Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is one that always shames me a little: books on my TBR I’m avoiding reading, and why. I actually had SO MANY options I could have gone with here–my TBR is out of control. But alas, here we are. Here are my top ten, chosen only somewhat at random, with a bonus one at the end. Enjoy!
1. Infinite Jest
What can I say? This behemoth is over a thousand pages, including 80-something pages of footnotes, and it’s very literary/complex. I know I’ll love it when I actually get a chance to read it and really dig in, but right now, I’m not in the right mindset for it.
2. Crown of Midnight
At the risk of sounding like a blasphemer to some of you (because I know how many people worship the very ground Sarah J. Maas walks on), I liked–but didn’t love–the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. The first book in that series was particularly mediocre, and the others were good but not groundbreaking. So naturally, I’m wary of the author’s other major series as well. After reading Throne of Glass, which I guess I enjoyed, I tried to move on to this, the second book in the series, but…I couldn’t make myself care enough to get past the first few chapters. I know everyone says it’s good once you hit book 3, but…I’m not sure that sticking it out would be worth it for me.
3. Shadowhunters series
Look, Cassandra Clare has created a huge fantasy world, which I love in theory. But the sheer number of books, and the number of pages in those books? I’m kind of scared of that commitment, not going to lie. (And yet I’m not scared of committing to all of Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere books? I know. I’m a paradoxical being.)
That said, I got the first six books in this series, 4 paperback and 2 hardcover, all in great condition, for just $15 on Facebook Marketplace this summer, so I really ought to read them simply because they’re on my shelf… (Yes, the picture for this one is actually of the set that I own.)
4. Percy Jackson series
Some of my reluctance, as with Shadowhunters, is just that it will take a lot of time, but also…it’s a kids book. That shouldn’t hinder me–I’m all for encouraging you to read whatever you want–but I still feel sheepish about it.
Also similar to Shadowhunters, just a couple weeks ago, I got all five Percy Jackson books, all five Heroes of Olympus books, and that giant hardcover book of Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods–all brand new–for $30 on Facebook Marketplace. Maybe the real takeaway of this article is that you can find great book deals on Marketplace. Or that buying books is still not a guarantee that you will read them.
5. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
I love Harry Potter. It was a huge part of my childhood, and those books were one of the first “big” series I ever read. I’ve heard such mixed things on this one, and I really, really don’t want to be disappointed. J.K. Rowling is already doing a number on the enjoyability of her wizarding world with all of her retconning (UGHHHH), and I’m trying to keep the magic of Hogwarts alive in my heart. At least until my curiosity gets the better of me.
6. The Book Thief
I don’t have a good excuse on this one. I own a copy of it. I know a lot of people who list it among their favorite books. It sounds so good. Maybe I’m afraid it won’t live up to the hype? I’m really not sure.
My reasons on this one are twofold. First, I seriously can’t decide whether to read it in its physical form or to listen to it as an audiobook. I’ve heard that both are awesome, and I don’t want to ruin my experience by choosing the “wrong” one. And second…please don’t rat me out for this, but I checked it out from my library a while ago. Shortly thereafter, something in their online checkout system must have glitched, because it suddenly was no longer listed under my checked out titles. I’ve kept it on my shelf, fully intending to read it, but without a due date to force my hand, I keep bumping it back behind other books on my list. Poor excuse, I know. Please shame me into reading this one ASAP so I can return it, even though the library has many other copies.
8. Girl, Wash Your Face
HEAR ME OUT BEFORE YOU JUDGE ME FOR THIS ONE. I am 99.99999% sure I will hate this book. My mom even hated it, and she rarely dislikes books. She actually wants me to read it so I can hate it with her, and I am so on board with that. I just haven’t been in the mood for a spite-read lately. One of these days, though, I’ll get to it and (hopefully) write a deliciously scathing review.
9. The Lord of the Rings series
I…I have literally no excuse. I’m just a procrastinator. I’m sorry. I’ll give up my nerd card and fantasy-lover card now.
If anyone wants to buddy-read this series with me sometime in, say, November or later (my September and October are pretty heavily booked, pun intended), let me know.
10. Lord of the Flies
Listen, I heard so many oral book reports on this one back in middle school. Never was required to read it, but I to this day can recall the major plot points (poor Piggy). I do want to read it, but I don’t feel as compelled to as I do with other books since I already know quite a bit about both the book itself and common analyses of it.
BONUS #11: Uprooted
I think this one only half-counts, because I did start it…as an audiobook. And the narrator was awful. It was like listening to a robot with a Russian accent–there was virtually no inflection, and it sounded so mechanical. I couldn’t get into the story because the narrator annoyed me so much, so I have it tabled for now, just until I can mostly clear my head of that god-awful voice.
That’s all for now, folks! Have you read any of these? Which ones should I stop procrastinating on and just read, already? Any of these I should keep procrastinating on because they aren’t worth it? Drop a comment and let me know!