Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week – I’m thinking I might not take part every week but just see if a week takes my fancy. Some of the books mentioned here are ones I own but am not sure I really want to read anymore while others are ones I don’t own but are hesitant to get due to the hype surrounding them.

Bleak House – Charles Dickensphoto 2 (4)
This book is so ridiculously huge that it scares me and it’s Dickens so the language will probably be rather different to what I’m used to.

Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi
This is a book (and the whole trilogy) that’s hyped that I’m worried I’ll be let down. Also I have a bit of commitment-issue with books that are trilogies/series so that puts me off a bit as well.

The Bourne Identity – Robert Ludlum
I’ve watched and loved the films so I’m unsure about how well I’ll get into the books.

The Magicians Guild – Trudi Canavan
This has been on my bookshelves for years, and I mean definitely over five years, so I can’t even remember what it’s about so Ii’m really not sure if it will still be my sort of thing.

Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas
This is another one where I’m a bit of a commitment-phobe to series (especially as this series is still being written) and there’s so much hype surrounding as well which always makes me a bit nervous.

photo 1 (3)The Poisoned Island – Lloyd Shepherd
I bought this less than six months ago and I’m already unsure about it. It’s historical fiction which I haven’t read much of and I’m pretty sure the main reason I bought it was because I liked the cover.

City of Glass – Cassandra Clare
I just don’t really have much interest in continuing the series. I read the first two books about a year ago but I’m really unsure if I want to continue the story since I didn’t love it and a lot of the characters really annoyed me.

Hood – Stephen R. Lawhead
I tried to read this years and years ago but couldn’t get into it so I want to give it another try but at the same time I’m hesitant to do so.

Eon – Alison Goodman
This sounds like an amazing book and the sort of thing I’d love but the size of it is what’s putting me off. I may end up getting it on my kindle since that way I can’t really see how much I’ve got to read.

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
Everyone loves Rainbow Rowell but I’ve yet to read any of her books. I’m most unsure about Fangirl because of the hype surrounding it and also because I was (and in some way still am) involved with fandom and I’m worried about how a fangirl will be portrayed as “screaming fangirls writing fanficiton” is considered such a negative thing.


Feel free to try and convince me to pick any of these books up – though it probably won’t be till the end of September at the earliest anyway due to the dissertation…


  1. Your blog is great! I was hoping you could visit my blog and have a read of my latest post as I’m new to blogging?

    1. Yeah, I think that’s the problem with reading the book after watching the film. No matter how much time has passed between seeing the film, you’ll be thinking of the actors as the characters and be wondering “when’s that bit gonna happen?”

  2. I’m so with you on Eon and Cassandra Clare and Bourne! They’re all on my TBR buuuut…so much hype. And I heard the Bourne books aren’t much like the movies, and how can I handle that?! lol I love the movies. 😉 I definitely enjoyed Shatter Me better as I went on. The first book? Not so much. The last book? ajdflksafjld
    Here’s my TTT!

    1. Hype is such a double-edged sword.
      Yeah I LOVE the Bourne movies too so that’s another reason I’m so hesitant to pick up the books.
      Maybe I’ll pick up Shatter Me sometime soon then 🙂

    1. Long books scare me but when I feel confident I can sit down and read the thing. When it comes to series where you don’t really know how long it will be as books are still being published – that’s when I have book-commitment problems. And yeah, totally glad I’m not the only one with that problem!

  3. I consider reading Shatter Me now and then but I’ve yet to put it on my TBR list. I read Fangirl and I did not like it a least bit but don’t take my word for granted because I found very few people who didn’t loved this book. I completely forgot to add Throne of Glass to my list! My friend has read it and she loved it so much plus I’ve read some quotes from it and they were all amazing. What makes me hesitant is that it will have a lot of books and I don’t really like to read long series more less if all or most of the books are not out.
    Great list.
    Here’s mine:

    1. While I’ve mostly heard nothing but praise about any of Rainbow Rowell’s books, I have heard a few negative opinions. I suppose when there’s so much hype/love for a book/author it’s always harder to find those who aren’t such a fan, even if they just thought it was OK then they’re seen as someone who hates it.
      Yes! That’s exactly how I feel about series because you always have to read the wiki page or reread all the books again when the next book in the series comes out if it’s been a while and it’s kind of a hassle.

  4. I loved Shatter Me. It was so unique. Also enjoyed City of Glass. It was the best of the original three TMI books. I have Fangirl in my possession but am a little nervous to read it too. And I don’t plan to read Throne of Glass either.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

    1. I have heard that City of Glass is better than some of the others but I’m still hesitant because unless a lot of things change with the story & characters, I’m not sure if I want to read the next three books after it.
      Glad I’m not the only one nervous about Fangirl.

    1. I think mixed reviews can sometimes be a good thing as there isn’t so much excess hype that you go into it being level-headed and not too high expectations. OK I’ll bump The Magician’s Guild up my TBR 🙂

    1. I think it’s such a dilemma when it comes whether you should read the books or watch the movies first (I feel a blog about this coming on)
      Yeah, I might download a sample of the books on my kindle and see what I think before actually buying them.

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