This week on Top Ten Tuesday hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, the topic is books that have been on our TBRs for a long time. I actually went through my Goodreads TBR last year and took off all the books that I figured I’d never get around to, so I thought I’d take the “classic” literature approach, since at one point, I wanted to read all the recommended reading for AP classes (on the off chance I decided to teach high school English at some point).
The first book on my list, I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read. I actually read my first Toni Morrison book this past December. And I only read it because I was reading with my cousin.
Beloved has been on my TBR forever, as has the second book on my list, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. I actually own the audiobook for this and still haven’t managed it.
I was supposed to read Heart of Darkness when I was a sophomore in high school. And then I was supposed to read it when I was a junior in college (studying literature, no less). I still haven’t managed it, though I think I probably could now if I really wanted to.
Catch 22 is another book that I own (or recently took to the used bookstore) that I haven’t read. I bought it back when I thought I’d make the move from teaching middle school to teaching high school. Since I didn’t, it’s collected dust on my shelf.
I bought Bless Me, Ultima for something that was going on at the university. I can’t remember what that event was, and I never read more than the first few chapters.
I have no excuses about why I haven’t read The Bluest Eye. See previous Toni Morrison comment.
T and I bought the audio for Love in the Time of Cholera because we listen to books together in the evening. For whatever reason, we never made it all the way through this one either, so back onto the TBR it went.
A former student of mine (who has long-since graduated) wanted to read The Kite Runner, which is why I have a copy. So many times I meant to pick it up, and so many times other things have been more shiny.
I actually stole The Poisonwood Bible from my mother. Or rather, I thought I did for the longest time. It turned out that T had a copy. Nevertheless, it’s been on my TBR for a while as well.