Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why
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.
I love this topic! I probably could fill this with like a million books??? I am the worst about reading books I’m excited for or just books on my TBR in general. There are a lot of them on here that could just be answered with “I never read my owned physical copies because I’m the worst and prefer reading digitally” but I’ll try to pick more unique books/reasons than that one 😉 I decided to sort my Goodreads shelf by oldest to highlight five books from the far past I have been avoiding, and then I looked to add five books I’ve recently added to my physical TBR that I haven’t read yet.
Golden by Jessi Kirby | Owned paperback | I bought this based on its praise in the book blogging community, and then read a different Kirby book soonafter. I didn’t love it, so this has just been sitting on my shelf ever since.
The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes | Owned paperback | I really don’t have a good excuse at this point because so many people love this book and I’ve enjoyed Stokes’ writing in the past. Her books aren’t my all-time favorites but she has an easy-to-read writing style and this seems so cute. I think I just keep getting distracted by the new YA contemporary pretties that come out.
Book of Spells by Kate Brian | Owned hardcover | People are probably sick of me discussing this series or book, but whatever – I read the whole Private series until this book, then there was a genre shift (this series is so old I don’t feel bad about a spoiler haha). This is a prequel that ties into that genre change, so I need to read this before completing the series. It’s just been SO LONG since I read it.
In A World Just Right by Jen Brooks | Old egalley and owned hardcover | I love books involving time manipulation and parallel universes, so I was excited for this one! I had an egalley and also managed to get the hardcover at some point. I was nervous I wouldn’t love this book, so I was putting it off a bit, and then the negative reviews started rolling in.
Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl | Owned hardcover | This is one of those books you’re probably sick of seeing on here too, eh? I keep telling myself I MUST read this book in 2019. I have to. I honestly just keep putting it off because I never preorder random books by authors that aren’t tried-and-true, so I’m nervous I wasted my money on this and keep…not reading it.
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin | Owned hardcover | The author came for a book event in Portland when we were living there, so we decided to go on a whim. I bought the book to get it signed and it sounded interesting, but the reviews have been tepid. I’m not sure when I’ll read this…
She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop | Owned paperback | I bought some random books on sale a couple of years ago from B&N, and this was one of them. It sounded up my alley but I kept putting it off… like I do with all the books on my physical TBR! On top of that, I got a review copy of Dunlop’s newest book and didn’t love it. So now I’m not rushing to this one…
Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella | Owned hardcover | I feel like I’ve been avoiding this one because it’s quite large for a contemporary book! I also have been feeling a little hit-or-miss about Kinsellas newer releases, so I’m less likely to dive into the backlist.
Finale by Stephanie Garber | Owned hardcover | I don’t think I’m ready for this trilogy to end. I really have loved the world-building of Caraval and am unprepared for it to be over. It’s probably that simple!
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion | Owned ebook | I added this to my TBR forever ago and bought it on sale, but there’s actually not that much that appeals to me about this book. People seemed to really love it, so maybe I will, but the synopsis is kinda meh.
For what it’s worth, I almost never read romances, and I really liked The Rosie Project. But it’s totally okay if you don’t like it. 🙂
Oooooh I love Sophie Kinsella! Wedding Night is such a fun book, I personally think he backlist is a little better than her newer stuff, which is kinda weird if you think about it…
I loved The Rosie Project, but The Wedding Night was one of my least favorite Kinsella books so far. The Art of Lainey is one of 2 Paula Stokes books I haven’t read yet… and honestly I keep forgetting it exists.
The Rosie Project was fun and “cute”. Great beach/pool read. The second book was less interesting. Haven’t gone for the 3rd.
I didn’t expect much from The Rosie Project but found it very charming
I thought The Rosie Project was very cute! I really didn’t care for She Regrets Nothing, the writing was really nothing special. I also have a copy of Golden and am hoping to read it soon, I’ve had pretty good luck with her books!
I don’t blame you for not finishing Finale. I LOVED the world of Caraval. I would be so happy to see spin-offs of the other games and characters. Like Legendary’s true beginnings or something.
Saying goodbye to the Caraval trilogy was so rough for me. I adore it and feel you 100% about the worldbuilding and all that jazz. It’s one of my favourites of all time and I was sad to see it end. That being said, Finale was (of course) fantastic and I hope you love it when you get to it. I had a bit of a book hangover immediately after finishing it and I tried to take it slow but ended up devouring it fairly quickly.
That being said–Book of Spells wasn’t too bad. I hate the shift in genres the later books took. Just because it felt a little nonsensical. But, it was a long time ago, and I may have just been salty because I literally LIVED for Private and Privilege. Ack! I feel like I should have enjoyed it just because if there’s something I love more than magic and witchiness, I haven’t found it yet, but it just seemed out of nowhere. RAMBLE OVER. I just haven’t seen anyone talk about these books in AGES and I get overly excited about it and then babble like it’s my job.
Annnddd, finally, The Immortalists was one of my favourite books last year so I may be biased but I hope you get to that one ASAP!!!
I totally get you with Finale—I have such a hard time letting go of certain series!!