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Top 10 Tuesday: The Sad & Lonely on Estelle’s Bookshelf

Happy Tuesday everyone! Estelle here! So excited to take part in my first Top Ten Tuesday started by the fabulous The Broke and the Bookish. Gotta say I couldn’t help crack a smile when I saw that today’s topic was about the very sad books on my bookshelf/Nook library that I keep passing by for others. It’s sort of like that being distracted by shiny things syndrome. I was actually just telling Magan a few weeks ago that my goal for 2012 is going to be NOT buying any new books until I’ve read Every. Single. One. On my bookshelves. I’m really going to attempt it but who are we kidding? It’s so easy to buy new reads on the Nook, and there is always something appealing on those evil tables at the bookstore. So with all of that said, here are 10 books nestled on my bookshelves and desperately waiting to be read. And don’t forget to check out Jana’s list over at Broke and the Bookish!

1. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon: I received this book as a gift almost 5 years ago after completing an internship at an amazing play publishing company. They knew I loved to read about New York so they gave me this as a “thank you” for all my work that summer. I guess in the midst of senior year in college, I sort of forgot about it. Then my coworker read it this year and that reminded me I have to read it! (Coworker liked it, thankfully.)

2. Mrs. Lincoln: A Life by Catherine Clinton: I know, I know. I doubt you’ll see this on anyone else’s list but I have a thing for the U.S. Presidents, and their wives. My coworker bought it for my birthday just about 3 years ago, and I just haven’t found the perfect time to settle down with it. I think I need to be wearing a baggy sweater and for it to be snowing outside. Perhaps this winter it will happen!

3. Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis: This is one of those books I attempted to read and I couldn’t get past one of the early chapters so I gave up. Since then I’ve become more and more of a Jim Henson fan, and I’m looking forward to giving this another try very soon.

4. Wintergirls by Laurie Anderson: When Borders by me first announced it was closing, I left with a huge pile of books. This was in there. Still plan on getting to it, I just haven’t. Bad, bad me.

5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett: Pretty much everyone and their mother has suggested I read this book. It’s been sitting in my Nook library for a long, long time. I thought the release of the movie would inspire me to get on it, but nope, that didn’t work either.

6. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver: I was a huge fan of Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer, and I love Frida Kahlo. This is why The Lacuna was one of my first Nook purchases when my husband gave it to me for Christmas almost a year ago. Don’t ask why I haven’t started it. I think at this point I forget it’s there. I must stop forgetting it is there.

7. Faith, Hope and Ivy June by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor: Another one piling up in the Nook library. I’m a huge fan of Naylor and her Alice series. (Have you read these?! Amazing.) Wanted to try another one of her books and I almost got close this past weekend when I was sitting in the airport but again, I passed. Soon!

8. The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White: Who didn’t love Stuart Little when they were a kid? I think I bought this one at a used bookstore in my hometown. Another that I started to read and I just couldn’t get into it. You just have to be in the right mood sometimes.

9. The Professor & the Housekeeper by Yoko Ogawa: Last Christmas, my friend Rachel and I exchanged books as holiday presents. This was hers to me. I feel like an ungrateful snot for not getting to it! But in between wedding planning, honeymoon, and then discovering the library, more and more books have been getting the cold shoulder from me. When it’s snowing and I’m scared to drive, I will be grateful I have overstocked my books. Really.

10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: Don’t kill me. I’ve been trying to read this book since 4th grade. I even have the same copy with my sparkly name plate inside from elementary school. I’ve tried and tried to get through it, and I haven’t. But I bought an older copy to use as a wedding centerpiece and my brain keeps telling me that a new copy will do the trick. I’ll keep you updated on how that one goes.

Guess I have some reading to do. What else is new? 🙂

P.S. Another friendly reminder to check out Jana’s list!

November 16, 2011 - 12:41 pm

Hemborgwife - When we moved I rid myself of all unread books since shipping was so expensive but I am regretting it now since the library has just a small selection of books in English.

On another note I had book name plates as a kid too and I am actually thinking of getting some more since I bought an old cookbook and love the name of the original owner from 1947 being in it!

November 15, 2011 - 8:40 pm

Jamie - OMG GO READ LITTLE WOMEN!!!!!! AHHHH!! lol. I fell in love as a child and read it again as an adult and still the same fondness for it. The Help was on my list too! I really do want to read it soon because everyone also raves about the movie!

November 15, 2011 - 6:02 pm

Kell Smurthwaite - Little Women is lovely but very sad.
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