Top Ten Books I Forgot I Owned


TOP TEN TUESDAY is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is ten books I really want to read but don’t own yet. I will take the liberty to slightly go off topic and write about my Top Ten Books I Really Want to Read But Forgot I Already Owned.

I don’t have enough bookshelves in my house, so a lot of my books are packed away in boxes. Every so often, I take them all out, move a few books around on my shelves, contemplate getting rid of some, and then pack all of them back into boxes. I am once again in the middle of looking through my books and as usual, I have discovered books I forgot I owned. Here are my Top Ten:

1. A beautiful leather-bound copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. One of these days, I will read the entire thing, not just excerpts.
2. An equally beautiful leather-bound copy of The Mississippi Writing of Mark Twain. Why has this been packed away?
3. Barbara Tuchman’s The Guns of August. I’ve been meaning to read this book this year. How convenient that I found it before visiting my library.
4. Beryl Markham’s West With the Night. This book came to me highly recommended by a coworker. I haven’t checked, but I think I might own the ebook as well.
5. The Journals of Lewis and Clark. The settlement of America was the focus of my North American studies in college. I’ve been meaning to read this book ever since.

6. The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway. Yes, dear husband, I remember that I promised you when we started dating that I would read all of Hemingway’s short stories. Now that I found this book, I am one little step closer to reading it.
7. Paul Auster’s The Invention of Solitude. It’s been a long time since I last read Paul Auster. I don’t know why I haven’t read this one yet.
8. Don DeLillo’s Underworld. I remember liking White Noise, which must be why I own Underworld.
9. Doris Lessing’s Mara and Dann. Hm, I think I am a little intimidated by this book, which might explain why it has been packed away and forgotten.
10. Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake. Seriously? I own this book? How could I have forgotten about that?



  1. I love your twist on this meme! It’s much more relevant for me as I’ve moved twice in the last 6 years and now many of my books are in boxes. It will be such a delight to unpack them and realize I have so many great books to read!

  2. Along the same lines I have bought books that I already owned. It happened a few times so I made a excel list of all the books I owned, printed off a copy and now carry it whenever I am visiting bookshops new and second-hand.

  3. I love Leaves of Grass. The first time I read it, it just blew me away. Some of the books I had stored in boxes got eaten by silverfish. Sadly, they seem to like living on my bookshelves, too.

  4. A very beautiful list . Few of the books are very new to me . Thanks for feeding my brain about some interesting reads 🙂

  5. I’m with you when it comes to not having enough bookshelves. The other day I opened a box with books and was extremely sad to see their pages had yellowed – same goes for some books I keep in the shelves that are not more than 3 or 4 years old. The humidity here is very bad and I’m afraid one day soon they’ll all turn yellow. 😦
    I’ve only read one book by Margaret Atwood and wasn’t very impressed but I’ve always wanted to give her another try.

    • That’s too bad that your books are getting damaged by the humidity. It’s sad, especially when it’s a book that means a lot to you. Atwood is a hit or miss with me, but I’ve wanted to read Oryx and Crake for a long time, so I’m glad I discovered the book.

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