Books I WANT to read, but don’t want to READ

For someone who claims to love books, I sure do spend a heck of lot of time not reading them. Today’s post is going to be about books that I want to read but the process of actually picking them up is a parallel to some disgruntled, jaded old man reading the newspaper in the morning, or like, some hapless chap taking doomed steps up a few rickety wooden stairs to a guillotine.

Okay, that escalated way too quickly. But, point is: life is so hard when you have +200 books on your TBR list and very little time or motivation to pick them up.

This amazing tag was created by my friend, Jamieson, at Jamishelves. Thank you so much for tagging me! THIS WAS FUN!

Alright, now, let’s get into the list!


1: A book that you feel you need to read because everyone talks about it

Skyward (Skyward #1) by Brandon Sanderson

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Me, while sipping apple juice out of a champagne glass and looking dramatically off into the distance: Ah yes, the hype.

I feel like every person I know and their mother have read this book. It does sound like something I’d be interested in (girl pilot and her AI-driven sidekick ship teaming up to battle aliens? hell yeah!) so we’ll see!

2: A book that’s really long

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson

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The very concept of reading this book genuinely terrifies and haunts me. I am scared of anyone who read it. Who are you and how do you have so much power? I read one chapter, realize how many are left and black out for the next week.

3: A book you’ve owned / had on your TBR for too long

➽  The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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[Seductively lays across your lap and starts crying in a dignified manner] Listen, I will not survive being disappointed by this book!

No seriously, I’ve already given this book a five-stars rating in my heart and I am terrified that it will not live up to my unrealistically mountainous expectations!

4: A book that is ‘required’ reading (eg, school text, really popular classic – something you feel obligated to read!)

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

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I’m sure this book is amazing and all, but the instant reading a book–any book–becomes something you have to do in order to get a good grade…I’m already annoyed with said book and ready for it to be over, you feel?

5: A book that intimidates you

➽ Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy, #1) by Marlon James

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I read a couple of pages of this book last week and I swear it made me feel like I was awake during surgery. I just didn’t have the mental bandwidth for it at the time but I’m planning on reading it next week so please send me some good vibes via your earthly vibrations!

6: A book that you think might be slow

Kings of the Wyld (The Band #1) by Nicholas Eames

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I think this book might . . . maybe . . . kind of . . . sort of . . . possibly . . . be . . slow-paced, but I have no evidence to support this claim. It’s possible my brain just conjured this up to conceal my embarrassing tendency to buy books I have no idea what they’re about, or if I’ll even enjoy them for no reason other than that I’m addictive to the ephemeral feeling of fictitious purpose and false fulfillment.

7: A book you need to be in the right mood for

➽ The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

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If only I had a dollar for every time I bought a book thinking, “oh my god I’m so excited to start this! I’m reading it the moment I get home!”, then fast-forward two years later and guess which book is still collecting dust on my shelves? Yep.

8: A book you’re unsure if you will like

Red Rising (Red Rising Saga #1) by Pierce Brown

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This is going to sound positively insane, but you know when someone you–let’s say–dislike with a Casanovian passion loves something you were interested in and it’s like you can see the slime they leave all over it and now it’s ruined forever? No? Just me? Anyway, due to those unfortunate circumstances, I’ve been putting off reading this book for many years. To quote the great philosopher of his time, Kaz Brekker, “I don’t hold a grudge. I cradle it. I coddle it. I feed it fine cuts of meat and send it to the best schools. I nurture my grudges.


Aaand that’s a wrap! Thank you so much for reading! I’m curious to know which of the books on your TBR would make it to list!

I am tagging: May @ Forever and Everly | Ju @ Paper Blots | Elise @ The Bookish Actress | Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams | Solly @ The Bookish KingSeggy @ Sage Shelves Laura @ Green Tea & PaperbacksCaidyn and Chantel @ bwreviewsblogTaiwo @ A Lifestyle NerdTaryn @ Taryn And Her BooksTaylor @ Nerd Narration Sil @ Silvia Reads Books | Nenia @ Readasaurus Reviews | Lilly @ Lair of Dreams | Inge @ Of Wonderland | Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink | Mel @ MeltotheanySierra @ Sierra Elmore | CW @ The Quiet PondFadwa @ Word Wonders | Emma @ Emma Reads

love chaima

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15 thoughts on “Books I WANT to read, but don’t want to READ”

  1. I have not read the Way of Kings, i read the second one, Bloody Rose, which is a companion novel (basically like the first one but with more women and more queer) and let me tell you, these books are NOT slow. I abso-bloosy-lutely highly recommend you this books

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  2. Red Rising is one of those more violent and gore-heavy books that doesn’t shy away from dark material, so be aware of that going in, but if that doesn’t turn you away the series is an overall good read, in my opinion. A bit more on the political side, but I enjoyed the writing style and thought the characters were well done.

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  3. Girl, I feel you on so many of these. I’ve started The Way of Kings several times and it’s never failed to make me do some book math aka. “Okay Mariah, you could read this 1000 page monstrosity or you could read a whole 4 book series with 250 pages each hmmmm”

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  4. (Just a person who came across your wordpress and decided to comment) This list captures quite a few of my thoughts on the books in my “to read” list. “Gosh, it has an intriguing premise,” I say, “the heroine sounds like a person I’d really like, and I know several friends who already love it, but–what if it’s overrated? Perhaps it’s one of those novels with a shocking plot twist where you can’t stop reading! I probably ought to wait for the weekend when I can read day and night then! But I suspect it’s also one of those books where the prose has a certain style that needs concentration. Maybe I better wait until I’m in just the right mood!”

    P.S. The quote about grudges has persuaded me to add “Six of Crows” to my reading list! 😀

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  5. Pssst….The Secret History is amazing. I see you loved If We Were Villains. You won’t be disappointed by TSH!
    Black Leopard, Red Wolf is one I’m VERY interested to read! I have many books I KNOW I want to read but I also need to be in the right mindset for? One of them is Anna Karenina.

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