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This week’s theme is ‘Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why (maybe you’re scared of it, worried it won’t live up to the hype, etc.) (submitted by Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea)’, so today I’m talking about the books I’m putting off reading for whatever reason. Please convince me to start crossing them off my TBR.
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho: I was supposed to buddy read this years ago with the lovely Mikayla @ Mikayla’s Bookshelf but I failed spectacularly. I’d recently started a job that I would go on to have for two years and would be the most stressful job I’ve had so far in my life. Now I associate this book with how I felt back then, but I still really want to read it!
How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland: I read the first three books in this series years ago and always meant to continue, but it’s got to the point now where I’ll have to re-read the first three before I pick up this fourth book and I just haven’t got around to it yet.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi: This book was SO HYPED and it made me super nervous to pick it up. Now the hype’s worn off and I’ve seen enough reviews to know I probably won’t love this book, so I’ve been putting it off ever since.
The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse: This book sounds right up my street, but I ended up DNFing Mosse’s Labyrinth and I stopped watching the TV adaptation because I got bored, so I’m a little nervous I won’t like this one either.
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness: I’ve heard this novel described as Twilight for adults enough times to be a little wary of it. I imagine I’ll enjoy it once I get into it, but it’s a fairly chunky book and I’m hesitant to read over 500 pages just for the book to be okay.
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson: Another chunky novel (it’s probably not surprising in the least that most of the books on this list are on the larger side) and one I’ve been meaning to read for a long time, but I know my friend Natalie @ A Sea Change wasn’t a huge lover of it and I trust her instincts when it comes to high fantasy. I do want to try this novel, but I’d be lying if I said it was at the top of my TBR.
Macbeth by Jo Nesbø: I want to try this novel not only because I’ve yet to read any Nesbø, but because Macbeth is my favourite Shakespeare play so I’m always intrigued by retellings. This novel’s part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, however, and I haven’t loved the other books I’ve tried in this series so I haven’t picked this one up yet.
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker: I need to give this book a try soon! I saw Pat Barker at the Hay Festival and she was brilliant. The only reason I’ve been putting this novel off is because I know it deals with sexual assault and I find it really difficult to read about.
The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu: This is another fantasy novel I really want to cross off my TBR, especially considering I want to read more own voices Asian SFF, the only thing that’s put me off are the reviews I’ve seen lamenting the lack of women with agency in the novel. The two main characters are men and I have no problem with that, but I do get frustrated when male authors can’t find roles for women in SFF beyond wife and mother.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas: I never had to read any French classics in school or university, but this novel is one I’ve wanted to conquer since I was about 15 that I’m incredibly intimidated by. My edition’s around 1,500 pages long!