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Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want to Read…


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Hey BookNerds!

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…

Gossip Girl by Cecily von ZiegesarCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins Eldest by Christopher Paolini

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.

Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle MadowThe Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg LarssonThe Awakening by L. J. Smith

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.

Outlander by Diana GabaldonMidnight in Austenland by Shannon HaleNicholas Sparks

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.


Dumbledore's Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup10. Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final by J. K. Rowling

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!




  • Mel@thedailyprophecy
    13 August 2014 at 11:41 am

    Yes, THG could be read alone since it’s quite conclusive, but believe me, there is enough story for two other books. Catching fire is actually my favorite book from the series.


  • Camille
    12 August 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I have to agree with you on Harry Potter. I felt like Book 7 solidly closes that story and I was happy where it was so there’s no need to linger or extend it anymore. And I also feel the same way about Outlander. It’s there on my TBR list but I don’t see myself reading it anytime soon. Thanks for sharing and stopping by my TTT 🙂

  • Lauren @ Lose Time Reading
    12 August 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I love, love, love the Gossip Girl TV Show. Definitely an obsession but I haven’t read the books, they are on my TBR though. Catching Fire was actually my favorite book of the bunch, but it’s definitely more open ended then Hunger Games so you would kind of have to read the third if you read it 😛

    Action would not be a word I would use to describe The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo… the first book is SLOW. The second and third were definitely my favorite and I did love the first book but it takes a really long time to get into!

    12 August 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Okay, so I’m one of the few people who wasn’t crazy about the Hunger Games trilogy. I love the concept and the story and characters had great potential. But every single climax involved Katniss getting conked over the head, missing the climax, and then having it told to her later in a few paragraphs. Which just seemed like lazy writing to me. I couldn’t get past resenting that. Plus, it’s one of the very few times I really just think the movie is better.

    I keep meaning to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as well – I think what puts me off most is knowing it was meant to be quite a long series but the author passed away before finishing it, so I’m loath to go in knowing that, regardless of how good it might be. I also did try to read it once or twice and didn’t get very far!

    I also read Austenland before the movie and wasn’t super impressed. Interesting idea, so-so execution. I have no interest in continuing on – particularly since I also got the sense it would have worked just fine as a stand-alone.

    Good list!

    • NicoleLynn
      12 August 2014 at 5:31 pm

      I thought the movie was better as well for The Hunger Games. I connected it a bit more then when I read the story. I think they also set up some of what’s to come in Catching Fire better than the book did.

      My thoughts exactly on Austenland! It was just okay for me. I felt like it could have been better.

      Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  • megan @ love literature art and reason
    12 August 2014 at 2:46 pm

    I definitely understand loving a show and not wanting to read the books. I’ve never read TVD or Pretty Little Liars because I just started watching the show and loving it.

    I really think the 2nd two books after The Hunger Games are a thousand times better than the first book and both explore the entire world and the characters a lot more. I get what you mean about the first book ending well and closing up loose ends, but I definitely think you should finish the trilogy.

    thanks for stopping by!

    • NicoleLynn
      12 August 2014 at 5:28 pm

      Yes, I’m not sure if I could ever really delve into the literary world of TVD after watching the show. I feel like I’d be comparing too much and it might ruin my experience with both overall.

      A lot of people have been suggesting reading Catching Fire, so I might pick it up and give it a try. Either way I’m definitely considering it more now.

      Thanks for commenting!

  • Mallory @ The Local Muse
    12 August 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Totally agree with your thoughts on the Harry Potter continuations. I’ve accepted it’s over, I’m satisfied with the end, and that’s enough for me. I want to be able to imagine what happens to the characters in the future, not be out right told about it.
    Catching Fire was my favorite out of the Hunger Trilogy, give it a try and you might like it!

    • NicoleLynn
      12 August 2014 at 5:26 pm

      I’m glad someone else gets it about Harry Potter!! I figured no one else would understand where I was going with that 🙂

      Thanks, a lot of people have been suggesting to give Catching Fire a try, so I might actually pick it up.

      Thanks for commenting!

  • Shannon@BooksDevoured
    12 August 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I read and loved Eragon and Eldest. Then I watched the movie with my husband and he pointed out how similar it was to Star Wars but with Dragons. Now I just can’t bring myself to read anymore. I love SW though!

    • NicoleLynn
      12 August 2014 at 5:32 pm

      I love Star Wars! Never really notice the similarities before. I’m just not sure if I have enough motivation or time to get back into that series.

      Thanks for commenting!

  • Katie Grimmer
    12 August 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Catching Fire: Ok. My opinion for that series best to awful is 2, 1, 3. Book to is brilliant in every way and just one of the best things ever written. Book 3 is TERR.I.BLE. To the point that I desperately hope they change the ending (or the whole thing in general) in the movies.

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series: MUST.READ.NOW.SO.AMAZING.SO.SO.SO.AMAZING.

    • NicoleLynn
      12 August 2014 at 12:59 pm

      I’ve heard that book 2 is better in that trilogy so I might eventually pick it up. I guess I’m just hesitant since I didn’t like book 1 overly much. It probably won’t be an immediate read, but I’ll definitely consider picking it up more now.

      Haha I have heard The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series is good. I’m going to try and reignite my interest in it. I think I’m just stuck on the timing issue with that one. Maybe i’ll add it to my fall TBR so that I’ll actually have a motivation to read book 1 at least. Seeing it in print generally make me have to commit right?

      Thanks for your comment!!

  • kelley
    12 August 2014 at 11:26 am

    oh, you should read Midnight at Austenland. It’s as good as the first. I love Shannon Hale. Fun topic today. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

    • NicoleLynn
      12 August 2014 at 1:01 pm

      I guess I was hesitant cause I wasn’t totally in love with the first book, but I’ll definitely think about it more. I do love me anything Austen related!

      Did you watch the movie based on Austenland? If so, any thoughts on that?

      Thanks for commenting!

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