[Top Ten Tuesday] – #156 – Books That Have Been On My TBR Forever

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, which is now hosted on That Artsy Reader.


This Week’s Theme:
Books That Have Been
On My TBR Forever

Initial Thoughts:

Otherwise known as the bottom-of-the-book-pile readings that I will likely not get to but would like to get to…but most likely will not get to. I could have actually picked books that have been on my shelf the longest but I’m certain those have a 0.01% chance of being picked up anyhow.

The Night Circus (Morgenstern)

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway – a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

At first I read The Crown’s Game as Night Circus was a comp. Ended up disliking TCG so that doesn’t build confidence for the dueling aspect.

Challenger Deep (Shusterman)

Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.

Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.

Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence to document the journey with images.

Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.

Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.

Caden Bosch is torn.

I’ve had this book much longer than I had my recent stint of needing to push Shusterman’s latest series, Scythe, onto everyone. But I feel it in my core that this book may hurt, so I am forever deflecting it.

I’ll Give You The Sun (Nelson)

At first, Jude and her twin brother Noah, are inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them.

Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor.

The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world.

…because everyone and their pet iguana has read this book.

Everyday (Levithan)

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day

There is a film. It is coming out this year. Excuses be gone.

Way of Kings (Sanderson)

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.

Dear Joey: this is the umpteenth time WoK has made it onto a TBR-type list.

The Rook (O’Malley)

“The body you are wearing used to be mine.” So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.

She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.

In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.

Genre bending fiction is something I know I’d enjoy but also some of the most difficult to find myself in the mood for.

Station Eleven (Mandel)

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains – this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

It’s been years since Holden…and I still actively dislike this kid. Boop.

The Crash of Hennington (Ness)

Welcome to the seaside metropolis of Hennington, where a mysterious herd of rhinoceros have wandered city-streets for so long they’ve become a civic feature, where the current Mayor first met her husband on a nude beach, and where Jon Noth has returned after four decades to reclaim a lost love – the Mayor.

…one of the only Ness I haven’t read, mainly because I don’t own it. All authors start somewhere, I guess.




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36 thoughts on “[Top Ten Tuesday] – #156 – Books That Have Been On My TBR Forever”

  1. I always felt like the REAL story in Every Day only began right as the book ended, but I am curious to see how it will be handled in the movie. Also, I adore the Night Circus, but it has been ages since I’ve actually read it. That one would make a great movie/show as well though.

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      1. I am not saying Every Day is the worst, but there is better? So you definitely don’t HAVE to read it.
        The Night Circus would be so epic. I can’t believe they freaking dropped the movie adaption. Me needs it!


  2. You haven’t read a Ness book? I am surprised. But then, I haven’t finished the Schwab bibliography either, so I shouldn’t comment on that.
    Oh you have to read The Night Circus! On second thought, you might find it a bit too flowery, but it’s so wonderfully sinister and creepy and beautiful in a twisted way.
    Way of Kings has been in my list for a long time as well. I bought it, along with Steelheart, just so I can give Sanderson a try, but the book is just so huge.
    Every Day looks at me sadly from my shelf. So does Challenger Deep. I really need to read these books.

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    1. When I saw your comment, I immediately thought of my not-having-read-Vicious and that could have also been added to this list.

      I’m not entirely sold by Ness’ first novel. I think it’s more the novelty of being able to say I’ve read his grocery list and back is why I’d want to pick it up.

      I’ll believe you and say that I’ll probably be distracted by the pretty writing in TNC. You helped me dodge a bullet, Mish. You saved me.


  3. I read maybe half of The Night Circus and marked it as DNF. I actually tried reading it myself and then the audiobook. It was SOOOO BORING! I actually liked The Crown’s Game though. It was more entertaining than The Night Circus was. I read The Night Circus first. I loved Every Day, I can’t way for the movie. I still haven’t read I’ll Give You The Sun.

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  4. Well, here is your daily reminder to read I’ll Give You The Sun. You’re welcome 😛
    I haven’t read The Night Circus either, even if everyone is telling me to… I will. Someday, haha, just to see what all the hype is about 🙂

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  5. The only book I’ve read on here is The Night Circus. I read it when it came out, and I remember really enjoying it. I feel like it was almost poetic the way it was written. I haven’t read the other one you compared it with, so I don’t know if that’s true. It’s worth trying to read I would say.

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  6. The Night Circus is on my list too! I’ve been wanting to get to it for so long! I have read Station Eleven though, it’s FANTASTIC!

    Good choices, feel free to check out my TTT list 🙂

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  7. If you read Challenger Deep, It’s really different from Shusterman’s other stuff. I enjoyed it but I know some who didn’t like it because it was slow.

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