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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about books that I’m not sure I want to read. You’re probably thinking that NOT WANTING to read a book is sacrilegious and I used to think so. But as my TBR pile continues to grow, I have to draw the line somewhere. So some of these books are on a “not right now” vibe for me and others are “I don’t know If I even want to go there” vibe. Some of these might surprise you and I’m sure some of you will be shaking your heads at me, but this is just how I feel 😉 Without further adieu…
1. The Gossip Girl Series by Cecily von Ziegesar
I’ve actually read through half of this series, but when I went back to reread the books in order to finish the series I found myself no longer interested in the plot lines. I have to blame this mainly on my LOVE & OBSESSION of the TV series. I know it’s horrible of me to love the show more than the books, but I’ve just fallen in love with the show’s plot line and don’t wish to continue on with the book series now. My main love of the show is Chuck & Blair’s relationship, which doesn’t really make an appearance at all in the books. I just felt unsatisfied when I tried to reread them again. Maybe one day, I’ll go back and try to tackle them again.
2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
I know a bunch of you are going to yell at me on this one. I read The Hunger Games and just thought that it was alright (you can read my review here). Mainly after finishing the first novel, I just felt like the story was complete. As I mentioned in my review, I didn’t feel like there was a strong “love triangle” that had to be resolved or that any type of “pre-revolution” was presented strongly for me to move forward in the trilogy. Basically it seemed the like the story ended in book 1 and didn’t really need the companions. I do have to say that others have said that books 2 and 3 are better, but I just don’t know. I’m not sure I’m totally convinced to move forward in this trilogy.
3. Eldest by Christopher Paolini
I used to be very into fantasy as a genre. I read Eragon a while ago and I remember enjoying it, but I don’t remember much of the plot. I also remember that it took me forever to read through. At this point I’m not sure if it’d be worth it to continue in the series. I’d most likely have to reread book 1 before launching into book 2 and I don’t think I have the time commitment or full interest into doing that right now. This might be a non-returner or at-a-much-later-dater.
4. Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow
I read The Secret Diamond Sisters (Book 1) not too long ago and didn’t really enjoy it. I though the characters were lacking a bit and I wasn’t really sure of the plot line (see my review here). This has me a bit hesitant to move forward onto book 2. I want to give the series the benefit of the doubt that it will get better, but I’m not sure if I’ve truly convinced myself just yet.
5. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Series by Stieg Larsson
So there’s been a bunch of hype over this series. I haven’t read any of the books, nor seen any of the movie adaptations. I think the main reason I’m not sure I want to jump into this trilogy is because of lack of interest. I’ve had it on my radar for a while, but nothing has me really wanting to read it. Book one’s description makes it sound like the story has a lot of action which usually draws me in since I like fast-paced novels. However there is something holding me back each time. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m distracted by other stories or if it’s because I’m just not as interested in it as I thought I would be. It could also be a timing thing, since I have a bunch of novels on my radar and just not enough time to read them all.
6. The Vampire Diaries Series by L. J. Smith
These books are on this list for the same reason the Gossip Girl books are–I don’t want to mess with the plot lines. I LOVE the TV Show and have been enjoying the plot lines that the writers have chosen to move forward with. Although, I haven’t read any of the books based on the show, I’m still wary about picking them up. Usually, I read the books first and then watch the movie/TV show. However, this time I watched the show first. I’ve heard there are discrepancies between the books and show (much like Gossip Girl) and this is keeping me at a distance. I’m nervous about seeing the characters I love in a different light or ending up with different characters or what have you. So for now, I’m sticking with the show until I’m okay to see a different version.
7. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Okay, this book is basically only on this list because of the time it will take me to read it. 870 pages is A LOT! I’m thinking maybe one day when I retire from book-blogging (or maybe from real life :p) I’ll pick it up and journey into that world. I know a lot of people are recommending it, but currently it’s on my “not right now” vibe/list. BUT would it totally be horrible if I watched the show any way? Ugh I’m like I should probably read the book first, but I’ve just have like no time to dedicate to that beast of a book. Any suggestions?
8. Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale
I actually read Austenland because I saw a preview for the movie and I usually always read the book first. Plus, I’m also a huge Jane Austin / Austin re-telling fan. I will read most anything relating to her works. I just really enjoy the storylines. Not every re-telling or Austin-inspired novel is that great, but I give most of them a try. With Austenland, I wasn’t overly excited with the plot. I enjoyed the novel, but it ended up being just okay. This leaves me hesitant to move forward in the series (which I had no idea Hale was making Austenland into). I’m just not sure if I will enjoy this next installment or if it will be worth even getting into. Any other Austen fans have thoughts on this??
9. Another Nicholas Sparks Novel
Okay, this one I’m sure will also get some yelling at the screen for. I’ve only read one Nicholas Sparks novel (The Lucky One) and I wasn’t overly impressed by it. The story was alright, but it seemed like it was written for the movies and it was a bit predictable (see my review here). I think I’ve seen too many of his movies to really enjoy his novels. They all seem to end up the same way or tell the same story in some fashion. Maybe I need to try one more before I make the decision to stop reading Sparks completely, but I just haven’t been motivated to do so yet.
Okay, before you yell, here me out. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. I loved reading the books all through my childhood and attended a few release parties as well. Harry Potter is amazing. I grew up with these characters and the HP world. I’m just very hesitant to continue on with something I’ve already come to terms with has ended. The series to me has finished with book 7 and I’m not sure if I want to see it open up again. So this has me wary to read this short story. I’m not sure if I should or not. Thoughts?
Thanks for reading my post today! What books do you think I need to reconsider and try out? Any of these books make it onto your list? Leave your thoughts below in the comments! I’d love to hear what you have to say!
See you later BookNerds!