It is probably no secret that us book lovers all have a TBR pile. I am sure that we all have that pile of books lying somewhere nearby just waiting to be read and yet we don’t. We have all probably asked it, why do we buy all these books and then don’t read them.
So when I saw this Top 10 Tuesday’s post, by That Artsy Reader Girl, I couldn’t help but chuckle. What books am I avoiding and why? Where to start? I should just put a photo of my shelves because the ratio of not read vs. read has tilted dramatically and not in my favor. As for why…that is a little more difficult to answer. So here are the books that I thought I would have read already but haven’t.
Last year, when this book came out I read the first two books with the anticipation of reading this. I had read the first book awhile back and the reread was good. Unfortunately, the second book was not that great and by the reviews, it appears that is a common opinion. I know that the third book will have the answers that the second book left hanging and even though everyone says that the third book is way better, I keep holding off.
Ok so I spent the past few months rereading the other books in the Langdon series to refresh my memory where we left off in the hopes of reading “Origin”. And I still haven’t done it. It waits on my bookshelf beckoning me and I continue to walk by. Though I will say, this is what happens when I try to read a series. I eventually catch on to the author’s patterns in their writing and then get bored with it. Maybe I just need some time away from Langdon before I delve into his latest adventure.
I read “The Goldfinch” years ago and rather enjoyed it. However, it did have some slow parts in the middle that dragged. I think that is why I am reluctant to pick up “The Secret History”. I have heard it’s actually better than “The Goldfinch” but I just keep avoiding it.
I have had this book in my hand every time I have gone into the book store this summer and every time I found some reason not to buy it. I absolutely loved “Everything I Never Told You” and normally I would race to go buy the next book, but I don’t know, I think I am scared this book won’t measure up.
I bought this book at the spring book sale with the hopes that if I owned it, I would read it. I have yet to read it. I have taken it off the shelf a few times, considered it but then slid it back into its spot to be forgotten. I normally don’t read sci-fi but the books in that genre that I have read I do like. But for some reason I keep thinking this book is going to be super slow and boring.
I really wanted to read this book and now that I own it, I keep avoiding it. I know I would probably enjoy it but there is this fear that I am going to be disappointed. I think I got my hopes up with this book and now I am scared that I won’t enjoy it. Ridiculous I know, but my brain likes to play these games with me.
I read “Snow Falling on Cedars” on a whim about two summers ago and I ended up loving it. So when I saw David Guterson had another book, I immediately bought it. And that is where the story ends because it has been lying on my book shelf since. I will admit, “Snow Falling on Cedars” had the same fate after buying it at the library book sale until I randomly threw it in my suitcase on my way to Florida. I guess I am just going to have to do that with this one.
Something made me buy this book years ago but I no longer no what. And it has been resigned to the same fate as all the others. I don’t why I keep avoiding this book. I see it, I know it’s there, but I don’t pick it up. It could be the fact that it is fairly thick and I have a sudden aversion to big books of late. I don’t know.
I just read The Hate U Give and loved it. But honestly, if it hadn’t been book club I probably wouldn’t have read it. I think it’s going to be the same with “On the Come Up.” I know that it will probably be good but for some reason I am running out to go buy it.
I read the Lord of the Rings trilogy when I was in high school after the first movie came out and absolutely loved them. I have always known about “The Hobbit” and I still have not read it. I think I am scared that it’s not going to be as good as the others. And yet I am curious to know how it all started. If only I would just pick it up already.
To just end this list on a positive note. I thought Margaret Atwood’s new book was going to be one that I ended up avoiding. But thanks to Barnes and Noble’s book club, I don’t have to worry about that because that is the book for October. Yes!!!