It’s time for another post where I softly self roast myself and my inability to face my TBR pile.
Look, I’d defend myself but at this point maybe I should just accept that I’m going to avoid books for no good reason at all. I mean, fine, I have reasons. But they’re terrible ones. For instance:
→ “This book is making me feel things and I am not rEADY to feel things.”
→ “This book is 600pgs long and my fortitude is not 600pgs long.”
→ “I want to love it but what if I don’t so maybe I should just not read it and never find out.”
→ “I bought it myself, so somehow that means I’ll never read it because I am beholden to read theses 54 library books and ARCs first.”
→ “But I don’t feeeeeeeeeeeeeel like it.”
→ “No REASON. JUST CHAOS.”
I honestly am going to admit #1 is my top reason for avoiding books. Feeling things is hard. I do not chill out. When I get obsessed with a book, it’s so all-consuming that I have to remind myself to take a breath, so I have to be in the mood for intense feelings. 😂Ugh who made feelings. Take it baaaaaack.
So let’s point out 10 lovely books who don’t deserve to be ignored 🤗 and yet here we are.
linking up with Top Ten Tuesday
And I do thoroughly WANT to read these books and I will!! Eventually.
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(I’m sensing this is a common occurrence with me…)
This beast is HUGE. It has, at least, as many pages as a small forest and I need to start wrist exercises to be able to support its weight, physically and emotionally. I’ve also heard mixed things? It’s an adult epic fantasy, but either you loooove it or hate it. I hope I love because it’s got dragons. And a villain origin story (i think?). It also might be gay (possibly?) and I desperately want to love it!!! But in case I don’t: I’m procrastinating!!!!!
Another adult epic fantasy that is seven years long! I think we can sense a theme here with me + epic fantasy = mild paralysing terror. I also really liked Nevernight and it left me quite wrecked. I read it twice, even. So I’ve been gathering my fortitude to read the sequel (and also Darkdawn which is finally out). Pls someone just yell at me to read this already. UGH wHY am I like this.
Don’t laugh but…another adult epic fantasy. We are sensing a theme. I just need to know why they are so long. What if (hear me out) they came with the option of being bought as 3 books, instead of one. Bite sized, like eating a macaroons instead of a whole pavolova. I just think the whole publishing industry should change to cater for my stress levels. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Finally some YA. 👀 My procrastination here comes from reviews being wildly 5-stars or 2-stars. Which, ok, I’m up for controversy! But I’ve also heard it’s really not dark enough for how dark it’s pitched to be. Excuse my stone-cold heart, but if a book says it’s dark…make it dark. No dallying about.
We all remember this bonfire controversy, right? Ahhh, oh of the most vicious twitter outcries I’ve seen. And, look, apart from watching some booktubers (including POC readers) talking about how a lot of the allegations against it were…um…false? I don’t know much about it!!! People being hurt by bad rep is always valid. But twitter mobs just have lost my respect 100% because they so often are fuelled on twisted narratives. I want to read CtM, but also sci-fi doesn’t rock my world, so. (I also got hate mail for owning it. 😬 That put me off reading back in 2017.)
This is the sequel to Timekeeper which I LOVED. But somehow I just…never got around to the sequel? I also heard it’s super tough on the feels 😂 So you can bet my wimpy bones are hiding behind the curtains. (This is, legit, ridiculous. ALL my favourite books are heart-smashing. I know I’ll love it. GO READ IT @ ME.)
I was infatuated with the Gone series when I was in my mid-teens. Like the drama, the fierce bonds, the anGST, the murderrrrrr. My faves died continually. :’) It was great. However, later I became aware of the author behaving rather badly online and having questionable rep. This is the spin-off series for Gone. And Monster had problems.😫Including problematic trans rep. So I want to read this because I KNOW it has Sam returning and I love love love Sam. But also…??? Kind of wish I’d just left it as a fond childhood memory.
I’m legit procrastinating a romcom for….? Reasons [pats pockets looking for them] I seem to have misplaced them somewhere. I feel like it just constantly gets left at the end of the TBR pile. I want to read it though!!! It looks so cute. Gay Cinderella retelling!
9. Night Circus
At least four people are guaranteed to yell at me to read this NOW. And I will, heh. I preordered her new book too (does it sound like Strange the Dreamer a bit to anyone else? I need it.😍 Btw I know it’s not a sequel.) Anyhow; I’ve only just got a copy of this so no more excuses. Although I did procrastinate because I heard it was confusing to start?
I put this here to 100% SHAME ME. I love love love the author’s debut (The Wicker King) and this is set in the same world so afjkdlsad why haven’t I rEAD IT. I think, because I love TWK so much, I just want this to totally met my heart in the same way. I want to feel all the things. 😌I want it to be 5-stars; a new favourite. So naturally I’ll totally procrastinate it.
(But this is a call out. I am going to read it this month. Maybe. Probably. For sure definitely most likely.)
| what about you? |
pls tell me what books on your TBR that you’re avoiding 👀we can gently self-roast ourselves. and which of these do i need to hurry up and read NOW?