Dishonor on Your Cow! | Top Ten Tuesday

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish, in which every Tuesday we list ten things (or more, or less) about that week's topic. This week's topic is books which have brought dishonor upon you and your cow, or just your huge TBR that never ever seems to get smaller. I prefer the dishonor part more. So, on to the books that have been on my TBR forever, and probably will be for a while longer.

1. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray

Here's a funny story: when Laura was around thirteen years old she got into the habit of reading because she realized that you defined cool and reading was, in her book, definitely cool. As such, she had no idea about series and whatnot. So she picked up the third book in the Gemma Doyle trilogy and read it all, figuring this people might have a complicated history that happened off the page.

Only when she reached the end did she realize this was, in fact, a trilogy. Cue the understanding and confusion and the insatiable need for revenge upon the books that had mocked her. She would read them all and uncover their secrets and finally unravel the complicated story.

She has since then read the first book but hasn't gotten around to the second one, thus bringing dishonor on herself and all her loved ones.

2. The Boy In the Stripped Pajamas

Here's another story: when Laura was thirteen (thirteen year old Laura had issues, clearly) she watched this book's adaptation in her world history class. She loved the movie, always being one with a knack for the tragic and the unavoidable. 

Also, nothing beats watching a movie at school, even if it was during her favorite class: history. She wanted to be a historian, thirteen year old Laura.

She watched the movie and she cried with everyone else and when she learned it was based on a book she vowed to read the book and bawl her eyes out while she did that, too.

As you can guess, she still hasn't read this book. She regrets this in the confines of her soul, yet she doesn't see herself picking this book up anytime soon. Someday, maybe.

3. Scrambled Eggs at Midnight by Brad Barkley

We continue our story with fourteen year old Laura, who at this point is a little bit more experienced in the reading realm and an avid reader of anything that promises to make her squeal. She valiantly added this book to her TBR.

If you ask her what it's about, she cannot tell you for too much time has passed, but she can say it sounded cute. She can also say she liked the cover back when she was yet inexperienced and might still find it a bit quirky.

She promised to buy this book every time she bought books, yet never did get around to it. Had she bought it when she said she would, she wouldn't bear the shame and disgrace she does for having this book in her TBR for seven years now.

4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Fifteen year old Laura had transformed herself into an avid reader. Granted, she had reread the Twilight series way more times than anyone should, but she still had a heart full of hope and a mind to challenge herself.

Challenge herself she did when she read Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Persuasion for one of her classes. She figured the only logical step was to move on to the Bronte sisters.

She did this and devoured Wuthering Heights (this might or might not have something to do with Twilight) and longed to pick up Jane Eyre.

Her desire was only fueled when she found her Mom raptly watching the movie. However, Laura never got around to actually picking up the book, not even when she planned to read it for the BookTubeAThon and that my friends, is one of Laura's lowest moments.

5. Fuse by Julianna Baggot

We find Laura changed, at sixteen. Ripped from the only home she's ever known she has turned to books with renewed hunger. She has started to pick up books and series and has been reading and living between the pages like a starving woman.

She finds, almost by casualty, book 1 in the Pure Trilogy. She picks it up and she loves it and she decides she needs the next one like she needs air.

She searches for it, to no avail. She doesn't find it, so she gives up hope. Until eventually, the book fades from her memory and the details of the first book become murky.

She remembers the book when she sees it in bookstores and she things that perhaps, she should buy it. Perhaps she should just do it and stop bringing dishonor on everything she loves. She thinks, but she doesn't do.

And thus, Laura keeps adding books to her TBR and never reading them. The dishonor seems to be eternal, to loom forever over her and all she holds dear. She will never stop, for books bring her happiness and although her TBR is extensive she has good intentions at heart.

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