Top Ten Tuesday | Earliest TBR Books I Still Haven’t Read Yet

toptentuesdayAnother Tuesday, another Top Ten Tuesday. For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the book bloggers and list lovers, The Broke and the Bookish, and each week they post a topic for bloggers to respond to. This week’s theme is about admitting some of the books we still haven’t read although we completely intend to… at some point aka Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet. 

I am the worst for this. Especially when it comes to classic literature with a capital L and The Canon. As an English literature graduate it’s not exactly surprising that most of the books on this list are considered “literary classics” which I probably should have gotten around to before now. I felt ashamed at times when I admitted I hadn’t read some of these alleged staples – my knowledge of particularly American literature, for example, is shockingly bad since my studies mainly focused on early modern (British) literature. I must correct this at some point in my life and, hopefully, by admitting some of these titles today, it’ll give me the kick up the bum needed to pick them up sooner rather than later.

Without further ado, here we go, here’s my list of shame:

  1. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  3. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  4. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  5. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  6. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  7. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  8. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  9. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  10. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Maybe at some point I can stop lamenting over not having read these yet and just actually, you know, pick them up and read them and finally cross them off this list. That’ll be the day!

That was my list of Books That Have Been On My TBR From Before I Started Blogging That I Still Haven’t Read Yet – do any of these feature on your TBR list? Have you read any of the above and think I should make reading them a priority?

Comment below/link your own post below if you have one – I’d love to read it!

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T5W | Favourite First Sentences

Welcome one, welcome all, to ‘Emma Remembers Top 5 Wednesdays Exists And Decides To Join In’… again. Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme/challenge which was created by the wonderful Lainey from gingereadslainey and is now overseen by the equally lovely Sam from Thoughts of Tomes. Every Wednesday, participants devise their Top 5 based on a given topic. This Wednesday’s theme is Favourite First Sentences. As we all know, first sentences do a lot to sell a book to a new reader. They are an author’s chance to really grab the reader and suck them into the world they have created. Because of this, my favourite first sentences are often ones which instantly highlight the weird or wonderful story that is about to unfold in front of my very eyes.

Confession time: I am a fiend for browsing those ‘top 100 first lines of novels’ lists that you often get on book sites (I’ve linked some at the bottom of this post), to the point where I collect opening lines. I might end up with a first sentence in my collection which I adore because it sets up a story so wonderfully, even if I didn’t end up loving the story that follows. Likewise, some of my favourite books only have so-so opening lines in comparison. So, whilst some of these first lines are on the list because they are the opening lines of some of my favourite books, others on this list are just damn good first lines. Since this is quite long enough already, I’ll just let the lines speak for themselves instead of rambling on about why I picked them – if you’re curious though, comment below and I’d be happy to explain my reasoning.

Unsurprisingly, I couldn’t simply pick five so, instead, I offer up 4 different lists which contain my top 5 first sentences from… Shakespeare plays, classics, modern/contemporary novels, and books I have yet to read – hopefully you enjoy a good list as much as I do, since I’ve given you four of them!

Enough explanation, let’s go…

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