Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that currently resides at The Artsy Reader Girl and features bloggers sharing lists on various book topics. For this latest Top Ten Tuesday, participants are required to list their favourite books that the were excited to get but still haven’t had a chance to read. There is also a side requirement to list the length of time since you’ve received or heard about the book, which adds some interesting complexity to the list.
Now, one of the saddest things about being a reviewer is that there are always far too many books coming out every year to keep up with. Despite my best efforts, at the end of each year there are always multiple books that I am extremely sad that I never got the chance to read. These books have built up over the years, and I currently have an extended list of awesome sounding novels sitting around waiting to be read. Many of these have been captured in my weekly Waiting on Wednesday posts, and I am quite ashamed to say that quite a substantial number of novels I previously highlighted in these posts haven’t been read. As such, I thought I might slightly alter the underlying basis of this list slightly by looking at the ten oldest Waiting on Wednesday posts I have where I never actually got around to reading the book.
This ended up being a rather interesting list to pull together as I have highlighted quite a few great novels over the years. However, it was fairly easy to find the ten oldest Waiting on Wednesday posts on my blog where I haven’t read the book, and I added them to this list in descending order. I did have to make a few exclusions for a couple of books which still haven’t been released yet, and I also had to filter out some posts where I failed to review a book after reading it. Still, this left me with a rather interesting top ten list of cool books that I really need to check out. So let us see which are the ten books I have been waiting the longest to check out.
Top Ten List (Descending by Date of Waiting on Wednesday Article)
10. The Shadow Saint by Gareth Ryder – Hanrahan -6 November 2019
The sequel to one of the more intriguing debuts of 2019, The Gutter Prayer, The Shadow Saint is a fantastic sounding grimdark fantasy novel that I really need to take off the shelf and read.
9. Anyone by Charles Soule – 31 October 2019
An awesome sounding standalone science fiction novels from one of my favourite Star Wars authors, Charles Soule (author of Light of the Jedi, and several awesome comic series). Anyone is an interesting thriller set around a future where people can transfer their consciousness into other bodies. I love the sound of this concept and I hope I can make time to read it at some point.
8. The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso – 15 August 2019
Easily one of the books I most regret not reading is The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso. The first book in the Rooks and Ruins series, which serves as a sequel to her impressive debut Swords and Fire trilogy (made up of The Tethered Mage, The Defiant Heir and The Unbound Empire), this book has been high on my to-read list for ages, but I can never seem to find the time to read it. This is a real shame, as I have heard that this is an exceptional novel, and I am sure the following books in the Rooks and Ruins series are going to be really incredible as well.
7. #Murderfunding by Gretchen McNeil – 3 July 2019
A fun and deadly young adult thriller, #MurderFunding is the sequel to the great 2018 read, #MurderTrending, and it is one I have been hoping to read for a while. This delay is because I unfortunately didn’t get a copy of this when it first came out. While I did eventually grab a copy a few months ago, I still haven’t had the chance to read it, even after reading the great prequel novel #NoEscape. I honestly need to sit down and try to read this at some point, as I will probably just power through it and finish it off in a day.
6. Grave Importance by Vivian Shaw – 19 June 2019
The third book in the Dr. Greta Helsing series, Grave Importance is an excellent book about a doctor who specialises in helping the undead, and who finds herself wrapped up in a mystery involving mummies. I loved the first two books in this series, Strange Practice and Dreadful Company, and I really regret having not seen how the series continued. This is another mistake I really should try to rectify, especially as my copy of Grave Importance is constantly judging me from a nearby bookshelf.
5. The Institute by Stephen King – 9 May 2019
I loved the sound of this unique and interesting Stephen King novel when I heard about it in 2019, however, I didn’t get a chance to read The Institute when it first came out. Despite hearing some amazing things about it, I have never gone back to check it out, even after having a blast with King’s two 2021 novels, Later and Billy Summers. I will have to carve some time out for The Institute at some point, although there are also many, many other Stephen King books I also want to read.
4. Salvation Lost by Peter F. Hamilton – 1 May 2019
Another book that I deeply regret not reading, Salvation Lost is the fantastic sounding sequel to the great 2018 read, Salvation by science fiction master Peter F. Hamilton. I absolutely loved Salvation when it came out, and I honestly cannot fathom why I keep failing to read Salvation Lost, it is completely mind boggling.
3. The Andromeda Evolution by Daniel H. Wilson – 13 March 2019
The recently released sequel to Michael Chrichton’s iconic technothriller, The Andromeda Strain. I was very interested to see what they did in this sequel, written 50 years after the release of the first book, however, I was never able to fit it into my reading schedule.
2. The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling – 16 January 2019
An interesting and compelling sounding science fiction horror novel that caught my eye a few years ago. I failed to even get a copy of this book when it came out, although it is still on my radar to read. Hopefully I will get a chance at some point, but it may be a while.
1. Alien: Echo by Mira Grant – 19 December 2019
The final entry (and oldest post) on this list is Alien: Echo, which I have so many regrets about not reading. An amazing Alien tie-in novel from one of the best authors of horror fiction, the talented Mira Grant (Into the Drowning Deep is still one of my favourite horror novels), I have no idea why I never tried to read this, but I am constantly berating myself for not checking it out, especially as I know I am going to love it. Hopefully I pull myself together at some point to read it, so we’ll see how that goes.
Well, that’s the end of this latest list. As you can see, there are several awesome novels that I really need to try and read at some point, especially as I have been thinking about most of them for multiple years now. All 10 books above sound extremely cool, and I desperately need to carve some time out to read them. In the meantime, let me know which books you most regret not reading, and if you’ve enjoyed any of the entries on this list, I would love to hear what you thought about them.