This is my first week participating in Top Ten Tuesday, run by The Broke and the Bookish. It's a freebie week, which means we get to make a top ten list about anything we like. Like many other bloggers, I have a TBR pile amounting to hundreds of books so I decided to make a list of the top ten books I bought years and years ago, desperately want to read but for some reason just haven't picked up. Who knows, it might even spur me into action!
1. Roots by Alex Haley
This is my husband's favourite book and he has been wanting me to read it for years. I think it sounds very interesting and I loved Haley's careful editing in The Autobiography of Malcom X so I am pretty much guaranteed to like this too. One day!
2. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Regular readers of my blog will know I'm a huge historical fiction fan, especially if the book centers around ancient history, women or the Jewish religion. The Dovekeepers is one of my favourite reads of 2012, so why haven't I picked up and read The Red Tent yet?
3. Secrets from the Sand by Zahi Hawass
Zahi Hawass is one of my idols. Not only is he an Egypotologist (I'm fascinated with Ancient Egypt) but I really admire his quest to get artifacts back to Egypt where they belong and to raise Egyptian awareness of their heritage. I've watched most of his documentaries and read some books he has contributed to, so I'm itching to read his autobiography. It's a gorgeous book too, with lots of full page colour photographs.
4. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
I must have owned this book for five years or more without reading it. The length puts me off, I keep intending to save it for the summer but then get sidetracked by shiny new books when sumer finally comes around.
5. The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Geene
I'm a part time astro-physics student and this book is my holy grail. I've watched Brian Greene's documentary series but have found this book too difficult in the past. When I finish the module I am doing now, I am going to read this book, understand it and enjoy it!
6. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
I call myself an Austen fan, but I've only read Emma and Pride and Prejudice. I even have a beautiful edition of Sense and Sensibility, so there is no excuse really.
7. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell.
When Cloud Atlas first came out, it was my favourite book for quite a while. I was so excited at the release of Jacob de Zoet that I pre-ordered a copy. That was in 2010, and I've still not read it!
8. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron
Again, I am years behind the hype with this one and again, it was bought with the intention of reading it quickly.
9. To the Holy Shrines by Richard Burton
Richard Burton's version of Arabian Nights is just beautiful and he had quite a life too. To the Holy Shrines is his account of being the first Western man to visit Muslim holy sites.
10. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Another epic book I've been promising myself I will read for years. I've heard nothing but good things about it and I'm sure I will love it. I even have the TV series saved on my sky+ box for when I've read it.
Am I the only one that buys books they really want to read, and then hoards them? What books have you been wanting to read for years?