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Name and Shame Your Unread Books

Discussion in 'Books and Anime Discussion' started by Otters, Jun 3, 2019.

  1. Otters

    Otters Third Year ~ Prestige ~ DLP Supporter

    Jun 8, 2010
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    Since moving back to paper books I've been buying books slightly faster than I can read them. Every now and then I clear the backlog, but it's caused me to develop an odd habit - a particular shelf is set aside as my 'in-tray' for unread books.

    Here's my list. What's sitting unread on your shelf?

    01) Malazan books 1 & 2
    02) A Secret Atlas by Michael A. Stackpole
    03) The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (@Halt told me this was shit so I'm scared to open it.)
    04) From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris
    05) The Sealwoman's Gift by Sally Magnusson
    06) Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
    07) The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
    08) Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
    09) Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (@Trig 's rec thread got me to buy this, but still unread as yet)
    10) Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes (picked up after seeing the film on @Taure 's rec)
    11) The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
    12) Embers of War by Gareth L. Powell
    13) Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton (Another classy @Zombie sci-fi suggestion)
    14) Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins
    15) The Expanse books 4-7 - this is what I'm reading at the moment, currently on book 3.
  2. Knyght

    Knyght Alchemist

    Nov 21, 2010
    01) Clariel by Garth Nix
    02) Goldenhand by Garth Nix
    03) Bound by Benedict Jacka
    04) La Belle Sauvage by Phillip Pullman
    05) Melissa by Jonathan Taylor (which I bought because I know the author who also signed it)

    Man, I forgot I even own these books.

    Reading e-books is easy since I just read on the way to work, during work and breaks, and on my way home whereas I'd only read paperbacks at home. And since 4/5 of them are part of a greater series, I'd feel the need to read everything that precedes them before getting into these ones.
  3. Taure

    Taure Magical Core Enthusiast ~ Prestige ~ DLP Supporter

    Mar 5, 2006
    United Kingdom
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    Too many to list as I'm awful at finishing books these days. Fanfiction has spoilt me for reading... I encounter one thing I don't like and quit the story.

    But my greatest shame is that I got Oathbringer for Christmas and still haven't finished it.
  4. Majube

    Majube Unspeakable

    Aug 2, 2016
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    I renewed my library card recently for like the first time in years and the first thing I did was borrow a bunch of ebooks and then I read like 5 books in 2 weeks and stopped. Worse thing is I placed a bunch of holds too but I keep on getting sequels before the first book. My list is around 20 books long, I'll put it up in a mo.

    Huh, Taure my sig is a quote from oathbringer. I thought it wouldnt be that big a deal since it came out a while ago but I'll put it in spoilers since it's an important one.
  5. Zombie

    Zombie Tegridy Moderator DLP Supporter

    Apr 28, 2007
    I wanna see @Sauce Bauss list.

    It will exceed the character limit for the post box.
  6. Shinysavage

    Shinysavage Madman With A Box ~ Prestige ~

    Nov 16, 2009
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    Oh boy. Spoilered for length.


    Iain M Banks: Look to Windward, Excession
    Angela Carter - The Magic Toyshop
    Chaucer - Canturbury Tales
    Conrad - Heart of Darkness
    De Quincey - Confessions of an English Opium Eater
    Philip K Dick - Maze of Death
    Kate Atkinson - A God in Ruins
    Steven Erikson - Fall of Light
    Ian Esslemont - Orb Sceptre Throne, Stonewielder, Dancers Lament, Assail, Blood and Bone (all of these and Fall of Light are entries in the Malazan spin-off series)
    Peter Conrad - Mythomania
    Esi Edgyen - Washington Black
    Nick Harkaway - Gnoman
    Neil Gaiman - Norse Mythology, View from the Cheap Seats, Trigger Warning
    Anais Nin - Delta of Venus
    Peter Frankopan - The Silk Roads
    Ali Shaw - The Trees
    Naomi Novik - Uprooted
    Katarina Bivaldi - The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
    Faulkner - Absalom, Absalom
    Sarah Perry - The Essex Serpent
    Mark Haddon - The Pier Falls
    David Mitchell - Slade House
    James Corey - Leviathan Wakes
    Hawking - Brief History of Time
    Marlon James - A Brief History of Seven Killings
    Richard Flanagan - Narrow Road to the Deep North
    Paul Beatty - The Sellout
    Sebastian Barry - Days Without End
    Andy Miller - The Year of Living Dangerously
    Cixin Lin - The Three Body Problem
    Alice Walker - The Colour Purple
    Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited
    Maji Laude - History of Bees
    Hope Mirrlees - Lud-in-the-Mist
    Arundhati Roy - The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
    Madeline Miller - Circe
    Natasha Pulley - Bedlam Stacks
    Ursula le Guin - The Left Hand of Darkness
    Jonathan Wood - No Nero
    James Joyce - Ulysses
    China Mieville - Three Moments of an Explosion
    Gregg Taylor - Blackjack Justice
    Lander - End as an Assassin
    W Somerset Maughan - Writers Notebook
    JJ Abrams - S
    Brandon Sanderson - Oathbringer, Arcanum Unbound
    Lindsay Davis - Master and God
    Gregory Roberts - Shantaram
    Gene Wolfe - The Wizard Knight
    Claire North - 84k
    Dan Simmons - Hyperion
    Kim Newman - Anno Dracula
    The Silmarillion
    Gravitys Rainbow
    Don DeLilo - Underworld
    Leah on the Offbeat - Becky Albertalli

    Physical comics:

    Walt Simonson - The Mighty Thor 1
    Wicked and Divine 3
    Monstress 1
    100 Bullets 1


    Mary Roach - Stiff
    Nicola Yoon - The Sun is Also a Star (this and the above are book club books, so will get read in the next month or two)
    Jamie Fewery - Our Life in a Day
    Nnedi Okarafor - The Book of Phoenix
    Bulgakov - Master and Margarita
    William Boyd - Any Human Heart
    Syliva Hunter - The Midnight Queen
    EM Forster - Passage to India
    Sarah Millican - Champion
    HR Haggard - King Solomon's Mines
    David Copperfield
    Les Miserables


    New 52 Supergirl 3-6
    The Multiversity
    Batman Rebirth: omnibus 1+2, Night of the Monster Men
    Rebirth Aquaman vol 5
    Rebirth Wonder Woman omnibus 2
    Jonathan Hickman's Avengers 1-5
    New Avengers 1-3
    Cassandra Cain: Batgirl 1
    Stephanie Brown: Batgirl 1
    Court of the Owls
    Booster Gold 1
    Civil War 2
    Daredevil Born Again
    DC: The New Frontier
    Flash: Geoff Johns 1, Mark Waid 1, Starting Line
    Green Arrow by Jeff Lemire, Rebirth omnibus 1
    Green Lantern: Kyle Rayner
    Green Lantern/New Gods
    Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn
    Green Lanterns 1
    Hellboy 1-4
    Mister Miracle
    Power Girl: Power Trip
    Secret Wars
    Supergirl 1996-2003 vol 1-4
    Superman/Shazam: First Thunder
    Teen Titans by Geoff Johns 1
    Titans: Together Forever
    Ultimates 1+2 (not the Ultimate Marvel version, the main one...)
    X-Men: Days of Future Past, Dark Phoenix
    Wonder Woman by George Perez 1, by Greg Rucka 1
    Wonder Woman: The Circle
  7. ScottPress

    ScottPress The Horny Sovereign ~ Prestige ~ DLP Supporter

    Apr 22, 2013
    The Holy Moose Empire
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    My unfinished list at the moment, in no particular order:

    A Game of Thrones

    I read the Dany chapters once, but last time I just stopped somewhere around Bobby B's crypt stalking in Winterfell. I'm certain it's because early seasons of the show reportedly followed the books quite closely, so I feel no burning desire to read what I've already seen a bunch, even though I know the book expands the world considerably. Then again, I'm not wild about worldbuilding tangents for the sake of worldbuilding alone, which is also one of the reasons why I took months at a time to slog through Stormlight 1 & 2, and speaking of Stormlight

    I have Oathbringer and Kindle tracker tells me I'm about 20% in. I stopped because, in this gigantic book, absolutely nothing interesting has happened a fifth of the way through.
    Well, except for Kal teaming up with Parshendi, but he's teaching them about basic shit.
    Sanderson has this tendency to muddle his stories with mundane shit, I can't tell if he wants his stories to be "grounded" or whatever, but it's boring as fuck and drowns good stories in mundane shit. Oh, I've mentioned that already? Well, so has Brandon.

    Senlin Ascends
    I enjoy the prose and the world is honestly fascinating, I just don't care about the MC or his quest. I'll probably finish it just for the prose, which is fantastic.

    The Selfish Gene
    Don't ask because I don't even really know myself. I'm not that interested in evolutionary biology, or biology in general, beyond bits of cool trivia I can pick up from memes. I think I was feeling inadequate in comparison to my sister the week I bought this one.
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2019
  8. Halt

    Halt 1/3 of the Note Bros. Moderator

    May 27, 2010
    Day 128: I am unsure if anyone's realized I haven't actually read A Song of Ice and Fire despite having started two wba stories in the genre. I hide my incompetence through shiny worldbuilding, and a focus on pre Canon era and pre Canon characters. I have, however, read the wiki. All three of them.

    Other books include
    Malazan Book of the Fallen
    Oathbringer by Sanderson
    The latest update of Druid of Holly and Yew
    Lord of the Rings
  9. BTT

    BTT Viol̀e͜n̛t͝ D̶e͡li͡g҉h̛t҉s̀ ~ Prestige ~

    Aug 31, 2011
    Cyber City Oedo
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    My shame shelf:

    • An Empire of Ice by Edward J. Larson
    • God's Chinese Son by Jonathan Spence
    • Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre. I really liked Macintyre's books about Kim Philby and Oleg Gordievsky, so I figured I might as well work through his entire oeuvre. Was less of a fan of his book about Adam Worth, but his book about Agent Zigzag was good.
    • Rogue Heroes by Ben Macintyre
  10. Sorrows

    Sorrows Queen of the Flamingos Moderator DLP Gold Supporter

    Jun 17, 2008
    Game of Thrones, Name of Wind and Wheel of Time.

    Started all three more than once, can't get through them.
  11. Anarchy

    Anarchy Half-Blood Prince DLP Supporter

    Dec 12, 2009
    1) The Ghost Brigades (second book in Old Man's War series) by John Scalzi. Got about half way through, but didn't really find anything about it nearly as interesting as the first book, and got bored. Also, different MC than the first book

    2) The Last Colony (third book in Old Man's War). Supposedly the MC's from the first two books meet up, but since I couldnt get through the second, ohwell.

    3) Dance of the Dragons. So fucking boring, I couldn't finish it.