Ten Books That Have Been on My TBR the Longest


I’ve decided to start joining in on the fun of Top Ten Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish in June of 2010 and was 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.

Today’s topic is all about the books that have been on your TBR the longest. I’m going to be honest – I’m pretty sure I still have unread books in my parents’ house back in Wales. However, I haven’t lived there in about 4 years so I haven’t got a clue what they could be.

Instead, I’m going to list 5 books that I’ve owned the longest and still haven’t read. And then 5 books that have been on my ‘wishlist’ TBR and I still haven’t bought/picked up from the library.

1) Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin


I have had this on my Kindle for the last 3 years now. I think I tried to start it a year or two ago but got distracted. I’d actually been wanting to read something by Nin since 2010 when a friend of mine read a ton of her work. I should definitely try and get to this later this year.

2) Villette by Charlotte Brontë


This has been on my Kindle for 4 years so this has been hanging around even longer than Delta of Venus. Gahd. Jane Eyre is a favourite of mine so I wanted to try more Bronte. Why has this not happened yet? I tried reading this before Christmas last year but was so busy and distracted, my mind just wasn’t in the right place. Maybe I’ll try and join some sort of read-along for the classics this year and get it done then.

3) Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes


This has only been on my Kindle for 2 years. (Notice how these are all Kindle books?) I bought it after I read a collection of Hughes’ poetry that literally moved me to tears. I don’t know why I didn’t read this straight away. This could be a good option for Black History Month.

4) Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe


I initially bought this because I was reading a lot of black authors at the time who would reference this book and its characters. Having never read it, these references would go straight over my head most of the time so I picked it up to get a clearer idea.

I think I tried reading it about two years ago, got about a quarter of a way through, and then had to put it down. I know Stowe had apparently written this as part of the anti-slavery movement but her depictions of black people are just … I have no words. Think of the worst stereotypes and caricatures you can imagine from the first half of the 20th century and you’ve got them right here.

I’d like to go back to this so that I can finish it at some point but it’s going to take a lot of energy and teeth grinding.

5) The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois


This is another one that’s been on my Kindle for the last 2 years. I don’t know why I haven’t read this yet because it is one of the founding works of black protest literature.

6) The Complete Marquis De Sade


I’ve only ever read one book by the Marquis and I think it was called Justine. I enjoyed it and have wanted to read more ever since. This book has actually been on my wishlist since 2008. Yup. Ten years. Fail.

7) Forty-Five: Poems by Frieda Hughes


I’m a big fan of Sylvia Plath, and I’m also a fan of Ted Hughes’ work, so I’ve been wanting to read this collection of poems by their daughter, Frieda, since forever. This is another book that’s been on my wishlist for ten years.

8) Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel


Another one from ten years ago. I really liked Wurtzel’s Prozac Nation back when I was in university and wanted to read more from here. Now, I’m not too sure how eager I am to jump into it. Some of Wurtzel’s opinions in recent years have been SMH-worthy.

9) Encyclopedic Dictionary of Cults, Sects, and World Religions by Larry A. Nichols & George A. Mather


Does anyone else find this topic fascinating? I’m not religious or spiritual. In fact, I’m an atheist. But I find religion, cults, and sects such an interesting subject. I’d love to finally get my hands on this book.

10) Junky by William S. Burroughs


Another book I added to my wishlist 10 years ago when I was reading a lot of books by the beat generation writers. Even though I don’t read as much beat literature as I used to, I’m still really interested in reading this. I’ve read a little about Burroughs’ life and it’s like something out of a work of fiction.


And that is my top ten list. Let me know if you have also taken part in Top Ten Tuesday and I’ll be sure to check out your post. 🙂

35 thoughts on “Ten Books That Have Been on My TBR the Longest

  1. Man I haven’t read any of these books. But I do remember liking a lot of what I read from Jane Eyre. I never finished it because my attention wanders but maybe I’ll return to it. Usually I dislike classics because of the writing but Jane Eyre had a surprisingly fresh writing style.


  2. I don’t know any of these books. None, haha.
    I’ve started reading poetry for the first time last year with Rupi Kaur’s collection though; so that one does jump out to me! You can always go with one poem a day and make it a month-and-a-half challenge, haha. 😀


    • I’m glad you’re enjoying Wuthering Heights. I do feel like once you fall into the Bronte hole, you suddenly want to read as much of the sisters’ works as you can get your hands on. 😀

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  3. Love seeing what others have had on their shelves (or Kindles!) for a while. I know I can quickly add a book to my shelves thinking I’m going to get to it soon and before I know it years have gone by. At this point I have shelf sitters that no doubt have been on my shelves for more than 10-15 years!


  4. Great collection! The only one I have on my shelf is Vilette which I hope to get to this year (Lucy the Reader on BookTube is hosting the #Bronte200 book club this year, which is a great way to catch up on the Brontes’ works!). I think I might have owned Uncle Tom’s Cabin at some time but I must’ve donated it. I hope you can get to these soon!


  5. What a nice selection of books. I’ve never read Bronte. I’m so horrible about reading classics. Uncle Tom’s Cabin is on my list to read too. That period of history–while dark–is fascinating to me. That looks like an interesting book on religion and such. I would read something like that.

    Thanks for visiting The Book Connection.


    • I would definitely recommend some Bronte. 🙂 I’m definitely interested in that period of history too, though, yes, it can be quite harrowing to read about.


  6. I have wanted to try something by Anaïs Nin for awhile now since one of my favorite quotes is hers. I am not really an erotica reader, however, and I have heard her books lean in that direction. Perhaps one day. I never rule anything out. Villette is one I would like to read one day. I loved Jane Eyre. Encyclopedic Dictionary of Cults, Sects, and World Religions sounds fascinating! I think I would be interested in that one as well. I hope you get to read these at some point!


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