Books I Want to Read But Don’t Want to Read Yet…
Hello everybody and Happy Thursday! Today, I’m going to be doing the Books I Want to Read tag, which I found on Amy’s blog. @GoldenBooksGirl.
When I first saw this title I simply thought, “What? Don’t you mean every book that has been written, is being written or will be written in the whole world?”
Because I really do want to read everything! However, it turns out that this tag is asking youto think about specific books on your to-be-read list that you really should get around to reading, but haven’t for one reason or another.
I am a complete mood reader so this means that there are a lot of books on my shelves, library card and on my to-be-read list that match these criteria. I can be excited about a book for months…and then put off reading it when I get my hands on a copy because I don’t want it to be over!
• Link back to the original tag
• Complete the questions with books you want to have read but don’t want to read
• Tag some people at the end to do the tag next.
Question One: A book you feel you need to read because everyone talks about it
Ooh, there are lots of these. Book Twitter and Bookstagram are great for finding new reads, but can also make you feel pressured to read a certain title if it seems to be popping up on everyone’s feeds. This isn’t always a bad thing, as I have certainly widened the range of books I read since joining the community, but it can be negative if you feel overwhelmed by it or dislike something that seems really popular.
Recently, I keep on seeing a middle-grade book, The Middler, all over Twitter so I have bowed to the pressure and ordered a copy though my local library. The title didn’t initially attract me, but the synopsis sounds great so I am looking forward to it!
Another two that I am seeing a lot online about at the moment are C.G. Drew’s books – A Thousand Perfect Notes and The Boy Who Steals Houses. For one reason or another, I have yet to read either of these, but I will get to them eventually!
Question Two: A book that’s really long
I put off reading The Name of The Wind for ages because it is sooo long and is printed in a tiny font. Yet, when I did buckle down and read it, I loved it! One I am hoping to tackle soon is The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, because it sounds like I will adore it….but that could do damage if you drop it on your face in bed!
Question Three: A book you’ve had on your bookshelf or TBR list for far too long
You’re asking for a book, as in a singular book?
I am surrounded by books that have been on my bookshelf or TBR for a long time, simply because I find it impossible to stick to a TBR list. I have now created a pile of books next to my bed which is books that I want to read, but probably won’t keep. One bookcase in my living room is dedicated to ARCs and library books so I force myself to choose from these three piles first, before I go for the unread books on my shelves. Many of them are continuations to series that I enjoyed, but feel like I need to read the earlier books to remember what’s going on…
Question Four: A book that is ‘required reading’ (e.g. a school text or popular classic – something you feel obligated to read)
There are a few of these too!
I always feel obligated to read ARCs if they are sent to me by publisher or authors, simply because I know that I am holding someone’s hopes, dreams and months/years of hard work in my hands.
If someone makes a special recommendation or buys me a copy of a book, I also feel obligated to read it!
Question Five: A book that intimidates you
My partner’s favourite book is War and Peace, which I have yet to read, so I feel like I should definitely read it at some point! I am bad with character names so the fact that so many are introduced at the beginning has put me off reading this for a while.
Question Six: A book you think may be slow
IQ84 by Haruki Murakami. I love everything he has ever written, but sometimes the pacing can be slow and the imagery confusing. I know that I will probably love this, as I have loved every one of his other books, but I keep putting it off because it needs a level of concentration that I cannot usually muster up after a day at work!
Question Seven: A book that you need to be in the right mood for
Any book really! I have so many that I want to read but even I cna’t predict which one I would like to read next. That’s why I surround myself with so many books so I always have lots to choose from!
Question Eight: A book you’re unsure you’ll like
I have a very hit-or-miss relationship with YA Contemporary books – sometimes I love them and other times I don’t enjoy them at all. One contemporary book that I read and, unfortunately, didn’t enjoy was I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (I know that loads of people loved this, but it just wasn’t the right book for me at the time!) I have The Sky is Everywhere sitting on my bedside cabinet…but I’m not sure if I will like it or not after not really enjoying I’ll Give You the Sun.
What books would you have answered for these prompts?
Do you have lots of books that have been sitting on your to-be-read list for a long time?
Let me know in the comments!
If you choose to do the tag, I would love it if you add your links below too!
Thanks for reading!