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Random Thoughts: My 2011 Top Ten List of Unread Books

This post can alternatively be titled: My 2011 Unread Books Shame Spiral

So, I’ll be the first one to admit that I can’t possibly read every single book when it comes out. But, oh, I so want to. However, I usually try to read all of my favorites within a week or two, but sometimes things don’t go according to plan. And as more time passes, especially now that my evenings are taken up with blogging, some of my favorite reads are falling farther and farther down my “to be read” list.

I never thought the day would come when a “can hardly wait” book would end up at least thirty books away from the top of the heap, but it’s happened. And I’m actually kind of devastated.

When I first started blogging my enthusiasm fueled me and allowed me to pull any number of all-nighters to stay up reading and writing my reviews. Those days feel like a lifetime ago. Somewhere around two o’clock in the morning I crash and no amount of caffeine will keep me awake reading into the wee hours of the night. Or morning as the case may be.

Of course what prompted this post of shame is the fact that I am sitting here, three weeks after release date and I still haven’t read City of Fallen Angels. I do blame iBooks and their download debacle which has yet to be resolved, but in the end, I am ultimately to blame for not taking the time out to read this book.

I’ve posted quite a few giveaways, saw the author at both the signing and the RT Convention in Los Angeles, but still haven’t managed to finish the book. And right now, it’s about midway through the second page on my Kindle, and falling fast, as week after week more books download and push it farther away from my watchful eyes.

But CoFA isn’t the only book that has drifted from my grasp. There are oh so many more that have slipped away – sometimes quietly, sometimes not – but I do feel their loss.

If I had to go back to November 2010 when I started blogging I don’t think I could create a top ten list, as there would just be too many to choose from. And so I will list just those books released in 2011 that I was so eager to read on release date and yet still haven’t managed to squeeze in the time.


Blue Bloods by Kailin Gow is one of the books I was eagerly awaiting. This installment was to be much more action packed than its predecessor and I couldn’t wait for its release. I’m sad to say it is still waiting a read.


Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard was also a book I wanted to read right away. I even started to read it, but was on deadline for a promised review – I feel like I’m on way too many deadlines these days – so had to put it down. Sadly it has yet to be picked up again, but I have not forgotten just how much I want to read this book.


The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker was so top-of-the-list for me. I couldn’t help but become hooked on all the craziness with the pink wigs and pinked Twitter avatars. I could not wait for this book and was so jealous of everyone who got a chance to read it before release date. I think four or five books downloaded that night for me and I knew that there was no way I could read it immediately, but that didn’t mean I didn’t want to. I kept moving it forward so that it wouldn’t sink to the back of the pack on my Kindle, but now it’s four pages in.


Lemniscate by Jennnifer Murgia wasn’t released too long ago, but it was a sequel I was waiting forever for. It took me two reads to fall in love with the first book in the series, but fall in love I did. It was one of the first Indie books I had read and wasn’t quite used to the different style of the Indies, but when a much wiser and more experienced me re-read it I absolutely adored it. And then couldn’t wait for the sequel. And I’m still waiting to find the time to read it. I don’t feel too bad as it’s only three pages back, but still. So much for reading on release day.


The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight by L.J. Smith was an absolute must read. I have loved this series forever. (Both the TV show and the books.) I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next but I knew that there is no way I’d have time to read this book immediately as it’s a huge book. And sadly when time is a factor, it’s much easier to choose the shorter reads. Besides, I’m not entirely sure just how to write a review for these books as they are so elaborate and so detailed. But I really want to read this last book in the series written completely by the author and am sad that I still haven’t done so.


Secrets and Shadows by Shannon Delany was a fairly newly discovered series for me. I read the first book only a short while before book two was to come out. I couldn’t wait. I was so hooked on this series that I couldn’t imagine not reading it the second it downloaded. But I can’t even remember what happened. I was so psyched to read it, and then somehow completely spaced. By the time I realized that I missed the chance to read it, I was already late on every single deadline and so I had to put this one back in the TBR pile. This is a book that I do not want to wait to read until the release of the paperback so that I’ll have a timely review. I just hope it doesn’t end up that way just because of my schedule.


Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon is one one of the books that I hyped here on the blog. I couldn’t wait for its release and I absolutely love this cover. I was completely fired up to read this on release date and once again I had to set it aside for a mandatory read. I’m not too far off from release date, and I still see it hanging out on page three of my Kindle, but that’s way too far back for my liking. I really hope to have the time to read this one in the next few weeks. I think I have got to stop checking NetGalley and requesting new books to review.


Afterlife by Claudia Gray is my saddest missed read. I didn’t care that this was the end of the road, I just had to know what happened. I even set aside a book I was reading and began to read this one. It was just as grabbing as all the rest of the Evernight series and I couldn’t wait to finish it. But as I was reading, the guilt crept in and I had to put this down. There was a little war between good and evil going on inside, but sadly the hedonist did not win against responsible me and since that date I have not had a moment to return to this story.


Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr is yet another final book in a series that I absolutely loved. I was desperate for this book to come out, but at the same time I was devastated. I knew, especially as there were a whole bunch of series ending, that I might not want to read this right away and say goodbye to some of the most interesting characters I’ve known in a young adult series. But I didn’t think I’d have waited this long. Really. This cover still calls to me from my book pile even though the eBook is now long buried I don’t know how many pages in.


Oh c’mon did you really expect to see anything else here? I talked about this before I even started the list! City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare is my greatest shame. There is no real reason why I shouldn’t have blown off every single deadline and read this from start to finish. Who cares that there’s a cliffhanger ending? Who cares that every single person would have read and reviewed it on the exact same day? There are absolutely no excuses for why this book has not yet been read and reviewed. None.


Do you have any books that have fallen prey to the deadlines of blogging? Have you sacrificed your favorite read because your life got in the way? Have you overspent on books that were less important, forgetting about your favorite release and now your wallet is bare?

I’ve shared with you my dirty little secret and would love to know what unread books are your greatest shame?

12 Responses to “Random Thoughts: My 2011 Top Ten List of Unread Books”

  1. I started re-reading the Wicked Lovely series to be all refreshed with the final book. I have read book 1 and 2, I still need to read the rest and I need to get a new copy of Darkest Mercy since mine was stolen.

    I also started re-reading the Earth Children series and got 1/3 of the way through book 3, but I needed to take a break from the intense series. Then I started reading 6 in the series and about half way through and I decided to put it aside and finish reading the series before I finish the last book. Crazy!!

    I’m trying to really watch my buying because I have sooooooo many on myself that need my attention.

    I have my ARCs that I have written down in a planner when I need to read and I will try and break it up with something I want to read.

    I’m trying to to overwhelm myself with books I need to read because that is when I seem to loose the most interest and taking breaks too often between books.

    It is a really hard balance. I know there are so many good new debut authors coming out and some I’m just going to wait till the series will be close to finishing before I start reading them.

    Good luck with your book pile.
    I currently have 2 books physically in my pile, I don’t want stress myself out πŸ™‚

  2. All of my books that I haven’t read are on my top 100 list πŸ™‚

  3. Nerissa says:

    So I’m a new blogger and who knew that once I started blogging that I wouldn’t have much time to read the books that I love. In the last two months I have found so many great books that I find myself buying more books that I could possibly read and now I have a few books to review as well. I try to stay off of Netgalley because I get a little crazy with the request button and then feel overwhelmed. πŸ™‚

    I downloaded Darkest Mercy at midnight when it was released but I still haven’t read Radiant Shadows. I was anticipating the release of COFA but I haven’t read it yet or Clockwork Angel.

    In February I had discovered The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs was ecstatic that the next book was being released in a week of finishing book 5 and I have yet to read it. Sigh! I just don’t have enough time to read everything and my favorites are slowly moving to the bottom of the list.

    Sometimes I feel really overwhelmed, I thought I was the only one and I don’t get nearly as many request to review as you do.

  4. Fiktshun009 says:

    @Kristina – Thanks! And wow, only two physical books, that’s not too bad, although trying to catch up to a series is always tough, especially if the first few books fade. I really have to re-read the Strange Angels series and catch up and then just need to read Ghost Town by Rachel Caine. But I want to read Chloe Neill’s adult series and that will take a while to catch up!

    @Kristina – (continued) I’d like to see your top 100 list!

    @Nerissa – I was exactly the same way the first week I got on NetGalley – request everything and hope for something even it wasn’t something I absolutely had to have. Although I just went crazy on NetGalley for books I want to read so I’m stressed all over again!

    Wow, you sound exactly like me with the downloads!

    You are not the only one! Especially if you love so many books. Some people can handle it better. Me, I get completely overwhelmed and feel so guilty when I can’t read something right away.

    And I don’t get too many review requests – at least ones I accept – but when I do a trade for an ARC or get accepted on NetGalley or get the S&S Galley Grab letter I feel obligated to review them on time. Super stressful!

    I suppose someday I’ll learn, and maybe you too, not to get overwhelmed and just do what I can. But right now, almost six months in, I’m still stressing!

    Good luck with your reading! πŸ™‚

  5. Books fall prey to my deadlines all the time. I couldn’t name them all either.

    Oh, and Liar Society is awesome, I highly recommend getting to it. πŸ™‚

  6. Fiktshun009 says:

    @April – It’s always good to know that newby bloggers aren’t the only ones! Thanks!

    And thanks for letting me know about The Liar Society! I’ve only read a few reviews as I was afraid of spoilers. May move this one up to #3 on the list then.

  7. So I decided to my my 100 list, well it came out to be my 125. Go check it out πŸ˜€
    oops too many books


  8. Fiktshun009 says:

    @Kristina – Wow, that is a lot. Just checked it out. Soon it will your top 250! πŸ™‚

  9. Nerissa says:

    I am happy to say I haven’t been on Netgalley in three weeks :). I know I am probably missing out on a lot but I am overwhelmed right now.

    I do feel guilty if I can’t read something right away. I try to prioritize books that I have to review so the ones that I want to read that aren’t review books get pushed to the bottom of the stack.

    I guess it’s really all about time management, if you figure out a way not to feel so overwhelmed let me know. I can use all the help I can get πŸ™‚

  10. Fiktshun009 says:

    @Nerissa – Congratulations! I made the mistake of going there last week and adding four more books to the pile.

    If I find a way to manage my time better I’ll be sure to let you know!

  11. You have got to read Kimberly Dertings books, they are freaking creepy and the location in the book is just 30 minutes way from my house.

    I think it will soon be 250 probably by the end of the summer with they way I am going with book buying, Oops πŸ™‚

  12. Fiktshun009 says:

    @Kristina – I have both of them in eBook and in print so I better read them! I love the subject and I love creepy books so I’m hoping that I can grab a few hours. I love when a book takes place near where you live because you can totally picture everything correctly.

    I can’t wait to see that 250 book list post! As a fellow book addict I know what you mean πŸ™‚

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