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

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Everyone has those books you want to read, but don’t really want to read, for whatever reason. Here are a few of mine.

Thanks to Charlotte @ inkslippersreads for tagging me in this!

A BOOK THAT YOU FEEL YOU NEED TO READ BECAUSE EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT IT

Image result for brandon sanderson mistbornAll of Brandon Sanderson’s books, but especially the Mistborn series. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Brandon Sanderson, but I’m not sure if his books are something that I would pick up if I haven’t seen people talk about his books time and time again. Maybe I’ll pick up the Mistborn series one day, but with a lot of other adult fantasy novels that I would rather read, it’s not a super high priority for me.

A BOOK THAT’S REALLY LONG

Image result for war and peace coverYou would think that after reading Les Misérables I’d think I could tackle anything, but War and Peace is just too freaking long. Some estimates put War and Peace at nearly 50,000 words longer than Les Miserables, which is already over 500,000 words long. It’s a complicated Russian novel, and everyone has nine different names, and there’s no program I can look it up in thanks a lot. (Go listen to Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 for a super cool adaptation of the second book of War and Peace.)

A BOOK YOU’VE OWNED/HAD ON YOUR TBR FOR TOO LONG

Image result for amazing adventures of kavalier and clayMichael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay went around in my Internet circle when I was fifteen-ish, and I just never got into it. I tried reading it but I don’t think I had the attention span for long adult books at that age, and every time I see it I think, “I need to read it” but I just never have. Unfortunately I’m coming out of a comics class experience so I’m really not inclined to read about the Golden Age right now.

A BOOK THAT IS ‘REQUIRED’ READING
(EG, SCHOOL TEXT, REALLY POPULAR CLASSIC – SOMETHING YOU FEEL OBLIGATED TO READ!)

Image result for heart of darknessI’m an English major, so I have a lot of these–but Heart of Darkness. All I hear about it is how absolutely awful it is, but it’s come into discussion in so many classes that I feel like I need to read it–I didn’t take the introductory English course for majors, so I missed out on reading it. I’m sure I’ll hate it.

Some other required reading books that I feel obligated to read: most of Shakespeare’s, A Tale of Two Cities, Pride and Prejudice, The Picture of Dorian Grey, The Illiad … I could go on.

A BOOK THAT INTIMIDATES YOU

Image result for priory of the orange treeI’m so incredibly intimidated by Priory of the Orange TreeNot only is it huge, giant, an absolute unit, etc. but epic fantasy has so much worldbuilding and so much to learn. I don’t want to start Priory, get overwhelmed, and give up, especially when I’ve heard so many things about it.

A BOOK THAT YOU THINK MIGHT BE SLOW

Image result for the other boleyn girl book coverI feel like adult historical fiction novels would be slow. I’ve been meaning to read Philippa Gregory’s books about the Tudors. I think the Tudors were one of the more interesting (and dramatic) families in English history. I did try to read The Other Boleyn Girl when I was a teenager, but I don’t think I got far. I want to try to pick up her books again, but there are so many books (and so many Tudors).

A BOOK YOU NEED TO BE IN THE RIGHT MOOD FOR

Image result for to all the boys i loved before book coverThe To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han. I read and really liked the first book, but I usually don’t read rom-coms, so I’m hesitant to get into the rest of the series–especially because I enjoyed the first book so much. I love Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky, but right now I feel content with just the first book. Though I know the sequel is entering production, so I’ll have to read that before it comes out.

A BOOK YOU’RE UNSURE IF YOU WILL LIKE

Image result for daughter of smoke and boneI’ve been wanting to read Laini Taylor’s books for a long time, but I never did. Part of the reason is because I want to like them so badly but I’m not sure if I will, even though I’ve heard so many good things about them.  I’ll probably read them someday, but I’ve been so hesitant to read Daughter and Smoke and Bone for so long.

12 thoughts on “Books I Want to Read But Don’t Want to Read

  1. i’ve already done the tag, but thank you so much for tagging me!! i also included 1 Leo Tolstoy novel in my post, which is Anna Karenina. i haven’t read any of his novels and i really want to someday but… why do they all have to be so long. i’m Scared.

    i feel the same about Brandon Sanderson’s books tbh. i don’t know much about Mistborn series and i’m not sure if i’ll like it, but it’s so talked about that i feel like i Have to check it out sometime welp

    1. tbh I feel like classics are so much scarier when they’re Russian because of the names. It gets confusing.

      I have reaaally mixed feelings about reading Sanderson’s stuff right now but I’ll probably get around to it … eventually lol oops.

  2. This tag is so relatable! I also really want to read Priory, but I’m so scared I’ll dislike it. But you should definitely read Mistborn 😉 (not to be another person telling you the same thing once again…)

    1. Haha I’ll get around to it eventually! (Especially because I’ve heard it recommended for Six of Crows fans.)

  3. I did this tag earlier but thanks for thinking of me! I just finished The Priory of the Orange Tree this morning and I loved it! I’m not an epic fantasy reader but I felt like I understood the world because Samantha Shannon is such a good writer. There’s also a glossary of terms at the back (including the characters) which is really thorough so you can use that if you decide to pick it up. I really loved it though 💖 I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone ages ago and I remember not liking it but I want to give it a second chance because I think my tastes have changed. Great post! 💘💙

    1. Ooh okay that bodes well for Priory! I love it when authors include glossaries because I have the mind of a goldfish sometimes 😅

      1. Hahahahahahaha that’s what I’ve been like with fantasy in the past but for some reason I just got so into the world this time around

  4. Oh man. I loathed Heart of Darkness. His writing is really impressive (and even more so because English was not his first language), but uuuuuuuuggggggghhhhhh, I loathed it. Maybe try audiobook, that might make getting through it less difficult. I read it and kind of wanted to stab my own eyes out.

    This super cheery comment brought to you by I Also Want To Have Read Many Books But Not Actually Read Them. 😀

    1. That’s all I’ve heard from anyone who has ever read Heart of Darkness. I’m fully aware I’ll hate it. Hopefully I won’t have to read it unless I go into grad school for English!

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