30 Books/Series I’m Ashamed I Haven’t Read Yet

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you’ll know that I buy all of my books at bargain prices. I love searching for books at Goodwills/thrift stores/bargain sections at B&N and BAM and finding books on my TBR list. I almost never buy a book at full price.

It’s crazy that I don’t, but I’m a teacher, and we don’t have a great salary. Also, I’m a graduate student, so a lot of my money will be going toward tuition and such. Besides, the books I find for cheap are usually in great condition!

However, the downside is that there are tons of books that are popular right now that I haven’t read because I can’t find them in thrift stores. There are so many, and I hate that they aren’t available to me right now, but it’s fun to constantly search for books that are on my list. It’s like a scavenger hunt.

Here is my list of books I’m ashamed I haven’t read. Please don’t hate me too much.


1. ACOTAR and ACOMAF by Sarah J. Maas

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These books have blown up in the book community, and I’m dying to read both! I don’t have either of them, but if I spy them for a cheap price, I’ll buy them before I can even blink.

2. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo 

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These books have also been receiving tons of hype! I found books one and three in my local Goodwill Bookstore, but I’m still looking for book two.

3. Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes

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I’ve been really enjoying fantasy books lately, and I’ve heard this is one of the greatest fantasy series out right now. I own book three, thanks to the cheap prices on Book Outlet, but I’m still searching for the rest.

4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

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I own every single one of these books, and they’ve been sitting on my TBR shelf begging to be read, but I keep neglecting them. Someone convince me to read them, please! I know they are wonderful – the book community raves about Rick Riordan. I just need to buckle down and read all five of these.

5. The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin 

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I’ve heard mostly good things about this trilogy, but the one thing that I always hear is great is Noah Shaw. I have to read this trilogy, even if it’s to see what the hype of Noah Shaw is all about. I don’t own any of these books yet.

6. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

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I know what you’re thinking. How have I not read these books? I know. I honestly don’t know. I own every single one of them, but I just haven’t convinced myself to do so yet. I will eventually, I promise!

7. The Selection Series by Kiera Cass 

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I’ve never seen The Bachelor, but I’ve heard these books are like the book version of the show. I’ve also heard they’re guilty pleasure reads. I own books one and two, thanks to Goodwill, but I’m still searching for the rest of the books.

8. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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I think I’m the most ashamed that I haven’t read this. Literally everyone and their mother has read this book. I’m still actively searching for it. I know it’ll be more than amazing.

9. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Like I said above, I’m ashamed and searching for this book.

10. The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

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I’m really in the mood for a good dystopian. I haven’t read many of those. I own books one and two, and found them at Goodwill, but I’m still trying to find book three.

11. The Hush, Hush Series by Becca Fitzpatrick

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I’ve heard mediocre things about these books, but I still want to give them a try! I own every single one, and found them all at different Goodwills. I can’t wait to give them a try for myself and form my own opinions on them.

12. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys 

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I own this, and have for awhile. I need to read this. According to many book enthusiasts, it’s amazing. I believe them. And the cover is gorgeous.

13. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

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I recently found this at Goodwill, and like Ruta’s other books, I can’t wait to read this one.

14. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys 

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I NEED TO OWN THIS. I don’t yet, but the cover is amazing and I know Ruta is too.

15. The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

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I’m pretty embarrassed that I haven’t read these, either. I own none of them, but as always, I’m searching.

16. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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Okay, I’m not so ashamed I haven’t read this. I just finished reading TMI and TID. Still, though. I’m craving this book. Literally craving.

17. The Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead

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I own books one, two, three, and five. I still need to find books four and six. But I’m excited to read these since Vampire Academy was incredible.

18. The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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Honestly, I’ve heard pretty terrible things about this series, but I own them all and it can’t hurt to try!

19. The Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi

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I own book one, and I need books two and three. The covers are gorgeous, and everyone in the Book Community gushes about these books. I want to read them and be included!

20. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Trilogy by Ransom Riggs

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Moving on down to Tahereh’s hubby – I want to read these creepy looking books! I own books one and two, and I’m waiting for book three to turn up in a Goodwill somewhere!

21. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor

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I’ve heard great things about these books! I own the first two, but not the third. I honestly have no clue what these are about, but like always, I’ve heard amazing things.

22. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

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I love Jenny Han! I own book one in this duo, and I need book two. I’ve heard that Jenny is writing a third, and I’m hoping it’ll be as great as I’ve heard the first two are. I need a great contemporary to read.

23. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Don’t hate me. I’ve owned this since I was in 10th grade. I tried to read it. Classics aren’t my thing. I’ll eventually get to it. Maybe. We’ll see.

24. Colleen Hoover Books (except Confess)

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I read Confess earlier this year and fell in love! I NEED MORE COLLEEN HOOVER IN MY LIFE! That’s all I really have to say about it.

25. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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I’ve owned this forever. I need to read it. I eventually want to teach it to my students.

26. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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I own this and a few others in the series. I’ve heard great things. I need to read it, but geez, the books are gigantic. I need time to commit to this series.

27. Morgan Matson Books

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Yes, I haven’t read the Queen of Contemporary. I own Since You’ve Been Gone, but no others. How have I not read Morgan Matson? We have the same name! Contemporary is my favorite! What’s wrong with me?

28. The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

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I have the first bind up and the third, but nowhere has the second! Not even in their regular price books! What is up with that?

29. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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I want to read these books desperately. They’re fairytale retellings! They’re so hard to find at a decent price! I somehow found Scarlet at Goodwill, but the others are hidden somewhere. I eventually will find them, then proceed to devour them.

30. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater 

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These covers are so gorgeous, and I’ve heard wonderful things about these books. Seriously, the prettiest covers ever. I need them all. I have no words.


Those are 30 books/series I’m ashamed I haven’t read yet. I’m sure there are more, but I don’t want to embarrass myself too badly. What are some books you’re ashamed you haven’t read yet? If you’ve read any on my list, give me some feed back on them and let me know if they’re worth reading.

See you guys next time, and happy reading!