Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Top Ten Books I Just HAD To Buy…But Are Still Sitting On My Bookshelf

Today the prompt of Top Ten Tuesdays is Top Ten Books I Just HAD To Buy...But Are Still Sitting On My Bookshelf

I have more than 300 unread books sitting on my shelves. I list the TOP TEN here, in no particular order:

1) Love in the Time of Cholera  by Gabriel García Márquez
2) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
3) Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
4) The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
5) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
6) In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
7) Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
8) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
9) The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
10) Selected Poems by Robert Lowell (1917-1977)

18 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I have so many, I doubt I could whittle my list down to 10.

Jessica said...

I also want to read Shantaram. Really the first 3 but also 6 and 8 and 9 ugh so many books. Ok Shantaram first.

Icedream said...

I own The Inheritance of Loss and In Cold Blood and haven't read them yet either. I loved The Grapes of Wrath, it's my favorite Steinbeck novel.

Irene said...

I couldn't make a list either, but I love yours.

LBC said...

From your list, I would recommend The Grapes of Wrath. I wrote about it last Literary Blog Hop.

Check out my list here: http://hawthornescarlet.blogspot.com/2011/03/top-ten-tuesday-tbr.html

Bookventures said...

Gasp!! more than 300 unread books!!! Can i camp out in your library? Its great that Gabriel Garcia Marquez is on your list. When you get time to pick him up, i think you'll enjoy it. I have not read Love in the Time of Cholera but i saw the movie with Javier Bardem and i really loved it. I'm hoping to read more of Marquez in the future.

playing.librarian said...

I really enjoyed Love in the Time of Cholera.And the movie too =)

Ronnica said...

I didn't like The Age of Innocence as much as The House of Mirth but it's still good.

Crime and Punishment is so interesting a concept!

Loni said...

I want to read most of those books. Sophie's World is fantastic, especially if you have an interest in philosophy and history.

Yvette said...

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA. I can't tell you how many times I've begun that and just could not get past the first few pages. I've finally given up.

For many years I had IN COLD BLOOD on a shelf gathering dust, finally donated it somewhere. A couple of others on your list haven't made the cut here either.

Good list. Though I did read SOPHIE'S CHOICE and do recommend it. Not happy reading, though.

Birdie said...

Great list!
Garcia Marquez is brilliant. I especially enjoyed Love in the Time of Cholera

katrina said...

I have either read or have sitting on my tbr shelf everything on your list except no.10.
Marquez is amazing, I'd love to read 100 years of solitude again for the first time.

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

I don't feel so back about my TBR pile.

Pam (@iwritienbooks) said...

There are definitely some repeats from your list on my shelf! Great stuff, for sure, even if it takes you a while to gt around to them.

Risa said...

I've just finished reading The Age of Innocence, and Crime and Punishment is one book I'm hoping to read at least next year...

Mervi said...

Crime and Punishment is on my to-read-list, too. However, my brother owns the book, so it's not on my shelf. I've been wanting to try out Marquez, too.

stacybuckeye said...

I justgave away 100 Years of Solitude because it had been sitting on my shelves for over 10 years and I realized I had no desire to ever read it. I really, really liked Shantaram!

Bee's Blog said...

'Love in the Time of Cholera' has been on my list of must reads for about three years - it is always sold out here but last week I walked into the local book shop and there it was! Waiting for me - still to be read!

'Grapes of Wrath' is a must but in my book (whoops!) The 'English Patient' and 'Virgin in the Garden' are proving to be very, very difficult. I cannot tell you how may times I have picked up the former!

Three hundred? I'm coming to see you!