Ten Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding

Who wants a Top Ten Tuesday post on a Monday?! I had a really busy weekend so I didn’t get my book for today’s review read in time so that will be coming your way tomorrow. It’s fun to mix things up sometimes anyway!

Honestly, there’s a lot on my TBR that I’m avoiding. My unread books take up an entire bookcase (and that doesn’t even take my Kindle books into consideration) so yeah that’s fun. It would be nice to say that I refuse to get any new books until I get things under control but we all know that will never happen. Instead, feel free to roast me in the comments over these ten books that I’m intentionally avoiding.

Hey, my name is Mari and I’m trash at finishing series. It might be my worst personality trait. Ha. If only… Anyway I don’t remember what happened in Six of Crows at all so Crooked Kingdom is going to have to wait until I finish my re-read of the Shadow and Bone trilogy and then finally re-read Six of Crows. Subsequently, I also haven’t read King of Scars yet because I need to read all the previous first for that one, too.

Okay, look… Yes, I adored the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series but fantasy normally isn’t my thing. I at least bought Strange the Dreamer at a really crazy discount in the bargain section of Books-A-Million but it was more because I felt obligated to have it on my shelf than out of a desire to read it. I might actually unhaul it next time I go through my bookshelves.

I’ve seen such drastically different and mixed reviews for Again, but Better that I honestly don’t know what to think. I’m pretty wary of books by people who are already famous and I really wasn’t planning on reading this at all. My local Target had it clearanced down to around $4 though pretty soon after it released and if you think I’m going to pass by a brand new hardcover for that price then you’re sorely mistaken.

The bargain section at a bookstore always gets me in trouble. Heartless is another that I purchased out of obligation only because I loved Marissa Meyer’s previous novels. A big reason I haven’t read it yet is because I’m just not a huge fan of retellings – especially Alice in Wonderland retellings. They never seem to go well for me. Everyone seems to love it though? It has a 4.05 rating on Goodreads with over 70,000 reviews so that really says a lot.

I’m not a super hero fan at all but put Leigh Bardugo’s name on something and I have to own it even though I haven’t read half of what she’s written (see above). This post is making me realize I need to learn how to give the feeling of obligation the middle finger… Anyway. I guess when I was real little I would run around the house in a Wonder Woman costume all the time so little me wants big me to read this book but every time I pick it up big me says no.

Y’all might never forgive me for this but I detested Dumplin’ and Side Effects May Vary. So why is Ramona Blue sitting on my shelf? Because Netflix’s adaption of Dumplin’ was pure magic! So I’m willing to give Julie Murphy another chance. Eventually. But this is it! If, when I do finally read this, I hate it then I’m done with her books. That’s a lie. Dear Sweet Pea sounds so good please give it to me.

Jenn Bennett intimidates me. She is the sweetest human being and I follow her on Twitter despite having read none of her books. I don’t think I’ve ever met anybody though that doesn’t like her writing so while I want to read them I’m just too damn scared. I have a nasty tendency of being the black sheep on everything and I just don’t want to disappoint anybody if I don’t like it. Alex, Approximately hasn’t been sitting on my shelf for too long yet and I’m hoping I’ll pick it up soon.

I’ve mentioned it before but it’s definitely worth saying again – the Snow Like Ashes trilogy owns my heart. Completely owns it. I’ve read it through twice and that’s saying something because I don’t re-read a ton of books. With that being said though I’m absolutely terrified to reading anything else Sara Raasch writes because what if it’s nowhere near as good? I know this is ridiculous and I’m sure These Rebel Waves won’t let me down but I’m just scared, okay?

One of my best friends, Taylor from Stay on the Page, sent me Water in May and I feel really horrible that I haven’t read it yet. Something it focuses heavily on is congenital heart defects which is what causes my son, Elliott, to be sick and spend so much time in the hospital. Normally I absolutely love reading about real life things that I struggle with and experience but this one hits so close to home that I haven’t had the strength to read it. I know one day it will be exactly what I need but that day hasn’t come yet.

The Summer I Turned Pretty is one I am desperate to read but I have this feeling that I’ll want to binge the entire series once I start it. As of right now I only own this one and It’s Not Summer Without You which means that until I get my hands on a copy of We’ll Always Have Summer the first two will be sitting unhappily on my shelf. Side note: Whoever was in charge of these cover redesigns needs a raise because they are beautiful.


What is a book you own that you’re avoiding like the plague? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl. Visit her blog tomorrow to see what books are sitting on her TBR and find other’s lists as well!

52 thoughts on “Ten Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding”

  1. I’m avoiding Ruin and Rising like it’s the second coming of the plague. Unpopular opinion, but I didn’t enjoy the second book in the trilogy and its making the thought of reading the third as enjoyable as being drowned in sand under a hot sun.

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  2. Throne of Glass, and all SJM books, really. I have them all but I haven’t picked them up yet. Mostly because I like to read series as a whole, but also partly because I feel like I see so many mixed reviews? I don’t want to invest time into a long series then be disappointed.

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    1. Oooh, yeah, this is why I have a hard time with series because it’s such a commitment and it would be so easy to get invested and then your time be wasted if you don’t enjoy it. I’m personally not a fan of SJM. I’ve tried 3 of her books and they were just meh.

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  3. I’m also avoiding Strange the Dreamer. I’ve been trying to tell myself that it’s because I’m waiting for the second book to be released in paperback so I can read them both back-to-back, but I never read series back-to-back and I’m actually just nervous about reading a fantasy book because I’m not a huge fan of the genre.

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  4. I totally understand these feelings! I have a whole list of books I want to read but also don’t want to. Haha. Some are for expectation reasons, but some I’m not really sure why. I will say though that Crooked Kingdom is worth it! And I also am not always a superhero person but I thought Bardugo’s WonderWoman was just a fun YA fantasy novel. Definitely not overly superhero-y.

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  5. I recently did a rough count of books I own and haven’t read, and it’s at least 120, including many that go back years. I’m just an emoji shrug about it at this point. If and when I get to them, I’ll know it’s because I was in exactly the right mood to read them, and it’ll be a better experience for it.

    All your anecdotes are really interesting. Love the tug of war between “little you” vs. “big you” on Wonder Woman. On another note… FOUR DOLLARS FOR A TARGET BOOK?? Holy cow, I have scored a lot of Target clearance bargains but never in books. This is inspiring. That book looks fun, too.

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    1. “I’m just an emoji shrug about it at this point.” OKAY SAME. But yes, I’m a huge mood reader so I know that one day the mood for the books on my unread bookshelf will be perfect and then I’ll be glad I have all of them.

      And I’m so glad you enjoyed all my anecdotes! I was actually incredibly proud of my writing in this one. AND YES! I was shocked to find it for so cheap! There were like 5 or 6 copies marked down that low and I didn’t question it – I just grabbed one!

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  6. I finally read Jenny Han’s first ‘Summer’ book this year, and liked it. Not as much as TATBILB, but it’s a good read. Someday I need to try the DC Icon series because I’m all about a good superhero story, and “Again But Better” is on my shelf, too! Oh, and I don’t love Jenn’s books, but I did really enjoy “Alex, Approximately.” It’s kind of like a modern YA take on “You’ve Got Mail.” 🙂 Hope you enjoy these!!

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    1. I only fairly recently read the first To All the Boys (right before the movie came out) and really enjoyed it so I’m looking forward to eventually reading the Summer trilogy! I haven’t ever seen You’ve Got Mail so that reference is lost on me unfortunately, but I am glad to year that Alex, Approximately is one you really enjoyed!

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  7. Strange The Dreamer is fantasy but it doesn’t feel too heavy as a fantasy, and it’s very character driven instead of plot driven, I hope you end up reading because it’s one of my favourite duologies!

    I’ve heard so many mixed things about Again, But Better too and I’m not sure I want to pick it up or not, but if I find a hardback for that price I definitely would buy it lol

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    1. You are the second person to tell me that Strange the Dreamer isn’t too heavy so I think I’m definitely going to have to reconsider that one!

      And right?! I feel like it would almost be a crime to leave behind a newly released hardback for $4!

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  8. READ CROOKED KINGDOM AHHHHH. personally, I found it slower than SoC and I liked it a little less, but I’m in the minority. CK is still a god tier finale, and you should read it before you get spoiled for a major plot point (unless you got spoiled already which is pretty likely.)

    I tried to read Wonderwoman, and I was enjoying it, but idk, there just wasn’t anything special about it. I couldn’t really see the point in continuing on, so I just dnfed. And my life has pretty much been the same since, so I think that if you never got around to reading it, worst things could happen 🤷🏻‍♀️

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    1. AAAHHH OKAY New goal – I’m going to try and reread everything that came out before Crooked Kingdom so I can finally read it and King of Scars THIS YEAR. I actually somehow haven’t been spoiled at all although now that I’ve said that it’s going to happen so rip me.

      Haha, I’m glad your life has been the same since DNFing Wonder Woman. That kind of solidifies the fact that I need to skip it.

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  9. I’m glad I’m not the only one who avoids Six of Crows duology, kudos for us! I agree with your reasoning on Crooked Kingdom, I dnf S&B and I’m hesitated to read SOC. Also, you need to give Wonder Woman: Warbringer a chance! It’s pretty light reading and has a lot of Greek mythology references.

    For The Summer I Turned Pretty, I tried reading it but I dnfed it while I was like in Chapter 8 or 9. It was boring and really slow paced…consider this as a warning.

    My TTT: https://readlogy.wordpress.com/2019/09/10/top-ten-tuesday-10-books-i-avoid-to-read/

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    1. I absolutely adore Shadow and Bone so I feel like I need to try and get into the Six of Crows duology but I just have no interest in it and I really am not entirely sure why.

      I’m glad to hear that Wonder Woman is light reading – I was afraid it would be a heavier one.

      And oh no! I’m sorry you had to DNF The Summer I Turned Pretty. I’ll definitely keep that in mind!

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  10. We are in the same boat with not finishing series! I’m glad we aren’t the only one 🙂

    I personally really loved Wonder Woman, and I’m so glad I did because I was afraid that my favorite superhero was going to get ruined, but the fresh take on her as a teenager was just really great for me! I said really a lot. I’m sorry lol. Great list though ❤ ❤

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    1. You definitely aren’t the only one that doesn’t finish series! I guess I just have committment issues haha.

      A lot of people have been telling me that they really loved Wonder Woman so I might need to give it a chance.

      And don’t worry, I overuse really every single time I say anything.

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  11. Great list! As I was creating this post today I came across Ramona Blue and I have no recollection of when I added it to my list 😂 I haven’t read Dumplin’ or anything else by her, so I’m definitely curious! I also feel the same as you about Alex, Approximately. I’ve had it on my shelf for ages, I just hope I love it as much as everyone else seemed to! Hope you do enjoy these reads when you get to them (especially Strange the Dreamer! 💙)

    My TTT post

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      1. Haha I just spotted another book earlier today that everyone has been mentioning as a favorite and I thought I’d never heard of it but apparently I’ve had it on my TBR for a while now 😂

        Strange is wonderful! The writing flows beautifully, even though it does get quite descriptive at times. I hope you enjoy it 😍

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  12. I love the Snow Likes Ashes trilogy too! And like you, I haven’t gotten into her next series yet. Heartless didn’t impress me personally. I love Marissa Meyer but that one was nope. And I often can enjoy fairy tale retellings so I don’t know what that means for you though.

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  13. I have so many mixed feelings about Again. but Better. It is super flawed. At the same time, so is life. I feel like that one’s going to be the most subjective to your tastes on this list. I mean, all of these titles are but! This one, most of all. Hopefully you get to some of these and that when you do, you find them to be enjoyable and they surprise you!

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