We’ve all been here. In that place of eagerly browsing the upcoming or new releases and thinking how badly we cannot wait to read a specific book. For many of us this place of books I was excited for but never read is a familiar one that we’ll have #relate stories to tell. (And I want to hear yours!) To further enhance this book worm humiliation, today I’m sharing some of mine that fall into this category.THE (MANY) BOOKS I WAS SUPER EXCITED TO OWN BUT STILL HAVEN’T READ (#HELP) #ALLTHEBOOKS #READGOODBOOKS #READER #READING #TOPTENTUESDAY #FICTIONBOOKS #FICTION Click To Tweet
To be perfectly clear, when we (or I do) see these books and inevitably buy them, the intention to them follow though and read them is always good. It’s just sometimes if they sit for so long on my shelf, unread, sometimes I grow out of the book. Other times I still have a fond curiosity for the book and I just don’t make the time for them. Regardless, I’m glad to give them a little space to shine by providing some shout-outs today. Let’s get to it.
PS: As an extra feature today, I also want you guys to vote on these (at least a few of them) books today – do I keep them (and READ!!) or sell (eBay) and/or donate the book. Let’s have some fun.
BOOKS I WAS EXCITED FOR BUT NEVER READ
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1: THE CODE FOR LOVE AND HEARTBREAK, JILLIAN CANTOR
Since October 2020
Curious about this one since learning it’s a loose modern re-telling of Emma. I’m here (and excited) for that! Plus it features tech in some way and I feel like it may have some Emma Approved influence? Amazon | Goodreads
2: THE ONE, KIERA CASS
Honestly, this one is one I feel like I “have” to read because I do enjoy Cass’ novels (they’re just chill and easy reading for me which is often sorely needed). Plus I did read The Selection and The Elite and did enjoy America’s story so far. Amazon | Goodreads
3: MY LADY JANE, CYNTHIA HAND + BRODI ASHTON + JODI MEADOWS
Guess I’ve had this one on my shelf close to as long as its been in the world. I hear so many positive things about these ‘Janie’ books. I have all of them and have started to collect their ‘Mary’ books now too. Just have to give them all a chance now. Amazon | Goodreads
4: IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE, CHRISTINA JUNE
Published with the former Blink Books, I think Christina’s novels were ALWAYS books I was really excited and eager to read! Likely because they were fairy tale re-tellings. I’ve still hung onto them all these years later because of that excitement. Is that excitement enough to make this or any worth the read still? Amazon | Goodreads
5: WAIT FOR ME, CAROLINE LEECH
6: DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, MICHELLE MADOW
Read books one and two in this series and had so-so feelings about them. They’re very different than Madow’s Taylor Swift inspired time-travelling romances which is what she debuted with. So these are more “slick” and “adult” despite being YA. Have you read book three… and is it good? Amazon | Goodreads
7: ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, STEPHANIE PERKINS
I really enjoyed ‘Anna’ (from my memory), liked but didn’t love ‘Lola’ and now still should read this third book in Perkins contemporary “trilogy.” So chances are I will keep this one just because I still want to read it. But I still want you guys to vote! Amazon | Goodreads
8: KISS ME IN PARIS, CATHERINE RIDER
Since fall 2018
Not 100% sure but I’m guessing I owned this one around the fall season of 2018 given that’s its release. I wanted to read it because I did enjoy Catherine’s (which I believe is the pen name of a duo) Kiss me in New York. Amazon | Goodreads
9: THE FREEMASON’S DAUGHTER, SHELLEY SACKIER
Not sure what initially attracted me to this one, but I do remember being curious. (Plus this book and Wait for Me share a debut year so I suspect discovering these was when I was at the height of my HarperTeen cover reveal obsession.) Perhaps just that I had so little YA historical fiction? Or, more likely, the pretty cover art. Amazon | Goodreads
10: WHEN TIDES TURN, SARAH SUNDIN
Since spring 2017
I adore Sarah’s novels. Or those I’ve read. Pretty sure I read books one and two in this series which feels a tiny bit more like “cozy” mystery solving despite the very real and serious threat WWII poses to our heroic characters. Amazon | Goodreads
11: NOBLE LEGACY, SUSAN MAY WARREN
Ok, yes, this one is perhaps THE most embarrassing. I don’t remember exactly when I got these books but book one released in 2006, and I’m guessing it wasn’t too long after that… certainly LONG before I knew what “blogging” meant. But either way, I still own these and think I would still enjoy because Susan May Warren is a master at any genre she takes on. Amazon | Goodreads
12: TO BEST THE BOYS, MARY WEBER
Since March 2019
I read Mary’s ‘Storm Siren’ trilogy years ago and did enjoy it (much to my surprise since I don’t have a fondness for the genre). Needless to say when she was set to release a standalone, I was on that and bought a copy. Sadly it’s remained on my shelf! As is true of any of these titles today, I need you guys to vote: keep or sell? Amazon | Goodreads
Ok, your turn! Tell me… what books have you had on your shelf (unread) forever? Will you keep them or toss them? Are there any you realized you still cannot wait to read? Have you read any of these? Comment all the comments!
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