Top Ten Books I'm Not Sure I Want to Read
You know, books you bought but now aren't sure you want, books that get tons of hype and you feel like you SHOULD read them but are kinda iffy about, etc. We've all got books on our lists like that!
1. World Without End by Ken Follett
Several years ago, I read Pillars of the Earth, back when EVERYONE was reading Pillars of the Earth. And it was...okay. I liked it, but it was kind of slow and tedious and OMG LONG. And now I feel like I have to read the sequel...even though I kind of don't want to.
2. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Or really any David Sedaris book. I read Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim a few years ago, and was so excited to laugh out loud, like everyone told me I would. Aaaaand...I didn't. I just did not get the Sedaris hype at all. I feel like I need to give him another try though, because SO many people adore his work. I'm just not super pumped about giving it a second chance.
3. 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James
I have read just enough excerpts from this book to feel like I can comment on my opinion of it with some authority. (If you are unclear on my opinion, please feel free to go over to the search bar on the right side of my blog, search for 50 Shades, and enjoy the biting commentary that I have shared here over the years.) However, there is a part of me that feels like I should read it, because EVERYONE has read it, and if I'm really going to pan it, shouldn't I read it cover to cover? Even if it might make me die a little inside?
4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
This is a tough one to admit! I've owned this book (and the next 4 in the series) for something like 5 years now, and never touched them. I bought them because I heard so many rave reviews, how could I not read them? But...historical fiction (especially LONG historical fiction) is really hit-or-miss with me. (See book #1 in this post.) And it's such a long series...am I ready to commit? It all seems so daunting. (Katie from Words for Worms, I see you bursting at the seams over there, please feel free to unleash in the comments.) :)
5. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin
See: everything I said about Outlander.
6. The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
So hard for me to admit! Because everyone knows I just adore Stephen King. However, I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of his books that have a heavy sci-fi bent. Like, Insomnia was kind of painful for me. Even The Stand was a little tough at times (but was saved by the more solid "real life" story of those that survived Captain Trips). King says this series is his magnum opus though...how can I avoid it?
7. Extras by Scott Westerfeld
I read the Uglies trilogy a few years ago, and overall I really enjoyed it. I saw that Extras is a companion novel to the trilogy, taking place after Tally's story is over with a new set of characters. I feel compelled to read it because it's related to the Uglies trilogy...but I'm not sure I'm on board with a totally different protagonist after following Tally for 3 novels. I feel this way about pretty much any "companion" novel to a solid trilogy. Sometimes authors need to quit while they're ahead.
8. MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
This is book #3 in the MaddAddam trilogy. I read Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood a couple of years ago. I liked them, but didn't love them. Honestly, I read The Year of the Flood because I felt like I had to after finishing Oryx and Crake. Now I feel the same about MaddAddam.
(This post is teaching me that I have a lot of guilt issues to get over regarding my tendency to not finish series.)
9. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
Or pretty much any Philippa Gregory that I haven't already read. Back in 2008, I discovered her work with The Other Boleyn Girl, and got fully ADDICTED. I ripped through a ton of her books and adored them. However, I think it was a case of burnout, because after a while I felt way overloaded on her stuff. A lot of it reads somewhat similarly, so I got a little tired of her material. Since then, I've looked at her other releases with a vague sense of yearning, but also a bit of uncertainty...will I enjoy it, or am I going to think it's too much of the same again?
10. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
This is described as the Japanese version of The Hunger Games, which is why it's been on my TBR list. It actually came out a few years before HG, but is way, way gorier (so I've been told). Hence my hesitation. I am outrageously curious about this novel, but not quite sure I'm ready for the blood and guts. Same goes for the movie version!
Readers: what books are YOU unsure about reading?