the sequel afterwards and then… yep, never read it.

Aurora’s End by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman – I’ve been super excited for this series finale for so long, so why have I not read this yet?

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang – This was a Christmas gift from 2018 or 2019 and yet… I failed it again.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman – I got this for myself several years ago, I can’t even remember. It’s one of those books that, whenever I see it I always think “Oh, I’ll read you soon”, but then never do.

The Diviners by Libba Bray – Again, I have this on my shelves for so long that I don’t even remember when I got it exactly. Every time October comes around I think “Oh, this is the perfect read for spooky season” and then before I know it, spooky season is over and my mind is on different things again.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – I think I got this in a Fairyloot box a few years back? I was super excited to read it as I loved Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, but so far it has remained on my shelves unread.

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater – This came out in November 2019 and I got it as a Christmas present the next month – but I still have not actually read it…

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Tell Me:
Have you read any of these and if so, what did you think?
Any books I should really, really, REALLY prioritise?

Lindsey xoxo

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  1. I know the feeling of not reading the books on my shelf all too well. Some I have grown out of, but some I’m still hopeful to make time for. We’ll see! Hope you enjoy all of these, Lindsey – and we love our book collecting hobby! πŸ™‚

    1. Yeah, I love book reading but honestly book collecting can be just as fun – and less stressful haha πŸ™‚

  2. Only read The Diviners from your list but that one was awesome (albeit a bit slow) and I would recommend it! Also good luck with the other books~

    1. Glad to hear you enjoyed The Diviners – I hope to get to it soon!

  3. Rae | says:

    I have read or added most of the books you listed to my TBR. The Poppy War, The Diviners and The City of Brass are definitely the ones I’m most excited about.

    My TTT:

    Have a great week πŸ™‚

    1. Hope we’ll both enjoy those reads!

    1. Hope we’ll both love Scythe when we get to it!

  4. Stephanie - Bookfever says:

    You MUST read Ariadne! 😍 😍 😍

    1. I know, I have no idea what I’m waiting for and now Elektra will be releasing soon too I think, so I have no excuse πŸ™‚

  5. The only one I’ve read is Strange the Dreamer but it was excellent and provocative.

    1. Strange the Dreamer does sound great, I hope to read it soon.

  6. I had City of Brass and Aurora’s End on my list today as well. I had the sequel to Strange the Dreamer on here as well. I hope you enjoy all of these whenever you get to them! πŸ˜ƒ And yes, book collecting is TOTALLY a valid hobby! πŸ˜‰

    1. Hope we’ll both get to City of Brass and Aurora’s End soon! And yay, book collector does have a nice ring to it πŸ˜€

  7. You have some good ones on your list. I loved Kingdom of the Wicked.

    1. I hope to read Kingdom of the Wicked soon! At least a benefit of waiting is that I’ll get to binge read the entire series soon πŸ™‚

      1. That’s true!

  8. Scythe was really good – my sister kept telling me to read it, and I’m glad I finally did!

    1. I think it’ll be one of my first reads from this list as it’s just been on my shelves for far too long.

  9. So many amazing books on here! Strange the Dreamer, City of Brass, Poppy War, and the Diviners are all books I really enjoyed! I hope you have time to read them soon!

    My Top Ten!

    1. Thanks! I’m glad to hear you loved those reads, I hope to get to them soon πŸ™‚

  10. I hope you enjoy these when you do get a chance to read them!

    1. Thanks!

  11. I started the Scythe series (Good) but never got around to finishing it so the third book is on my TBR. Strange the Dreamer (Love) and Diviners (like) I’ve also read. My favorite is Strange the Dreamer.

    1. Glad to hear you loved those reads – I hope to get to them soon!

  12. Whoops. Forgot link: My unread books

  13. I liked Call Down the Hawk, but it took me a while to get to too. I don’t know if it was because it had been so long since I read the previous series or what. I still haven’t read the next book.

    1. I understand, because I think the reason I haven’t read Call Down the Hawk yet is because I want to re-read The Raven Boys series first… but I keep putting that off too so maybe one day πŸ™‚

      1. Eh, I say just jump in without rereading. You’ll probably be okay.

  14. I haven’t read any of these but I have several friends who are obsessed with The Diviners series!

    1. It sounds so good!

  15. I love The City of Brass so much!

    1. I hope to start The City of Brass soon!

  16. All of your choices have gorgeous covers! I love them so much! I want them, lol. I’m such a sucker for a pretty cover.

    I’ve read THE DIVINERS and I really enjoyed it. I need to continue on the series, though.

    I hope you enjoy all of them when you get to them.

    1. Haha, I totally get it, a pretty cover is just irresistible!

  17. Great list! The City of Brass and Kingdom of the Wicked are on my TBR too. I’ve heard so many great things about them.

    1. Hope we’ll both enjoy those reads when we get to them!

  18. I’ve actually read almost all of these, I think there’s only about three that I’ve not read (maybe 3.5 as I started Ariadne but never finished). I’d recommend starting with The City of Brass as that was my favourite of the ones on your list that I’ve read.
    My TTT:

    1. The City of Brass comes so highly recommended, I’m sure I’ll love it – I just need to start πŸ™‚

      1. πŸ™‚

  19. City of Brass made my list this week too. I’ve heard nothing but good things so I have no idea what I’m waiting for, haha.

    1. Haha same! One day we’ll get to it for sure πŸ˜€

  20. I’ve only read Strange the Dreamer from these, hope you get to it soon. Happy reading! My TTT

    1. Thanks, I hope to get to Strange the Dreamer soon too!

  21. Lauren Becker says:

    I also own and need to read Kingdom of the Wicked. Call Down the Hawk was a gift and I really need to read it!

    I loved Scythe, but never read the other two because I’m just bad with series. LOL

    I loved The Diviners, and I highly recommend. There are four books, and I’ve read the first three.

    Lauren @

    1. Hope we’ll both get to Kingdom of the Wicked and Call Down the Hawk soonish, haha πŸ™‚ Glad to hear you loved Scythe and The Diviners, I hope to binge both those series soon too.

  22. Poinsettia says:

    I have many books on my shelves that I haven’t read! I hope you enjoy these!
    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

    1. It comes with being a book lover I guess πŸ™‚ Thanks!

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