TTT: Books that have Been on my TBR List the Longest

Top Ten Tuesday is now being hosted by Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirl.  Today’s topic is books that have been on my TBR list the longest.  I started this list 2 years ago, so they haven’t been on my list too terribly long.  Please let me know if you’ve read any of these, and your thoughts as to whether or not to leave them on my TBR or remove them!

  1.  The Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea, is set in late 19th century Mexico during a civil war.  Sixteen year old, Teresita awakes from a strange dream in which she has died, only it wasn’t a dream.  Published in 2005.
  2. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson, is the companion novel to Life After Life which follows Ursula Todd.  In this novel, Ursula’s brother, Teddy’s life is explored.  Published in 2015.
  3. Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran, is set in India in the mid-1800s during the Indian Rebellion against the British Invasion.  It is about Queen Rani Lakshmibai and the select group of women that surround and protect her.  Published in 2015.
  4. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is about three characters swept up in Biafra’s struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 1960s, and the violence that follows.  Published in 2006.
  5. Survival in the Killing Fields by Haing Ngor and Roger Warner, is a memoir of life under the communist Khmer Rouge regime, and Cambodia’s descent into a land of slaves and brutality.  This memoir is written by Academy Award winning actor from The Killing Fields.  Published in 1988.
  6. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, is a memoir about her marriage and the loss of her only daughter to complications of the flu.  Published in 2005.
  7. The Bees by Laline Paull is about a colony of bees where each bee has it’s own position.  This dystopian science fiction novel has been described as The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Hunger Games.  Published in 2014.
  8. The Green Road by Anne Enright, set in a small town on Ireland’s Atlantic coast, is about Rosaleen, mother of 4 grown children who move off to new lands and the relationships they try to recover years later.  Published in 2015.
  9. Dirt Music by Tim Winton is set in Western Australia, about a man who’s family has died in a freak accident.  He begins a new relationship and is pulled back into his love for music.  Published in 2002.
  10. LaRose by Louise Erdrich, is a tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice, and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in Native American culture.  Published in 2016.


14 thoughts on “TTT: Books that have Been on my TBR List the Longest”

    1. I’m not sure I want to read A God in Ruins anymore. I loved Life After Life so much and have not heard such great praise for A God in Ruins. This might be the one to fall off my list. Glad to hear you enjoyed The Bees and The Green Road – I do hope to get to both of those eventually!

  1. Great list! I enjoyed Half of a Yellow Sun and Rebel Queen. I thought A God in Ruins was good too, though I didn’t love it as much as Life After Life.

  2. Oh gosh, Half of a Yellow Sun was so good (but so hard: see also – A Sunday At The Pool In Kigali). It made me so conscious that as a child of the late 70s, there’s so much recent history I am broadly ignorant of, because I’m too young to remember it, but it was too recent to get taught in school.

    …and as someone whose been living with a WAustralian for over 15 years, I really ought to get round to reading Tim Winton. He didn’t make my list of longest unread on the flimsy excuse that THAT book belongs to my beloved, not to me.

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