Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I Hadn’t Waited So Long to Read


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish is a freebie!

Since I finished Rivers of London today and wish I had known the book existed before recently, I thought this would be a good topic to write a post about!

I was thinking the other day, as I was tidying my bookshelves, that there’s a terrifying potential that my very favourite book is sitting on my shelf or on my Kindle and staring at me, just waiting for me to read it, and all the while I’m reading books that I feel really “meh” about… What if it’s true? Or what if I gave it away, thinking I’d never read it?

And that, my friends, is why I’m a book hoarder. The what ifs make me nervous.

But, here are books that I have read that I wish I’d read way before I did! It was hard narrowing down the list, but I’m pleased with them!

I also wish I’d read Parade’s End sooner, but the delay on that one is down to my crippling fear of it, which was been documented several times on this blog… but anyone who has been following me on my quest to topple the giant will be pleased to know that I finished Some Do Not… yesterday, which is the first book of the tetralogy!


1. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovich

Oh goodness, I wish I’d known about this series before! I absolutely loved this book, it grabbed me from the first page. I actually read this while reading Some Do Not… and used this as an incentive to read that one. So for every chapter of SDN, I read two chapters of Rivers of London (since SDN is so dense and time consuming, where this is quick and fun). It was a super effective method, as I ended up getting more stuck into Ford than I thought I would and finished that first, so let myself finish this as a treat!

2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte


My reasons for not reading and finishing this before last year were valid and probably advisable, so I don’t feel too bad about it, but I did really wish it had been in my life before.

3. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien


People scared me away from this book by saying it was super difficult and boring. I wish I hadn’t listened, particularly when I didn’t respect those people’s taste in books anyway. People who knew me better told me to read it, I should have listened! I’m so sad that I spent so many years without this book!

4. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Despite my middling review of this book, it’s stuck with me quite solidly. I’ll probably read this again as an audiobook at some point, seeing as I bought it for my Dad. I thought he’d love it and pestered him for weeks to read it… and I was right! It’s definitely not my favourite book, but I do wish I’d read it before the hype monster reared it’s ugly head.

5. A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England by Suzannah Lipscomb


I kick myself every time I think of this book and how useful it would have been when I was in England. I had it on my Kindle but stupidly didn’t read it. My enjoyment and knowledge about the places I visited would have increased substantially… and that’s saying something, because as it was I adored everything and had already read up on places I visited! I love Suzannah’s style and this book is just gorgeous. Look at that cover!

6. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

I have no idea why I never read this when I was a child. I have no idea why I wasn’t given this when I was a child. I have Tolkienist godparents for heaven’s sake! All I can think is that they were smoking something astounding and forgot to give me this book for any of the many birthdays and Christmases between the ages of 6 and 16.

Maybe it was because I really didn’t like the Narnia books, since I was forced to read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe over and over in year 3 or 4, because the school decided they couldn’t cater for a child who had read her way through every single graded reading book and trounced all of the other kids in the class. I deeply resented being given nothing but TLTWATW and not being allowed to pick my own book to read once I’d finished it the first time! I did kind of lump The Hobbit in with Narnia, despite it being rather different.

7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

I adore the writing style of this book, even if the content freaks me out! Thompson was an absolute genius and this book was fascinating. Totally not my usual style, but I would have loved to have read this long before I did.

8. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Any day spent without having read this book is a day of misery and pain. It kills me that this book was out for several years before I had even heard about it, let alone read it!

9. Unbearable Lightness by Portia De Rossi

A bit of a dark horse here, but I do wish I’d read this book before. I’m not an Ellen Degeneres or Ally McBeal fan, but I really liked Portia, though I knew very little about her other than that she was pretty, Aussie and married to Ellen! This book ended up leaving me in tears and helped me to empathise with those struggling with eating disorders.

10. The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse

I wish I’d read this earlier, not because I loved it or even liked it. I wish I’d read it sooner so I hadn’t wasted my money on a hardback and let it take up space on my shelves for so long, as this book was such a disappointment. It was very pretty though. I’m not even sure if I still own it… I may have given it away or it may be in the storage under my bed. Kind of shows how ambivalent I am to this book’s existence, seeing as I usually know where every book I own is located!


17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I Hadn’t Waited So Long to Read

  1. Great list and topic. I was fascinated by Wuthering Heights when I first read it (ashamedly, only started it more because of mentions in Twilight that anything else) and after having read Jane Eyre, Emily is definitely my preferred Bronte.

    • Don’t worry, I think loads of people did! I prefer Anne, she’s more understated. Charlotte kind of annoys me because she was so bitchy and jealous of poor Anne, I don’t really have an opinion on Emily!

  2. I just finished reading Wuthering Heights last night, and I went back and read your review and I totally agree about it not being a romantic love story! I was so confused while I was reading it because I was like, “THIS is the book that everyone is swooning over? This is a terrible relationship!” I did quite enjoy the story though, as unsettling and crazy as it was. Anyways, great TTT!

    • It bothers me so much that people think it’s such a gorgeous romance! Maybe if you like abusive jerks… So you and I are both sane creatures, thank goodness!
      The relationships are interesting, but it really is like watching a very extended train wreck. I still loved it, but yeah, definitely not romantic.

  3. Great topic! I wish I had read Harry Potter earlier, but I’m glad I didn’t because I finished book 4 right before book 5 came out. If I had read it earlier, I would’ve had to wait years instead of months for OOTP. So, that one worked out in my favor. But the books were great, so I wish I had been part of that whole hype earlier.

    • Ohhh I was one of the ones who waited ages! Lucky you!
      The problem with reading stuff first is that when the hype comes, the craziness is annoying… I read Twilight before the hype and we all know how that ended ;P

  4. I have second-thoughts about books all the time. I have two bags of books I’m suppose to donate to my library just sitting in a corner and I can’t get myself to take them in and I’m always going through them and questioning whether I should give them all away or not.

    • It’s dreadful! I get so worried about it and then the dreaded time comes when I think I have a book and realise I gave it away! My hoarding saved me a bit this semester at uni, as I already had half the text list *phew*

    • Thanks! You must get onto that, I’ve already begun the second book in the Peter Grant series, to hell with university!
      I kind of hope it isn’t, I can’t think of any more books… Maybe that’s how they dream up new topics.
      OMG HERETIC! It’s okay, I forgive you 😛

      • HAHAHA – that’s what I think on a bad week in work too… Sure I’ll just read… Who’ll know…

        Heretic? LOL I’ve just finished watching all four seasons of The Tudors (I want to move on to Reign but it isn’t here yet! :() – so how appropriate?! R x

    • You’re right! It’s the crappy books that make the good ones that much better. And they’re fun to rage about!
      Haha I was a bit of a young beast, now I’m in my old age my brain struggles sometimes! Even I get shocked by what I read and understood when I was younger… I’m a mutant!

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