1. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I've always been intrigued by the "It's a far, far better thing I do..." line. I really wanted to give Dickens another try after hating Great Expectations (yes, in high school). One of these days I'll do that.
2. The Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov. Talked my parents into this set one year for Christmas. Loved Asimov (still do). Just had to have it. Never read it.
3. Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter. One of my literary loves. I adored everything I ever read by Porter. Went right out and found me a copy of this book. And let it gather dust on the shelves. Why? I ask you.
4. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. One of those classics I've told myself I ought to read. After all, I am an English major. How did I escape it?
5. The Delights of Detection by Jacques Barzun. You would think, me being a mystery-lover and all, that I wouldn't let mystery-related books sit and moulder on the TBR pile. Not so. I've got several (more than several) that have been hanging around longer than they should have.
6. Evidence of Things Seen by Elizabeth Daly. I love Daly's mysteries. How do I keep ignoring this one? And two others??
7. Death in Disguise by Caroline Graham. I think this one wins the award for mystery that has served longest as book-in-waiting. I'm quite certain I got this through my mystery book club like twenty years ago....
8. Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card. Card is a marvelous science fiction/fantasy writer. I've been waiting to read this because??
9. The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham. Another classic that's been hanging around for a very loooonnnng time.
10. The Rose Window & Other Verse From New Poems by Rainer Maria Rilke. Fell in love with Rilke's poetry in college. Bought this book and one other. Read the other one. Put this one on the shelf. Where it looks real pretty (it's a lovely rose-colored book). But it's not getting read.
I will say this, though. Since joining the blogging sphere and discovering challenges, there are several books that had been sitting on the TBR shelves that have finally gotten read. (To Kill a Mockingbird and Tristram Shandy, just to mention two). That's one reason I love the challenges--they get me to read books I should have been reading as well as get me to read books I might never have picked up at all.