Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my TBR that I’m avoiding

Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) asks us to share books on our TBR lists that we are avoiding reading. I’ve decided to focus on books that I’m avoiding reading because I’ve heard they are sad. I generally don’t like reading sad books, and will avoid them at all costs. I understand that this sort of doesn’t make sense, because many books that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed–Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, Looking for Alaska by John Green, etc.–are very sad. Nevertheless, here are some books that I’ve been avoiding precisely because I think they might make me cry:

Are there any books on your TBR that you’re avoiding reading? Do you like reading sad books? What do you think of the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments section below!



16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my TBR that I’m avoiding

  1. Great list! You’re definitely not alone here – there are sad books that I’ve really enjoyed, but I read books to escape so I prefer to read hopeful stories than stories that are trying to make me sad. I loved A Thousand Splendid Suns, though, so The Kite Runner is definitely one I want to get to!

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  2. I’ve read The Color Purple, The Bell Jar, and The Glass Castle and I have to say that if you read any of these books it should be The Glass Castle. I’m the same as you and definitely avoid sad books especially ones with dogs! But The Glass Castle really is inspiring. It didn’t really come across to me as sad, but instead, it made me really appreciate my life more 😊 happy reading!

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  3. Great list, Holly! I’ve pretty much avoided A Monster Calls for the same reason — I’m just not ready to have my feelings completely shattered yet haha 😅I loved Me Before You and The Kite Runner but they’re definitely heartbreaking books (in the best way obvs) but I totally get why you’d avoid all the tears LOL

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  4. I’ve read several of these and they were definitely emotional. I don’t blame you for avoiding The Kite Runner. I actually didn’t like that book all that much but had to keep reading it to know what happened in the end.


  5. I know what you mean about avoiding emotional books, I have to be in the right mood for an emotional book.
    I love Patrick Ness’s books and I am going to try to read them all including A Monster Calls and I have heard a lot about it but it makes me excited to read it.
    I hope you get to read all these books and enjoy them but you might need to buy some tissues first!!


  6. Same here. I tend to put off sad books too because I don’t like to cry.
    Me Before You and the Kite Runner made me choke up, but both are good reads (I liked Kite Runner more) and worth trying.


  7. I love sad books but I totally have to be in the mood for them. I watched the film of Me Before You & cried sooo hard. Reading The Kite Runner broke my heart, too, that’s def a hard one to read!


  8. Yup, I can confirm Me Before You is indeed sad. Even though you’re always hoping it won’t happen, you already know the end it will have. Great list! 🙂


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