5 books that have been on my unread shelf for way too long

Recently I have gotten better at reading my books fairly quickly after purchasing them. When I first started my blog however, I bought so many books! Many of the hauls were influenced by other bloggers or YouTubers… I have done quite a few unhauls in the past few years and gotten rid of books I don’t really want to read anymore but there are some books on my shelves that have been there for 3, 4 or even 5 years, and I still haven’t read them. Here are 5 of them!

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
I received this book from Pan Macmillan when I visited them during my ‘study visits’ at university which was in March of 2015… I know, it’s been almost 4 years. I have never unhauled it because I do want to read it. It’s a historical fiction novel set in Amsterdam in 1686, when a woman receives a cabinet-sized replica of their home as a wedding gift from her husband. The tiny creatures ring eerily true… That sounds incredible and so atmospheric, and I don’t even know why I haven’t read it yet.

Promise of Blood (Powder Mage #1) by Brian McClellan
I don’t actually know how long this has been on my shelf, but it’s probably been at least 3 years. I bought this because I read two sentences on the cover. “The age of kings is dead… And I have killed it.” That caught my attention, and made me read the premise. The first sentence of the synopsis convinced me and made me buy it. “It’s a bloody business, overthrowing a king.” I happen to love reading fantasy about assassins, mercenaries and bloody rebellions so why have I not read this yet?

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
I’m disappointed in myself. I’m such a fan of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, so I don’t understand why The Silmarillion is still left unread. To be fair, his books are quite intimidating because of his endlessly long sentences and descriptions.

Walk on Earth a Stranger (Gold Seer #1) by Rae Carson
I bought this when it was first released (2015!) because I adored her previous trilogy, The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I know I enjoy her writing. I’m intrigued by the premise of this book. Why, Jolien, why? I’m questioning myself now. I really need to read this in the next 6 months.

Lock In (Lock In #1) by John Scalzi
I’ve never read a John Scalzi book which is a shame because he’s such a well-loved science fiction author. I bought this one in a secondhand shop in London in 2015. It was like £2! It’s not even very long, so there’s really no excuse for me not having read it yet. If you’re not familiar with Lock In, it’s about a virus that causes “Lock In”: victims are fully awake and unaware but unable to respond or do anything. Someone was killed, and the murderer may have been an integrator (someone who borrows their bodies to people who are locked in). Sounds intriguing, right?


Someone please hold me accountable and make me read these books. Have you read any of these? Which books have been on your shelves for ages?

17 thoughts on “5 books that have been on my unread shelf for way too long

  1. Promise of Blood and Walk on Earth a Stranger sound so great but I haven’t actually gotten around to buying them yet. Luckily for my tbr haha. I hope you’ll find time for them soon.

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  2. I started Promise of Blood about a month ago and now I’m on Sins of Empire, because I couldn’t stop binging this series. It is seriously SO GOOD, particularly how you have characters from all sides you want to root for, complicating exactly where your allegiances lie and such a twisting plot, you’ll definitely want to make time to read this book (and series) in large chunks.

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  3. I try to read my books quickly, but I have a few books from last year still sitting around. I swear I’ll get to them before the end of this year. I’ve read The Miniaturist and Walk on Earth a Stranger. They were both okay. I don’t remember either of them very well.

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  4. I haven’t read them but The Miniaturist and Lock in have also been on my TBR for so long! I need to get around to reading them!

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