Top Ten Tuesday | The Art of Shelf Dust Gathering (Or a how-to Guide on Giving Your Books a Vintage Vibe)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Happy Tuesday, book nerd peeps. Today's Top Ten Tuesday prompt is likely to cause many of us to shake our heads at the neglect we've shown our bookshelves and perhaps even admit these things with a sheepish attitude. As I scrolled through Goodreads to find appropriate titles for today's prompt, I really didn't find exactly what I was looking for, so I went deep into "research" for this week's topic.

The things I do to further my book nerd status.

Broke and Bookish August 23rd Prompt:

Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven't Read Yet

So. Here's what I did and the lowdown on how today's post stacks up. I searched through my old Amazon orders to find the final three books on this list which means those are novels I have owned (and NOT read) since before I began blogging - and perhaps even before blogging was a thought in my mind. The seven books you'll see first are novels I've had on my shelf for FAR too long (aside from making my shelf pretty, they're mainly, sadly, gathering dust) and were released in or prior to 2011 but I've not owned them that long.

Let's get this bookish party started.

1. Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carringer | These novels look, sound and no doubt are, fierce. Amazon | Goodreads  

2. Heist Society by Ally Carter | If I didn't already, having reading Ally's All Fall Down earlier this year, I've been made all the more aware how much I'd like to read MORE of her fun and flirty, complete with cozy-mystery-vibes novels. This must happen. Amazon | Goodreads

3. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen | I've not read anything from Sarah, but trusted blogging buddies enjoy her books, and since I own a few, I figure one of these days I'll get around to reading one. Amazon | Goodreads

4.  Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg | Jane Austen. 'Nuff said. Amazon | Goodreads

5. Where She Went by Gayle Forman | I was surprised how much I liked If I Stay, and as a result, reading this follow-up is high on my mental TBR. The problem with that is, sometimes my mental TBR and actual know-I-must-read TBR don't always play nice. Amazon | Goodreads

6. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han | Someday I WILL read a novel by Jenny Han. Amazon | Goodreads

7. The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade | I know this one has made frequent appearances on my Top Ten Tuesday memes, but what can I say? It sounds darling. The all-important question to self: WHY HAVEN'T YOU READ IT!? Amazon | Goodreads

8. Delivered with Love by Sherry Kyle | I just spotted this one again on my "overflow" shelf and was looking at it. It sounds as cute as it ever, plus do we detect some Signed, Sealed and Delivered vibes!? Amazon | Goodreads

9. Texas Heat by Debra White Smith | I read a contemporary Jane Austen series by this author (which, by the way, are absolutely perfect as I remember) and enjoyed her style and writing. It would then stand to reason that I'd also like this, the first in a romantic-suspense series. Amazon | Gooreads

10. Reclaiming Nick by Susan May Warren | Who doesn't love a cover with a cute dude on it? I think that's all that needs to be said. Amazon | Goodreads

Those are the books I was able to come up with for today's topic. What books have been sitting on your shelf since before you began blogging? Do you recommend any of these as must reads right now!? Let me know down below! I'd love to chat with you, and as always, visit your top ten Tuesday meme posts.

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  1. I've only read Heist Society and Prom and Prejudice, both of which are cute.
    Sarah Dressen is one I keep meaning to read more of...

    1. Thanks for sharing, Amanda. I always did think Prom and Prejudice sounded fun (despite being WAY past its target age ;D) and of course Ally's books are (I'm sure) always darling. :)

      Here's hoping we BOTH read Sarah Dessen's books soon. :)

      Glad you visited, as always, Amanda.

  2. I Love Sarah Dessen! I also still need to read What Happened To Goodbye! I've loved all of her books that I've read so far...Well the Moon & More, not as much, but that's just one out of A LOT! Hopefully you get to read this book soon! :D Great Top Ten My Top Ten Tuesday!

    1. YAY! I'm glad you like her books (generally) and recommend them, Giovanna. I look forward to reading them soon. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

  3. You should definitely read Heist Society, it's so much fun!
    My TTT:

    1. I have NO doubt about that, JJ. At some point I really want to especially since I really liked Ally's All Fall Down. :)

  4. I've never read a Sarah Dessen book either! I NEED TO THOUGH because she's published like a gazillion of them, right?!? And she's famous. I kind of try to read all the famous YA authors.😂 ooooone day....since my TBR is dangerously ginormous too AND PROBABLY WILL FALL ON MY HEAD PRESENTLY. *howls* I also need to finish the Heist Society series! I picked up the 3rd book at a 2nd hand sale, but I still don't have the middle one. And I've basically forgotten the first #fail. So THAT needs to be fixed eventually too!

    1. Right! She totally has and some of them are bound to suit our reader tastes, right!? :)

      My TBR is in the same state, Cait. It's not pretty if I'm being honest. ;)

      I think I have all three of the Heist Society books so at some point, I too must remedy the situation in which I haven't read said series. *sigh* Such a dilemma. :)

      Thanks, as always, for the visit.

  5. Heist Society!! I have such good memories of reading that series with two of my sisters. I remember reading The Summer I Turned Pretty and think I enjoyed it. I also went through a Sarah Dessen phase where I'm sure I read What Happened to Goodbye...though I don't think it was my favorite of hers. Lock & Key, Just Listen, This Lullaby and The Truth About Forever were all amazing, and those are only the titles I remember.

    Anyways, this was such a fun Top Ten! :)

    1. Thanks for the Sarah Dessen recommendations, Bekah. I'm excited to read them and discover their loveliness. :)

      'To All the Boys' seems to be Jenny Han's more popular duo, but I'm interested in these earlier books too. Hopefully both are good. :)

      Thanks, as always, for stopping by.

  6. I wasn't going to comment, but... You must read those first two books on your list. Really. They're favorites. I did a read-along for Gail Carriger's series and those books each get better and better as does Ally Carter's series. They're also totally your kind of books. Okay. I've said my peace. ;)

    1. I'm SO glad you did comment, Tressa. I need all the bookish shoves I can get when it comes to making certain of these a must-read priority. I'm *dying* to read both books (series) you mention and have high hopes for them. Glad to know they're my kind of reads. That makes them all the more attractive. :)


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