Top Ten Tuesday: A Trip into my Goodreads TBR Shelf

Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is to share ten books that we’ve added to our TBRs and forgotten why. For this prompt I decided to dive into the rabbit hole that is my Goodreads “Want to Read” shelf and share some of the books that have been on there the longest.

1. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. This book is a TOME (848 pages) but seems like it has such an interesting and unique premise.

2. The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide. A mysterious cat who keeps coming back into a couple’s life? I’ve been intrigued by the premise of this slim novel for years.

3. In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch. This novel just sounds brimming with drama and intrigue in the midst of a friend group. It seems like it would be a very entertaining and thought-provoking read.

4. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert. A quirky romance story centered around food? Sign me up!

5. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. This book first came on my radar when I was looking up novels involving Oxford a few years ago.

6. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. The Goodreads synopsis says that this is a book without much of a plot, which I strangely love in novels. I’ve also been meaning to read more Steinbeck for the longest time.

7. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather. I absolutely love Willa Cather’s writing and find her life fascinating–it’s one of my bookish bucket list goals to read all of her novels.

8. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark. I visited an exhibit about Muriel Spark while visiting a friend in Scotland when I was studying abroad, and I’ve been meaning to read something by her ever since.

9. The Magicians by Lev Grossman. Someone recommended this to me after I went through a break-up last year–seems like a wild time!

10. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson. A friend in college told me that I would absolutely adore this book, and it’s been on my Goodreads shelf ever since.

I really enjoyed making this list–it reminded me of some of the books that I’ve been meaning to read for a while!

Have you read any of the books that I’ve mentioned? What’s a book that’s been on your TBR for ages? Let me know in the comments section below!



48 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday: A Trip into my Goodreads TBR Shelf”

  1. The Magicians is like Harry Potter meets Narnia but for college kids? I have a complicated relationship with the books and tended to enjoy the later installments in the series more than the first book. I think my expectations just weren’t right? However, wild ride describes it fairly well. It’s a strange one, but I hope you enjoy it, should you give it a try.

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  2. The Luminaries…. oh that book Holly. It drove me BATTY! I spent a week reading it only to be hugely unimpressed by the ending. For such a long book I felt it whimpered to its conclusion rather than giving the reader something that made the journey feel worthwhile. Like yes, it’s well written and is quite interesting at times, but I don’t get how it won the awards it did 🙈🙈🙈 Great TTT btw, brideshead revisited is one I really want to get to someday myself ☺️☺️☺️

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  3. I had to DNF The Magicians, it just wasn’t a book I could get into. Guest Cat sounds really cute though! And Cannery Row truly doesn’t have much of a plot. All I really remember enjoying about it was the story-within-a-story about a gopher.

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      1. If I recall, the whole book was supposed to be a snapshot of life, and then the gopher story at the end was a snapshot of the snapshot or something like that… in any case, it felt like I could have just read the gopher bit and understood everything the whole rest of the book was trying to say. 🙂

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  4. The Luminaries is on my TBR too but I keep putting it off until I can really invest in a 800+ page read.

    I read the Magicians but I was really kind of disappointed in it. I think the problem was that the first 100 pages or so seemed really promising but then the rest didn’t live up to that.

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  5. I had The Magicians on my shelf but donated it because it was just sitting there unread, but of course after I donated it that’s when I wanted to read it. 🙂 Oh well, I’m in no rush right now.

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      1. I’ve read several of his books, including The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden, and even though it has been many years, I remember enjoying them! I need to do a reread someday and see how I feel about them now.

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  6. Okay so… The Luminaries – I don’t want to read it. But I’ve read Brideshead Revisited and it is excellent – true classic! As for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, I know it more from the play and the movie, both of which were great. I’ve heard of Winesburg, Ohio but I don’t know much about it.

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  7. I am terrible at adding books to my tbr shelf and completely abandoning/forgetting about them afterwards. If you’d have pitched The Luminaries to me a couple years ago I’d be all over it, but an 800+ page book is enough to have me running to the hills haha.

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  8. 10 mins ago I watched the trailer of a series called The Luminaries by the BBC, I suppose it’s based on that book? The trailer definitely looks cool!
    I’m going to be honest here: I watched the Magicians tv show (I know it’s an adaptation and it not necessarily reflects everything the book displays, or sometimes not even big points or plots) and I liked the concept first presented, but at some point I just couldn’t continue with it, for me made no sense, I disliked things and just saw no point in continuing with the story. So, with all that being said, I’m not inclined to read the books. HOWEVER, I really really hope you enjoy them and if you ever watch the adaptation I would LOVE to hear what you think!

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