Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

I had never heard of the The Broke and the Bookish before but this morning I read a post over on Part Time Monster titled “TOP TEN TUESDAY: 10 Books I Want to Read but Don’t Yet Own”. I thought it was a neat idea and wanted to come up with a list of my own.

Apparently The Broke and the Bookish do a weekly feature called Top Ten Tuesday. They post a new top 10 list and everyone is invited to join and create their own. All the top 10 lists are centered around books and since I LOVE BOOKS I think I might even try to make this a weekly thing.

It is very hard for me to just choose 10 books I want to read but don’t own! Over on Goodreads I have a “to-read” list of over 200 books! I will try my best to narrow it down though. So here are my top 10 books I want to read but don’t yet own (because I’m poor):

1. Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon


Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side. In the follow-up to Steal Like An Artist, Show Your Work, he shows how to take that critical next step on a creative journey—getting known.

I’ve heard a lot of good things about these to books from artists in the blogging world. I used to draw a lot and even tried, and failed miserably, at doing a little drawing everyday. I think these books would help me become a better artist and getting my work out there.

2. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
by Robert M. Pirsig


A powerful, moving, and penetrating examination of how we live . . . and a breathtaking meditation on how to live better.

I’m new to the world of Zen and philosophy and in any search I do on books I should read this one pops up. I have heard that the story presents some complicated ideas but in such a way that any reader can understand. It’s also supposed to be very well written. I would love to read it for myself.

3. Why Is The Penis Shaped Like That? And Other Reflections on Being Human by Jesse Bering


Why do testicles hang the way they do? Is there an adaptive function to the female orgasm? What does it feel like to want to kill yourself? Does “free will” really exist? And why is the penis shaped like that anyway?

Funny, yet thought-provoking, science book about weird questions and sex stuff. Why wouldn’t I want to read this???

4. Facts Are Subversive: Political Writing from a Decade Without a Name by Timothy Garton Ash


This collection of Ash’s essays from the last decade reveals his knack for ferreting out exceptional insights into a troubled world, often on the basis of firsthand experience. Includes essays on Islam and freedom, Orwell as an informer, the Lives of Others and Gunter Grass in the Waffen-SS.

I’ve heard every good things about this book!

5. Factotum by Charles Bukowski


Deferred from military service, Chinaski travels from city to city, moving listlessly from one odd job to another, always needing money but never badly enough to keep a job. His day-to-day existence spirals into an endless litany of pathetic whores, sordid rooms, dreary embraces, and drunken brawls, as he makes his bitter, brilliant way from one drink to the next.

I saw the movie awhile back and I found it weird but in a good way. Going off of the assumption that “the book is always better” I’ve add this to my list of must-reads!

6. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides


“I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974. . . My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent driver’s license…records my first name simply as Cal.”

I picked this up off a Barnes and Noble “recommended” shelf awhile back and the synopsis intrigued me. I was there to buy other books so I didn’t get it that day but is has been on my mind ever since. Maybe the next time I’m out book shopping I will pick it up.

7. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


In picturesque nineteenth-century New England, tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy come of age while their father is off to war.

Little Women has always been one of my very favorite movies. One of the very few “chick flicks” I enjoy watching. I’ve wanted to read the book ever since I was a teenager but just never got around to it. I see it in stores all the time being sold for $7 or less but I just never buy it. I have to get this next time too!

8. A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick

A Scanner Darkly cover

Bob Arctor is a junkie and a drug dealer, both using and selling the mind-altering Substance D. Fred is a law enforcement agent, tasked with bringing Bob down. It sounds like a standard case. The only problem is that Bob and Fred are the same person.

Another one of my favorite movies! This was twisted and kept me on the edge of my seat. The book has got to be amazing too!

9. Y The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan


This is the saga of Yorick Brown—the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent, a brilliant young geneticist and his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick travels the world in search of his lost love and the answer to why he’s the last man on earth.

I actually own a few books from this graphic novel series and so far it has been an amazing read. I added it because I really, really want to buy the rest of the series but money.

10. The Sandman by Neil Gaiman


Gaiman himself has summarized the plot of the series (in the foreword to Endless Nights) as “The Lord of Dreams learns that one must change or die, and makes his decision.”

Another graphic novel series of which I own just the first few books but would love to buy the rest. I started reading it because it got such rave reviews EVERYWHERE. I have to admit I felt a bit let down at first, it’s good but not as good as I thought it would be. I like it enough to buy the rest of the books though and I hope it gets better as the story moves along.

So there you have it, my list of books I wish I could buy but I can’t because I’m broke. Writing this has been a bit depressing but I think some book shopping is in order this weekend to cheer me up! :)


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