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Top Ten Tuesday: “Do I really wanna read this?”

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is… top 10 books I’m not sure I want to read.

Indecisiveness AND a list? COUNT ME IN! Here are those ten books (sorta) that I’m perpetually on the fence about reading:

CaliforniaCalifornia by Edan Lepucki

I got an ARC of this at BookExpo America and wasn’t sold on it. Then Colbert went and promoted it on his show, but I’m still not sure of it. So many mixed reports. Brendan (boyfriend) is reading it right now, so I’ll wait and see what he says.

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

I started this book years ago and got about 100 pages in to the gigantic tome that is The Mists of Avalon. I’d heard so many good things, and I guess technically it was good. I’d always meant to finish it, but now after the recent story of Bradley allegedly molesting her daughter (and others), I don’t know if I want to continue.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

I know. How can I not want to read this? Well, I read the first 100 pages and got bored because of the television show’s similarities, and now I just can’t devote myself to reading the 5 million other pages of this as-yet-unfinished series.

The Cuckoo's CallingThe Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

I love J.K. Rowling, but I am not the biggest fan of mystery books in general. Still, I feel like I’ve heard enough positive reviews that I should probably give it a shot.

Insurgent and Allegiant by Veronica Roth

The first book (Divergent) was okay, but I started reading Insurgent and was bored out of my mind. Seven months later and I’m still trying to work up the energy to pick up a copy again.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

So. Many. Pages.

All those books by John Green that aren’t The Fault in Our Stars

Okay, I liked (maybe even loved) The Fault in Our Stars, but I’m not quite sure I would feel the same attachment to his other books. And there are so many… where do I even start?

Norwegian WoodNorwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (and his other books)

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve picked this book up in the bookstore and not bought it. I just don’t know if I’ll like it, which seems like a stupid thing to worry about because I’ve bought books and not liked them and it’s not the end of the world.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Another book with a daunting amount of pages to read. I’m also not too keen on the subject matter, but the fact that Mantel won two Man Booker prizes for this series leads me to believe it’s worth a shot. We shall see.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

I’m willing to give it a try, but I wouldn’t say I’m rushing to the store to get my hands on it. It just seems like there are a lot of other books that need to be read first.

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And that’s it! Has anyone read any of these? Are they good? Inquiring minds (mine) want to know.

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7 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: “Do I really wanna read this?”

  1. Divergent is the better book of the 3, that’s for sure. But they’re not horrible reads.

    And for John Green, his other books are all very similar. Read one and you’ve basically read the rest. I would say Katherines or Alaska. But every day teen books = bla.

  2. I think I’d say, if you’re interested in a book, sample the first chapter; then continue or part ways, no pressure. For the books you started and didn’t finish, again, regardless of how other people feel about them, no pressure. If Insurgent bored you, forget it and watch the movie instead. 🙂

    1. Thanks! I hate giving up on books. I usually just move them down into my “eventually I’ll read these” list. Was the Divergent movie any good? I never saw it.

  3. I started reading Game of Throne and finished the second book but then just decided to watch the show instead…laziness I suppose. I finished all 3 of the Divergent books…I agree, second one was toughest to get through but glad I finished after the 3rd!

    1. Yeah, I feel really lazy about reading Game of Thrones. it just seems like such a massive commitment, especially for someone who only really reads one book at a time.

      Good to know about Insurgent being the hardest to get through. I may eventually give it another try, but I’m getting my dystopian fix through The Maze Runner series right now, so Divergent is going to stay on the backburner for quite a while.

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