Top Ten Tuesday: Unread Books on My Shelves I Want to Read Soon

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Four shelves of library books that are stacked neatly but with their spines facing away from the viewer. The shelves are labelled from 3B at the top left all the way down to 7C to the bottom right, although I do not know what those numbers and letters signify. This is going to be one of those weeks when I give more than ten answers. It will help to make up for the weeks when I fall far short of that goal.

As I’ve mentioned here before, most of the books I read come from my local library for practical, environmental, and frugal reasons.

Depending on how many ebooks my library has ordered, this could mean that I might immediately be able to download a book from them, be one of the first people on the waitlist for the next available copy, or, in some cases, have a few weeks or months to go until one is available for me.

I don’t mind waiting for books. It increases my anticipation for my next great read and helps the librarians show just how popular certain titles are. They are often able to order more copies if the waitlists stretch out so long that the people at the bottom of them can expect to wait for several months to years at the current pace.

Usually, the most popular titles either already have plenty of copies of them circulating or will soon see a huge increase in how many of them are available to borrow that will reduce my wait time from several years to a few months or several months to a couple of weeks.

Here are the books on my hold shelf that have long waitlists.

Book cover for Antarctica by Claire Keegan. Image on cover shows a photograph a white woman with long, wavy hair wearing a light summer dress with spaghetti straps on it. She’s crouching down and touching the water below her gently. There is a blue filter on this photo that makes everything look cold and possibly even icy.










1. Antarctica by Claire Keegan

Waiting Since: February 20

Why I’m Interested: She’s on my must-read list. I love her descriptive writing style and realistic storylines.


Book cover for The Spoon Stealer by Lesley Crewe. Image on cover shows a red sleeveless dress and two white sheets hanging to dry on an outdoor clothesline. There is a wicker clothes basket partially hidden by the dress and sheets, but with the wind blowing everything around we get a glimpse of it. The grass below is growing tall, and there is a thick forest behind this scene.










2. The Spoon Stealer by Lesley Crewe

Waiting Since: March 5

Why I’m Interested: Canadian fiction often isn’t as well-advertised as all of the books published down south in the U.S., so I make a concerted effort to seek out non-American authors and stories as much as possible. This seems like a nice slice-of-life read.


Book cover for Slow Productivity: The Lost Art of Accomplishment Without Burnout by Cal Newport. Image on cover shows a painting of a pine forest with a river running through it. The land has been tinted pink by the setting sun filtering through the puffy white clouds in the sky.










3. Slow Productivity: The Lost Art of Accomplishment Without Burnout by Cal Newport

Waiting Since: March 20

Why I’m Interested: This is something I struggle with and hope to improve within myself.


Book cover for The Lost Sounds by Chris Watson. Image on cover shows a drawing of a brown bird that has a white chest. Its head is lifted up as if it has begun or soon will begin to sing. You can see a full moon in the background against the night sky. Why aren’t you sleeping, little bird?










4. The Lost Sounds by Chris Watson

Waiting Since: March 26

Why I’m Interested: Birds are such fascinating creatures. I’m waiting for the audiobook version of this book so I can hear all sorts of beautiful bird songs from the U.K. that (I’m assuming?) we probably don’t get to enjoy very often here in Canada.


Book cover for To Slip the Bonds of Earth by Amanda Flower. Image on cover shows a painting of a white woman wearing a 1900s-style white blouse and floor length green skirt. She is pushing a bicycle on a dusty country road as her brown satchel hangs from the handle bars.










5. To Slip the Bonds of Earth by Amanda Flower

Waiting Since: April 3

Why I’m Interested: Did you know that Orville and Wilbur Wright had a sister named Katherine? I did not, but now I’m curious to read this cozy mystery about her. Is it at all historically accurate? Will there be airplanes in it? I have no idea, but trying new things is worth it in my opinion.


Book cover for Lewis Carroll’s Guide for Insomniacs by Lewis Carroll. Image on cover shows a drawing of a rabbit wearing striped pyjamas and standing up with a puzzled expression on his face as he holds a pocket watch as far away from his legs as he possibly can. He appears to be the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.










6. Lewis Carroll’s Guide for Insomniacs by Lewis Carroll

Waiting Since: April 9

Why I’m Interested: I sometimes have trouble falling back asleep at night and I love Caroll’s work.


Book cover for The Wisdom of Nurses: Stories of Grit From the Front Lines by Amie Archibald-Varley, Sara Fung. Image on cover is a photo of a blue stethoscope lying on a white surface.










7. The Wisdom of Nurses: Stories of Grit From the Front Lines by Amie Archibald-Varley, Sara Fung

Waiting Since: April 9

Why I’m Interested: Some of my relatives work in the healthcare field. I have a great deal of respect for anyone in that profession and love dipping into memoirs and similar sorts of books about their experiences.


Book cover for The Laundryman’s Boy: A Novel by Edward Y.C. Lee. Image on cover shows a drawing of a black shirt hanging on a clotheslines in front of a red sky filled with yellow stars.










8.The Laundryman’s Boy: A Novel by Edward Y.C. Lee

Waiting Since: April 17

Why I’m Interested: Mr. Lee is another Canadian author I’ve added to my TBR. The writing in the short preview I read was gorgeous, and I’m quite curious to learn more about the protagonist, a young Chinese immigrant who dreams of leaving his exploitative job and continuing his education.


Book cover for The Minotaur at Calle Lanza by Zito Madu. Image on the cover is a drawing of a Minotaur on the left hand of the figure and a human head on the right. The human’s face is shown in silhoutte, but the Minotaur’s face looked like a maze instead of having any discernible features.










9. The Minotaur at Calle Lanza by Zito Madu

Waiting Since: April 17

Why I’m Interested: This travel memoir set in Italy in 2020 sounds like such a poignant read.


Book cover for A Sweet Sting of Salt by Rose Sutherland. Image on cover shows a closeup of a person’s chest. The person has long, straight brown hair that is covering much of their chest.










10. A Sweet Sting of Salt by Rose Sutherland

Waiting Since: April 17

Why I’m Interested: This is a title I mentioned in the Spring 2024 TBR List post back in March. The Selkie Wife is a wonderful folk tale, so I’m thrilled that I’m a little closer to (finally!) being able to read this retelling of it now.


Book cover for Native Nations: A Millennium in North America by Kathleen DuVal. Image on cover is a drwaing of two Native people. One is holding a fan made from bird feathers and the other one has a bird feather in their hair and is pointing at the sun above them.










11. Native Nations: A Millennium in North America by Kathleen DuVal

Waiting Since: April 17

Why I’m Interested: When I was in school, I learned very little about Native American history before the arrival of people from Europe and other continents. I’m hoping this book will help to change that and fill in some gaps in my historical knowledge.


Book cover for Health for All: A Doctor's Prescription for a Healthier Canada by Jane Philpott. Image on cover shows a drawing of hundreds of people who have been arranged into an image that looks like two hands that are about to shake each other.










12. Health for All: A Doctor’s Prescription for a Healthier Canada by Jane Philpott

Waiting Since: April 17

Why I’m Interested: Canada has Universal Health Care, but our system isn’t funded as much as it should be given our growing and aging population. I am so curious to read this doctor’s perspective on the best ways to ensure that everyone gets the healthcare they need and that healthcare workers are treated fairly and given the tools to succeed as well.


Book cover for Microskills: Small Actions, Big Imact by Adaira Landry, Resa E. Lewiss. There is no image on the cover. Microskills is in a large white font and the rest of the title is in a smaller yellow font. There is a blue background, too.










13. MicroSkills: Small Actions, Big Impact by Adaira Landry, Resa E. Lewiss

Waiting Since: April 19

Why I’m Interested: I have seen some evidence of this working in my life with topics like setting fitness goals, but I want to learn more about it.


Wish me luck as I wait my turn for these titles! I’d love to hear your thoughts on them if you’ve already read them, too.

If you have a local library that you use, how long are the waitlists there for new and popular books?


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62 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Unread Books on My Shelves I Want to Read Soon

  1. The Lost Sounds looks good! I have Lost Spells and Lost Words, I will need to get this one as well, but waiting for the audio sounds like a fantastic idea.

  2. As an insomniac, Lewis Carroll’s Guide for Insomniacs sounds quite interesting! I’ll have to take a peek at it and see if I can get my hands on a copy. A Sweet Sting of Salt also sounds interesting. I love retellings. I hope you don’t have to wait much longer for these books and that you enjoy them when they land in your hands! Happy reading 🙂

  3. The bird book sounds interesting but sad.

  4. I also enjoy Claire Keegan’s books and didn’t realize she had a new one out. I also have that Amanda Flower book on my TBR.

  5. There are some interesting selections here. I hope you find time to get to them soon!

  6. I love how eclectic your reading is. So many unique titles that span so many genres. Like you, I love using my library.

  7. I hope your holds come in soon, but not all at once. I love using my library and that is what usually happens to me.

  8. Ooo, Amanda’s book looks interesting! I haven’t seen that one on lists or read about it, but I’ll have to add it to my possible titles. 🙂 Thanks a bunch for visiting my website today!

  9. I read good reviews about A Sweet Sting of Salt, hope you enjoy it 🙂

  10. Poinsettia

    The Lost Sounds sounds interesting!
    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  11. Great list! I’m curious to see what you think of A Sweet Sting of Salt; selkie books are fun but I haven’t read as many of them as I’d like. And The Lost Sounds seems fascinating! I agree that the audio would be the way to go for that one.

    Here’s my TTT this week:

  12. Hope you enjoy these!

  13. Very interesting list. I’m waiting for Slow Productivity at the library. I look forward to your reviews on some of these.

  14. I’ve seen A SWEET STING OF SALT all over the place – might need to add it to my TBR

  15. I actually managed to get an ARC of To Slip the Bonds of Earth, but I have fallen behind in reading those. Fingers crossed I can get caught up some on my upcoming trip.

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  16. The Lost Sounds. sounds wonderful! I have been meaning to read The Lost Words and The Lost Spells, and my library has the audiobook for the former (but alas, not The Lost Spells or The Lost Sounds.)

    I actually did know about Katherine Wright; she attended my alma mater. I’m looking forward to reading Amanda Flower’s mystery featuring her, since I enjoyed Flower’s first Emily Dickinson mystery.

    Your other books all sound good, too. I hope your holds come in sooner, rather than later!

    • Thank you, Lark!

      It’s neat you were already aware of Katherine Wright. May you enjoy that book. Yeah, I’d heard that Flowers’ Emily Dickinson novel was good, too.

  17. So many of these sound really good. I’ve had Cal Newport’s Deep Work on my TBR, and now I’m adding Slow Productivity too. A Sweet Sting of Salt sounds right up my alley as well. I hope you enjoy all of these!

  18. I haven’t read any of these. I hope your wait goes quickly and you enjoy them all when you get to them!

  19. I want to read Amanda Flower’s book as well. I recently saw it at our library, but it was only a 2 week hold and I didn’t think I could get it read in time, so I passed on it for now.

  20. I love Claire Keegan and I’ve seen Antarctica on a few lists. I need to put that on my own holds list. I hope you get it soon!

  21. Going to look up Antarctica! I’ve read 2 Claire Keegan books recently and loved them both.

  22. I also have trouble falling back to sleep after waking in the middle of the night. Maybe I need to check out that Lewis Carroll book as well. A Sweet Sting of Salt also looks good. Hope you enjoy these!

  23. Great approach to the list this week! I just did a big clean-up of my library hold list and ended up removing almost everything — I realized that every time a hold finally came through, I was unavailable or not in the mood. I’m going to start over again, I’m sure, but for now, I like not having anything pending.

  24. Good luck with these. I think the only one I’m familiar with is A Sweet Sting of Salt.

  25. We have some long waitlists for really popular books–it took me a month to get The Thursday Murder Club! That said, I think they generally do a good job of getting lots of copies for popular books. I’m also interested in A Sweet Sting of Salt since I like the selkie wife folktale; I hadn’t heard of a lot of the books here since I’m not as into nonfiction nor do I read as many Canadian authors as I would like, so thanks for sharing!

  26. Huh, isn’t Cal Newport the “deep work” guy? I wouldn’t have expected something called “slow productivity” from him, but then, I know a fairly limited amount about what he actually wrote, mostly about what people have made of it.

  27. Great list, as usual, Lydia! I love your focus on Canadian authors, and totally thought of you when I read a book by an author from Canada during the week. You always introduce me to such intriguing books, and I tried adding A Sweet Sting of Salt to my TBR only to realize it was already on it, probably from your last post featuring it.

  28. I hope you’ll love all of these when you get to read them!

  29. RS

    It’s cool that you prioritize Canadian fiction. I definitely hadn’t heard of The Spoon Stealer or its author… although I guess that’s also true of nearly everything on your v. interesting list today. I didn’t even know about The Lost Sounds; I’ll have to share that one with my dad. I can’t quite tell — is it specifically an audiobook only, or a book as well?

  30. I haven’t read any of these, but A Sweet Sting of Salt sounds good! I hope you get to read these soon.

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