TTT: TBR Books I’m Avoiding and Why

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme that was previously hosted by the book blog, The Broke and the Bookish, and was moved over to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. Each week, a new topic is posted and book bloggers release their top ten lists that fall into that category! This week’s category is, obviously, the top ten books I’ve been avoiding on my TBR.

But first, a note:

Well, it started already. I intended to post a couple more things last week, I had every intention of doing it, and then an abrupt change of plans happened when some family had to evacuate because of Hurricane Dorian, and we were the closest way station. Long story short, we had a bit of a crowded house for a few days last week! We had four adults, a toddler, four (large) dogs, and one incredibly pissed off cat in a house that can barely fit our current possessions. So…yeah, there was not much blogging or reading or anything of the sort last week!

This week…this week is another chance to begin again! And we start with the top ten books on my TBR that I’ve been avoiding and why. I should put a disclaimer in here that I mean no offense to any of these books or authors or fans of these books. In fact, if you fall into any of those categories and have any reasons as to why I should stop avoiding them immediately, then let me know in the comments! Obviously, if they’re on my TBR still, I haven’t read them yet (duh) and don’t actually know what I’m missing!

So I’ll shut up now and get to the good stuff…

Brace yourselves. My TBR at this point is literally like two full bookcases. And that’s just what I already own, not what I want to get from the library or purchase in the future. And it’s an eclectic bunch, y’all. There’s a little bit of everything on here.

10. The Passage by Justin Cronin

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All right. My sister is not at all a big reader, so when she told me about this amazing series she was reading and there were vampires and government cover-ups and a TV show coming out that starred Zach from Saved by the Bell, I was here for it. I was so freaking in, I couldn’t borrow it from my library fast enough. And…I started it. I did. I intended to finish it before the show started, but I failed. Miserably.

I loved the show so incredibly much that I forced all my coworkers to start watching it with me, and the book fell to the side as I became totally engrossed in watching a new episode every week. Then it went off air, and it was cancelled. And I don’t dislike the writing style, not really, but it is definitely a lot slower paced than the show is (of course) and I’m having a little TV hangover type thing where I just can’t handle this story right now. I need some time. But I’ve had my sister’s copy of the book for almost a full year now, so I guess I should give it back sometime before I become that person.

9. The Magicians by Lev Grossman

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This book is another case of “I accidentally watched the TV show first.” I binged the first season of this on Netflix. Like…in a day. It was not a great look for me, I didn’t leave the house the entire time, and I loved every second. It was Harry Potter meets Narnia for adults and I was obsessed. So when I saw the credits that said it was based off a book series, I was so excited! I genuinely don’t know why I haven’t gotten around to reading this. I have it on my bookshelf, like a real, physical copy of it, and I have zero excuses. In fact, reading it might get me back into watching the show, because I think I died off somewhere around halfway through season two, and that is unacceptable. I’ve heard nothing but great reviews on this entire series. I’d like to promise I’ll get it read this year but…I know myself. I’ll try?

8. Wicked by Gregory Maguire

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So…I’ve had this copy for years. One of my best friends was generous enough to invite me on a family vacation to New York City with them in high school and they paid for us to see Wicked, on Broadway. It’s the best show I’ve ever seen. Wicked is incredible, to this day I know every single song, and I fangirl at every single reunion of Kristen Chenoweth and Idina Menzel. I knew this was a book first, because one of my good friends read it in high school and talked about it non-stop, but I’ve also heard that the book itself is much darker and more political and, honestly, that sounds like something I would love but the Broadway show, while it definitely has those elements, is so much more…light-hearted in comparison to all of that (for lack of a better word. I’ve been slacking on my coffee consumption today). I guess I’ve been holding off on reading this because I don’t want my vision of the show to change, as it’s one of my fondest memories. Here, have a little free self-analysis with your Top Ten Tuesday. You’re welcome.

7. Legend by Marie Lu

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I am not ashamed of this list item, although I feel like some people may hate me for including it. I know I need to finish it, because so many reviews I’ve seen were so good, but I’ve started this book twice. It seems like my kind of YA dystopian, there’s a romance (I’m pretty sure, anyway, it seems to head in that kind of direction), and I’ll bet the good guys win at the end of the series (who knows though, not me, hah…). I don’t honestly know if I haven’t been in the right frame of mind, or right mood, or whatever to read this book both times I’ve started it but I do want to give it another chance, if for no other reason than to see if I can see why everyone was so in love with this series when it came out. I’m having a little FOMO here, because that’s the only reason it’s still on my TBR.

6. A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

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This is purely an emotional decision. The movie was incredible, but it hit me right in the feels. I cried SO MANY TIMES, y’all. My dogs were so confused about why I wouldn’t let them walk away from me as I sat on my living room floor, hugging them and crying into their fur. It was pathetic. I bought the book, as usual, when I found out a movie based on a book would be coming out and I wanted to read it first. I didn’t succeed in that, and now it sits on my bookshelf staring at me as it waits for me to even crack the spine, several years later. I’m not emotionally ready. I’m not even emotionally ready for the movie sequel. I don’t think I can do it. This movie Marley & Me’d me so damn hard.

5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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This book is another one that I started to read, but I couldn’t push myself any further through it, but I have every intention of giving it a second chance. Almost everyone I’ve ever spoken to seems to be so in love with this series, so I had to pick it up when I saw it on sale. Well, that was like three years ago and I haven’t given it a second chance. I was in some kind of mood the last time I read it, and as soon as the story seemed to be going in a love-triangle sort of direction, I was out. I put it down and haven’t touched it since. I will say I’m glad that didn’t put me off Sarah J. Maas entirely, because I took a chance on A Court of Thorns and Roses and that is a series I 100% LIVE FOR. Don’t even let me get started on Rhysand and Feyre. I’ve never loved a fictional couple more. But this one…I don’t know. I’ll give it its second chance again. Some day. I don’t know when, but…some day.

4. Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher

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I love everything Jim Butcher has ever written. I devoured all the Dresden Files, and in my last Top Ten Tuesday I even discussed my unexpected love of Aeronaut’s Windlass. I read the first book in the Codex Alera TWICE because I read them so far apart because I wasn’t that interested that I’d have had no idea what was happening in the sequel. And I guess this is also sort of cheating, because I have STARTED this book, but finishing it has been an issue for me. I really think I need to be in more of a pure fantasy mood, and I just haven’t been in one lately, and when I am, this is not the first series I think of. If I’m going to read some Jim Butcher, I’m gonna go re-read some Harry Dresden, because that man freaking amazing.

3. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

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Even though I do work in the forensics field, I have a deep and abiding love for police procedurals. If it’s been on air, you can probably assume I’ve watched an episode, at the very least. I know a lot of people that can’t suspend their knowledge of the field long enough to make it through a show like this, but that is not the case with me. Would you believe I made it ALL THE WAY through watching Rizzoli & Isles without knowing it was based on a book series? And by that time, I loved the show so much that I was SUPER leery of the book. What if Rizzoli wasn’t as snarky and badass? What if Maura wasn’t as sweet and adorably nerdy? I adore the duo of Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, and I just can’t fathom my image of them being changed in any way.

2. Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton

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I loved Michael Crichton, and he was the first of my favorite authors to ever have passed away. I was so upset when I heard that news, because I grew up reading Jurassic Park and Sphere and Congo and State of Fear. My dad and I read his books together, and it sparked my love of realistic science fiction. This book was one of the last released before his death, and I was pumped about it because pirates, duh. I don’t honestly know why I struggle so much with the concept of starting it, honestly. It’s not even that I wasn’t in a Crichton mood, because I recently read Dragon’s Teeth, which was a novel Crichton had started and had the notes for and everything, that was found and compiled and released post-mortem, and it was about archaeology and dinosaurs in the wild west and it was AWESOME. I just can’t make myself pick this up, and I really don’t know why.

1. Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling

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Last but not least…this book was recommended to me by so many sci-fi/fantasy lovers that I bought every single book in its (lengthy) series. I have them all. I’ve had them all for three or four years. I even started this one, the first in the series. It was, from what I can remember, a really good, solid start to a book and made for an interesting read, but I don’t know why I put it down after only getting a few chapters in? My husband read it and loved it, so it won’t leave my TBR list, but it just keeps getting shoved down every time something new comes along. Maybe it’s time I stopped pushing it to the side, because people in our world getting shifted to an alternate dimension in which the science they all currently know and understand no long works the same way? That sounds like the shit. It always has, which is why I bought the entire series. I don’t even understand my own mind, guys. I have no excuse for not reading this still.

So there you have it!

Those are my TBR books I’ve been avoiding! I warned you, they span a large number of genres and release dates. These book have been glaring at me from my bookshelves for so long.

Any reasons why I should stop avoiding them? Do you hate me for not reading one of your favorite books? Am I right about avoiding any of them? Let me know in the comments, and link to your Top Ten Tuesday!

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8 thoughts on “TTT: TBR Books I’m Avoiding and Why

  1. Yeah, The Passage definitely does have a slow writing style. I enjoyed it, but I can see how it would make people struggle. I’ve never reread it.

    My TTT.

    1. I keep trying, honestly, I do, but I keep pushing it off in favor of books I’d rather read that I know for a fact I would enjoy lol. And I really need to return my sister’s copy, too! I’ll head over and read your TTT now!

  2. I haven’t read any of these. I’d like to read some of Sarah J Maas’ work though. I don’t think I could read A Dog’s Purpose. I can’t handle dogs dying in books or movies. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    1. I LOVE A Court of Thorns and Roses. Love it. That series is one of my all-time favorites. But Throne of Glass got a little…love-triangle-y and that’s an immediate turn off for me. I was a WRECK after A Dog’s Purpose, the movie. I don’t think I can handle it again.
      I’ll head over to read your TTT now!

  3. So glad to hear you stayed safe during the hurricane!

    I need to get to ToG as well. I have the entire set – I just bought the box set this year. I really hope I don’t hate it lol I love ACOTAR, like you. *fingers crossed*

    1. Fortunately my family near the coast was barely even touched!
      I’ve honestly heard they get SO much better after the first book, and they do away with any love-triangle type stuff…Hopefully that’s true? I don’t think anything in the world will compare to my feelings for ACOTAR…specifically ACOMAF, because *sigh*. But I hope it’ll be good!

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