top ten tuesday: books I’m not sure I want to read

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Hi there, everyone! Welcome to yet another installment of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the lovely blog The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want to Read. I never really thought about it before, but there are actually quite a few books that I am currently hesitant about reading. So, in no particular order;

1. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.

I’ve heard so many fantastic things about this epic fantasy series, yet for some reason I remain hesitant to read it. I think it’s a blend of its behemoth size, expansive cast of characters, and complicated fantasy world that makes it a bit daunting for me.

2. Four by Veronica Roth.

I did read and enjoy the Divergent trilogy, however it’s not one of my favorite series ever. After the ending of Allegiant, it took me some time to organize my thoughts and form overall opinions on the characters and what actually happened. I’m not sure if I’m quite ready to dive back into that dystopian, or really if I even want to.

3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

So many people have told me that they really liked this book. My only reason for not having read it yet is that I know it’s going to be sad. I generally don’t like to read really sad books, mostly because I’m never really in the mood to feel sad.

4. Stolen by Lucy Christopher.

According to the synopsis, this book is about a girl who is suddenly kidnapped and the different emotions she develops in regard to her captor. It hardly seems like a light, upbeat novel, and I’m afraid that the subject matter is going to be very dark and depressing.

5. Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

This is a dystopian novel that I have heard plenty of mixed reviews about. Some people say they enjoy it, while others don’t think it’s good at all. Keeping in mind the limited time I have to read in my busy schedule, I just find it hard to justify picking up a book that most people who have read it are merely lukewarm about.

6. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling.

Some of you may find this surprising, especially considering the fact that I absolutely adore J.K. Rowling. So why am I hesitant to read this? I think it has to do with the fact that I’ve never read anything by J.K. Rowling that isn’t Harry Potter. I guess I’m just afraid that it won’t be as good, and that my love of her will somehow lessen a bit. Honestly, I’m still quite confused about my hesitancy to read this one as well!

And those are all the books I’m not sure if I want to read! I’m sure there are others, but at the moment I can’t think of all ten.

What books are you hesitant to read? What are your thoughts on the books I have in my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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22 thoughts on “top ten tuesday: books I’m not sure I want to read

  1. I haven’t read Four yet but I plan to. I wasn’t a fan of his POV in Allegiant and apparently he redeems himself in this book. Plus he was one of my favourite characters from the series, so more of him without the others is fine by me.

    I have all 7 books in the GOT series sitting at home, ready to be read. So I feel your pain. I’ve heard many mixed reviews of 13 Reasons Why and it isn’t high on my TBR at all. The Delirium series is on my TBR, and I own the trilogy, I just need to binge it. Even though there can be mixed reviews, I’m dying to read it. I haven’t finished The Casual Vacancy yet, but I liked The Cuckoo’s Calling. I was petrified of reading another JK novel, let alone an adult one. But really HP is in its own wee bubble for me, nothing will ever ruin that. I don’t think the adult JK books are the best things ever written, but they are good, and no matter what I was surprised that my precious HP remained untouched in my mind.

    My TTT: http://confessionsofabookgeek.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/top-ten-tuesday-books-that-give-me-indecisive-syndrome/

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  2. You must read A GAME OF THRONES! It is definitely one of my favourite fantasy series — they’re large, detailed, and take time to get through, but it’s worth it. I actually have a copy of The Casual Vacancy, but I’m VERY hesitant to read it. I’ve seen so many negative reviews. Maybe If I keep my mind open I’ll enjoy it.

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  3. Ooohhh I loved Game of Thrones! They are verryyy difficult to read but if you’re a fan, it’s worth it. It took me six months to read the second book and will probably have taken me a full year for the third by the time I’m done. If you’re okay with that kind of commitment, I say so it. So worth it! And I’m with you on the Casual Vacancy! That one has been sitting on my shelf since its release and I’ve still yet to get to it. Good luck! 🙂

    Amanda @ i solemnly swear

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  4. Holly, if you do decide to branch out and read more JK Rowling, I would go with the series published under her pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. I’ve never talked to anyone who liked The Casual Vacancy. (I gave up on it once before making myself plow through it, and considered myself depressed as a result of reading such a terrible story. There was a huge cast of characters, and not a one redeemable.) While I’m still shell-shocked enough not to be ready to read her newer books, I’ve heard only good things about them.

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  5. Only one here I can comment on is Four. I loves it, but then again I’m a diehard Divergent fan so if Veronica wrote a book about Four taking a nap I would be all over that. If you enjoyed Four’s POV or his character at all, you’ll like this one.

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  6. I feel the same about The Casual Vacancy. The cover is awful and the synopsis just doesn’t do it for me. I’m quite content sticking to Harry Potter.
    As for Delirium… I thought it was okay, but I decided not to finish the series so that kind of answers it for me.

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  7. Delirium was great imo. That’s honestly all I can say. I actually liked the series a lot more than Divergent. I agree with the other commenter as well. “Robert Galbraith’s” books are more worth it than The Casual Vacancy.

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  8. I definitely agree with Game of Thrones. The show has a billion characters so lord knows it would be hard to keep up with those characters in a book! Especially since you don’t have visuals of the people to tell them apart! I’m trying to convince myself to read them though, my mom says they’re so good:)

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  9. If you’re looking for more JK Rowling that’s not Harry Potter, I definitely recommend the Cormorant Strike series! I haven’t heard the best things about The Casual Vacancy, but I hope to try that myself too.

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  10. The Song of Ice and Fire series is definitely a time commitment, but I thought it was excellently written and easy to follow, despite the large, rotating cast of characters.

    I feel the same way about Rowling’s adult novels: even though, logically, I know that it’s a completely different genre, I’m still somehow expecting all of her works to be similar to the Harry Potter series.

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  11. I have Game of Thrones on my shelf but I think I’ve finally decided not to read it. My sister did and after hearing her opinion on it I’ve given up trying (the big thing for me is when she said that there was maybe one honorable character and the rest were just terrible. I need honorable characters to enjoy a book). I’m to slow of a reader to go through all that just to dislike it.
    I’ve heard the same about Delirium but since I own it I’m going to give it a shot. I saw the dropped Pilot and like it well enough.
    Here’s my TTT: http://betweenyabookends.blogspot.com/2014/08/top-five-books-im-not-sure-i-want-to.html

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  12. I have to confess…I really hated 13 Reasons Why. I thought the message behind the book was awful and there was a lot of psychological bullying from…everyone. I just. nope. I hated it. >_< Sorry! Rant there. Hehe…
    I'm debating whether to try Delirium too!
    I just won Four and fjdsaklfdsa I'm very excited! xD
    Stolen was good, but not AS good as everyone raved about. I'm Australian so I actually felt there were some discrepancies in the description of the Australian outback. *shrugs*
    Here’s my TTT!

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  13. I have plenty of reservations for Four and I think the only reason I’d pick it up is with the slight hope that I’ll see Uriah in the last novella. Otherwise…nope…can’t do it.

    I’ve been eyeing 13 Reasons Why as well for the longest time. I think dark and sad stories are often some of the most compelling to read into. I think going into the read to find about the why is the daunting part as it’s essentially reading retrospectively.

    Cheers,
    joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts

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  14. A Game of Thrones is totally and completely worth it. The books are massive, but extremely interesting and entertaining.

    From your own description, I think you could safely skip Four. You learn a little more about his feelings/motivations, but nothing that would make someone who didn’t love the series change their mind.

    I would recommend Thirteen Reasons Why. It is sad, but it is a worthwhile read.

    I haven’t read any of the others.

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    1. I think I’ll probably end up giving Game of Thrones a try sometime soon, just because everyone seems to love it so much! I do like fantasy and LoTR and all that stuff, so I would probably at least find it enjoyable for those aspects. And that’s good to know about Four. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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