Top Ten Tuesdays – Neglected Novels

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s is a freebie so my Top Ten is neglected novels. I have chosen ten books that have been gathering dust on the shelf, books that I have owned for over a year that I haven’t got round to reading yet, (naughty me) and hopefully this post will encourage me to dust off the cobwebs and get reading these neglected novels!

1. Spectacles by Sue Perkins
This has been on my shelf for well over a year and I don’t know why. I love Su Perkins (previous host of The Great British Bake Off) and I find her hilarious I just keep putting off her memoir which is ridiculous as I know I will love it!

2. Walking The Nile by Levison Wood
Now I have googled Levison Wood I am certainly more inclined to pick this novel up. What a hottie! Unfortunatly the book cover I own doesn’t have his beautiful face on the cover so no distractions for me! I have owned this book for at least a year and it sounds amazing, Levison walks the entire length of the river Nile 4,250 mile to be exact, he camps, forages for food, fends himself against multiple dangers, walks through dessert, rain forests and swamps, he crosses seven countries and noone has EVER walked the length of the Nile before. I mean it sounds like an incredible memoir, and I am ashamed that it has been on my bookshelf for this long. After I finally read this I will be watching his TV series (new crush alert)

3. Green Mile by Stephen King
A classic that I have never read or watched, I love Stephen King and I”m pretty sure I will like this book. It’s been on the shelf for over 6 months, I saved it from my friends charity shop pile and yet I still haven’t read it myself.

4. Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice
I have never read any Anne Rice novels so I thought Interview with a Vampire was a good place to start… yet I haven’t actually started the book and I picked this up in a charity shop over a year ago. I have watched the film but would like to still read this as I want to experience an Anne Rice novel.

5. On Green Dolphin Street by Sebastian Faulks
This is probably on the bottom of my to-read list. I was given this book by someone and said yes as I had read a Sebastian Faulks novel at school, Birdsong. I didn’t particularly love Birdsong so that’s probably why I have been putting this novel off.

6. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
A book that was given to me about 2 years ago and I still haven’t read it, I even borrowed the film and haven’t watched it. I love classics and this gothic suspense thriller sounds right up my street, I need to get a move on and start reading it.

7. Marley and Me by John Grogan
I have mentioned this book about 50 million times and the fact is I still have not read it. I need to stop writing about why I haven’t read it and either get rid of it or read it.

8. The Power by Noami Alderman
I was given The Power by a good friend of mine as a birthday present in January. I think I have mentioned this before on the blog about how I need to read it so I need to crack on. I recently read Red Clocks which I really liked and apparently ties in well with the female empowerment theme, so I am sure I will enjoy it.

9. I am Malala by Malala Yausafzai
I have wanted to read Malala’s memoir for such a long time, I have owned the book for about 8 months and still not read it, how ridiculous! Malala fought her right for an education but paid the ultimate price, she was shot in the head at point blank range and wasn’t suspected to survive. A harrowing tale that I need to read!

10. Why Men Can’t Listen and Why Women Can’t Read Maps by Allan and Barbara Pease
This was given to me by my boyfriend’s mum, she said a lot of it is silly but a lot of it also makes sense and helps you realise how men and women think differently. The reviews for this book are not great and a lot of people say it is controversial and sexist but I won’t find out until I pick it up!

I really want to get through as many of these books as possible, I bought all of them for a reason and I feel naughty that I have neglected them for so long. I think I will think twice before buying a new book when I have a list of 10 I currently own that I haven’t read yet. 

Do you have any books that you have neglected for a long time? Let me know a few of yours and I hope, like me you get to dust off those cobwebs and get reading the neglected novels. Thanks for reading and get in touch. Katie x

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