Books I Want to Read But Don’t Want to Read Yet…

Books I Want to Read But Don’t Want to Read Yet…

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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!

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The Rules

• 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?

Oh dear.

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!

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Loved reading your answers to this! I got sent the Middler unsolicited and was very nervous going into it as I’m not usually keen on dystopia but I ended up really liking it, so hope you enjoy that! I’m also tempted to try CG Drews. I DNF I Gave You the Sun (and the Sky is Everywhere!); glad I’m not the only one who didn’t enjoy it!
    Amy x

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    1. Glad to finally meet someone who felt the same way – everyone seems to love them! I did wonder if it was just a ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ thing as I find that contemporary YA is one of the genres where I have more ‘misses’ than ‘hits’ sometimes. I have reserved a copy of The Middler at my library so will give it a go!

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  2. Ah I really relate to being a massive mood reader! I loved Cait’s books- definitely recommend them 🙂 I’m also putting off priory of the orange tree cos it’s long- but I’ll try it eventually! I do really love war and peace- and I can promise the names do get easier once you get into it- hope you give it a try some day! Awesome answers!

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    1. I will definitely get around to reading everything on this list at some point! I’m just not sure when…


  3. Lilyfae says:

    We have quite a bit in common, I’m also a mood reader at heart and I also have a wobbly relationship with YA Contemporary- I’m very picky with it so if I feature it on my blog I’ve loved it.
    I’ve read the Boy who steals houses and it’s really heart rending, it hurt in places but I’m glad I read it and I finished the Middler this afternoon and it’s worth it- it’s a deeply layered book that could stay with the reader and make them think for a number of reasons.

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    1. I have a copy of The Middler reserved in the library so should be reading that soon. I will definitely try C.G. Drews’ books at some point too! Perhaps I will check out your recommendations for contemporary books, as I am often apprehensive when I pick one up!

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      1. Lilyfae says:

        The Middler is awesome I hope you enjoy it. Thank-you, as I said I’m also apprehensive with contemporary but I’m happy to say I’ve been pleasantly surprised by a few!

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      2. Have you got any favourites you could recommend? x

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      3. Lilyfae says:

        A lot of YA contemporary is US set and I usually have some reservations about something or other BUT
        Izzy + Tristan by Shannon Dunlap which is a modern retelling of Tristan and Iseult legend in Brooklyn which was very interesting as someone who likes mythology though I look forward to seeing how she improves as a writer

        On the other hand I REALLY enjoyed Dry by Neal & Jarrod Schusterman which considers what would happen in a California drought crisis (manmade business caused not sci-fi/environmental) so a bit of real life chaos/how far would you go?
        The Boy who steals houses- I have reviewed and LOVED
        And the upcoming UKYA Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie is just perfection. 💜


  4. Emma's Library says:

    I still have A Thousand Perfect Notes, and The Name of the Wind to read as well. My problem with the latter is the tiny font, but although I have the e-book which means I can enlarge the font, I still don’t want to pick it up for some reason. Maybe because if and when I get to the second book, I know there’s no third book at the moment.

    I also know that if I hadn’t forced myself to read Priory of the Orange Tree when I received my copy, I wouldn’t have read it. It takes me a while to start the thick books so if I don’t read them instantly they’ll remain unread for ages.

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    1. The Name of the Wind was brilliant – I finally read it over the Christmas holidays after it being one of only two books I allowed myself for the journey home. It would be a good one to have an e-copy of as the font in the paperback really is a bit too small! I am planning to pick up Book 2 in the series soon, but I’m not rushing because I know that Book 3 has been in the works for a very very long time so I’m pacing myself! I am hoping to pick up a copy of Priory at some point soon, but perhaps during the summer holidays when I can dedicate myself to it properly! x

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      1. Emma's Library says:

        Yeah I think that’s a good idea. It does need a lot of time dedicated to it!

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      2. Hope you enjoy!


  5. Priory is amazing but definitely not one to be reading in bed.

    IQ84 is one of my favourites. Of all the Murakami I’ve read it was one of the easier ones to get my head around, and definitely one of the faster paced. I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts if/when you get to it.

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    1. I will definitely pick both up soon I hope! I started trying to read IQ84 in Japanese, which is my second language…but Murakami is hard enough to get your head around in your native language sometimes! I will try again with an English version!


      1. Oh wow! It’s definitely okay to read in English. One of my favourites

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