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Books You Want To Have Read Tag

Ally did a tag the other day of books you want to have read but don’t want to actually read. It really hit home for me, so even though she didn’t tag anyone I decided to do the tag.


Rules:

  • Link back to the original tag
  • Complete the questions with books you want to have read but don’t want to read
  • Tag some people at the end to do the tag next

A book that you feel you need to read because everyone talks about it

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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Unpopular opinion time… I’m not interested in this book. Everyone seems to have read it, and everyone seems to love it, but I just can’t be bothered. And yet I want to have read it so that I know what they’re talking about. (It’s a very pretty cover, though. I love that cover.)

A book that’s really long

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

I’ll be honest, I don’t think I’ll ever get to this one even though I own it and have meant to read it for ages. It’s just too long. (884 pages in paperback form)

A book you’ve owned / had on your TBR for too long

A Brother’s Price by Wen Spencer

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I have no idea why I haven’t read this book yet. I just haven’t.

A book that is ‘required’ reading (e.g. school text, really popular classic – something you feel obligated to read!)

ANYTHING BY DICKENS. I’ve already read some of his stuff for various classes. But as to the rest… I want to have read them, but do NOT want to do the actual reading. In contrast, I don’t even feel a need to “have read” any more Steinbeck.

A book that intimidates you

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

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This one is actually on my top-TBR, and I have the hard copy on loan from my grandma so that I can read it soon. However, when I borrowed it from her, she told me that it was hard for her to get into — and given that I was already a bit intimidated by the size of it before, now I’m really intimidated.

A book you need to be in the right mood for

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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I know this is going to be sad. I know it’s going to make me cry. And it’s not always easy for me to pick up a book that I know will be sad. (I can’t help it. I read to escape, and so books that don’t let me do that aren’t first on the list of ones I’m going to pick up.)

A book that you think might be slow

Dune by Frank Herbert

I have already been warned that I should consider this book to be a stand-alone and not think about any sequels. However, I’m not even sure I should read this first one.

A book you’re unsure if you will like

11/22/63 by Stephen King

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I know it’s not the same as his more horror-y books. I’m still worried about what my response to it will be.


I tag:

As always, no pressure! If you don’t want to do the tag, then don’t worry about it. But I thought it was a fun one, so I’m sharing it.

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17 thoughts on “Books You Want To Have Read Tag

  1. LOL – I hadn’t even heard of Strange the Dreamer until now! I made it through Dune and The Mists of Avalon long ago – pretty sure I wouldn’t now. Also, I’m of the same opinion on Dickens and Steinbeck. Also Hemingway…

    1. LOL, I still intend to read Dune one of these days, but I’ve mostly given up on Mists of Avalon. I’m still hoping I’ll like Hemingway’s longer novels the way I used to.

  2. Oh man- so many of these are on my (or not on my) TBR too! I think I might do this tag. I have so many I own that I’m not motivated to read. Dickens and I have never been friends (I know people love those first lines: it was the best of times, it was the worst of times, but to me that’s exactly everything that’s wrong with that book) and 11/22/63… I haven’t picked up yet because I just don’t think I’m sold on the premise. Time travel isn’t my favorite.

    1. Oh- and the book thief- that’s a big fat no for me. Anything from that time period is too sad for me. I just can’t read it. Too depressing.

    2. I only like time travel when it’s done well, but I saw the Hulu miniseries for 11/22/63 and enjoyed that so I’m hopeful that I’ll like the book. With Dickens, I always thought I liked his work because I knew the play/movie of A Christmas Carol and the musical version of Oliver Twist. And then I read the source material… it’s not the same thing at all. Not nearly as easy to access.

      1. No I don’t think Dickens is accessible at all. Aside from that a lot of it was written as serials, and I think it just goes on for far too long.

        1. I remember joking in school about how authors used to be paid by the word, but in many cases I don’t think it was really a joke at all.

  3. I’m not sure how I missed this. But thank you for the tag! This is an interesting list.

    I loved The Book Thief but you’re right about needing to be in the right mood for it. I contemplate rereading it frequently but I just can’t face it again so soon. (It’s been six years since I read it!) It’s so good though.

    I’ve also been debating reading Dune and 11-22-63 but I’m not sure if I’ll like either as well. (Both are so loooong.)

    1. You’re welcome! It was a fun tag. If you decide to do it, I hope you have fun with it too.

      It’s really hard to psych myself up to read a book that everyone says made them cry. I do want to read The Book Thief, but I’m not sure when I will.

      At least Mr. Wyrm owns both Dune and 11/22/63, so when I decide to read them I won’t need to worry about library due dates.

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