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Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading

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Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading (and Why)

Maybe you’re scared of it, worried it won’t live up to the hype, maybe it’s too darn long.

There are lots of books on my TBR that I haven’t read yet. However, when it comes to books I’m actually avoiding, there are really only three categories for me. I’ll separate them out for the sake of this list:

Books I’m worried won’t live up to the hype

  1. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  2. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  3. The Bear and the Nighingale by Katherine Arden
  4. The Seven (1/2) Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Books that are too darn long

  1. Blackout / All Clear by Connie Willis
  2. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  3. Passage by Connie Willis

Books that I suspect will make me cry, so I have to work myself up to it

  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  2. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  3. Little Women (re-read) by Louisa May Alcott

Don’t get me wrong. I want to read all of these, and I hope one day I will. But for now, I haven’t started them because I’ve been avoiding them.


35 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading

  1. I like how you divided up the reasons here! The Book Thief is on my list, too, for similar reasons. The hype reason is so real! I’ve been procrastinating with The Bear and the Nightingale for the same reason. The Raven Boys is on my list for that reason, too. And the length thing, for sure. Not just 11/22/63, but a lot of Stephen King’s books are stuck on my TBR for that reason. xD

    Here’s my TTT post.

  2. I have The Book Thief on mine too! It’s super long and I can’t even go into it hoping for a happy ending because I know it’s sad, but I’ve heard such good things that I can’t not want to read it haha

  3. I loved the Bear and the Nightingale but I felt like The 7 and 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle didn’t live up to the hype (not that it was bad mind you! I just felt like the premise eventually got a bit redundant).

    I think Passages was good but possibly one of Connie Willis’ weirdest books! Well, of the ones I read so far… 11/22/63 was OK but I think it felt too long.

    The Book Thief will probably make you cry (if you’re anything like me.)

    1. I’ll admit, I was wondering if Evelyn Hardcastle would get repetitive! Maybe if I go into it with that expectation, though, it will be an easier read.

      I’ve heard that about Willis’ Passage before. It’s still an idea that fascinates me, though, so I want to experience the weird for myself. 😉

      Yeah, I’m positive The Book Thief will make me cry. That’s the biggest reason why I haven’t read it yet.

  4. Fantastic list! I have also been nervous to try 11/22/63. I think because so many of his constant readers loved it that I’m absolutely convinced it’s a nightmarish time hopping slog. The premise sounds amazing, but most of King’s books usually do.

    But I did enjoy Red Rising! Take it for what you will. I’m certainly not an authority. Lol

    1. Thanks! I’m nervous to try 11/22/63 because I haven’t read any King before. Also, I saw the Hulu miniseries and I’m not sure if that made the story seem more of less scary than it was before…

      So many blog friends enjoyed Red Rising! I just don’t want to be the one person who didn’t, LOL. 🙂

    1. Aw, that’s a shame. I’m still hoping that I’ll enjoy that one, but I think I’ve waited long enough since the hype train for it started that I’ve got a better chance at liking it than if I’d read it right away. I think that’s part of why I liked The Night Circus: by the time I read it, the hype had essentially died down.

    1. I think seeing the bunnies bite each other’s ears in a trailer for the Watership Down movie scarred me when I was a kid, and I haven’t read the book or seen the movie as a result. But I do want to read it, eventually.

  5. Ah book thief and little women made me cry- so fair enough that you’re putting them off! (I’ve actually been meaning to reread book thief for a few years, but I know it will make me cry again, so I’ve been putting it off for a while). red rising, raven boys, bear and the nightingale and evelyn hardcastle all lived upto the hype for me- so I hope you like them when you get to them!

  6. 11/22/63 sounds so interesting, but the length of it intimidates me as well.

    I’ve had the Bear and the Nightingale on my list for a while, but I’ve been putting off. Now that the whole trilogy is out, I’m hoping to pick it up soon.

    The Book Thief devastated me. I always think about rereading it but it’s too soon. (I read it in like 2013!)

      1. A TBR list is what it says: to be read. I once had a list of 100 TBR’s and it took me two years to finish it and an iron determination not to add any item to it till it was dealt with. A couple of items I removed (about 10 %): never looked back to those.

  7. I never considered Little Women to be a tear-jerker, but it is rather emotional. The Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle did not live up to my expectations and I gave it the best shot. Thanks a lot for bringing Passage to the attention – I am adding it to my TBR list!

    1. I hope you enjoy Passage when you get to it!

      I remember Little Women being really sad for 12-yea-old me to read in school, so that’s why I’ve been expecting for it to make me cry again when I (eventually) re-read it. It might not happen, though, a lot has changed since I was 12. 🙂

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