After seeing this post by Danielle at The Blonde Iikes Books, Sam at Clues and reviews, and Chelsea at The Suspense is ThriIIing Me, I thought it would be fun to jump in with my own. The idea is to choose the top 10 books that have been on your TBR the longest with the plan to read them by the end of the year.

It’s high time I read some of the books that have fallen down my TBR rabbit hole. I read mainly on my kindle so once I buy a book if I don’t read it ASAP, it can tend to fall by the wayside and end up in my kindle purgatory…for years!! Looking over my 10 on this list I can’t believe how long I’ve had these and forgotten about them…poor books! Most of these aren’t even on my Goodreads To Read shelf because I like to “spring clean” that at the start of the new year. I had to go through my kindle to see what was lost and these are the gems that have been on it the longest and I’m making it my mission to read them by the end of the year.  Here we go….


A classic novel of romantic suspense finds the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter entering the home of her mysterious and enigmatic new husband and learning the story of the house’s first mistress, to whom the sinister housekeeper is unnaturally devoted.

**Rebecca is the only print copy on the list I own, poor thing has been sitting in my closet for YEARS**



Carl Mørck used to be one of Copenhagen’s best homicide detectives. Then a hail of bullets destroyed the lives of two fellow cops, and Carl—who didn’t draw his weapon—blames himself. So a promotion is the last thing he expects. But Department Q is a department of one, and Carl’s got only a stack of Copenhagen’s coldest cases for company. His colleagues snicker, but Carl may have the last laugh, because one file keeps nagging at him: a liberal politician vanished five years earlier and is presumed dead. But she isn’t dead … yet.



In today’s Russia, dominated by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, state intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the cast-iron bureaucracy of post-Soviet intelligence. Drafted against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress in the service, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America’s valuable mole in Moscow. Seeking revenge against her soulless masters, Dominika begins a fatal double life, recruited by the CIA to ferret out a high-level traitor in Washington; hunt down a Russian illegal buried deep in the U.S. military and, against all odds, to return to Moscow as the new-generation penetration of Putin’s intelligence service. Dominika and Nathaniel’s impossible love affair and twisted spy game come to a deadly conclusion in the shocking climax of this electrifying, up-to-the minute spy thriller. \



At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.
Henry’s fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. College president Guert Affenlight, a longtime bachelor, has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love. Owen Dunne, Henry’s gay roommate and teammate, becomes caught up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz, the Harpooners’ team captain and Henry’s best friend, realizes he has guided Henry’s career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight, Guert’s daughter, returns to Westish after escaping an ill-fated marriage, determined to start a new life.
As the season counts down to its climactic final game, these five are forced to confront their deepest hopes, anxieties, and secrets. In the process they forge new bonds, and help one another find their true paths. Written with boundless intelligence and filled with the tenderness of youth, The Art of Fielding is an expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment—to oneself and to others.



The master of the new “noir,” Dennis Lehane magnificently evokes the dignity and savagery of working-class Boston in this terrifying tale of darkness and redemption.  Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro’s latest client is a prominent Boston psychiatrist running scared from a vengeful Irish mob. The private investigators know something about cold-blooded retribution. Born and bred on the mean streets of blue-collar Dorchester, they’ve seen the darkness that lives in the hearts of the unfortunate. But an evil for which even they are unprepared is about to strike as secrets long-dormant erupt, setting off a chain of violent murders that will stain everything–including the truth.



Moving to remote Shetland has been unsettling enough for consultant surgeon Tora Hamilton, even before the gruesome discovery she makes one rain-drenched Sunday afternoon… Deep in the peat soil of her field she’s shocked to find the perfectly preserved body of a young woman, a gaping hole in her chest where her heart has been brutally removed.
Three rune marks etched into the woman’s skin bear an eerie resemblance to carvings Tora has seen all over the islands: in homes she has visited, even around a fireplace in her own cellar. But, as she uncovers disturbing links to an ancient Shetland legend, the police, her smooth-talking boss and even her own husband are at pains to persuade her to leave well alone.
Is their concern genuine? Perhaps, for when terrifying threats start rolling in like the cold island mists, it seems someone wants Tora out of the picture, once and for all…
Sacrifice will grip readers from start to finish. It is a bone-chilling, spellbinding debut set on a deceptively beautiful island.



Drew Silver has begun to accept that life isn’t going to turn out as he expected. His fleeting fame as the drummer for a one-hit wonder rock band is nearly a decade behind him. His ex-wife is about to marry a terrific guy. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter Casey has just confided in him that she’s pregnant—because Silver is the one she cares least about letting down.  So when Silver learns that he requires emergency life-saving heart surgery, he makes the radical decision to refuse the operation, choosing instead to spend what time he has left to repair his relationship with Casey, become a better man, and live in the moment—even if that moment isn’t going to last very long. As his exasperated family looks on, Silver grapples with the ultimate question of whether or not his own life is worth saving.



The summer of 1985 changed Reggie’s life. Thirteen, awkward, and without a father, she finds herself mixed up with her school’s outcasts-Charlie, the local detective’s son, and Tara, a goth kid who has a mental hold over Reggie and harbors a dark secret. That same summer a serial killer called Neptune begins kidnapping women. He leaves their severed hands on the police department steps and, five days later, displays their bodies around town. Just when Reggie needs her mother Vera-an ex-model with many “boyfriends” and a thirst for gin-the most, Vera’s hand is found on the steps. But after five days, there’s no body and Neptune disappears.
Now a successful architect who left her hometown behind after that horrific summer, Reggie doesn’t trust anyone and lives with few attachments. But when she gets a call from a homeless shelter saying that her mother has been found alive, Reggie must confront the ghosts of her past and find Neptune before he kills again.
With her signature style, Jennifer McMahon portrays the dark side of adolescent friendship and introduces characters who haunt the imagination, along with a disturbing web of secrets, betrayals, and murder



Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk the Green Mile, keeping a date with “Old Sparky,” Cold Mountain’s electric chair. Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working the Mile. But he’s never seen anyone like John Coffey, a man with the body of a giant and the mind of a child, condemned for a crime terrifying in its violence and shocking in its depravity. In this place of ultimate retribution, Edgecombe is about to discover the terrible, wondrous truth about Coffey, a truth that will challenge his most cherished beliefes… and yours. 

Kenzie and Gennaro are private investigators in the blue-collar neighborhoods and ghettos of South Boston-they know it as only natives can. Working out of an old church belfry, Kenzie and Gennaro take on a seemingly simple assignment for a prominent politician: to uncover the whereabouts of Jenna Angeline, a black cleaning woman who has allegedly stolen confidential state documents.Finding Jenna, however, is easy compared to staying alive once they’ve got her. The investigation escalates, implicating members of Jenna’s family and rival gang leaders while uncovering extortion, assassination, and child prostitution extending from bombed-out ghetto streets to the highest levels of government.

So there you have it…now I’m wondering which one you think I should read first? Have you read and loved/hated any of these? Maybe you’re also up for the challenge of reading your top 10 longest TBR books by the end of the year? It was fun to “dig” these back out and I’m excited to get started! Thanks to Danielle, Sam, and Chelsea for putting this challenge on my radar:)  

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  1. Goodness, you do have a good hoard there! Rebecca is one of my favourite books ever, so atmospheric, so claustrophobic, a domestic noir with a very different feel from contemporary offerings of the genre.

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  2. Ooh, there are some corkers on that list!

    I loved The Green Mile and S.J. Bolton’s Sacrifice so those would be my two choices to start with.

    So glad you’re joining in too. Good luck! This is going be fun! xx

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  3. I have Rebecca and A Drink Before The War sitting on my shelf too. This challenge is tempting…. but I’m doing the Beat the Backlist challenge and so far I’ve read 1 of 12 🙈 so I don’t think it’s wise to add another challenge.

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  4. I read Dennis Lehane’s Kenzie and Gennaro series back to back one summer. Loved them all. (Read them in order) Also, I LOVED “The keeper of lost causes” and “Sacrifice”. Hope this helps.

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  5. I have lots of books in Kindle purgatory, too! Lol. And I do a spring (and winter) clean of my TBR, too. There are so many books on my Kindle I’ve completely forgotten about. I hope you get to read these and enjoy them!

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  6. I had set myself a similar challenge after finding a book on my kindle from 2011. I felt rather guilty. Now I’m working my through the five oldest – some of which I’m not even sure why I bought.

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  7. I love Rebecca and I confess to having a Dennis Lehane book on my kindle too – I think it was bought around the time I had my first kindle so getting on for 7 years! The S.J. Bolton is very good too, one of the first ones of hers that I read

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    1. I feel I’m really missing out by not having read Rebecca! Everyone seems to love it, I’ll definitely read it by the end of summer! You’ll have to get to that Lehane book, he’s my favorite author alongside Sharon Bolton


  8. Oh man, it would be quite tough to say what’s been there the longest for me 😀 cause I’ve had some for years and years. Although maybe easier, in a way, because I mostly have ebooks? They have data stamps for when they’ve been downloaded. Bit of cheating though, huh.

    Rebecca though! You should just read it, trust me, it’s so good! And also, Green Mile must only be read if you have sufficient amounts of wine and a strong enough heart that doesn’t break easily. And not at all in a good way.


    1. So Rebecca has been a popular choice as well as the Green Mile. I DO have plenty of wine so that’s covered but you’ve got me scared/intrigued about the heart break! I’ve said for the past year and a half that nothing has broken my heart and emotionally damaged me as much as the book A Little Life…could Green Mile be a contender for that title?? I’m ready for the challenge if so:) Maybe you’d want to look through yours and see what’s hiding? It was fun to bring them back to the forefront

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  9. I’m amazed you have two unread Dennis Lehanes! Rebecca’s the only one I’ve read and it’s brilliant, so leave it for the end as a treat for finishing… 😉 Such a great idea – I set myself a target a year or so ago of reading the oldest book on my list every month – I think I lasted for two months before getting distracted by all the new shiny things again. Good luck with the challenge! 😀

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    1. I can’t believe I have unread Lehane’s either, it’s shameful😂I’m very distracted by all the shiny new books but I really do want to read all those on my post so I’m going to give it a good try! I think I’m the only person who hasn’t read Rebecca!!

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  10. Great idea.I think I’ll borrow it for my weekend post.I haven’t read any of these books although I’ve heard about a few of them and Green Mile sounds great.All the best.I hope that you’ll get a chance to read all of them.

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  11. There are some interesting sounding titles on this list! I’ve only read The Green Mile myself, although I admit it was years ago… I’m especially interested in Bolton and Lehane; I still can’t believe I haven’t read any of Sharon Bolton’s books yet! I hope you will be able to find ime for these soon. 🙂

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