Hi all! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, once again I’ve just been working. I’m going out for dinner for my birthday on Thursday, and then going to Wicked with my friends on Monday to celebrate both mine and my friend Zoe’s birthday.
Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you all, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking Books On Our TBR that We’re Avoiding Reading and Why. Now to be honest, this could just be my TBR in general, because I usually avoid thinking about it, due to the crippling guilt that would set in if I thought about how many books are actually on my TBR. However there are some books that I’m more actively avoiding reading than others, and here they are:
- King of Scars-Leigh Bardugo
I’m really excited for this one, I promise I am! I love the Grishaverse, and I really love Nikolai, so I know that when I do finally read this book, I will probably really enjoy it. So why I am I avoiding it you ask? Well the answer is two-fold: I am scared of my own high expectations for this book, and that the book might not live up to it. It’s also over 500 pages and I just haven’t found the time to read it yet. I hope I will read it by the end of the year, but no guarantees.
2. The Darkest Minds-Alexandra Bracken
This one has been on my TBR for a while, and I know my friend Nicola enjoyed this one, but honestly when I added it, I was in more of a dystopian phase than I am now. I still like dystopian books, but I’m not devouring them in the same way that I was a few years ago, so this one kind of fell by the wayside a bit.
3. Ash and Quill-Rachel Caine
I started the Great Library series about three years ago, read the first two books, bought the third when it came out and promptly just forgot that it existed apparently. I do still really want to read this book, because I enjoyed the first two, but it’s been two years now since I read the last one and I don’t really remember what happened!
4. All Fall Down-Ally Carter
I loved Ally Carter’s Heist Society books and I was really excited for her new series, but after reading Not If I Save You First last year, I’m a bit worried I might have grown out of her books. Her writing tends to skew toward the younger end of teen, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, we need more of those kinds of “bridge books” but I’m not sure those books are necessarily for me? I probably will still try it, but it’s not high on my TBR.
5. The City of Brass-S.A. Chakraborty
Honestly I have no reason for avoiding this one, other than length? It sounds amazing, my friend Nicola loved it (we have very similar reading taste) and I have been trying to find more adult fantasy recently. But it’s over 500 pages, and I find it difficult to fit those in to my reading, just because they take that bit longer, especially as I’m working full time now.
6. The Fever Code-James Dashner
Before I found out about the accusations of sexual harrassment against James Dashner, I was really excited for this one. However when those came out last year, despite the fact that I love The Maze Runner, and I really do want to find out how the Maze came to be, I’ve felt increasingly uneasy about reading this book. But it’s also signed, so I don’t really want to get rid of it.
7. The Boy Who Steals Houses-C.G. Drews
I really want to support Cait and her books, because I would love to get more books from her and just to support her career because I love her blog and I want to see her do well as an author. However I wasn’t enamoured by A Thousand Perfect Notes, and I don’t think The Boy Who Steals Houses really sounds like my kind of book either, so I’m kind of torn on this one.
8. A Court of Wings and Ruin-Sarah J Maas
I really enjoyed A Court of Mist and Fury when I read it two years ago, and I preordered ACOWAR before it came out. However, I kept seeing mixed reviews about ACOWAR, and it’s over 700 pages which is a massive time commitment. Add in the fact that I STILL haven’t finished Kingdom of Ash, and I’m a bit hesitant to start another massive Maas book.
9. Cress-Marissa Meyer
Again we have the size issue with this one, it’s over 500 pages, but also I’m not the world’s most massive sci-fi fan? I enjoyed the first two books, but not enough that this one is top of my TBR. I’m thinking I might try this one on Audible at some point, as I’m not sure I’ll love it enough to want a physical copy.
10. Dreams of Gods and Monsters-Laini Taylor
And we’re back to another mammoth book that Jo is afraid of. This book is a whopping 650 pages (sssh that’s large for me) so it’s quite a time commitment, and I really wasn’t keen on the second book in the series, so I haven’t been jumping on continuing the series. I hate to leave it incomplete, especially as the book is signed, but I’m just not sure my interest is what it once was.
So there we go, Books On My TBR that I’m Avoiding Reading. Do we share any? What books were on your list this week? Let me know in the comments!
Next week’s topic is Favourite Things To Eat/Drink Whilst Reading, but I don’t really eat or drink whilst I read, and I did a list of food from books that I’d eat two years ago, so I’m kind of drawing a blank on a food themed topic to do. So instead, I’m going to talk about Books By Diverse Authors on My TBR That I’m Looking Forward To Reading, as there have been a lot of great ones out in the last few years that I’m really looking forward to reading.
I’m not sure how much I’m going to have for you this week, as I’d like to focus on my novel over the weekend, but I’ll probably get a Book Vs Movie post up, as those are quite quick to do.