Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! Once hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, it is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s a weekly book feature where a topical list-prompt is posted and readers respond with their top ten for that prompt. Yours truly tends to go over ten, but hey, what can a passionate reader do?
This week’s topic 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.)
At first, I was like, “Oh, this seems like a really cool topic, I’m totally going to do it,” but then I was like, “Hm, I’m not sure if I can come up with ten titles that work with that prompt, though.”
Reader, feast your eyes on just how wrong I was.
Soul and Stars by Ashley Poston: This was one of my more anticipated releases this year and I was lucky to get a hold of it from the library. But it’s been sitting on my counter for the past, eh, five weeks now? Unread, passed over in favor of other novels and I honestly think it’s because I’m terrified to find out what happens next, even though I’m so excited to see what happens next (because that ending to Heart of Iron broke me). But, I’m out of renewals for this hold, so I gotta read it here, stat.
The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang: We all know how much I loved The Poppy War and I am just so stoked to see what happens next, but I am also positively terrified, based on all the hype this book has and how much everyone who has read it was completely broken by it. So, I think I just need to wait a little bit before I, too, join the ranks of the broken.
Blood of the Gods by David Mealing: Honestly, I believe this is a trilogy (I think?), so I’ve just been waiting for the next book to come out before I read this one. Plus, it’s a little bigger and I’ve been trying to read more each month, so I don’t always get to read massive tomes as much as I want to (though, honestly, I should just read what I want and ignore how many books that totals per month).
First Lord’s Fury by Jim Butcher: Okay, now THIS book, this prompt was made for. I read Butcher’s Codex Alera series back in high school and I completely fell in love with this series. I can hardly remember much about it now (thanks, shitty memory) but I *do* remember how much I loved it. So much so that I didn’t want it to end. So, I, ah, never read First Lord’s Fury. Ever. It’s been sitting, unread, the series never finished in my mind, for over ten years. Now, it’s to the point where I’ll have to reread the entire series in order to be able to read it properly and *finally* finish this story. Oh darn.
Soulbinder by Sebastien de Castell: Honestly, I’m just waiting for the sixth and final book to come out, so I can read the last three in proper, binge-worthy fashion.
Velocity Weapon by Megan O’Keefe: This was (and still is!) one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I am SO excited to read it, but honestly? I’m just in a bit of a sci-fi rut right now and I don’t want that to taint my enjoyment of this book, so I’m just avoiding it for a bit until I’m in the mood to read sci-fi again.
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson: This is the dumbest reason, but I want to own this book and I NEED it to be in the mass market paperback format which the previous two installments that I own are also in (but I don’t think it’s been published in that format yet?). It’s one of those weird, I-think-my-enjoyment-will-be-less-in-any-other-format quirks that I don’t experience very often, but with this series, it’s definitely there, and so I wait.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers: I own this book and, based off everything I’ve heard, I think I’m going to completely, totally and unequivocally love this book. I think I’m just scared I’m not going to, which is why I unconsciously avoid it when I look for my next book to read?
Saga, Volumes 4-current: Like Butcher, this comic series deserves to be on this list without hesitation. After binging the first three volumes like water to someone suffering dehydration, I have avoided the rest, even though I’ve slowly bought them all and they sit proudly on my bookshelf. I just know, without a shadow of a doubt, I’m going to be wrecked by this series (like, uncontrollable, emotional sobs of a mess) and I am just not ready.
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb: Another weird reason, but I haven’t read anything by Hobb yet (even though I keep telling myself I’m going to) because I know without a shadow of a doubt I’ll love her and I’m afraid I won’t be able to stop until I read everything she’s written? And I just don’t think I have time to dedicate that much to one author because I just have so many backlog ARCs and SPFBO books to read? I dunno, though, one day here soon I might just say, “Fuck it,” and do it anyway.
And there’s my list of ten! Did any of these make your list? Have any arguments to calm my fears (without spoilers, of course) or do you agree with me wanting-yet-dreading to read these stories? Let me know in the comments below!