Ten Books I’ve send to the Shelter

Posted July 25, 2023 by elzaread in Top Ten Tuesday / 12 Comments

Greetings you guys! Good grief, you honestly only just about see me for Top Ten Tuesday this year. At least we haven’t disappeared completely – it has to count for something. Agh, we just love Top Ten Tuesday and we can see that Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl, is also quite busy with life outside of blogging. So we are ever so grateful to her for still hosting TTT!

Today’s prompt is Ten most recent books I did not finish. I’m  not really good with this DNF thing. I normally prefer to finish what I start. That’s a cat-thing. If you chase the mouse, you don’t give up until you’ve made the kill. Mommy on the other hand, quite easily puts a book down. The problem is that she normally don’t even keep it on her Goodreads page and it gets lost in oblivion.

What she does do, however, is place a book in her abandoned shelf. That is almost like taking a pet to a shelter if you can’t take care of it anymore or lo and behold – don’t want it anymore.  Taking a pet to the shelter is way better than just dropping it at the side of the road or dumping it in the river or whatever horrible things humans do to pets. At the shelter, at least the abandoned pet still have some hope at a second chance to find a loving, forever home.

Our abandoned shelf works on the same principle. The following books are not put down or dumped, they are just in the shelter. For various reasons that we don’t deem necessary discussing today. (Okay, we don’t have a lot of time to finish this post)

  1. American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
  2. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  3. A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
  4. The Forgotten Palace by Alexandra Walsh
  5. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  6. The Gown by Jennifer Robson
  7. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
  8. Lessons by Ian McEwan
  9. To Sir Philip, with love by Julia Quinn
  10. The Last Dance by Mark Billingham


I know that a few of these will definitely be rescued again, while others might not. Are there any of the books in our shelter that you might want to show some love and give a second chance?

Have a wonderful Tuesday and remember to link up to Jana’s page.

Lots of love,

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12 responses to “Ten Books I’ve send to the Shelter

  1. Oh, I like the idea of putting books in the shelter. As long as there’s no new dog in the manger, haha! Ok, but bad jokes aside – seriously, I like that idea. I think I’ve put The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley in the shelter too for a long time now…

  2. I got through Memoirs of a Geisha but it wasn’t a favorite and Jodi Piccoult’s books and I just don’t get along. Curious how To Sir Phillip With Love ended up there. I haven’t read it in ages but remember liking it. What made you put it on the shelf?

  3. Jo

    I have an on-pause shelf on Goodreads that I think works the same way as your abandoned shelf, they’re books I couldn’t get into for whatever reason at the time but don’t necessarily want to let go forever so they go there rather than on the DNF shelf because there’s a chance I might come back to them in the future.
    I’ve only read A Spark of Light of these, but I really enjoyed that one. I can see how it wouldn’t be for everyone though.

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  4. I love the idea of sending books to the shelter! I’ve read some of these — The Golden Compass is a favorite, and I love Memoirs of a Geisha way back when. I enjoyed all the Bridgerton books, including To Sir Philip, but it helps to take them with a grain of salt. 🙂 I’ve read American Dirt as well, but can’t actually recommend it… and I do have a copy of The Gown on my shelves, but just haven’t gotten to it yet (although I still intend to).

  5. I have a “hibernating” shelf that works in similar ways to your “abandoned” one. I might come back to those books later. From your list, I have read The Golden Compass, but then I abandoned the rest of the series, so I personally can’t recommend it. I know a lot of people loved it, though.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier!