Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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

I'm participating in today's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's prompt is:

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

This post is dedicated to those books.  You know, the books that glare at you from your bookshelf every time you walk by, daring you to pick it up.  The books that have stood there, gathering dust for months - or maybe even years - still unopened while you make yet another run to the library.  The books that you just can't find the motivation to read, even though you OWN them.  Yeah.  Those books.  

(Please tell me you have books like this too.)

10. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
My Goodreads profile claims that I have been "currently-reading" this book for about three years.

9. Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick
I won an ARC of this book months ago, and it has been sitting untouched on my nightstand ever since.

8. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
I found this at Goodwill for an exorbitant $1.  Now the glares this book gives me whenever I stand in front of my bookshelf make me wonder if it was too steep a price.

7.  The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
My brother-in-law loaned these books for me to read... about a year ago.

6. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I loved Fangirl and Attachments, but for some reason I don't really want to read this one.  I can't put my finger on why, but it doesn't call to me like her other work does.

5. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
I don't even know how many years this has been sitting on my bookshelf.  I loved The Kite Runner, and I keep meaning to read this one... and then reading something else instead.

4. Well-Mannered Assassin by Aline Countess of Romanones
I absolutely devoured her other memoirs from when she was a spy in WWII.  I just haven't read this one yet.  I might still be saying that twenty years from now.

3. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
The Giver is my all-time favorite book.  I think it is precisely because I esteem The Giver so highly that I avoid its sequels.  No matter how good they are, they can't compete with the legend that is The Giver.

I think this book has been too hyped-up for me.  There's no way it will ever measure up, so why try?

1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
This book is famous enough that I already know what secrets are hidden in Mr. Rochester's attic closet, and that alone kind of kills this book for me, no matter how many people tell me how beautifully it's written.

What books glare at you from your bookcase??


  1. Replies
    1. Yeah, it keeps taunting me, but I just haven't picked it up yet.

  2. Yeah, it's tough to avoid "spoilers" for works as famous as Jane Eyre, eh? I'd still totally recommend reading it, though! I think even if you know the secrets and so the mystery element is removed, it would probably still be worth it for the characterization and the Jane/Rochester relationship alone :)

    1. It's just so hard for me to read it when I know I'll get all emotionally involved in the Jane/Rochester relationship, knowing from the onset that it's doomed! I do love books from that era, but I just can't bring myself to commit to this one, classic or not.

  3. Mistborn is one of mine, too. My husband enjoyed it and my good friend LOVES it--I'm just not sure I really want to get into it. I have one that I've had for several years titled, "Evertaster." I'm interested in reading the book, but it just never percolates to the top of my list. I also REALLY want to read The Book Thief. I tried reading it once, just after my 3rd baby, and haven't been able to pick it back up. It's still on my to-read list, tho.

    Also, I tried reading the Disreputable History... and had to put it down. It just wasn't doing it for me. I couldn't connect with it at all. There are too many good books out there to waste my reading time on one that makes me roll my eyes every time I pick it up.

    1. I totally agree with what you say about there being too many good out there to waste time on one you don't like! I do hope you get back around to The Book Thief though. That one seriously wrecked me, in a good way.

  4. Eleanor & Park is equal parts sad and sweet. It made me cry sad tears, but don't worry, it's a hopeful story too. I enjoyed Fangirl a little more, but E&P was so worth it! I couldn't put it down when I read it last year, and I picked it up during a time when I couldn't get into anything. So, for me, it really made an impression. I hope you reconsider! :)

    A Thousand Splendid Suns is sooo sooo good! I probably read it 6 or 7 years ago, and just like The Kite Runner, it's a life changing read. I'm due for a re-read, I think. :)

    Marlene @ The Flyleaf Review

  5. Both E&P and ATSS sound like the kind of book I would really love, so it doesn't make sense why I'm not drawn to them. Hopefully the vibe I get from them will change soon! Glad you had such positive experiences with them both, that definitely helps bump it up on my list. :)

  6. I've only read the first Mistborn book, but it was amazing! You really have to read them! :) I love Brandon Sanderson's books. The world-building is always amazing and I'm blown away every time.

    1. I've heard such good things, and I love the fantasy genre anyway, so I don't know what's taking me so long. I'll get to it one of these days, promise!!


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