Books I Can’t Decide If I Want to Read
Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review.
The topic for this week’s TTT is books I’m no longer interested in reading, but I decided to do a different spin on it. I started browsing my “consideration” shelf on Goodreads and came across some books I was on the fence about. I figured it would be more fun to make this a should I read this book or not? post – I’ll talk about the book I was thinking of reading, why I want to read it AND why I don’t want to read it, and ask you in a little poll if you think I should read it. Some of these are sequels in series I’m only half-interested in, some are released/old books from my TBR, etc. etc.
Help Me: Should I Read this Book?
After You by Jojo Moyes
I didn’t love the first book, if I’m be honest. I did LOVE the movie though; I thought it was even better… which never happens. I just can’t decide if I NEED to read this book. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Lou and honestly can’t figure out if I really want to know what happens next. Does it matter? Did you like this one? I can’t decide if I care enough to read it.
Murder Trending by Gretchen McNeil
I’ve had some mixed feelings with this author! I didn’t enjoy the GET EVEN/DIRTY very much but I found TEN to be a fun Agatha Christie retelling. I don’t mind her writing style but half of what I’ve read has been predictable and not super enjoyable, and the other half was pretty great. Should I see if the third time is the charm? This book seems intriguing enough but it’s not totally grabbing me.
Rage by Cora Carmack
I didn’t mind some parts of ROAR as I was reading it, but the more I think about it, the more I hate it. The romance was controlling and terrible. I remember that the ending had quite a cliffhanger and really intrigued me… which sucks because I don’t WANT to read this book but I also want to read it so I know what happens next? I can’t decide if the problematic romance is just problematic to me and a couple of other people, or if it should be a dealbreaker? My curiosity from a plot-perspective is killing me.
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
I’m really leaning toward no here, but we’ll see. I loveeeeed THE RAVEN CYCLE even though I’m fairly sure that Maggie’s writing isn’t for me. I have THE SCORPIO RACES to read (but I’m on the fence still for that one because I don’t like horses) and the whole SHIVER series is not exactly on my radar. As a standalone, I was kind of intrigued? But I’ve heard very negative reviews for a wide variety of reasons.
Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse
I adored the premise of this one when I saw it, so I was sure to snag it from Alyssa when she offered it to me. I’ve seen a loooot of mixed reviews. Many friends gave it somewhere between 2 and 3 stars, with a few people veering into 4 star territory. I’ve seen some good comps to Stephanie Perkins, in terms of fluff and flawed characters, but I can’t decide if I’ll end up enjoying this one.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
This is really only on my radar because of just how many people seem to love it. I reallllly don’t do historical fiction unless there’s some fantasy mixed in, or a dual timeline, or if it’s about a topic I seriously love. I have to admit that WWII is actually a time period I’ve always been interested in, but this one is going to break my heart and I can’t decide if it will be a ME book. Plenty of people said it’s not a THEM book and they still loved it, so maybe I should be considering it when I want something heavy and historical?
Notes from My Captivity by Kathy Parks
I was fascinated enough by the premise to add this on Goodreads, but will I actually read it when it comes out? The story involves a girl going to the Siberian wilderness (!!) in search of this family of hermits (!!) that apparently holds her as a captive (!!)? So many elements of this do not have my name written on it but I have to admit the premise is unique enough for me to possibly try out. I stay away from captive-oriented books because I’m afraid there will be a gross romance usually…