Top Ten Tuesday • Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read

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Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read

Books you may have bought but aren’t sure if you are into it anymore, books you wanted to read but heard mixed things about, hyped books you aren’t sure about — basically any book that has you going, “TO READ OR NOT TO READ?”

This topic would have been easier to do last month, because I recently went on a cleaning spree and removed a lot of books from my TBR. I’m also in a reading slump lately, in which I can’t seem to enjoy any book so I just resort to reading old favourites over and over again… so lots of whining in this post, be warned!

The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman
The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard #3) by Scott LynchVictory of Eagles (Temeraire #5) by Naomi Novik

Anyone who knows me will be laughing because I love both series to pieces. In fact, Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora is my favourite book ever, the one I keep recommending to everyone, and the second book was also quite good. I waited years for the third book. So why is it that, almost one year later, I still haven’t cracked open The Republic of Thieves? Beats me. It’s going to sound really stupid, but I’m just afraid that it will not measure up to my expectations, or that I won’t like the new characters, or (even worse) that I’ll love it to pieces but then I won’t have the next book until 2026 or so.

Similar thing for Victory of Eagles, though the big problem is that I read the series for a minor character and I don’t know if he’ll be in this book very much.

The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss Kushiel's Avatar by Jacqueline Carey
The Wise Man’s Fear (Kingkiller Chronicle #2) by Patrick RothfussKushiel’s Avatar (Phèdre’s Trilogy #3) by Jacqueline Carey

The problem with The Wise Man’s Fear is that it’s a monster of a book, almost a thousand pages long, and I read the first book in the series so long ago that I don’t remember it at all and I’d have to read it all over again to understand the story. I’m just not sure I’m committed to reading two massive fantasy books, especially since the third book isn’t out yet and by the time it’ll be published I’ll have forgotten the plot of the first two books already. Maybe I’m waiting for the third book to be published before going on an epic fantasy marathon?

I did start reading Kushiel’s Avatar but halfway through I lost interest. Do I want to give it another try? Do I want to re-read the whole series? Again, so many pages, so daunting.

In the Night Garden (Orphan's Tales #1) by Catherynne M. Valente Witch High by Denise Little
In the Night Garden (Orphan’s Tales #1) by Catherynne M. ValenteWitch High by Denise Little

I got both Orphan’s Tales books a couple of Christmases ago but I never got around to reading more than a couple of pages. There’s just something about Valente’s writing style that makes it difficult for me to get into her works, even though I really love fairytale retellings.

Sorry for putting Witch High up there, Isa! I heard good things about the books and it was a rec, but I got burned by anthologies once too many. I’m sure I’ll like some of the stories but I’m also sure that I’ll dislike some of the stories and this gives me pause.

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Rebel Belle by Rachel HawkinsThe Pirate’s Wish (Ananna Duology #2) by Cassandra Rose Clarke

I’m the worst for including those, only a couple of months ago I was excited about Rebel Belle being out and now I just don’t know. It might be the pink cover, I still have a knee-jerk reaction to everything pink because of the amount of pink crap I was given over the year, since, you know, pink is a girl colour so all girls love pink… Anyway, I digress. I heard mixed reviews for this book and I don’t know if it’ll be my cup of tea, even though I liked Hawkins’ Hex Hall books.

Clarke’s first book was barely okay for me, but part of that was because the ending was so abrupt. It was literally one book that had been split in two for publication. One hand The Pirate’s Wish should finally provide some resolution, on the other the first book was a letdown because it just served to introduce the characters and setting for the second book. So I’m not really itching to read this book.

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd Cold Magic by Kate Elliott
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan ShepherdCold Magic by Kate Elliott

Both books come highly recommended by friends, both have awesome female characters, both have an historical setting… I’m just not getting “must read this now!” vibes from either book, though. I’m wondering if it’s because the high page count is scaring me off, since becoming a blogger I felt the pressure to produce blog posts semi-regularly and I think I might have started to subconsciously pick shorter books so I can finish them quickly and read more books. Maybe I’m just getting lazy and I prefer to stick to formulaic romances because they don’t require me to think? Why am I not reading these books? I don’t knowww!

To read or not to read? And which books are you on the fence about?


8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday • Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read

  1. I am kind of surprised to see Rebel Belle on so many lists this week. I hear see people rave about it online, but I guess if it doesn’t appeal to you, it just doesn’t. I want to read it, but I just haven’t found the time to pick it. There’s always something better laying around.

  2. Your reasons are completed validated for those novels/series that take several years to complete and so continuing it becomes dubious if you have to end up re-reading it. I’m much the same, which is why I also have so many series on hold just so they can all finish and then binge the shit out of it (although I hope I’m not duped into a long wait only to realize that I actually hate it…) But I’m being constantly hounded to read both of Rothfuss’ Kingkiller novels so…you know how it is, behemoth reads and all.

    joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts

    • That’s exactly how it is with long series, I want to wait and then read when all the books are out, but I did that with Joe Abercrombie and two chapters into the first book I realized I didn’t like it at all. Such a disappointment! Peer pressure doesn’t help my resolution of waiting, either! I do hope the Kingkiller series is worth it, I remember the first book was an okay read if not very slow to start…

  3. Cold Magic is good but it’s super complicated to follow (well, I think it is anyway) and this is why I’m hesitant to pick up the sequel. I’m curious – which character would you like to see again in the Temeraire series? I’ve read the first three books but it gets a little repetitive and I’m in no hurry to read the rest especially since I’m more interested in the female characters and there’s no chance of hers writing about them more so…

    • Aaah it’s Granby. I think he’s way more interesting than Lawrence, who’s a bit too much of a goody two-shoes most of the time. But yeah, the female characters are way more interesting, I love both Rolands especially. I’d love a spinoff with Emily 10-20 years from now.

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