Ten Books That’ve Been Sitting on My Shelf for a Loooooong Time

Posted August 23, 2016 by Carlisa in Top Ten Tuesday / 14 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday

Today’s prompt is “Ten Books That’ve Been Sitting On Your Shelf Since Before You Were Blogging.” Because all of my physical books that were from before blogging are on my shelf at home, I’m just going to refer to books on Goodreads that’ve been on my TBR since before blogging. Okay? Okay. Lessgo.


princess bride gone with the wind north and south elantris fantastic beasts and where to find them

Princess Bride by William Goldman

Added Feb. 25, 2010

Truth be told, I’ve only seen this movie once years ago, and I only remember parts of it. But it’s a classic, am I right? I really want to watch it again, but I also really want to read the book first. Considering it’s been on my TBR for over six years now, I probably should take action.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Added Apr. 21, 2013

This is a book that I know I’d love. I haven’t ever seen the movie (again, waiting the read the book), but the setting and the plot and the reviews…everything points to a book that Carlisa would love. Now only if I could get my brain past the 1,000+ page count and just dive in.

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Added Nov. 9, 2013

Haha, I think there’s a pattern here. I first heard about the movie adaptation. Or I guess they’re kind of episodes? Anyway, I heard they’re fantastic. But there’s a book! And it’s Victorian, which I love. I know that I’d love it. Someone just motivate me.

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Added Mar. 10, 2014

This was probably after I read Mistborn. *Goes to check timing.* LOL YEP. I finished the first Mistborn book on March 10, 2014 and then added a bunch of Sanderson books, this being one of them. Since then, I’ve read the rest of the original Mistborn trilogy and the Reckoners trilogy. I need to get into Sanderson’s older stuff, though!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find The by J.K. Rowling

Added May 15, 2014

One of my friends gave me the three-pack set of books that Rowling wrote for charity: Fantastic Beasts, Quidditch through the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle and Bard. Which was an awesome present. I read Beedle and Bard pretty soon after this, I think, but I’ve yet to read the other two! I’m thinking I’ll read all three and do a review before the new FB movie comes out!

storied life of aj fikry archived all the light we cannot see i am the messenger fahrenheit 451

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Added June 1, 2014

I actually don’t know much about this book, plot-wise. I know it’s bookish, and I just have a feeling that I’d love it. Does that ever happen to you? Like I wouldn’t be able to tell you anything about the summary, but I just feel like I’d love it.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Added June 28, 2014

One of my friends from high school read and enjoyed this a while ago, and it was the first time I’d heard of VE Schwab. Now I see her all over the book blogoverse. I’ve only read ADSOM by her, but this is one that I want to give a try!

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Added Aug. 24, 2014

So many people love this book. And I usually love historical fiction, so I really don’t know what’s held me back from reading this one! Soon (hopefully)!

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Added Sep. 14, 2014

The Book Thief is one of my all-time favorite books forever and always. So I don’t know why I haven’t tried Zusak’s other books. I think I’m kind of afraid I won’t love them like I love TBT. Alas, I will someday try.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Added Nov. 19, 2014

This is one of those classics that, as an English major, I feel like I should’ve read by now. That’s all I really have to say about that.


Have you read any of the books on my list? Should I move them up on my own TBR?? Let me know in the comments! And link up your own TTT posts!


  • Oh I love this list!! Let’s compare notes, shall we?? Lol

    1. Princess Bride – saw the movie, don’t own the book. Probably will never read it as I wasn’t a huge fan of the movie… I know, I know, it’s “INCONCEIVABLE”!!

    2. Gone With the Wind – loved the movie, own the audiobook. It’s good, and I’ve read about 75% of it, but I always get bored, and one day I’ll finish it because, “after all… tomorrow is another day”.

    3. North and South – lord almighty… I own the audiobook, but at like 543567 hours long, I doubt I will ever even start it.

    4. Elantris – own the audiobook and ebook (I think). I tried to start it about 4x now, because I want to love it so much. But it’s so SLOW at the start. Ugh. It’s an intresting idea, though, and I swoon over Sanderson’s writing ability…

    5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – no. Just no. Lol. I do love me some “Hairy Potty” as my kids called him when they were little, but I think JKR should just stop trying to make more and more and more. I could be wrong, though – it might be awesome, but I doubt I’ll ever read it.

    6. Storied Life of A. J. Fikry – I have actually read this. I owned it for a long time before I picked it up and read it, though, because I was so nervous it wouldn’t live up to the hype. I enjoyed it much more than I expected!!

    7. The Archived – I do NOT own this, but I want to. I love VES’s writing, and based on her Twitter feed, she seems like just an awesome person, in general. I have started ADSOM, but not finished it (do you see a procrastination theme happening in my life???)

    8. ATLWCS – Not gonna lie – mixed feelings about this one. I have read it, and it was good, but as I’m not a huge Nazi-era/WWII genre-lover, it didn’t really make a big impact on me. Her dad was a pretty amazing guy, though, that’s for sure!

    9. I am the Messenger – don’t hate me, but I’m actually not sure I’m even familiar with this one – I’ll have to look it up later.

    10. F451 – my daughter had to read this for school last year and she was loving it and asked me to do a readalong with her. I did, and I didn’t hate it, but it wasn’t my favorite book, either. Of course it made me really think about how lucky we are to be able to read whatever we want!!!

  • Gone with the Wind almost reads itself. You will probably fly through it surprisingly fast & wonder at the end how you got there so fast! At least I did – both times I’ve read it.

  • I loved North & South – both the book and the miniseries – definitely recommended! I also want to read All the Light We Cannot See – although I don’t own a copy so it’ll probably be a while before I get to it.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is such a fun read because it has all of the little notes Harry and Ron wrote on the side! I hope you enjoy it when you read it. 🙂
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    Happy Reading! 🙂

  • It took me ages to read Gone With The Wind and then when I finally got around to reading it, the process of reading it took me a while. It’s such a beast of a book!

  • Mariela Silva

    I only own a book by Victoria Schwab and her writing is so amazing! I am really loving it!
    My TTT.

  • Like you I have read The Tales of Beedle and Bard but not Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. I will be doing so before seeing the film though!
    I’ve only read This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab but absolutely loved it. I see myself reading a lot more of her books in the future.
    Like you I have heard such good things about All the Light We Cannot See and hopping to read that one at some po
    I hope you get to read all of these! 🙂

  • Tia

    I’m the same! I’m an English major that hasn’t read Fahrenheit 451..I was supposed to read it Freshmen year of high school but we never got to it

  • Bloggin’ ’bout Books

    I AM THE MESSENGER is on my list today, too! I’m an English major who has read FAHRENHEIT 451, but it’s been so long ago that I can barely remember what the book was about. I’d definitely recommend reading GWTW and THE STORIED LIFE … I had a hard time with ALL THE LIGHT … the writing is lovely, but the story gets boring.

    Happy TTT!

  • Fahrenheit 451 is a classic that I’ve always meant to read too. In all honesty I do a terrible job of getting to classics despite meaning to read them. It’s hard because they’ll always be there and essentially their ‘hype’ will probably never die. Unlike newer titles.

    Liselle @ Lunch-Time Librarian

  • Sam

    The Princess Bride is one of my all time favourites! It’s my favourite kind of humour it just sticks with me. Elantris is also on my list of “someday” books. Awesome list 🙂

  • I always forget ‘Princess Bride’ is a book. As someone who only saw the movie once and felt (yes, I’ll be brave and say this :D) “so-so” about it, I guess it’s never been something I felt an urgent desire to read. Hope you can read these soon, Carlisa. 🙂

    • Chrystal M

      I love the movie and just watched it last weekend. I have listened to the audio book of it, but have the physical book in my TBR pile too.

  • Chrystal M

    Gone With the Wind is a book that I really need to get to one day. I have Mom’s copy. It was her favourite book and I haven’t been able to bring myself to read it since she passed away, so it’s been sitting on my shelf since 2012.

    Maybe one day we’ll both read it and can compare thoughts? 🙂