Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

This week’s prompt for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, didn’t really speak to me, so I decided to look through past topics instead. I decided to go with: Top Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read.

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1. Velocity (Karen Vail #3) by Alan Jacobson.

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2. Dare Me by Megan Abbott

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3. Wool by Hugh Howey

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4. Wrecked (Barnes Brothers #1) by Shiloh Walker

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5. Future Arrived (Passing Bells #3) by Phillip Rock

The Unexpected Gift

6. The Unexpected Gift by Berna King

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7. The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1) by Robert Galbraith

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8. On Distant Shores (Wings of the Nightingale #2) by Sarah Sundin

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9. Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

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10. Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor

What books have been on your TBR the longest?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my TBR I can’t believe I haven’t read yet!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is: Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t/Want To Read From X Genre (for example I feel like I’m pretty well read in contemporary YA but there are some STAPLES I can’t believe I haven’t read. Or if you just want to books you WANT to read in a particular genre..not necessarily long overdue). I’ve decided to go with Top Ten Books on my TBR I can’t believe I haven’t read yet, regardless of genre. These are some of the oldest books on my Good Reads TBR shelf that are all still ones I really want to read.

Velocity (Karen Vail #3)

1. Velocity (Karen Vail #3) by Alan Jacobson. I read the first 2 books when they were free for Nook and I was like, dying, for this one. I put it on my TBR on Good Reads on 6/2/12.

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

2. The Giver by Lois Lowry. Added  6/3/12.

Bridget Jones's Diary (Bridget Jones, #1)

3. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. Added June 15, 2012.

The Devil Wears Prada (The Devil Wears Prada, #1)

4. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger. Added June 15, 2012.

The Great Gatsby

5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Added June 15, 2012.

Wuthering Heights

6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Added June 15, 2012.

Gone with the Wind

7. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Added June 15, 2012.

Something Borrowed

8. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin. Added June 15, 2012.

Wool (Wool, #1)

9. Wool by Hugh Howey. Added September 24, 2012

The Unexpected Gift

10. The Unexpected Gift by Berna King. Added May 11, 2013.

Top Ten Books on your Fall To Be Read List

Today’s Top Ten are the books on your Fall To Be Read list. Some aren’t coming out until fall and some I just haven’t read yet. As always, it’s hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I’m pretty sure this has been on every list I’ve seen. It’s an obvious choice. I have been dying for this book since I finished Insurgent.

2. Trust in Me (Wait for You, #1.5)
Trust in Me by J. Lynn. I’m a total sucker for retelling of stories from another character’s POV.

3. These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman. I don’t not read books for their cover, but there are some books I definitely read because of the cover. This is one of those.

4. World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)
Word After by Susan Ee. I wasn’t in love with the first book, but I liked it. It’s an interesting take on the angel genre and I’m looking forward to see how it continues.

5. Resist (Breathe, #2)
Resist by Sarah Crossan. The second – and final – book in this series. I’m a fan of authors who don’t stretch things out to trilogies or beyond, when they can tell the story in less books.

6. The Dancing Master
The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen. Klassen can always be counted on for a sweet romance.

7. Untitled Shatter Me novella by Tahereh Mafi. This doesn’t have much info yet, but I’ve heard it will be from Adam’s POV.

8. The Unexpected Gift
The Unexpected Gift by Berna King. I got my signed copy a few weeks ago and am excited to finally start it.

9. Replica (Replica, #1)
Replica by Jenna Black. I thought this looked interesting and got it awhile ago, but I haven’t started it yet.

10. The Hallowed Ones (The Hallowed Ones, #1)
The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle. Amish + Vampires. I’m so in.

Saturday Spotlight: The Unexpected Gift by Berna King

The Unexpected Gift

Today I would like to shine the spotlight on The Unexpected Gift by first time author Berna King. I had an opportunity to go to a book signing today at Dayspring Christian Bookstore and got my Mom’s copy signed, as well as picking up a copy for myself (because really, what’s better than signed books!). I haven’t read this yet, but I’ve heard from several people – who’s opinion I trust – that it’s a great read!

The Unexpected Gift tells the story of two families whose lives are shattered by two tragic events occurring within a few months of each other. Despite his shaken faith, Dr. Scott Benson, local veterinarian, strives to guide his daughter Rachel in her adjustment to blindness and short-term memory loss resulting from an auto accident that kills her mother. Shannon Martin, who now volunteers at a local therapeutic riding center, struggles with learning to trust again after the suicidal death of her fiancé, Todd Trent. When Shannon, who is blind herself, begins tutoring young Rachel in braille, romance between Scott and Shannon blossoms.

Meanwhile, a web of suspicion and turmoil comes to light involving Jill Trent, the oldest of the Trent siblings. Jill’s children do not know their biological father, so Mark Trent, their uncle, helps the now nearly grown children as they struggle to live a different kind of life despite their mother’s choices.

The fledgling romance between Scott and Shannon and the Trent family’s battle with Jill’s drug addiction collide in a series of shocking events that reveal deception, blackmail, and murder. Who is behind the crimes? Will the romance between Scott and Shannon last? Can the Trent family finally experience reconciliation? Find out how each character learns to rely on God for direction.

Berna King is a rehabilitation counselor, assisting people with visual impairments to return to the workforce. Visually impaired herself, she grew up in rural northeast Ohio, riding horses and meeting life’s challenges head-on. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she holds a Master of Arts in rehabilitation counseling. Assisted by her Seeing Eye dog, Berna currently lives and works in Canton, Ohio.

You can get a copy of The Unexpected Gift in either hard copy or e-book at Barnes and Noble or Amazon. You can check out Berna’s Good Reads page here.