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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

Books That Have Been On My TBR The Longest

I have a rather large reading backlist, I'm talking in the 2000nds... It is a bit of a problem but there is just so much out there to read! Most of the books on my TBR were added recently as I did not start seriously reading until lockdown. That means I added more or less 2000 books in a year...You can clearly tell I spent a lot of time sifting through Goodreads and books recommendations.

Anyways, here are some of the books that have been on my TBR the longest that I will get to eventually...I swear.

This prompt originally was a Top Ten Tuesday post by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Coming in at number one we have The Princess Bride, which has been on my TBR since 2015...yikes. I absolutely adore the movie and have watched it every single time it has been played on the TV, but I have yet to pick up the book. I feel like it is in part because I am afraid that I am not going to enjoy it as much as the movie. It also doesn't help that because I know the story already, I keep pushing reading this back to focus on other books.

Added in 2016, we have The Amber Room. I have only recently started to read his Cotton Malone series even though this would be much easier to read considering it is a standalone. A lot of the books I added around this time are all from the same genre since I was looking for books that were similar to the Dan Brown series, and I just love the idea of a good historical/archaeological mystery.

Skipping ahead a little bit to 2018, we have A Darker Shade of Magic. I am actually planning on reading this for a post I have planned so I get to scratch this one off my TBR at least. This is the first fantasy novel that appears on my TBR, and I honestly don't remember when I discovered the book. It seems to be a staple book for fantasy, so I guess I will see how it stands up when the time comes to pick this up.

I loved the Studio Ghibli movie and had no idea when I first watched it that it was adapted from a book. I have no idea why I haven't picked this up yet, especially when I know that the book goes into more detail about Howl and Sophie. Again though, it comes down to expectations. Will the book be as good or even better than the movie, well, I won't find out until I read it?

This sci-fi classic has been on my TBR for a while, and honestly, I am not extremely motivated to read this. This is a book that I don't mind pushing off but will have the pick it up incredibly soon seeing as the TV show is coming out. While that might not mean anything, there has been a resurgence of people talking about it, and it is even the October book of the month for a book club I am part I guess this one will be crossed off the list very soon.

Another popular fantasy novel, this has been on my TBR way longer than I thought it was. I added this in 2019 and I honestly don't remember adding it at all. This is another quintessential fantasy series and is part of what I liked to call one of the 'big three'. Big three as in the three authors whose works seem to be among the best among adult fantasy, those three being Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, and, of course, Robin Hobb. There are more authors who can fall into this category, but Robin Hobb is a big name in fantasy, and I have been pushing off her work partly because there are just so many books, and partly because I know Fitz's journey is not an easy one.

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