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.


  • 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


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


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


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


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


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.


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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