For Rent: Space on my TBR shelf (Top Ten Tuesday)

I know I used to always refer to my To Be Read list as the ginormous entity called Mount TBR, but lately I'm trying to think of it more like an apartment building.  Each book has a room to rent (or a flat, if you prefer the UK term), and they all stay there for varying degrees of time.  Some are more or less permanent residents, where as some move in and then jump ship to the finished shelf almost immediately.  For this week's edition of Top Ten Tuesday I'd like to take you all on a tour of the TBR Apartments and introduce you to a bunch of the tenants (aka heap of books I own) that I have not yet read!

And of course I can't narrow this down to 10 so I came up with categories - or "floors" - since there seem to be different reasons why these are all lingering in TBR land.

Unread Books Residing on Lisa's Shelves

First Floor: 
Books I've Started but Just Never Finished





Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Dreamsongs Vol. 1 by George R.R. Martin
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide by Douglas Adams


Second Floor: 
Books I Bought Because I Went to an Author Signing





The Ambition by Lee Strobel
Reckless by Cornelia Funke


Third Floor: 
Books I Bought Because Everyone Said They Are Awesome





Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Looking For Alaska by John Green


Fourth Floor: 
Books I Bought Because I Love Their Authors





The Outside of a Horse by Ginny Rorby
Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud
Trouble in Spades by Heather Webber


Fifth Floor: 
Books I Bought Because I Should Read More Classics





Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne


Sixth Floor: 
Books I Bought But Haven't Read Because They Begin a New Series





The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Everlost by Neal Shusterman


Seventh Floor: 
Books I Bought Because They're Next in a Series (YA)





Garden of the Purple Dragon by Carole Wilkinson
Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel
Eldest by Christopher Paolini


Eighth Floor: 
Books I Bought Because They're Next in a Series (Adult)





Turn Coat by Jim Butcher
Academ's Fury by Jim Butcher
Thursday Next: First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde


Ninth Floor: 
Books I Bought on Impulse





Tunnels by Roderick Gordon
Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer by Laini Taylor
Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell


Tenth Floor Penthouse: 
Books I Bought Because I'm Kinda Obsessed with R.A. Salvatore



The Crimson Shadow by R.A. Salvatore
The Highwayman by R.A. Salvatore
Neverwinter Wood by R.A. Salvatore



The crazy thing is - these aren't even ALL the books on my TBR shelves right now! But I hope you've all enjoyed this tour of the - hopefully - temporary housing for many of my owned but unread books!  Are there any that I've listed that you feel I should bump to the top of my reading queue?  Any that you also have sitting in a to-read pile?  

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the lovely bloggers of The Broke and The Bookish.  Check out their blog to link up your own list this week or to see the schedule of future Top Ten Tuesday themes!  (My previous Top Tens can be found here.)

10 Response to "For Rent: Space on my TBR shelf (Top Ten Tuesday)"

  1. Tanya Patrice says:
    November 15, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    I love how you broke down the list(s) - and that's a lot of books - but I've only read City of Bones and can say it's very good.

  2. nea barabea says:
    November 15, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Ohh my GOD! I can't belive you haven't read City of bones - The mortal instruments serie. OMG.You should! Totally. It's too god damn good to leave it on a shelf ;) And I am so jalous - You will read it for the first time!! I've read it, huh, like 3 tims and more. But the first time is always the special time ;) Enjoy it! Is worth it, belive me ;))

  3. foggidawn Says:
    November 15, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    I really love Blackbringer. Also, I agree with all of the people who said that those books on level 3 are awesome. :-)

  4. Suey says:
    November 15, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Wow, you have some awesome ones listed. And many that I recognize as ones on my TBR too. My pick for the bump up to the top would be Ender's Game. Good luck!

  5. diaryofadomesticgoddess says:
    November 15, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    I've not read any of those!
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post. :)

  6. Anna says:
    November 16, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    I just read Looking for Alaska a while ago and it truly is awesome! I hope you enjoy it when you read it because it has become one of my favorite ya books. The writing and characters were so beautiful.

  7. Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) says:
    November 16, 2011 at 6:15 AM

    My TBR's are all waiting for me at the library and hoping I stop by on Thanksgiving break.

    Unfortunately, my first two TBR's are the new science manual and the new vocab manual I have to sort through. How does one teacher a nine week science unit in five? Hm...

  8. carolsnotebook says:
    November 18, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    I loved Ender's Game and The Moonstone. I hate to even think about my TBR shelves.

  9. Tif says:
    November 25, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    I love how you have done this! There are a number of books or authors that I have on my shelves too, but the ones that I think you should bump up are Ender's Game and Eldest! Love those two books and with the latter having the final book out in the series, you don't have to worry about waiting forever to find out what happens next! :)

  10. Anonymous Says:
    November 28, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    I agree with Tif...bump Ender's Game up. Take your time with it and it will return an AMAZING result. Oh, and Christopher Paolini's "Inheritance" series is awesome. I have all those books on CD (I drive a LOT), and each one gets better.

    I love the apartment building imagery for the TBR. I cringe at my TBRs...this working full time (plus two volunteer gigs) really cuts into reading time. LOL

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