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All the Books I Own But Have Not Read (Part 2)

About one and a half weeks ago, I published the first part of this little two-part post, in which I listed 12 books that I own but have not read. Now it's time for me to list the other half of books that I have not read, and let me tell you this: the list is even longer than I thought.

In my last post, I said that I had around 23 or 24 books in total, and it turns out that I have 24 books in my collection that I have not read.

13. The Melted Coins by Franklin W. Dixon (The Hardy Boys series)
This is another book that I got from Em as a gift. It's a part of her tradition to give me a book on holidays or birthdays. So far, they're mostly old Nancy Drew or Hardy Boy books, but I did get one other book as I mentioned in part 1.

14. Crossed by Ally Condie
Crossed is the second book of the Matched trilogy that you may not have seen a bit around bookstagram. Or maybe you even read it or don't know about it at all. It's another one of your futuristic societies that's secretly corrupt and battling the rebellious teens sort of book. It also has a bit of a romance element tied into it, because it's the whole act of matching — being paired with the perfect spouse — that get's main character Cassia Reyes in a whole bunch of trouble. While I didn't mind the first book and probably would have gone on to read the second and third book, I had to stop reading Crossed because it wasn't a part of my school's reading program. That was a little over two and a half years ago and I still haven't finished it. (At this point I'd have to reread Matched, too.)

15. The Hidden Window Mystery by Carolyn Keene
This was an old Nancy Drew book that I got for myself at a local antique shop's closing sale a few months back. As I've mentioned before in other blog posts, I like to collect older Nancy Drew books (preferably the first editions, of course... heh heh).

16. Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
Tuesdays With Morrie is a book that I've wanted to read for a bit now, so you can imagine that I was happy to receive it as a birthday gift a few months ago! Although, as my friend warned me, it is very sad. Still, I am excited to read it and hope to do so soon.

17. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Even though I've heard about this book countless times, I only really thought that it was okay for me to read (I know it was originally for adults) after reading an amazing book review over at Honest Book Talk that completely changed my mind. (If you go to the book review, you can even see my glowing comment at the bottom!) Still, I only got the book for myself relatively recently, and still haven't gotten the chance to read it.

18. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
I had an opportunity to read this book almost two years ago in school with a few other students, but we chose to read To Kill A Mockingbird instead. (And I'm glad I did — it was a great book!) Still, I did have an interest in this book as well. And, when I picked it up off my teacher's shelf to read during testing, I had no idea how much I'd like it! I only got to read a few pages of it, but after doing so, I knew I wanted to read it and bought it on my next trip to Barnes & Noble.

19. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
I also got this book on that trip. I remember when I was first introduced to the book. Rachel from @never_too_many_books on Instagram was advertising it on her bookstagram, and I remembered her post when I saw it in the bookstore and bought it. It's said to be an emotional teenage book about friendships, and while I haven't read it yet I can say that I did like the first few pages that I have read!

20. Great Short Works of Edgar Allan Poe arrangement and criticism by G. R. Thompson; written pieces by Edgar Allan Poe
I have read bits and pieces of this one, but I only have gotten through some of the poems and haven't even begun to read the short stories! So far, I've loved Edgar Allan Poe for his haunting and beautiful poetry, and I've heard great things about his short stories. I'm also hoping that the criticism section will give me more ideas about his work.

21. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
I'm sure you've heard something about this story at least once in your life, whether it be about the book itself or the musical. And while I don't have anything against the book, it's just so incredibly long, and I don't know when I'll have enough time to read it regularly so I can remember everything!

22. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I bought this book a while ago and was excited to read it, yet somehow never got around to doing so. (What a surprise.) I do hope to read it soon, however, because it has gotten good praise and is another coming-of-age story (which I'm fond of).

23. Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
I got this book about two weeks ago on a trip to the bookstore. (I know, I know: Even though I have plenty of unread books, I continue to buy more and more!) I've always liked novels that explore relationships and the connections between people. Now, according to its synopsis, the book "brings alive a mother's constant love, the inescapable devotion of siblings, and the legacy of a father's pain", all while telling "ferociously intimate story of a family facing the ultimate question: how far will we go to save the people we love the most?" (I think I'll enjoy this one.)

24. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
This book was actually recommended to me by a teacher I had last school year. I never saw it before in Barnes & Noble, but when I went there two days ago, it was sitting on a table along with a few other books that I was interested in. So I hope to read it and see if I like the book as much as he hoped I would.

And that wraps up all the books I own but have not read! (Or at least I hope that I got everything!) Maybe if I could just quickly finish up my current read (a beautiful book by Kristin Hannah titled The Nightingale), I can get started on these beauties! Do you have a lot of books too? Or do you read your books the moment you buy them? Until next time,


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