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Top Ten Tuesday...?

Coming out of a holiday weekend, I figured, it'd be best to keep things simple around here. We've now entered the "unofficial" start of summer, and I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday weekend.

Today's official Top Ten Tuesday subject is a free-for-all, which in my estimation means, anything goes. Obviously, I couldn't pass up this opportunity so I went back to check the TTT meme I had a while back in which I listed all of those REWIND! topics I'd like to revisit.


Top Ten Tuesday Freebie! Pick your own topic!

My idea of keeping things simple is revisiting this topic:

Top Ten Books That Have Been On My Shelf For The Longest But I've Never Read

This week could actually be "top 100 books..." or something like that as there are lots more than just these picks... but this is a start, and after a peek of my bookshelf last week, you're getting another this week.

Priced to Move by Ginny Aiken

Love in Disguise by Carol Cox

Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert

The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck

Surrender Bay by Denise Hunter

Leaving Carolina by Tamera Leigh

All the Tea in China by Jane Orcutt

The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks

Controlling Interest by Elizabeth White

Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren

Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Towering by Alex Flinn

A Charmed Life by Jenny B. Jones

First Date by Krista McGee

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

These are some of my bookcase still-have-to-read confessions.
What are some of the books on your shelf that you haven't read yet?
 
Which of these have you read - and which should I read first?
 
Share any thoughts you have!
 
Happy Tuesday.

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  1. There's some epic reads to get to!! I think you'll love The Wedding Dress, it's so fabulous! Plus Cinder is a must!! Oh and the River of Time series. I think I'll stop now - haha! I'm jealous you get to read those for the first time!

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    1. Right?? Some of these books have been sitting around for an age - long before there was reviewing, so I have NO excuse. *sigh* Just didn't get to them. I've a feeling that The Wedding Dress is a big loss for me. It sounds charming plus I love Rachel's writing. Clearly, that one should be a priority. :D

      Cinder is something I'll be scared of if I don't like. ;) And Lisa's books...! Oh, how I'm anticipating those!

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  2. You've got some great ones. Some of them are ones I've not read either (Waterfall, Cinder). But others are ones I've loved (Catching Fire, Mockingjay, Wedding Dress). Happy reading!

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    1. Dawn, I'm just glad I'm not the only person who hasn't read Waterfall and Cinder because, well, it seems like "everyone" has. ;) Hoping to read them both soon - and glad to know which ones you did read and liked. Those sound wonderful. :)

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  3. Oh gosh, I know the feeling about having books on your shelf for a long time but haven't gotten around to reading them yet, lol (slowly but surely I'm getting there though ;)) I haven't read any of these titles but I heard so many good things about Anna and the French Kiss. Happy reading! :)

    My TTT

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    1. Tell me about it, Lianne! It's tough. I like to say all mine are good for is "gathering dust." Not really something to be proud of, right?? ;)

      I've heard fantastic things about Anna and the French Kiss as well. Here's wishing it lives up to its hype.

      Same to you - happy reading! :)

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  4. I also own (and haven't read) The Wedding Dress and Waterfall. Some other books that I've owned for a long time and haven't read are: the Anne of Green Gables series (I've only read the first), a couple of Louisa May Alcott books (Eight Cousins and Under the Lilacs), The Thief Lord, The Golden Prince, and lots of autobiographies of classic film stars. :)

    Of your list, I think you should read Jenny B. Jones' Charmed Life series first. I'm definitely due a reread on those! It's been years since I read them, but I remember them being hilarious (and it takes a lot for me to consider a book "hilarious" :). Next read Cinder (and then you'll probably want to catch up on the rest of the Lunar Chronicles), and then Catching Fire and Mockingjay. :)

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    1. *High Five* I'm not the only one then. Thank goodness. ;) Waterfall and TWD are both ones I will be surprised if they don't wind up on the favorites shelf, which means, I'm pretty sure, they should be read ASAP.

      You know I don't think I've ever read the Anne books, Kristin or anything by Alcott. *sigh* This is very bad. Although come to think of it, I probably did read an "easy" version of Little Women growing up and late, The Inheritance.

      Jenny is a talented, funny author, and I'm disappointed that this is a series I've not yet read. It looks charming. It sounds Charming, and I've no doubt it's BOTH. Yes to Cinder and the rest of THG books. Those I want to read prior to seeing Mockingjay, Part 1. That's doable. ;)

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  5. i know others have said you will love The Wedding Dress, but seriously, you will love The Wedding Dress. Move it up in the pile!

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    1. I believe you, Beckie! It looks perfect and I adore Rachel's writing/novels, so YES! That one *needs* to be read. Soon.

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  6. Gasp! You haven't read Wildflowers from Winter? Just kidding. I understand the feeling (though my reading taste is changing, I'm finding). A nice read, it is, hope you enjoy it when you get the chance, Rissi.

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    1. Right?? I must be crazy, Ganise. ;) I'm sure I will enjoy Katie's debut. It sounds perfect.

      I get that feeling of reading preferences changing. I went through that when I first started reviewing and then later also, when I realized it was important to review the books I liked, not the ones I "thought" would be good. Or more specifically, to learn what it was that suited me best. It's a process, but a good one to go through.

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  7. I just finished Anna and the French Kiss - super cute! I loved Cinder too!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. Ahhh! I am so glad to have MORE Anna and the French Kiss and Cinder recommendations, Missie. Cannot wait to read BOTH of those. :))

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  8. Ooo The Wedding Dress is FUN! You should try the audio.

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    1. Cool beans! Love hearing more awesome-ness about The Wedding Dress and knowing you liked it makes it all the more great, Juju. The plot reminds of a TV film I rewatch now and again, which is lovely since I enjoy the film, too. :)

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  9. Ooh All the Tea in China...someone JUST recommended that to me last week or the week before. It's on my kindle right now waiting to be read. I echo the others who said to move The Wedding Dress and Wildflowers from Winter up the pile...they're both so good! And the Charmed Life series...hilarious!

    Here's a mega confession that I'm almost scared to admit publicly: I've never read Redeeming Love. I'm constantly hearing people say it's the best, best, BEST thing they've ever read...and I still haven't. Bad Melissa!

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    1. I haven't read Redeeming Love, either, Melissa! :) I've come so close to buying it at the Christian bookstore, but it's so expensive there. And I know it's usually less than $9 on Amazon, so I just need to order it so I can finally read it (our library doesn't have it). I've heard so many people say that Redeeming Love basically changed their lives.

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    2. Melissa - did that recommendation happen to come from Rachel?? Because she basically just told me to read it. Or else. ;)

      Rachel's, Katie's, and Jenny's are ALL novels I am looking forward to - and knowing Jenny's are hilarious makes me super happy!

      Well... if we're confessing and if it makes you feel better, I've never read Redeeming Love either! Way back when, it wasn't a book I'd have read because it was an adult novel and now... it's just gone forgotten. *sigh* So many books, so little time.

      Kristin - I haven't either, girls. I'm in good company. ;)

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  10. What a variety! I've read a few of these: Priced to Move was fun and cute, from what I remember.

    You HAVE to read Catching Fire and Mockingjay...at least before the Mockingjay movies. I think they did very well following Catching Fire with the movie, by the way.

    The Guardian was a typical Sparks story, worth reading, but definitely a "secular" novel. It had a nice suspenseful element, too. The Last Song is still my fave of his that I've read (the book was way better than the movie).

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    1. Aw, I've been wanting to read Ginny's series ever since buying them when they were new. Alas, they've gotten pushed aside - they sure sound cute, Courtney! :)

      My goal is to read both THG novels prior to seeing Mockingjay, Part 1 and since usually, I rent those (no one else likes the movies :/), I will have plenty of time! Glad to know they follow things well, because I did hear that in regards to CF. (And that movie was brilliantly made - production, acting, etc.)

      Most of Sparks novels are all about the secular (though I will admit, they have been cleaner than some YA novels!), but the two I read (both prior to seeing the films) were really good and it made the movie-watching experience better. (Guess I should read The Best of Me next.) You know, that's funny you thought The Last Song was better. The book was actually written after the film because star Miley Cyrus wanted Sparks to write a script just for her. Sounds promising to know the book is better as I enjoyed the film well enough. My favorite of Sparks (so far) is Safe Haven. :)

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    2. You're just full of trivia! I didn't know that the book was written afterwards. I still say the book was way better, mostly because it was more detailed. I've not read Safe Haven, but I've talked to several people who like it. One of my aunts is a crazy Nicholas Sparks fan - she has all his books and has met him before. I'm sure she'd let me borrow it :)

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    3. LOL, well, I'd read that bit of trivia during all the movie buzz, and I guess, it just stuck with me. :D It's good to know the book is better! I'll have to read it sometime - maybe before rewatching the movie, and since I've been wanting to see it again, this would be an excellent idea! Enjoy Safe Haven if/when you read it - and since your aunt is a Sparks aficionado (that's cool that she's met him too - it'd be so fun to meet favorite authors), I'm with you, I'd bet she'll let you borrow it. :)

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  11. Oh gosh, I think all of our lists could just go on and on! :)

    I really enjoyed Waterfall and its sequel, but haven't read the third book yet--though I've heard it's good! It's a lot of fun seeing the Italian history. And I LOVED Anna and the French Kiss and Cinder! Anna (and Lola and the Boy Next Door!) is seriously so adorable and fun. It's kind of what made me love YA contemporary books, actually. The Lunar Chronicles are some of my favorites, and the fourth and final book will be out at the beginning of next year, so there's not too much time to wait if you end up loving them! :D

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    1. I agree, Rachel! Gotta' love these lists, right?? I could have added lots more. :D

      Yay! More Waterfall love. I'm really curious about that especially since I adored Lisa's Grand Tour series. Like you, I've heard tons of great things about the series which is a happy thought indeed. The Anna and the French Kiss "series" is definitely one I am *dying* to read. Must get to that one asap because... well, it looks darling. :D

      Yes! That's the best thing about being behind the times for popular series - the wait is less and that's a good thought in regards to The Lunar Chronicles!

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  12. I know you don't have this pictured above, but have you read the "Divergent" trilogy? If not, you should look into it if you enjoyed "The Hunger Games" =)

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    1. I haven't read the Divergent series, Natalie. I have a love/hate relationship with THG but since I'll likely rent the formers movie adaptation, I should probably read it. :)

      Thanks for the recommendation!

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  13. I know exactly how it feels to have so many books on the nightstand...haha. ;) Ahh! You haven't read Waterfall yet! I would definitely recommend that one first...;). I also love Hunger Games, A Charmed Life, and Surrender Bay. The Guardian is one my TBR pile, too. Love all your top ten lists!

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    1. The best thing is, discovering we're all in the same boat, Bekah! :)

      I know... it's almost embarrassing to admit I've not read Waterfall - Lisa even asked me about it on Twitter once because I raved about her Grand Tour series and haven't gotten to Waterfall yet despite TONS of recommendations coming my way! *sigh* Best get to it. :)

      The Guardian sounds interesting though I may read The Best of Me first since it has been adapted in a film. Happy reading, Bekah.

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  14. It's probably not going to be a surprise what I'm about to say, but: go read Cinder (and Scarlett and Cress, because you'll want to after you finish Cinder!)

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    1. Right?? What is wrong with me?? Surprised I've not made sure to have read this series by now since I'm such a fan of fairytales. For whatever reason, I just haven't. On the upside, at least, there is less wait between books! ;)

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  15. Leaving Carolina! Waterfall! Cinder! Those three stuck out at once. You've gotta read those soon! :D

    Okay. Seriously, I DO realize you can only read so many things. It takes time. *whisper* And I have lots of books like this on my own shelf! So I can't say anything about you, because I'm totally in the same boat. I do want to read them, but somehow, I just haven't found the time, or the book hasn't felt like one I wanted to start yet. *shakes head* I can't explain it. But someday! Oh yes, someday! We'll surely get to these books, right? ;)

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    1. Heard excellent things about Tamera Leigh; Waterfall is one I've anticipated for ages now (someone sent it to me after they won it in a giveaway and owned it already); Cinder isn't recommended enough. Cannot. Wait. (For all three.)

      LOL, true. Not sure why we can only read so many books at once. Like, really? Can't we read dozens of books at once - and in an efficient way, too?? ;) Someday is right. Wish we had more time on our hands - although I don't know that I could read 24/7 to be honest.. Much as I love it, I value "breaking" from reading when I've read for a good 1-2 hours. It's needed. :)

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  16. I love wayyyy too many of these! You have excellent taste, Rissi my friend!

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    1. ...I could (and do!) say the exact same about you, Charity! Always a pleasure chatting about shared book love. :)

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  17. Thanks for the recommendations, I really need to read the latest Hunger Games novel!

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    1. Sure. I hope you're able to read Mockingjay. I finally did and while it wasn't a favorite book, I did think the adaptation was excellent. :)

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