Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly featured hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they post a new topic/Top Ten list and invite everyone to share their own answers. I'm so obsessed with lists!
I love this week's topic because it's about something I like to call "Veruca Salt Syndrome." This lovely (bratty, snotty, spoiled) character from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is famous for her insistence - "Give it to me NOW."
We're friends, right? So let's be honest here for a second. A new book out by a favorite author? I want it NOW. Finishing the first in series and don't have book two on hand? I want it NOW. See a shiny, pretty cover on display at the bookstore? I want it NOW.
This is a safe place. It's okay to admit that this has happened to you before, too. Want to know what's worse? I've done this so many times... only to let the book just sit on my shelves all neglected and sad. I can literally feel the book's judgment from across the room. It knows that I pitched a fit about buying it AND THEN DIDN'T EVEN READ IT.
So, here are the books I feel the most judged by that I bought because of my Veruca Salt Syndrome.
Top Ten Books I Just HAD to Buy...
But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread
1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy - Yes, I know you are laughing at the thought that this would be a book that I just HAD to buy. So, I read and loved Anna Karenina in high school and got really excited when I saw that this edition of War and Peace was translated by the same two people, which meant I obviously had to get it. And then not read it.
2. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - When I decided to participate in The Classics Club (which I've since dropped out of because it was stressing me out), I went on the hunt for a few classics from my list that I needed to immediately own because I was ready to get started. And then I clearly stalled out after buying a number of books off my list, including this one.
3. Looking for Anne of Green Gables by Irene Gammel - I remember browsing in a bookstore with my mom when she came to visit me at college (like three years ago, y'all). I found this that day, and she was kind enough to get it for me since I "LOVE Anne of Green Gables and am DYING to read this book." Exaggerate much on how badly I wanted to read it?
4. The Wild Rose by Jennifer Donnelly - I put this on the top of the Christmas wish list I sent to a friend, and she was kind enough to buy it for me. Over a year later, those lips still look pissed at me for not opening this book.
5. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks - Embarrassingly, I remember calling my husband from the bookstore and asking him if it was terrible to buy this book EVEN THOUGH I'd already gone over budget that month. He didn't care, so I ran to the checkout. Shopping success followed by reading fail! The worst part about this story is that the guy who rang up my purchase that day always asks me what I thought of this one since I've since bought numerous other books at that store. Oh, struggle!
6. Queen of America by Luis Alberto Urrea - I spotted this at a bookstore in San Francisco, and I just had to take it home with me. And now I look at it on my shelves, admire the pretty, take a moment to think about reading it, and then move on to newer and shinier things.
7. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore - As soon as I finished reading Fire last year, I knew that I had to buy Bitterblue. I couldn't wait to find out more about what was going on with her and how she was dealing with the aftermath of who Leck was and what he had done. Well, clearly "couldn't wait" could wait because that's what this book has been doing - waiting.
8. Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta - After Jellicoe Road, I downloaded all of Marchetta's other contemporary books. I read Saving Francesca and The Piper's Son pretty soon after buying them, but I still haven't picked this one up. In this case, I like to think it's because I'm saving my last Marchetta (I'm reading her Lumatere series now) for a time when I need it most.
9. Harry Potter Page to Screen by Bob McCabe - I researched like crazy to find the cheapest way to buy this book, and then convinced my husband that we HAD to buy it while it was on sale. Veruca Salt strikes again because guess who read this book? My husband. Guess who didn't? Moi.
10. Design*Sponge At Home by Grace Bonney - "Oh, this one just came out! I really want it - look at all these good decorating ideas!" Cue handing over dollars and sticking book on shelf to collect dust.
11. The Meghan Method by Meghan Carter - When we first got married, we were on a really tight budget because I didn't have a job yet. I still remember venturing into Barnes & Noble one day with my husband and asking if I could just get this one book, pretty please I love you so much. Y'all, I'm legit ashamed that I never did read this book.
12. The Perfectly Imperfect Home by Deborah Needleman - Two Christmases ago, I gave my husband a list of books I realllyyyyy wanted him to get me and told him that this one was at the tip top. Surprise: still haven't read it. Even worse, I haven't even flipped through it to look at all the pictures.