Ten Books from Past TBR Lists I Haven’t Read Yet

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is ten books from seasonal TBR lists you haven’t gotten to yet. It was interesting to go back through those lists, and see which books I’d read, which I no longer had interest in, and which ones I imply haven’t gotten to yet.

Here are ten books that have showed up on my TBR lists that I still want to read one of these days. Some are on this list because they are difficult to obtain from the library, others are long and/or daunting. And a few are sitting on my shelves so I have no good excuse.

  1. IQ84 by Haruki Murakami
  2. The Burning God by R. F. Kuang
  3. Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri
  4. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  5. When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy
  6. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  7. Anna Karenina by Tolstoy
  8. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  9. Little Deaths by Emma Flint
  10. Orlando by Virginia Woolf

Which ones on this list would you recommend?

  27 comments for “Ten Books from Past TBR Lists I Haven’t Read Yet

  1. lydiaschoch
    July 26, 2022 at 9:26 am

    Frankenstein was excellent. I hope you like it whenever you read it!

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-books-from-my-past-seasonal-tbr-posts-i-still-havent-read/

    • July 27, 2022 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks Lydia, I’ve always wanted to read it. I started it once but didn’t stick with it, I will next time.

  2. July 26, 2022 at 11:30 am

    I have The Burning God on my TBR, too. Also, I read Frankenstein in high school and it’s really a good story.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

    • July 27, 2022 at 6:44 pm

      Another vote for Frankenstein! I’m long overdue on that one. Thanks for visiting!

  3. July 26, 2022 at 11:50 am

    DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR is one I’m interested in as well. My youngest is adopted and bi-racial and learning to take care of her hair has definitely been an experience! And, yes, our white friends and family members (as well as strangers) always want to touch her hair. I hope you enjoy all these books when you get to them.

    Happy TTT!


    • July 27, 2022 at 6:47 pm

      I’m not biracial, but I’ve often been asked if I was because of my hair. I’ve had strangers want to touch my hair too. I’ve tried to be more aware of the way black women are discriminated against because of their hair. If you read the book, I hope you find it meaningful for you and your daughter.

  4. bitchbookshelf
    July 26, 2022 at 2:56 pm

    Frankenstein is so good!!

    • July 27, 2022 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation! I definitely need to read Frankenstein.

  5. July 26, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    We have really similar tastes – I can’t believe that I haven’t found your blog before! Following you now.
    I was listening to a great podcast about Frankenstein last night! The podcast is called Save Me From My Shelf, and talks about classic books that you’ve put off reading in a funny way. I’d recommend it!
    Anna Karenina is one of my favourites!
    My TTT post is here: https://wordywitterings.com/2022/07/26/ttt-books-that-have-been-lingering-on-my-tbr-pile-for-far-too-long/

    • July 27, 2022 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks for visiting Claire, and I’m happy to discover your blog! I love the podcast name, and it sounds like a great topic for me.

  6. July 26, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    I hope you enjoy all of these whenever you get to them.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2022/07/26/top-ten-tuesday-378/

    • July 27, 2022 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks for visiting, I hope you enjoy the books on your list too!

  7. July 26, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    Have to confess, BLEAK HOUSE is one of my favorite Dickens novels. It’s huge, I know, like BRICK sized — but arguably the first detective novel/police procedural. Ever. I also recommend Dickens’s friend Wilkie Collins’s THE MOONSTONE, another early detective novel. 🙂 Not to add another to your TBR stack.

    • July 27, 2022 at 6:50 pm

      Thanks for visiting Karen! You’ve made me much more eager to read Bleak House, I hadn’t thought of it as a detective novel, and I’ve enjoyed Wilkie Collins. And I’m looking forward to reading your latest!

  8. masterspj
    July 26, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    I hope you enjoy each of these when you get the opportunity to read them!

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  9. July 27, 2022 at 10:46 am

    I’d recommend Frankenstein (and I actually want to do a re-read at some point). Anna Karenina too, when you’re up for somehting huge! I want to read more Dickens, so Bleak House is a someday book for me. Good luck!

    • July 27, 2022 at 6:52 pm

      I’m glad to see another recommendation for Frankenstein and Anna Karenina, thanks for the motivation! David Copperfield is my favorite Dickens, but I can’t say I’ve read many of his, just a few.

  10. Jaime
    July 27, 2022 at 11:19 am

    It took me a few times to read Frankenstein and I really only officially read it because I took a class on Mary Shelley. Classics can be that way, but hopefully you’ll enjoy it and the other books on your list! 🙂

    • July 27, 2022 at 6:53 pm

      I started Frankenstein once, a few years ago, and didn’t stick with it. It was much easier when I was a student, although I find I enjoy the classics more when I read them voluntarily. I look forward to trying it again.

      • July 27, 2022 at 6:55 pm

        I used to teach Frankenstein. Everyone’s first comment (sophomore English at UWMilwaukee) was “I thought Frankenstein was the name of the monster! But he doesn’t even get a name!” We spent a whole period talking about just that, what it means to be created with no name. And now I’ll stop blathering in your comments. 🙂

      • July 28, 2022 at 8:13 am

        Please “blather” any time! So interesting to hear about your teaching experience with Frankenstein. Name and identity are so important.

  11. July 28, 2022 at 4:43 am

    Frankenstein is a mess in terms of narrative construction, I’m not surprised it was hard for you to get into. But if you persist it does have a lot of incredibly interesting stuff. I have read Bleak House, Anna Karenina, and Orlando, all worthwhile though a bit of a commitment. Good luck choosing.

  12. July 29, 2022 at 7:34 am

    You are not the only one who hasn’t read The Burning God yet 🥲 I keep meaning to, but I want to reread the whole trilogy and I just don’t have the time! 🥲

  13. July 30, 2022 at 10:18 am

    I can definitely relate to your reasons for not having read these yet. xD Some of these are definitely daunting. I hope you get a chance to read them at some point, though!

  14. August 12, 2022 at 5:21 am

    I’ve read three – Frankenstein (hated it); Anna Karenina (loved it) and Brick Lane (think I enjoyed it but can’t remember a single thing about the book(.
    I did start Bleak House but had to give up because I found it so confusing. I’m planning to give it another go at some point though

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