5 Unread Books That Have Been on My Shelf The Longest! #Top5Saturday

Hi guys, welcome! Today I am here with a Top 5 Saturday post. This week’s topic is Owned Books. So, I thought I will take this golden opportunity and introduce you people to my shame pile a.k.a Unread Books that have been on my shelf for more than a year.

Top 5 Saturday is a weekly meme/feature hosted by Mandy@Devouring Books. For this you have to make a list of 5 books in response to a given topic.


  • Share your top 5 books of the current topic– these can be books that you want to read, have read and loved, have read and hated, you can do it any way you want.
  • Tag the original post (This one!)
  • Tag 5 people

Now, let’s begin.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (3 years)

Please don’t unfollow me. Please, I beg you, please, I can explain. I already know what happens in the end. You know, I hadn’t even seen the movie just because I wanted to enoy the book first, but then also I got spoiled! There was this movies list, I don’t even remember what the topic was, they just went ahead and spoiled the ending for everyone who read that damn list and thing is they didn’t even warn us about the spoilers. Hate it when this happens, I hate it when people spoil my most anticipated reads…. ugh….. Even though I know what is going to happen, I still do want to read Gone Girl, just for the experience, that is why it is still on my shelf, but the point is whenever I feel like picking this book up I keep thinking that if I already know what is going to happen then what is the use of reading it.

The Complete Sherlock Homes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (7-8 years)

Now I know everyone has unfollowed me. Okay, for this one I truly have a legitimate reason. The copy I own is full of errors. Like not only his becoming has kind of errors, but at times whole sentences are missing. I think I managed to read one short story from this book, while simultaneously consulting a pdf of the same. But no thanks, there is no way I can to that with full length novels.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel (5 years)

Okay, for this one also I have a legitimate reason, sort of. I have already seen the movie! But wait, here goes the legitimate reason out of the window: I bought the book after I watched the movie. Yup, because I loved the movie so much, I wanted to read the complete story. So, I ended up buying the book. I got the book because of the movie, and now I don’t want to read it because of the movie as I already know the story. Aren’t I the queen of contradictions. *facepalm*. I do still plan to read it though, but when I don’t know yet. Someone, please yell at me!!!

The Last Battle by C.S Lewis (7 years)

I guess I should close my blog now. I am very sure I have no more followers left.

I have really no reason why I haven’t read this book yet. I really enjoyed The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, after that I also read The Horse and His boy, which I also enjoyed, but after that I never read any of the other books of Narnia. I don’t know why. All of the other books except for this one and The Horse and The Boy were available in my school library, that is why I only own these two. Good thing though I didn’t buy other ones, or else they would have also sat on my shelf, unread, gathering dust.

The Testament by John Grisham (1.5 years)

This is the most recent book on my Shame Pile. I seriously don’t have any reason for why I haven’t read this book. I seriously don’t. I love John Grisham’s work and it is a thriller and it is not even very long, everything I love in a book, still this book has been sitting on my shelf unread, collecting dust for 1.5 years now. Someone please, shout at me. Please, I request you people.


Anyone who likes making book lists.

What are the books on your Shame Pile?


22 thoughts on “5 Unread Books That Have Been on My Shelf The Longest! #Top5Saturday

  1. Don’t worry! “Gone Girl” isn’t as awesome as everyone claims it to be. I mean I enjoyed it but if I would have already known how it ends the spoiler would have ruined it for me. I really liked “The Chronicles of Narnia” when I was a teen so I’m sure you’ll finish the series eventually. XD Great list! 😀

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    1. Thanks! Hopefully I will complete the series soon, I really enjoyed the first two books.
      That is the thing, there are two characters in this story, if I already know the ending, then what is the point.

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  2. That looks like a pretty diverse list you have going on! I love the different genres. I’ve actually never read any of these books, I’m sorry to say, but I can relate to having books older than 7 years that are still on my shelves left unread.

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    1. Thank you! I love reading from different genres. Apart from sci-fi or political thriller, I try my hands on everything else.
      I strongly believe some these books might actually cross the 10th year mark!!!! So, I too totally relate.

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      1. I think the majority of the basics are there and that a lot of the differences mostly came from condensing the whole book for screentime!


  3. I’ve read Gone Girl, Life of Pie, and Last Battle. Of course I read them all a thousand years ago, lol. Do you think you’ll get to these or are you going to take them off the TBR?


  4. I love Gone Girl but it sat on my shelves for many years too before I finally read it! The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes has been on my TBR for ages as well, I don’t know why I keep putting it off!

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  5. This is such a fun idea and I think your reasons for not reading some of these makes complete sense, especially when it comes to the ones which have film adaptations. I unhauled a load of books recently so I don’t have a current shame pile but I can imagine it was huge before!!


    1. Whenever I want to read a book after I have seen the film adaptation, I always feel that what is the use of reading, if I already know how it is going to end!!! I really should stop watching film adaptation before reading the book.
      I also seriously need to unhaul at least some of my unread books, because let’s face it, I will most probably never get to them.


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