#ShelfLove Discussion: What Books Have Collected the Most Dust?

One of the main reasons I picked the #ShelfLove Challenge this year was the seasonal discussions it had. It’s a fun aspect and one I think will help keep the challenge fresh throughout the year for me.

Top Unread Books That Have Been On Your Shelf the Longest

Bring on the shame!

For this topic, I decided to break it down in a few different ways. The #ShelfLove Challenge is all about books I’ve purchased over the years and, right now, I have 3 “sources” so to speak. I have the books I buy for my Kobo, my Kindle and for my physical bookshelf. So I’ll be sharing some of those below:

Physical Bookshelf

Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception (Books of Faerie, #1)

Publishing Date: October 2008  |  Date Purchased: Before 2010

This is one of those classic cases where I bought the book and then read a completely different series by that author first. I originally bought Lament because it was a faerie story and I adore those. But since then, I’ve read two series by Stiefvater and had mixed feelings on them. I’m not sure if this book will survive my cleaning purge but we will see.

The Time Traveler's Wife

Publishing Date: 2003  |  Date Purchased: 2009

Back when I was still buying physical books, this one was on sale for $5. I remember the movie had either just been released or was just about to be so I figured why not? I’ve actually loaned this out to at least 2 people and have yet to read it for myself.

Kobo Bookshelf

Love Struck

Publishing Date: 2011|  Date Purchased: December 26, 2011

Probably the most embarrassing one on this list because this novella is a total of 53 pages. I adored Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely Series so it was a no brainer to pick this one up during a Boxing Day sale. Hopefully I can find the 30 minutes it will take to read it this summer…

Stolen Away

Publishing Date: January 2012|  Date Purchased: February 7, 2012

Alyxandra Harvey is yet another author I adored as a teen and had to pick up during a sale. Surprise, surprise it’s about faeries! I’ve currently marked it as a “no-go” for now but I’ll probably attempt it in this summer because faeries are something I can’t resist for too long.

Kindle Bookshelf

Possessed by You (Torn, #1)

Publishing Date: May 2014 |  Date Purchased: September 2014

I actually bought the trilogy boxset when it was on sale for $1. I think at the time I was on an adult erotica/contemporary kick and I liked the deal. I’m not sure if I will ever get around to it but I’ll definitely give it a try.

Typist #1, Working for the Billionaire Novelist (Billionaire Novelist #1)

Publishing Date: November 2012 |  Date Purchased: November 2014

For some reason, I was able to get Books 2-4 for free and decided it was an interesting enough concept to get the first book which was only $1. They’re novellas so I think they will make perfect summer reads.


I’m sure you noticed a trend of “I’m not sure if I’ll read it but I’ll try”. Truthfully, a lot of these I’ve marked as pass on my TBR this year because I’m trying to reduce the number of books on my Goodreads “Want to Read” list. The idea was, if I’ve gone 5+ years without reading them, then I don’t need to hold on. But honestly, I’m such a mood-reader that I can never say never.

Have you read any of these? What’s your oldest TBR item?

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  • Oh, gosh. I don’t think I want to even THINK about the oldest book on my TBR> I know I have books from 2010, but I probably have books from earlier than that, as well. I am just really terrible at reading the books I buy! Which is why I am going on a no-request ban after June this year. I REALLY want to read the books I own (and, like you, I have physical books, Kindle books, AND Kobo books!) and have paid for. And if I don’t like them I’ll just give them away, and that way I have more shelf space!

    Over the years my reading taste has changed A LOT, so I am kind of scared to see what books are lying around, and whether they will turn into wasted money because I don’t want them anymore *cringe*
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    • Oh a no request ban is a really good idea! I try to limit the requests but I overestimated my reading time this month and took one too many review copies -.- So I’ve been scrambling to read those and haven’t been able to read my own books. I’m hoping May will bring some balance back.

      But the changing taste things is what is killing me! I’ve DNF’d a lot of books this year that I bought years ago and just couldn’t read. I cringe thinking how much money I’ve spent–especially when some of those books would have been at least a 3 star review if I had read them when I bought them

  • I’m a mood reader too. And have collected so many books, especially virtually, that I don’t even know what all I have lol

    • I thankfully started a list of all the books I bought for my Kobo back in the day so I just add as I go. It helps a lot; same with using a Goodreads shelf…
      But I still find books that aren’t on either list on my Kobo and I go “I bought that?!” 😛

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