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Top 5 Tuesday – Books That Have Been on My TBR the Longest

Welcome back to another Top 5 Tuesday, the weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. This is a pretty special one for me as it’s also my birthday and I’m turning 22, yay! This week the topic is ‘Top 5 Books That Have Been on My TBR the Longest’. I have quite a few books, whether on my physical shelf or my mental TBR, and after today that list has grown thanks to a few lovely presents! To narrow my list down to 5 I decided to focus on physical TBR books that I can currently see looking at me with judging eyes as I pick up yet another new book and ignore the ones who are dusting on my shelf. Let’s take a look at my Top 5 Books That Have Been on My TBR the Longest…


  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

charlie and the chocolate fatcory book

This was one of my favourite films as a child and it is still special to me now. I’ve read a few of Roald Dahl’s books but have always been hesitant to pick up Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I bought this copy over a year and a half ago now at a market whilst at university. Unfortunately it has remained shelved and I haven’t been brave enough to read it yet. I know deep down I’ll love it when I do and I can’t wait to be transported to the famous chocolate factory I love so much.

  1. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope – Ian Doescher

shakespeare star wars new hope

I can’t remember how long I’ve had this for exactly but I know it’s been on my TBR for a long time. I got this as a present whilst I was studying Drama at university. I am a huge Shakespeare fan and I thought this was such a great concept so I couldn’t resist getting one. I’m not sure if I’ll actually read this book or if it’s more of a novelty for me, but I love having it on my shelf either way.

  1. Winter’s Snow – Carrie-Hope Fletcher

winters snow

I remember picking up this little short story in Waterstones last summer. I couldn’t resist adding it to my mum’s purchase at the till as I remembered watching Carrie’s youtube videos as a teenager. I was curious to see what her writing was like, even though I’m not a huge fan of the YA contemporary genre anyway. However, I still haven’t got round to reading the story. I don’t really have much excuse as short stories don’t take up a lot of time. Who knows, maybe I might give it a go soon, especially as I have a Tom Fletcher book to read too.

  1. Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Acting – West End Producer

about acting west end producer

This is another book I bought at university and never got round to reading. I promise I did a lot of reading amongst all the studying and partying, but it seems I did a lot more book buying, too. The West End Producer is a pretty big comic figure in British stage and theatre, writing for The Stage, and as a drama student I loved this. His tweets are so funny so I just had to treat myself to his debut book. Then it arrived and I never got round to reading it. I’m hoping I’ll read it eventually as a nostalgic look back at my time as a drama student.

  1. LOTR: The Two Towers and The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien

lotr trilogy

The Lord of the Rings has been on my mental TBR for a very long time and for my 21st birthday last year it made its way onto my shelf in a gorgeous physical trilogy set. I read The Fellowship of the Ring at the beginning of the year and really enjoyed it, but it took me so long. I know I’ll read these eventually but I’m happy for them to stay on my TBR for a little while longer until I’m ready to revisit Middle Earth again.

That’s it for another week! I’m pretty happy with my varied TBR, and hopefully one day they’ll no longer be left on the shelf, waiting. What books have been on your TBR the longest?

Happy reading!

15 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday – Books That Have Been on My TBR the Longest

  1. Happy Birthdayyy!!! ❤ ❤ I hope u r enjoying your Birthday week. I really liked your list and I have to add some of these to my mental TBR. And you really have to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. it is a wonderful book.

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  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! I hope you have an amazing day!
    Great list! I haven’t read The Lord of the Rings yet either and I feel so guilty about it being a fantasy fan and a fan of the movies. Maybe one day lol!
    Thanks again for participating – adding you to the list 🙂

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    1. If either of you jump in to read LOTR, take it from me, you can skip the songs. For some reason, the characters are constantly singing songs that last for pages at a time. I read them all, thinking there would be some important info, but there wasn’t. So just skip them.

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  3. Happy birthday!

    I got LOTR for Christmas several years ago, and I think it took me about three months to trek through them (also because of school, etc.). It’s well worth it in the end!!

    Also, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars are the most brilliant things ever. I own every one of them, and each of them are fantastic.

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  4. Happy Birthday!! Oh you definitely have to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, it’s such a great book! I haven’t read LOTR/The Hobbit and not sure if I ever will, they’re not something I’m particularly interested in right now (I’m a huge mood reader), but we’ll have to see. 🙂


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