The Inglorious TBR

Hello, everyone! Sorry for the short absence, but I have been away on holiday. Today`s TTT* is about the books that have been on our TBR forever. And by forever I mean those books that were required reading or even recommended reads by your family/ friends. For instance, my dad decided to pick up "Kafka on the Shore" because he knows I adore Haruki Murakami. I, on the other hand, am an ungrateful daughter that can`t pick up a Jules Verne book even if her life is depending on it. Apparently, no "Shantay, You Stay" for "Around the World in Eighty Days". ( I have seen the cartoons with the dogs, but I don`t think that counts) Anyway, let me give you a tour of my Inglorious TBR.
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1. "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy ( 9 years on my TBR)
I`ve discovered Fyodor Dostoyevsky in high-school, and I`ve loved his writing so much that I finished all of his novels by the time I went to Uni. I was fascinated by Russian literature, and the next big name on my list was Leo Tolstoy. However, when I saw the size of his novels I almost had a hard attack and thus ended my affair with the Russians. But I am willing to give it another chance, once I find a pretty edition.

2."A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens ( 9 years on my TBR)
After my 4th Dostoyevsky novel, I`ve decided to take a break and focus my attention on other classics as well (there`s so much despair one can take if you know what I mean). So I`ve picked up "Great Expectations" and surprisingly, it exceeded my expectations (medal for the worst puns). And truth be told, I am confused as to why I have not continued on with Mr Dickens` novels, but I was probably young and going through stupid boy drama.

3. "Gone With The Wind" by Margaret Mitchell ( 8 years on my TBR)
I`m still not sure if I`ll ever read this novel. The only reason why it`s on this list is that I love the movie and more importantly, I fangirl over Clark Gable. I am not saying that it`s not an extraordinary novel, but I have a feeling it might bore me. And it lacks Clark Gable, though I supposed I could picture him...Did I mention I have a thing for Clark Gable?


4. "The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank ( 8 years on my TBR)
You could say that I have been reading this book for more than 8 years. I first read a few chapters back in high-school, a couple more at Uni and I picked it up again before my trip to Amsterdam. I don`t know why I`m having such a hard time finishing it because I am enjoying it. I recently read "Night" by Elie Wiesel and that put me in a WWII literature mood, so fingers crossed I`ll finish this by the end of the year.

5. "Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter" by Simone de Beauvoir ( 7 years on my TBR)
During my second year of Uni, I took two classes on feminism, and amongst the books I had to study was "The Second Sex". I was instantly intrigued by Simone de Beauvoir and her life. 

6. "The Beauty Myth" by Naomi Wolf ( 7 years on my TBR)
I`ve only read a couple chapters for my Gender Studies class, but I do want to continue on. Since I am also a beauty blogger, I don`t agree that the pursuit of beauty has affected feminism. But there`s no denying that there`s a pressure on women to be feminine and pleasant, to be pretty to look at. And I work in retail, so I talk from experience. Anyway, I`m extremely curious to see what the author has to say about the whole beauty myth.

7. "The Shining" by Stephen King ( 6 years on my TBR)

I have a confession: I have seen all of the movie adaptations but never read King`s novels. Terrible, I know. I have been putting this novel off since the end of Uni, but hopefully, I`ll read it this October.

8. "Bad Feminist" by Roxane Gay ( 3 years on my TBR)
Roxane Gay is a well-known and loved nonfiction author, focusing mainly on feminism. She`s also a woman of colour and obviously, her experience with sexism is different than mine, which is why I want to read this memoir even more. "Bad Feminist" is meant to be witty, original and insightful; the perfect novel to rekindle my love with nonfiction books.

9. "The Handmaid`s Tale" by Margaret Atwood ( 3 years on my TBR)
I`ve had my eyes on this book for quite a while, but after the success of the TV Show, I am more than ready to read it. I am familiar with the plot, and from what I can tell this is bound to become a new favourite of mine.

10. "Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order" by Noam Chomsky ( 2 years on my TBR)
After I finished Uni the last thing I wanted to do was read books related to my field ( I have a degree in politics, in case it`s not obvious, duh). But two years ago I realised that I miss it. I miss reading about feminism, activism, social justice, etc. 


I was thinking of writing more nonfiction recommendations posts, so if this is something that might interest you, let me know. As always, I hope you`ve enjoyed this post.


* TTT is a weekly meme/feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

71 comments :

  1. book number 6 sounds very interesting and I'd love to have a read
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. The few chapters I`ve read for Uni were really good.

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  2. Gone With The Wind is so good, one of my favorites! And yes, I always picture Clark Gable in my head as I'm reading!

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    1. Ahh, now you`re confusing me. OK, there is a chance I`ll read the book if you say it`s that good.

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  3. Oh I keep meaning to read A Diary of A Young Girl and totally forgetting about it!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/top-ten-tuesday-145/

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    1. Hopefully, you`ll pick it up at one point, everyone should read it.

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  4. I also really enjoyed Great Expectations, but I haven't read anything else by Dickens except for A Christmas Carol. The Diary of a Young Girl is very good as well. I hope you find time to read some of these soon. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

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    1. Thanks. I`m definitely planning on reading more Dickens this year, once I buy the new covers.

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  5. This makes me feel SO much better about my own TBR list! Honestly where does the time go?! Hope you get through them all at some point.
    Marbl☾☽Moon

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    1. Thank you! I hope you`ll get to all of the books on your list as well.

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  6. I understand why so many of these books have been on your TBR for so long - none of them are particularly easy reads!

    I also had plans to read a lot of Dickens but have only read Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities. I adore the latter, definitely give it a go! (It's slow like a lot of Victorian novels but it's full of heart.) And The Diary of Anne Frank is excellent, I recommend that too!

    My TTT: https://arubunwritten.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/top-ten-tuesday-books-that-have-been-on-my-tbr-the-longest-and-i-still-havent-read/

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    1. I really want to get to A Tale of Two Cities this year, so many people love it.

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  7. So many classics on this list. It's hard for me to go through them cause I've probably seem most of the adaptations so it's hard for me to find the time to read the book right after. They only time I can make an exception is if the movie/tv show rocked.

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    1. With classics seeing the movie sometimes motivates me more. But if it sucked I`m scared that the book might be bad as well.

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  8. I hope you get to The Shining because I absolutely LOVE that book! I feel so much better about my TBR too - we can all cry over our neverending TBR's!

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    1. I`m going to have a Stephen King marathon in October, so I`ll definitely get to "The Shining".

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  9. I read The Diary of Anne Frank about ten years ago and it was really inspiring to me. I'm amazed that a 14-year-old girl could write some of the things she did. I hope you like it when you get to it.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

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    1. I`m sure I will love it, the few chapters I`ve read have been really insightful.

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  10. I can imagine that these would stay on my TBR quite long as well, they're pretty daunting!!

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    1. Yes, some of these classics have more pages than 5 modern books combined.

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  11. It took me a bit to get through Anne Frank's diary as well, but once I really got into it, I flew through the rest of it. Hopefully the same happens for you.

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    1. I definitely enjoyed the chapters I`ve read, I just had to take breaks from it because of the heavy subject.

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  12. It looks like most of your TBR are classics. I think we all have classics we want to read but they are not always easy reads, right? I also have The Handmaid's Tale on my shelf. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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    1. Classics are intimidating, for sure. But in most cases I love them and they definitely live up to the hype.

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  13. Lots of great books on your list! I've had The Handmaid's Tale for a while and really need to read it, especially after watching the TV show.

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    1. oh, I can`t wait to finally read it and watch the TV show. Both get so much praise.

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  14. I haven't read The Handmaid's Tale yet either. Part of it is because I read The Heart Goes Last by Atwood and I didn't like her writing style, but I saw that not many of her fans liked that book either, so I am going to give Handmaid's a try. I have War and Peace as an audiobook. I knew there was no way I would ever read it otherwise. 😂

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    1. I might get the audiobook if I can`t finish the book, that`s a great idea.

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  15. This is an amazing list! It could be your list for 2019, I think.

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    1. Hopefully, I`ll tick more than half before 2019, I really want to get into classics again.

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  16. Great list! The Handmaid's Tale made my list this week, too. I hope you enjoy all of these!

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    1. The Handmaid`s Tale is a must, especially with the buzz surrounding the tv show.

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  17. I'm in awe of your list! I would never be able to work up the nerve to tackle such long and hard books. The only one I read was Tale of Two Cities for freshman english class and it was pretty much impossible xD Happy reading :)

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    1. I love big books, but I`ll agree, they`re very time consuming.

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  18. If it makes you feel any better, I have only read Dickins. I don't read scary books, so The Shining is a no for me (that move terrified me), and I have not read any classics since I was a teen (call me middle brow!)

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    1. I loved the movie. I first saw it as a kid and the twins were a bit creepy, but then I got used to it.

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  19. The Shining is one of my favorite books of all time and my favorite King. :) Enjoy!!

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    1. Thanks. I definitely want to get to it and maybe its sequel this year.

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  20. I hope you had a nice holiday. I think War and Peace will be on my TBR for the rest of my life. I've been saying I'm going to read it since I was in high school and many, many years later it still hasn't happened, lol.

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    1. I recently saw the BBC mini series and I`d like to tackle it while everything is still fresh in my memory.

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  21. I hope you have an opportunity to read Diary of a Young Girl. I really love that one. Night is such a powerful novel. I remember being really moved by it in high school.

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    1. I was very moved by night and quite shocked that the author was originally from Romania. They never taught us that (I`m Romanian).

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  22. The Handmaid's Tale caught my interest too after watching the Hulu series.

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    1. I really want to start the show, but I need to read the book first.

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  23. I need to get around to reading The Diary of a Young Girl. I’ve heard really good things about it.
    I also need to get around to reading The Handmaid’s Tale, especially so I can watch the TV series afterwards.

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  24. I need to get around to reading The Diary of a Young Girl. I’ve heard really good things about it.
    I also need to get around to reading The Handmaid’s Tale, especially so I can watch the TV series afterwards.

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    1. The need to watch the tv show gives me more motivation to read the book.

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  25. The Shining is one of my favorite books of all time! A few years ago my daughter's father and I stayed at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado that the book was based on. It is definitely haunted, though I use that word loosely, because nothing about the place felt sinister or malicious. It felt safe and cozy and content, like the spirits there have chosen to stay because it is a place they loved when they were alive. We stayed two nights and had some crazy cool experiences. Happy Reading!

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    1. OMG, that`s such a cool story. I`d love to visit it sometimes, though sadly I still need a Visa for US.

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  26. I started War and Peace once and even got over halfway through but then put it aside for so long that bow I'm at the point where I'm not sure if it wouldn't be better to start at the beginning again because I have forgotten so much

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    1. With all those names it can get really confusing. I think you should start it again, or maybe watch the tv adaptation to refresh your memory.

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  27. Your first three books I have to read too, and The Shining!! I should've read it last Halloween, maybe this year.

    Love your shelves, I see so many books I love, and such pretty editions!

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    1. Thank you, I love collecting beautiful editions.

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  28. I remember reading The Diary of a Young Girl! At the time I read it because there was a Masterpiece Classic and I wanted to read what happened since I didn't finish it...

    Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

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    1. It`s such a memorable book, definitely worth the praise.

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  29. I think I can safely (and with confidence) say, I'll never read War & Peace. I do like the two most recent period drama adaptations though. :)

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland!!

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    1. The latest BBC adaptation is so good, isn`t it?

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  30. There are lots of big names on this list, and I confess I haven't read most of them! I have read Oliver Twist by Dickens though, and I really loved it, especially because of the guy who narrated it on Audible. Reading along with that really brought the words on the page to life for me. Dickens is much more dark and witty than the movies give him credit for (the idea of 'Dickensian' films don't seem to be much like how I'd imagine a 'Dickensian' novel). I'd love to read more by him, but I have no idea when that will be happening!

    I just finished reading The Handmaid's Tale and I'd absolutely recommend it. I didn't love it - I'm not sure if I even liked it. But it was very interesting and made me think quite a bit, and I'm glad I finally picked it up. Plus the Audible narration was brilliant again (sorry it sounds like I'm sponsored by them!).

    Great list! I hope you get to read all of these books and will enjoy them all!

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    1. The Handmaid`d Tale is a fascinating story. Even if it`s not your cup of tea, it is thought-provoking.

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  31. I'm afraid to even put any of the "Classics" on my TBR - they'd likely curl up and enjoy a very long vacation there. I've wanted to read Gone with the Wind and Tale of Two Cities forever!

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    1. Personally, I prefer the modern classics, but I am trying to get to some big names.

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  32. I haven't read any of these, so I can't really comment on how good they are! The Handmaid's Tale seems like it would be too much for me. I've seen clips from the TV series, and they usually make me cringe.

    Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. I love how dark it is, but it all comes down to personal preferences. I suppose the book is even scarier than the TV adaptation.

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  33. What a great TBR pile. I LOVE GWTW the movie too, yes! Clark Gable. I read the novel once and enjoyed it, you get to see how Rhett really loves her moreso in the novel I felt like. But the movie is a favorite.

    I love King, I read The Shining twice. I recommend it! It's a masterpiece.
    Happy reading!

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    1. Ugh, if they have more scenes together then I might push through and read the book. I love Rhett as a character!

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  34. You've quite quite a collection here! I have read a few of these: The Shining, The Diary of a Young Girl, The Handmaid's Tale, and I am reading War and Peace now (hopefully this time I'll actually get through it!). I hope you get to these if you decide you really want to read them. :-)

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    1. Good luck with War and Peace. It`s massive, but I believe it`s worth it.

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  35. Wow, this is quite an amazing list! I'd love to read so many classics, but honestly I don't think that'll happen any time soon for me. But maybe in the future, who knows :)

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  36. I've only read The Diary of a Young Girl from your list (a bit of a given in the Netherlands) but I have some others that I would also like to read, just not anytime soon you know?

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  37. I've tried with Gone with the Wind, both book and the movie but I could never get into it. Clark Gable just couldn't save it for me.

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  38. I absolutely love Bad Feminist, but I'm yet to read any of the other books on your list. I was supposed to read The Beauty Myth for my Media class five years ago, so it doesn't look like that's going to happen any time soon!

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