Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Adult Books I Owned Before Blogging and Haven't Read

A weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Before I started blogging and I read mostly adult books. A lot of literary fiction, mysteries, adult fantasies. But then as I started blogging I started finding more Young Adult books that were much more interesting to me. It's been a slow progression but I'd say now only 10% of the books I read are adult books. So here are some books I owned before blogging and never read.

1.) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides - Add to Goodreads
I got this at a festival I was tabling at for work. The local library was giving out books. GIVING OUT BOOKS! But this is the book I am most ashamed of. I started it right before I started blogging and put it down and never picked it up again

2.) The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards- Add to Goodreads
I also got this when the library was giving out books. I've heard good things and I think someone told me it was set in Pittsburgh. So when I moved here I though, hey, I'll read a book about where I live now.

3.) Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout - Add to Goodreads
I also got this book at a free giveaway from a library. I was really interested in reading it and yet I never did. Then there was a movie I think a few years ago and I still never read it. The author is coming to Pittsburgh, maybe I should use that as the excuse.

4.) The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides - Add to Goodreads
I got this one at the Goodwill a few years ago. I had wanted to read some Jeffrey Eugenides (hence Middlesex also) but I don't really like books about suicide because reasons and I don't know why I thought I would like this one.

5.) Freedom by Jonathon Frazen  - Add to Goodreads
People used to rave about this author (although now I don't see much positive talk and he seems like a pretentious jerk) so I got a copy of this book at a used book store because it was super cheap and sounded interesting. But I now I may just sell it back to that book store.

6.) The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver - Add to Goodreads
I read a different of this author's books and really liked it. This is one that is even more up my alley and I know a lot of people really love it. I got it at a library book sale a while ago and just haven't cracked it open yet.

7.) Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffeneger - Add to Goodreads
I got this at Border's (R.I.P.) as one of those buy one get one half off deals. I like the Time Traveler's Wife so I thought I would read another of the author's books. I just never did and I'm not sure that I ever will.

8.) Drawing in the Dust by Zoe Klein- Add to Goodreads
Again, I got this book at Borders as part of a buy one get one half off deal. I was all about those man. Two paperbacks for like $20, what a deal. Anyway, this was really similar to a lot of other historical mysteries I was reading at the time and I got bored with them.

9.) The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Gailbraith - Add to Goodreads
I was interested in this series because I like mysteries and then I learned that it was written by J.K. Rowling so I was even more interested. So I picked up a copy at a used book store and still haven't read it. I should get on that.

10.) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy - Add to Goodreads
I talk all the time I feel like about how I have a copy of Anna Karenina but I have never read it because I am intimidated by it. So why stop talking about it now and not include it on this list.

There you have it. Some of the adult books that I bought before blogging and never read. Now that I look at all of these I kind of want to read them. Well most of them. The first couple for sure. Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!


  1. The Memory Keeper's Daughter was pretty good. I don't remember the details. Her Fearful Symmetry is STRANGE, but good. The Cuckoo's Calling is good, but the later books in the series are better. Rowling does a lot of set up for the series in this book, but it's worth it if you can push through.

  2. Middlesex has been on my list for a long time too. I did manage to obtain a copy, so at least there's some sort of progress. The Memory Keeper's Daughter is a wonderful read. And all the Robert Galbraith's are worth the read! Here's my TTT: http://marelithalkink.blogspot.co.za/2016/08/ten-books-that-have-been-on-your-shelf.html

  3. Memory Keeper's Daughter made my list too! I wasn't super impressed with Her Fearful Symmetry. I loved, loved, loved The Time Traveler's Wife, but this one just was subpar. It actually made my Top Ten List a few weeks back, as "sophomore novel that just didn't do it for me".

  4. Wow! Lots of new to me ones here!!

    Here's my Tuesday Post

    Have a GREAT day!

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  5. The Poisonwood Bible is excellent! Happy reading!

    Check out my TTT.

  6. I've had Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides for what seems like FOREVER! I tried reading The Virgin Suicides, but I just couldn't get into it! Maybe one day I'll try again. Good Luck with all of these books! :D My Top Ten Tuesday!

  7. Ooooh, Olive Kitteridge! I watched the HBO Mini-Series last year and really liked it! If the characters are as well presented in the book (which I am sure they are!), as in the show, it will be a great read!

  8. You have got some great books on here. I really enjoyed The Memory Keepers Daughter and also The Virgin Suicides, but that one was weird to read as I watched the film first.

  9. Anna Karenina is okay, I enjoyed it well enough, but I wouldn't re-read it now myself!

  10. I loved Middlesex and Poisonwood Bible. I read Anna Karenina in college. I'd read War & Peace for a Russian Lit class and was interested enough to move on to Anna K. It's actually an easier read than W & P, but that's not saying much.