Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: What, I’m Not Avoiding Reading These Books, Why Do You Ask?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: What, I’m Not Avoiding Reading These Books, Why Do You Ask?”

  1. I TOTALLY get the mass market paperback/same format problem! It has killed many a series read for me because I picked up the paperback, the sequel comes out and I go….but I don’t want the hard cover sitting next to my paperback. They both need to be paperback.

    Codex Alera is definitely a victim of “that was a great book one, I’m definitely going to read book 2” and then three years have gone by and I haven’t read it yet for…reasons? Honestly I’m a terrible at shiny penny syndrome and just chase all the new series and forget to read sequels.

    1. YES. Sometimes, I’ll read a book from the library while I wait for it to come out in the format I want it to be in so it matches my other books (and I’m slowly trying to build my library), but for some reason, with Oathbringer, it just…I NEED to read it in this way. The large paperback or hardback just don’t feel proper.

      It is SUCH a good series (I claim, without being able to remember much of it). I definitely need to start making backlogs more of a priority, instead of always reading new releases. I have so many books I want to read that haven’t been published in the last six months!

  2. You’ve got a great list here! I just finished Poppy War and will definitely read the next one, though I never jump into a sequel right away. I didn’t love Small Angry Planet though most people do! I think her second and third books are better but I seem to be in the minority. Enjoy your reading! My list is at

    1. Thank you so much! I’m always a hit or miss with sequels. Sometimes, I’ll binge a series straight through (mostly because my memory is so shite) but other times, it’s just nice to be able to dive into the world again once you start to miss it.


  3. I love Saga! But yes, it’s painful to. 😦 I need to do a re-read of the Codex Alera books. I did read them all, but it’s been a while, and I loved that world so much. Good luck!

  4. It’s definitely better to wait until you’re in the right mood to read a book you’ve been looking forward to but is part of a genre you need a break from. 🙂

    My TTT.

  5. This is a lovely list, Nicole! I never read anything by Hobb, because the books are a little bit outside of my comfort zone, but they’ve always been somewhere on the corner of my mind, because I’ve heard SO MUCH praise about this author overall. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts once you get to them 🙂 And the long way to a small angry planet sounds great, too, another book I’ve heard of a lot, but haven’t read just yet…. there are too many of these hahaha 🙂

    1. Ohmygosh, YES. There is just never enough time to read all of these books! I actually just started a Hobb book (finally) and I am really enjoying it so far! It’s already made me way too emotional and I’ve barely 100 pages in!

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