Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Not Sure I Want to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a lovely original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

There are a lot of books that I’ve bought that have become buried and lost in my TBR pile… sadly. 😦 Most of these aren’t necessarily books that I don’t want to read (unless I specify), but books that I feel like I need to be in a certain mood to read!

1. Of Poseidon/Of Titan/Of Neptune by Anna Banks

Untitled-1I originally started this book series with high expectations, but I wasn’t impressed at all. I’m about thirty pages away from the ending of the first one in the trilogy (Of Poseidon), but I just cannot finish it! If you want to know exactly why I disliked this book and probably won’t be reading the rest of these, check out Cuddlebuggery’s Goodreads review here.

2. House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

TheHouseoftheScorpionThere’s no reason why I’ve never read this book! It’s been sitting on my shelf for nearly two years and I’ve heard so much good stuff about it. I mean, look at all of those awards it won! One of these days, I’ll get to it.

3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay AsherThirteenReasonsWhyI’ve always wanted to read this, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. I’ve heard it’s depressing (obviously) and I haven’t been in the right frame of mind to take on this one yet. It looks really good, though!

4. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

imagesAfter reading Anna Karenina by Tolstoy, I’ve wanted to read this one! It’s even longer than Anna Karenina, though, and I’ve heard that there’s more politics involved in this one. The Russian politics was the one part of the book that I didn’t like. We’ll see if I ever get to this one, but I hope to someday! I’ll need lots of time…

5. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

picture-of-dorian-greyI started this book awhile back… but never ended up finishing it. I was drawn to its twisted, psychological qualities and I definitely need to read more classics. We’ll see…

6. School’s Out Forever by James Patterson (Maximum Ride 2)

51NgDfAY9mLI’d heard so many good things about the Maximum Ride series when I picked up the first book a couple years ago, but I felt really let down by them. James Patterson has written so many well-acclaimed books, but I felt like I was being written down to as the reader when I read the first book. Maybe it was beyond my reading level as a sophomore/junior in high school? Regardless, the first book didn’t catch my attention at all so I probably won’t be reading the second one of this series!

7. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

n265374I got this book for free from the library a couple years ago and I tried reading it… but, I just could not get past Patrick Ness’ grammar. I’ve heard this series is wonderful and maybe I need to give it a second chance. When I read words like “celebration” spelled like “celebrashun”, I couldn’t continue. I couldn’t do it. I’m so weak! I have way too many books in my TBR pile right now, so I probably won’t be rereading this one any time soon.

8. Plague by Michael Grant

6686101There was a time in my life where I gobbled up The Gone series like you wouldn’t believe! These books kept me company on long plane flights and I hid them in my school books when I was supposed (wink wink) to be studying… After the third book, I felt like the whole story had run out of steam. I still haven’t picked these back up! Apparently there are six novels total in this series, but I think this train has run its course. Maybe I’m feeling a bit too old for these now? I don’t know.

9. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

thelightningthiefOkay, so I know that I’m definitely not making friends with this list right now. How could someone not want to read this series?! My brother read all of these books and absolutely adored them. You know that feeling when someone close to you has read a book and it’s their book –they can’t stop gabbing about it– and, suddenly, for absolutely no legitimate reason at all, you just don’t want to read it anymore? Haters gonna hate. I’m sorry! This book is sitting on my shelf, but I haven’t read it yet! Ahhh. Too much pressure.

10. Witches of East End trilogy by Melissa De La Cruz

novelsI don’t really care to read another dramatic series of books about a family of witches, but I can watch a television show about them. Thanks Lifetime… 😉


What books are you not sure that you want to read?

Let’s talk books!

4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Not Sure I Want to Read

  1. The first time I read the knife of never letting go, I put it down after about 3 chapters, becasue the writing hurt my head. It’s a difficult narration to get to grips with. I picked it up again 2 years later, forced myself to get through it and honestly by about chapter 7, I wasn’t forcing myself any more. The next week was spent reading them whenever I had the time and oh my god, it is such an intense series! Just give it a little bit of patience and try it when you feel like it 🙂

    PJO is brilliant, the first two books aren’t fantastic because they are written middle grade and he is like 11 when it starts so they are quite…simple/easy reading, but as he gets older it gets so much better. I recommend maybe starting from “the titan’s curse” because that is when the overarching plots tend to kick in properly?


    1. Thanks for your opinion and suggestions on both books! Maybe I need to pick up TKoNLG again and give it another chance. I did that with The Maze Runner and absolutely LOVED it the second time.
      Hmm, I’ll check The Titan’s Curse out! A younger reading level can definitely make me want to ditch a book. 🙂


  2. It’s interesting, I’ve seen Thirteen Reasons Why on several TTT lists today. I can understand everyone’s hesitation. It is sad. If you have a heart, you will cry. BUT. I think the message is so important and is totally worth the read. That’s just my 2 cents though.


    1. It’s on a bunch of TTT lists? That is interesting.
      I think I’ll end up reading it sometime soon. It’s such a heavy topic and several of my friends have questioned me on whether I should read it at all given that I have some family background with suicide. But, I’ve heard it does have a good message, so I’ll read it! Thank you for your 2 cents!


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