Top Five Friday: My Perpetual TBR

Whenever I log on to Blogger, Instagram, or most of my social media for that matter, there's a good chance I'm going to come across someone sharing the spoils of a recent book haul. I don't have a problem with these posts; in fact, I think it's great that readers are getting their hands on as many books as possible. However, I just can't justify buying more books if I have books on my shelf or my Kindle that I haven't read. Instead of going on massive books hauls, I usually buy one or two books at a time.

Today on Top Five Friday, I'm going to continue on the theme of books I haven't read and discuss the handful of books that I've bought but simply haven't gotten around to.

5. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

After I read The Ocean at the End of the Lane for my Brit Lit class last spring, I had to get my hands on another Neil Gaiman book. I ended up forgetting about it and moving on to other books, but it's only been around four months since I bought it, so there's still hope that I'll get to it at some point!

4. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

I'm pretty sure I bought The Bell Jar at the same time I bought Stardust, so it hasn't been sitting on my shelf for too terribly long. This will probably be my next read when I'm in the mood for a classic!

3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The hype over The Girl on the Train was pretty intense when it came out in January, so I basically bought it on a whim based on what I've heard about it; not to mention I can't resist interesting fonts and cover art. Since there's a possibility for a movie adaptation, I'll probably read it at some point, but it's not on my radar any time soon.

2. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

After reading All the Light We Cannot See last fall, I definitely went through a historical fiction phase, and getting A Constellation of Vital Phenomena was definitely a result of this. Don't get me wrong, I still love a good historical fiction book every now and then, but lately, I just haven't been in the mood for it. Based on the cover art, maybe this will be a good book to read closer to winter!

1. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I've had The Young Elites on my Kindle since late last year, and I haven't considered reading it since then. I think I read the sample, but I wasn't in the mood to read it at the time and decided to start it later. Evidently, "later" turned into "eventually" since I still haven't read it to this day!

Have you read the books on this week's Top Five Friday? What did you think about them? Do you have any books that you can't seem to get around to? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading,

Indoor Sojourner
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  1. I just finished reading Stardust and it was a really quick read cause it's quite a short book. Neil Gaiman is amazing at writing fantasy and building up his worlds but I felt Stardust lacked some character development. I've been meaning to read The Young Elites but before I allow myself to buy any more books I've made it my mission to read all the books I already own.

    1. I'm a pretty slow reader, so I definitely prefer shorter, fast paced reads, especially if I'm in a slump! I'll have to get to Stardust ASAP!
      Good luck on your mission! :D

  2. I have been meaning to read some Neil Gaiman for ages, and Stardust was one in particular I wanted to read. I've had American Gods for ages though and haven't got round to it, so I should probably read that one first!

  3. I've heard such great things about how smart and twisted The Girl on the Train is - definitely curious to see what you think of it when you read it! And The Young Elites is absolutely incredible - you won't regret picking it up. Thanks for sharing, and happy reading! ♥

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    1. Cool! I think I just wasn't in the mood for The Young Elites, but I might try it again soon.

  4. I'm the same way when it comes to buying books. I currently have four in my possession that I haven't read, and it's driving me nuts. I've heard a lot about The Girl on the Train (some good, some bad). I saw it the other day for 40% off, and I was almost tempted to buy it. I typically don’t gravitate towards psychological thrillers, but I did end up purchasing You by Caroline Kepnes recently.

    Sarah @ The Reading Petal

    1. I know, right? I can't imagine having entire shelves of unread books :o
      I haven't read anything by by Caroline Kepnes, I'll have to check her out!

  5. Girl on the Train wasn't really worth the hype. I would however recommend Caroline Kepnes as well! I prefer her books over that one mystery/thriller wise.

    Danica @ "A Redheaded Bookworm"

  6. At last, All the Light We Cannot See Audio-book is now available on AudioBooksNow.

  7. At last, The Girl On The Train Audio-book is officially available on AudioBooksNow.