Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Was SO EXCITED to Get, but Still Haven’t Read

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

I’m a big-time mood reader so, often, when I finally get a book that I’ve been waiting ages for, it doesn’t get read immediately.  More often than not, it gets forgotten completely until I see a bazillion people posting about it and I think, “Hmm, I should get that – wait, I HAVE IT.”

Yeah, it’s a problem.

So, here are ten books I was thrilled to finally have and… haven’t managed to read yet.  Oops.

The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski.  I bought the entire set in July 2019.  I wanted to read at least the first before the Netflix series started and gifted them to myself for my birthday.  To date, I’ve read two out of the eight books.

The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.  I love these two authors and devour every book of theirs I get.  And yet, I haven’t cracked this one open yet.  BOTM selection for February 2022.

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood.  Another BOTM selection (as most of these are!) from October 2021.

A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham.  This book drew me to it like a moth to a flame.  And now it’s residing on my nightstand, waiting.  BOTM selection for February 2022.  I really need to start resisting those dang add ons!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.  I bought this book back in um… June 2014 in preparation for a trip to Huntington Beach, CA.  I was eager to read it, but I thought my daughters would enjoy it as well.  They did – one read it on the trip down, one on the way back.  Me?  Not yet.

Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena.  I got excited when I saw this was one of the BOTM selections in August 2021.  I’d read her book, The Couple Next Door, and was so eager to read this new one.  Hah.

Razorblade Tears by S. A. Cosby.  This at least wasn’t an ignored Book of the Month choice.  I grabbed it quickly when the ebook was on sale.  Cheap… in July 2021.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid.  This was my first BOTM choice because of all the hype I’d seen in regards to both the book and the author.  I’d had good intentions with this, but the minute I took it out of the box, my kid grabbed it and said, “Oooh, I’ve been hearing about this book.  Thanks.”  By the time she’d finished it, I was eyeball deep in something else.  BOTM for June 2021.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.  Another ebook deal that I couldn’t pass up but couldn’t be bothered to read either.  June 2021.

Imaginary Friends by Stephen Chbosky.  Yet another ebook deal that suckered me in and then was soon forgotten.  February 2021.  What I really need help with is my addiction to one-click buying!


  1. While I didn’t include these in my post, quite a few are on my TBR as well.

  2. Oooh, I’ve read a few of these and they’re so good! I hope you get to them and love them.

  3. I’ve read a few of these- Malibu Rising and Fangirl are ones that I really enjoyed! I hope you are able to pick up some of these soon!!

    • Lasreviews says

      My daughter loved Malibu Rising and it resulted in me buying every TJR book in print for her. Hahaha. But thank you for the confirmation I’m on the right track.

  4. Fangirl was fun. And is it funny that I didn’t even know there was a Witcher series until after the show came out? Eventually I realized it. 🙂

    • Lasreviews says

      I was the same way. My husband loved the games and I had no idea they were based off a series of books. Hah.

  5. You’re so right about being a mood reader books getting forgotten that’s me too!

  6. I loved Malibu Rising! TJR is a favorite and never disappoints. Hope you’ll love when you get to it!

    • Lasreviews says

      I’ve heard nothing but good things about Malibu Rising! My kid loved it, and she’s a much pickier reader than I am. 🙂

  7. Mexican Gothic is so good. I hope you get a chance to read it soon!

  8. Mexican Gothic is on my list today. Malibu Rising was good. At another blog we were discussing Rainbow Rowell today! Fun to find her here too.

    • Lasreviews says

      I’ve heard nothing but good things about Malibu Rising, so I’m eager to get to it! Too funny about Rainbow Rowell though!

  9. Yes to FANGIRL. I got a copy of that book a few years ago and just read it a couple of months ago. I also got a copy of THE LOVE HYPOTHESIS in February and still haven’t read it even though I’m dying to.

    • Lasreviews says

      I’m ashamed at how long I’ve owned Fangirl and still haven’t read it! It’s embarrassing! The Love Hypothesis looks really cute, I don’t know why I keep putting it off either.

  10. Ebook deals are the worst – in a good way ? I have so many to read ? The Love Hypothesis is great ? definitely worth the hype.

    • Lasreviews says

      Right? Especially when they’re books that are usually $9.99 or $14.99 – you feel like you have to buy it right that second even though you have 15 things on hold at the library. LOL Yes! So good to know that TLH is worth the wait. 🙂

  11. I’ve actually read a few of these! Mexican Gothic was amazing, and I loved Fangirl. Malibu Rising was good, too–I hope you enjoy them when you read them!

  12. Yes, we all have tons of books on our TBR piles. I haven’t heard of any of yours but I hope you’ll enjoy them.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT this week which contains some pretty old books.

  13. I’ve not read any of these, but I hope you enjoy all of them whenever you read them.
    My TTT:

  14. I actually just finally read A Flicker in the Dark this weekend. I really enjoyed it!

  15. Mexican Gothic can be a little difficult to get into, but I definitely recommend it 😀

  16. You’re doing better than me on the Witcher books! I planned to read them after season 1 on, so far, I’ve read exactly none.

  17. Still have to read a single novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Someday. Also, I see SO many enjoying Ali’s books so there’s lots of good hype with that one. 🙂 Hope you enjoy ALL of these, and many thanks for visiting Finding Wonderland on this week. 🙂

  18. From your list I’ve read and loved both The Love Hypothesis and Fangirl. Malibu Rising is still on my TBR as well. Hope you’ll love all of these when you get to them!

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