Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist books that I STILL haven’t read // Help me pick one to read this month

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s theme is:

November 6: Backlist Books I Want to Read

Oh this topic is to perfect for me, they may as well @ me next time. I have so many books on my shelves that are more than a few years old and I’ve still yet to get to, that my ‘backlist’ is probably at least a third of my shelves at this point (help). But I’ve picked ten that I’m desperate to read, but am somehow still procrastinating on.

These four have been out for quite a few years (more than a few in the case of 1984) and I’ve owned all of them for at least two or three years, but still haven’t managed to pick them up. I think a combination of knowing that they’ll always be there for when I have some time and constantly picking up exciting new releases is responsible for me having let them sit on my shelves for a while.

Assassin’s Apprentice is the only one of these three that I actually own, but I’ve come close to borrowing Wild Swans from the library so many times that it’s become part of my virtual backlist. Nevernight is another that I’ve been saying I’ll read for about a year, and it sounds right up my street, but I always end up prioritising other books. I think once a book has been out for a while, it sometimes gets moved down my TBR so that I can get to newer releases first. And thus it ends up on the backlist. A place where no book wants to go.

With The Bloody Chamber, I’m guilty of not motivating myself enough to pick it up. It sounds intriguing, it has predominantly good reviews, and I could easily read it in a few hours, but I always look at other books and think that looks more exciting. So I pick those up instead. Hopefully, Radio Silence won’t be staying on my backlist for long, as I’ve vowed to try and read it by the end of the year. I’ve owned a copy for about two years, but I only read my first Alice Oseman book earlier this year, so until that point, I hadn’t discovered how great her writing is. But now that I have, I’m determined to get to it. Emma is another book I think I’d really enjoy, but I have it on e-book, and every time I open my library, I see another book that I want to read sooner.


So those are my ten sins. I’m feeling increasingly guilty about still not having read them, so I’ve decided to do something about it! Help me out by picking one book from this list, and I’ll try and read it before the end of this month, so it can finally be removed from my backlist. The book with the most votes will be the one I read.

Which books are on your backlist? Which one of these should I try and read during November? 

Until next time,KateNEW

33 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist books that I STILL haven’t read // Help me pick one to read this month

  1. Really liked seeing this list! I’m curious to see what you’ll think of an ember in the ashes! Loved that book a lot. Assassin’s apprentice is still on my tbr and Nevernight as well. Started both books but haven’t gotten around to finish them yet. Hundred thousand kingdoms looks really intriguing as well, I have to say. Emma by Austen is one I still want to read as well but I don’t come around as often as I’d like to reading classics anymore, lol.

    I’ve made a backlist as well in today’s TTT article over on my blog, but there are sooo many backlist books on my tbr at the moment haha.

    1. Aww thanks Melissa! Yeah, I’ve been meaning to read Ember for so long that I *need* to get to it soon, and so many people love it too. One of my best pals loves Nevernight, so I definitely need to read that soon to appease her. 🙂 I know what you mean about classics – I read so many of them at university but I they’re not my go-to genre (fantasy is) so I don’t get to read them as often any more. Although I recently watched Vanity Fair on TV and now I’m seriously contemplating reading that, because I enjoyed the show a lot. I’ll have to check out your list too! 😀

  2. I have failed to read my backlist with all intention to do so this year. I lived Assassin’s Apprentice so if recommend that. There’s so many books I want to read and never seems to be enough time 😂

  3. I have quite a few of these on my TBR pile as well! I just need more time to read 😂. I adore Emma but I know quite a few people find her irritating. I hope you love her!

  4. Great list! The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories is a great (albeit strange) collection so I recommend giving it a try. Assassin’s Apprentice and Wild Swans have both been on my TBR for yonks too, so you’re definitely not alone!

  5. Oh this is a great list! I have to scream about Radio Silence because well, you know me, so PLEASE READ RADIO SILENCE! I loved it so, so very much 😀 I’m also eager for you to read An Ember in the Ashes, I didn’t expect much of it, but I ended up really loving it 🙂
    Happy reading! 🙂

  6. I just picked up the audiobook of The Assassin’s Apprentice from my library to give a try. Out of the ones you listed I have only read The Bone Season, which I really enjoyed.

    1. Ooh nice, how’s the audiobook so far? I’m glad you enjoyed The Bone Season! Do you think you’ll read The Priory of the Orange Tree? I’ve heard a lot of people say they really enjoy Samantha Shannon’s writing, so I’m looking forward to getting to her books eventually! 🙂

  7. Ah you should definitely read Radio Silence, that book is AMAZING! I also still want to read Nevernight soon, I’ve heard so many great things about that book. I also need to read 1984, haha.

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