Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Books I Still Haven’t Read

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| Top Ten… Books I Still Haven’t Read |

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This week we’re looking at the books which have been gathering dust on your TBR the longest.

If you’re anything like me, then your to read list is dominated with series that you’ve started and left incomplete. Before you know it, you’ve got a mountain of books tumbling off your shelves in need of reading as you struggle to claw your way out from under them. Such is the life of a fantasy addict.

After rifling through said mountain, I bring to you my Top Ten… Books I Still Haven’t Read – a list comprising some of my all time favourite authors whose work I shame myself in neglecting. Realising you have a problem, they say, is the first step to recovery… so here’s to catching up in 2018!

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Lord of Chaos

Book Six of The Wheel of Time

by Robert Jordanheart

Lord of Chaos, Book Six of The Wheel of Time, has been on my to read list for years. Years. Four whole years and six semi-whole months if we’re being exact and open to the full weight of judgement. I even have the next three books in the series sitting on the shelf next to their predecessor! But, with a list as long as my arm and a mind ever prone to distraction, I still haven’t got round to reading them… 2018 will be the year! I’m sure of it. Honest.

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Half the World

Book Two of Shattered Sea

by Joe Abercrombieheart

I’ve been to see Joe Abercrombie more times than I can count on my hands and have more signed books than is entirely right from an author who has published ten books. This hasn’t stopped me however from relegating Half the World and its successor, Half a War, to the metaphorical mountain of doom! Having read half the book and finding myself moving house in June 2017, it was left behind with so many book friends to keep my parents company until I could furnish my library with bookcases. Eight months later and the problem has only just been rectified. Little steps. 

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The Air War

Book Eight of Shadows of the Apt

by Adrian Tchaikovsky


The Shadows of the Apt series is one of my fantasy favourites and Adrian Tchaikovsky has only gone from strength to strength since its publication. But even with a love as great as this, actually making my way round to reading The Air War has taken considerably longer than expected. With only three books remaining in the series, and with numerous additional offerings from its author, it’s about time Book Eight was dusted off.

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Words of Radiance

Book Two of the Stormlight Archives

by Brandon Sanderson

No matter how big a Brandon Sanderson tome is, it’s never quite big enough to satisfy my cravings for more. Yet even with an addictive master storyteller like Sanderson I stay true to form; leaving Words of Radiance, the second book in what might be my favourite Sanderson series, gathering cobwebs on my bookshelf. And with Oathbringer now providing familial company to its predecessor, it’s high time Words of Radiance got the attention, and the dust off, it deserves.

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Tower Lord

Book Two of Raven’s Shadow

by Anthony Ryan

The first book in the Raven’s Shadow series, Blood Song, was a tour de force in the fantasy genre and one of my favourite books of 2015 (yes, it came out in 2012 but I neglected to read it for several years – why change the habit of a lifetime). However, with Tower Lord and Queen of Fire still on my book mountain, and several intermediate short stories, the adventures of Vaelin Al Sorna are, for me, still very much in their infancy. heart

| 6. |

The Crimson Campaign

Book Two of the Powder Mage Trilogy

by Brian McClellan


Promise of Blood was undoubtedly one of my favourite books of 2016 – to say it blew me away would be an understatement, this series opener was phenomenal. In spite of this unwavering praise and the bloody pedestal upon which Mr. McClellan has now been raised, The Crimson Campaign still remains unopened, unread and appears only as ornament on my overcrowded shelves.

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King of Thorns

Book Two of The Broken Empire

by Mark Lawrence

King of Thorn, the sequel to Prince of Thorns, has been abandoned to shelfdom for far too long. The excitement following the completion of its predecessor soon gave way to forgetfulness and King of Thorns was doomed to spend year upon year as a top shelf dust collector. But no more! The vacuum has been enlisted, the shelves have been cleaned and the second novel in The Broken Empire trilogy is in sight once more.

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The Skull Throne

Book Four of the Demon Cycle

by Peter V. Brett

The Daylight War, the third book in Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle left us on more than a metaphorical cliffhanger and, following its completion, The Skull Throne took very little time winging its way to me. But this signed hardback has become little more than a decoration as book upon book put it to the back of my mind, if not the back of my shelf. But with the release of The Core last year, The Skull Throne has made it to the head of the queue.

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Book Three of The Reckoners

by Brandon Sanderson

After reading the first two Reckoners novels, I was lucky enough to win a hardcover copy of Calamity through Goodreads; but this fortune still didn’t exempt Calamity from an early life on a pile of books. Now restored to the illustrious rank of the shelved, the third book in The Reckoners series has more than a little chance of being read this year.


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Golden Son

Book Two of Red Rising

by Pierce Brownheart

My natural aversion to Young Adult fiction was overcome by the glowing reviews received by Red Rising. They didn’t exaggerate, I was not disappointed – Red Rising is incredible. But all incredible books should have a successor that remains unread for far too long and Golden Son has no problems in assuming this position. Recommended to friends long before I even remembered to read it, Golden Son is definitely earmarked for 2018.

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19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Books I Still Haven’t Read

  1. I think our taste in books is very similar! Although I never got far in ‘The Wheel of Time’ 😀 i just started the ‘Shadows of the Apt’ series this year and ‘Promise of Blood’ was one of my highlights from last year. I just started ‘Oathbringer’ as well but am a little bit in a reading slump and not very far..

    Hope you get to all of those books soon! We poor Fantasy readers can’t help starting so many series – there’s not much else!! 😀

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    1. Thanks! – I think we do! 😀 I just bought Oathbringer in hopes that I find my way to Words of Radiance soon! I absolutely love Sanderson so I feel a bit guilty for not reading it yet… reader’s guilt! It’s definitely a thing, I’m sure!

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  2. Hmm, I’m not familiar with most of these, although I’ve heard that I should check out The Reckoners. I do have a bunch of series that I need to make progress with… it never ends!


  3. Lol! Lord of Chaos has been on my TBR for almost as long. I’ve tried again and again to drum up interest to continue with the series, since I have the book, but it’s hard. The characters are so annoying that I find it hard to continue though I’m really interested to find out how things will play out and learn more about that world.


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