TTT: Set Aside, But Not Forgotten.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT) brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish.

So this week’s topic is eerily similar to a freebie topic I did two weeks ago:

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

Two weeks ago, I did a list of books I just HAD to buy and still hadn’t read yet. And almost all ten of these ALSO work for this list. I guess I should have looked ahead at the list of topics before I picked my freebie. Well, you live and you learn.

So, what to do this week? I could pick another ten books. My TBR is so long, I could easily find ten books on there that I added before I started blogging last year. But instead, I think I’m going to just tweak the topic just a bit.

Top Ten Books I Started, Put Aside (for whatever reason) and Plan on Finishing (but I just haven’t yet)


The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham. I love, love, love Veronica Mars. I started this one but my heart wasn’t really in it. This book (and it’s sequel) may be the very last new Veronica Mars material I ever have. I’m not ready to say goodbye to Veronica, so I put it aside to read later. Still not ready to say goodbye.

The Final Cut by Michael Dobbs. This is the third in the Francis Urquhart series, the basis of the US program House of Cards. I started reading the series after watching the first season of House of Cards. The first book followed the series fairly well, with the exception of the UK Parliament versus the US Congress setting. But as the books and show have gone on, they have deviated. I will finish this one day, but right now I’ve been content watching Kevin Spacey’s Francis Underwood.

S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. This book was actually on my list two weeks ago. I stopped reading S. because it’s not just a fast breeze-through read. With all the notes in the margins and two storylines going on, I put it aside until I could dedicate a little more time to really read and enjoy it.

Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout. This is the book currently living in my purse. I have it on hand for whenever the need for a paperback might arise. So I read it off and on.

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle. This is a short story, which I should be able to finish, no problem. I’m trying to remember why I put it down and didn’t pick it back up. I guess I just need to get back to it.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I loved the eat portion of this book, I really enjoyed reading about her time (and food) in Italy. I got to the pray part, set the book down, and just haven’t picked it back up again. I will finish it one day. I think.

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. I stopped this wonderful, hilarious book because I was reading it at bedtime and I kept waking my husband up with my laughter. I tried really hard to be quiet while I read, but it just wasn’t working out for me. Now I’m just waiting for a nice chuck of daylight reading time so I can get back to being Furiously Happy.

Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly. I actually started Killing Paton as an audio book in the car. But I realized by listening I was missing out on a lot of interesting footnotes throughout the book, so I stopped. I own the book, so just need to find the time to actually read it.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō. You guys have no idea how much I need this book. We’ve been in our house for 15+ years, have added two kids since we moved in and our stuff is bursting at the seams. (I’m a keeper, and my husband tosses everything so I have to admit all this extra stuff is on me.) I’ve read and implemented the first Kon Mari tidying up step: clothing. Our closet and my dresser look (and feel!) amazing. I think the next Kon Mari step is books. So you may see my dilemma. Ha! Honestly it felt good to get through the clothing portion and we are planning to keep on keepin’ on throughout the house. We just may do books later than she recommends. I need more time to read them. OR more places to store them. 😉

The Verdict by Nick Stone. In all honesty, now that I think about it, I’m probably not going to finish this one. I was about halfway done with it, flipped to the end and read the last few pages. Maybe even the last chapter, I can’t remember. (And I should add, I do flip to the end and read the last page or two quite often. It’s a bad habit, but rarely does it deter me from finishing the book.) The point is, I know what happened and now I don’t really care that much about the middle. In fact, I hit my maximum renewal limit and returned this book to the library just a few days ago. I guess what I’m saying is, don’t hold your breath waiting for a review to come up here at Hidden Staircase.


I should add here that for now I have stopped checking books out at the library. (Well, except for new audio books. I need something in the car!) I can’t believe it. But I have so many books sitting at home to start (or finish!), as well as ebooks I’ve collected over the last few years. So I made a conscious decision to stop picking up new books and work with what I’ve got.

We’ll see how long that lasts.

What about you? Do you have a book you’ve started but just haven’t finished? Or a book that’s been calling out to you from your TBR for way too long? Comment below, and link up to your own TTT if you’ve got one!

10 thoughts on “TTT: Set Aside, But Not Forgotten.

  1. Try to find the audiobook of The Thousand Dollar Tan Line – it’s narrated by Kristen Bell! I started and set aside Mr. Kiss and Tell for similar reasons to yours.
    A Study in Scarlet is a *long* short story, probably a novella, but it’s really good. Reading it makes the BBC Sherlock episode A Study in Pink so much funnier and more fun!


  2. I can definitely understand the reason for putting up Furiously Happy. It’s hard not to laugh at that one. Marie Kondo and I had a serious falling out over books. I’m not getting rid of them or only keeping enough to fill a small shelf in my closet. I did get some great other tips from her but I’ve decided the book chapter didn’t happen.


  3. I adore Jenny Lawson, but I don’t think I read her without a few chuckles, either. S. is wonderful, but not a quick read for sure. In The Art of Tidying, she talks about going from easiest to most difficult, so it makes sense for you to leave books for last, actually. 🙂 My TTT


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