Top Ten Books On My To-Read List That I’m Avoiding

Posted September 9, 2019 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 28 Comments

Welcome to another TTT! This week’s topic was submitted by Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea through the TTT top suggestions form, and is about the books on my to-read list that I’m avoiding reading for one reason or another. Perhaps I’m intimidated by the page length or the hype surrounding the book. Maybe it’s a book I know I should read, but am not really excited about. Or maybe it’s a book I’ve hyped up so much in my own head that I’m scared of disappointing myself. lol. Whatever the case may be, I know we can all think of a book or two that’s book on our to-read list forever and it might just stay there indefinitely. I’m excited to see which books those are for you!

1. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
My mom loved this book, and it’s a classic that I’ve heard about so much over the years. I watched the miniseries based on the book and enjoyed it (and the music), but this thing is huge and I’m really worried it’s not going to have enough going on to keep me interested.

2. The Botticelli Secret by Marina Fiorato
I feel like I got this from Costco eons ago because I love Italy and the back of the book says this is super exciting and suspenseful, but I never pick it up! I’ve gone through my books multiple times over the last few years, and I always get to this one and think I’m for sure going to get rid of it and then I read the back of the book and I’m excited about it all over again. It’s a cycle I can’t break, so maybe I should just bite the bullet. I don’t know what I’m waiting for.

3. Into Thin Air by Cindy Miles
This is another book I keep coming across on my shelves that I consider getting rid of until I read the back. It sounds like so much fun and like something I’d really enjoy, but I guess I worry it’ll be too cheesy or hokey because of the cover.

4. Beauty by Robin McKinley
I know I haven’t read this one because of the hype. People love this book, and I love Beauty and the Beast retellings so this should be a no-brainer. But what if I don’t like it? It’s happened to me before.

5. Juliet by Anne Fortier
This thing is HUGE. But it sounds so good! I love historical mysteries and Italy and I’ve heard great things. But it’s a really big book.

6. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
This is another hyped book I bought LONG ago because it was recommended to me. I LOVE spy books and historical fiction. And it mentions the Scarlet Pimpernel, which I love. So I should love this. Maybe I’m just never in the right mood?

7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I really, really want to read this! I love the BBC adaptation, and I’ve read multiple retellings. I love the story, so I should read the original. I even have the pretty Barnes & Noble leatherbound, so I have no reason not to read it. I think I’m scared it’ll be hard to get through and then I’ll be a fraud for loving everything about this book but the book. lol.

8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
I’ve never read this series before (only the first book), and you’d have to be living under a rock to not know the spoilers for the series so now I’m scared to continue. I don’t want to get attached to anyone!

9. My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris
Ah, the oldest unreviewed book on my Netgalley account (sheesh I’ve been reviewing forever). It sounds adorable, I’m just never in the mood. No idea why.

10. The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
Everyone loves this and what if I don’t? And what if I do!? It’s a big series to commit to!

Talk me into (or out of) reading these please!!

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28 responses to “Top Ten Books On My To-Read List That I’m Avoiding

  1. RS

    Heh, I’ve been avoiding reading “Beauty” for THIRTEEN SOLID YEARS NOW. I took a pretty copy from the “free books” table at college and just…never was quite in the right mood for it, while also stubbornly refusing to give in and donate it to a home that might love it. ONE DAY! *shakes fist*

    In my opinion, Pride and Prejudice is super readable. Knowing how the story goes as well as you do helps a lot. I had trouble with it when I tried to read it at 17, going off basically just the Wishbone episode and maybe part of the BBC version, but when I tried again at 22, after I’d seen the Keira Knightley movie and full BBC version? No problemo.

  2. Bev

    I finally read P & P by Austen this past January! It took me 40+ years to read it! But I’m glad I did. Now I just need to read her other books!
    I have read all of the Potter books – and loved them. Such imaginative books.

  3. I read Beauty such a long time ago…and yet, I barely remember it. I don’t think I thought as highly of it as everyone else seems to. It wasn’t even a book I kept when I did one of my first ever book clean outs. Ironically, it was this particular edition/cover that I had too! I hope you someday read all of these and end up loving them!

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  4. You must, at some point, read the Harry Potter series. I have seen the movies multiple times, and I’m currently on my second read-through of the series. Technically, I’m starting my 3rd read-through with my daughter (we’re on the 1st) while I am finishing my 2nd time (I’m currently on the 6th). It’s one of the greatest series of books. :)

  5. I think you’ll probably be fine with Beauty. I hadn’t heard any hype leading up to when I read it, and it’s a fairy standard version of Beauty and the Beast. It’s almost not even a re-telling, that’s how close I remember it sticking to the original story. If you like the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, you’ll probably like this book. It might not be a new favorite, but it shouldn’t be scary. :)
    Nicole @ BookWyrmKnits recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading

  6. I really enjoyed Beauty, it’s a book from my childhood I made a point of buying for myself, and I reread it every couple of years. It’s not a story that’s going to blow you away, necessarily, I found it comforting, a warm blanket or hot cup of tea sort of read.

    As for Pride and Prejudice, Austin is incredibly readable, and if you’re paying attention, very funny. It helps if you’re good at creating mental images of scenes, because I think the physical humor aspect of her stories really help flesh out her characters.

    As for Chamber of Secrets… it was my least favorite of the HP series, but it’s followed directly by the best book in the series, I’d say read ti so you can read Prisoner of Azkaban then call it good.
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  7. Okay…. First things first never read any Harry Potter book either! But Pride & Prejudice YESS You need to read it! Absolutely amazing I have like close to 10 copies of it because of the covers. Julia Quinns ones The Duke and I? YESSS!! As well.. I wasn’t to sure before I started the book how I’d feel BUT once I did? Well it threw me and made me love a whole new sense of books.