Books That Have Been on My TBR the Longest

We’re back with another Top 5 Tuesday, thanks to Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. I’m a little at a loss at this one, because I don’t keep up with my TBR on GoodReads like a lot of people do. The majority of the ones on my GR are from just the past couple of months. I used to have a notebook full of books I’d come across while working at Books-a-Million, but I think I’ve misplaced it. Oh, well.

Without further ado, here are the Top 5 books on my TBR, mostly from looking through the books I’ve had on my shelf the longest and deciding when I bought that book.


Ex-Isle by Peter Clines (on TBR since 2016)

I read the majority of this series late in 2015, when I was dating the guy I now refer to as M2. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and at some point in the future I’m going to own the series. (You know, there are so many books that I’m going to own at some point in the future. Once I get an actual salaried job, the bookstore had better watch out.) I’ve read the rest of the series, but not this one. I guess it’s been on my TBR since 2016?


Light by Michael Grant (on my TBR since 2013)

I own nearly all of the books in the Gone series by Michael Grant, except this one. I haven’t been able to find it in stores (why do bookstores sell the first few books in a series and then not sell the rest of them? The Redwall series, for example, is never carried past book 6, and it’s irksome). This is really not an excuse at all, though, because there’s this thing called Amazon. I’ll get around to finishing this one at some point.


Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (on my TBR since 2013)

I guess 2013 was just a really bad year for the last book in a series to be published. Out of the five books on this list, three of them were published in 2013 and I actually own two of them. I enjoyed The Infernal Devices so much more than The Mortal Instruments, but I still can’t bring myself to finish the last book in the series. Maybe it’s because Cassandra Clare has become such a polarizing author (it seems as if you either hate her or you love her), or maybe it’s because I’m just not interested in the Shadowhunter world anymore. I’m sure I’ll finish out the series at some point, but for now…just no.


Fyre by Angie Sage (on TBR since 2013)

What is it with me not finishing out a series? There was a legit reason for Ex-Isle; I lost access to the books. But Fyre has been sitting on my shelf since the day it came out in paperback, but I haven’t read it yet. Probably because I’m scared of reading it. I absolutely love Sage’s Magyk series, and I’m worried that the last book isn’t going to do it justice. To give you an idea, this book was first published in 2013, so it’s been on my TBR for at least that long. I’ll get to it at some point. It’s literally been sitting on my bookshelf for four years. Ugh. And I know that before I read this book, I’ll have to go back and reread the previous six so I know what’s going on.


FullMetal Alchemist #27 by Hiromu Arakawa (on TBR since 2010)

This is another book that I literally bought the day it came out. As with Fyre, though, I can’t physically bring myself to read this book. I just can’t. I’ve picked it up several times and looked it, then realized I couldn’t read it. I don’t know if I can bear to end this series. It’s my favorite manga series of all time. I’ve watched the original anime series and it’s concluding film, Conquerers of Shamballa, but I haven’t watched the new series (I don’t like the voice actors in the new one). I know the manga ends differently from the series, but I can’t do it. I just can’t.


I just realized how much shame I have in admitting that I haven’t finished all of these series. Literally all of these books are the last book in a series, and some of them have been out for seven years. Are you serious? I own all but two of these books, too.

Do you have shame like mine? Do you think I should just go ahead and bite the bullet and read what I’ve got on my shelf? Or should I just give up since it’s been so long? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading.



16 thoughts on “Books That Have Been on My TBR the Longest

  1. For me, the last of anything in a series is bittersweet. Happy because you get to see how it all comes together, but sad because that’s the end of the story. I know I sometimes struggle to finish a book series because I don’t want it all to be over.

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    1. That’s exactly my reasoning behind not finishing FullMetal Alchemist… I want to so badly (and my sister has finished it before I have!) but I can’t bring myself to do it! Maybe I’ll just sit down and read the entire thing this winter…


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