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Books I WANT to read, but don’t want to READ Tag 📚

Book Want tag

Hello fellow bookworms 📚 Today we’re doing a Book Tag that I find perfectly sums up my mood when it comes to reading sometimes: Books I WANT to read, but don’t want to READ. You know the feeling when you want to read a certain book, but when it comes to actually starting it you totally blank and make up excuses? That’s basically what I feel for several reasons when it comes to books that I keep procrastinating reading. Let’s actually talk about those books and reasons today with the help of a Book Tag created by Jami @ jamishelves! Thank you so much for creating this Tag, it truly spoke to me 😊

The Rules

  • Link back to the original tag (this post, and Jami!)
  • Complete the questions with books you want to have read but don’t want to read
  • Tag some people at the end to do the tag next
Me trying to keep up with all the books I WANT to read but don’t want to READ

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1: A book that you feel you need to read because everyone talks about it

Lady Midnight (Cassandra Clare) 📚 The only reason I still have this book on my TBR is because a lot of people say it’s a lot better than the Mortal Instruments and therefore worth reading. I also got a copy for my birthday a couple of years ago, so there’s no excuse to not read it. I’m willing to give it (and the rest of the Series should I enjoy book 1) a shot, but otherwise I’m pretty much done with Clare’s books. The times when I used to love them are sadly over and I’m not as interested in the Shadowhunterverse as I was back then, so the Dark Artifices are the last Series I’m willing to try. Not sure what I will think about Lady Midnight, but I do hope I might enjoy it, as the praise I’ve encountered has convince me to read it eventually! Last year everyone was talking about the Series conclusion, so now truly is the time to read it, even though I still haven’t fully convinced myself to do it. (The books being very long also doesn’t help, book 3 is a brick 😂)

2: A book thats really long

The Broken Eye(Brent Weeks) 📚 Don’t get me wrong I loved the first two books in the Series, but the books are all SO long, I’m talking 800+ pages each and they are not easy to get through either. No matter how much I love them, it took me ages to read book 1 and 2, because they are written a bit densely with lots of action scenes and complicated politics that make my head steam. Usually it takes me 1 to 2 weeks (depending on my reading pace) to get through them and I have kind of avoided reading book 3 for that reason. The length makes me a bit intimidated as there is a lot to keep track of and I admit that spending so much time to read one single book makes me uneasy as it means putting other books on hold. Maybe … this month it will happen? Or in October? I should read this during my semester break while I still have the time 😅

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3: A book you’ve owned / had on your TBR for too long

Wayfarer (Alexandra Bracken) 📚 I’m proud that I FINALLY managed to read Fireblood in August but … Wayfarer is still on my TBR after several attempts to read it during Readathons and putting it on my 2018 priority TBR … oops. I have been wanting to read the sequel/conclusion to Passenger, after I adored that book in 2016 but it has not happened and now it’ll be THREE years soon. Double oops. I guess I’ve been cautious going into the book because conclusions tend to be intense and I’m afraid that I won’t be satisfied with how things are going to wrap up. I’ve had Wayfarer on my physical TBR since January 2018 and even though I had all the intentions to read it as soon as I could, it has been a while. I truly hope that it will happen this year, as I genuinely loved the first book and would be happy to return to the world.

4: A book that is ‘required’ reading (eg, school text, really popular classic – something you feel obligated to read!)

Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro) 📚 There wasn’t a book that immediately popped into my head when I saw this prompt, as I try to steer clear of required reading. I’m not in school so I don’t have to read fiction books any longer (god bless, they always choose the worst books for my class, while other courses read The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Hunger Games 😟), even though I did enjoy reading MacBeth and The Kite Runner, the only decent books. However, I feel inclined to read Never Let Me Go, because I find the topic interesting and saw part of the movie years ago. I admit that it has never been very high on my priority list, as adult fiction books are usually out of my comfort zone, so I reach for other books from my TBR. Still, I would like to read this one day!

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5: A book that intimidates you

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Susanna Clark) 📚 First of all, this is over 1000 pages long … someone please send help this is a tome! Probably the biggest book I will ever read, I don’t think I have read a book that was over 900 pages. So yes, this is the biggest and therefore most intimidating book on my TBR that I only added because it is said to have fantastic worldbuilding that makes it the favorite book of one of my favorite authors. I feel like I could learn a lot from it … but the process of actually reading it seems very daunting, I fear that it’ll be very dense and hard to get through. Still, I want to read Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell even though I don’t know when it will happen, as it might take me a long time AND prove to be a more challenging read 😱

6: A book that you think might be slow

Strange the Dreamer (Laini Taylor) 📚 I’m very excited to be getting to more Laini Taylor books, as especially this one has been receiving a lot of buzz over the years. Almost everyone has been talking about how Strange the Dreamer convinces with beautiful prose and a vivid setting, so that got me interested to read the book. However, I also heard that the book is slow in pacing and as it’s already heavy on the prose, it could be a bit of a slower read overall. I don’t mind if a book isn’t fast paced but it depends on how everything else is coming together, as I fear the book might get hard to read when it’s too stuffed with description and details. Regardless, I do have high hopes for Strange the Dreamer, as I love myself an interesting fantasy world that might compensate for other aspects!Let's Talk (2)

7: A book you need to be in the right mood for

The Ship Beyond Time (Heid Heilig) 📚 I managed to finally get book 1 off my physical TBR last year, but I have procrastinated reading the sequel. Now I did like the first book, but it was a difficult read at times as it features an emotionally abusive father. In my personal opinion he wasn’t called out for his emotional abuse enough in the end, something that rubbed me the wrong way. Therefore, I’m wary going into the sequel as I doubt that the father will be changed without having faced enough consequences for his behavior and that will be hard to read. Also, a last-minute love triangle is brewing even though the second guy is not nearly as well-developed as any other character. I feel like this book might annoy me a bit and get me angry, so I need to really be in the mood to read it 😅

8: A book you’re unsure if you will like

Red Rising (Pierce Brown) 📚 I’m very intrigued by the premise and the fact that Swetlana has been liking the books a lot! My library has a copy of Red Rising that I have been eyeing for a while now, but I also heard some not so great things that make me hesitant to pick it up and unsure if I’ll even end up liking it. The general lack of good representation for female characters and the trigger warnings for rape that I’ve seen mentioned in book reviews have made me a bit apprehensive. I’m still planning on picking it up, but I could see my enjoyment and rating of the book go either way. Let’s hope I’ll end up liking it, despite some flaws that might be resurfacing!

I’m tagging 📚

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23 thoughts on “Books I WANT to read, but don’t want to READ Tag 📚

  1. I love Strange the Dreamer but yes, definitely, it’s really slow-paced – the kind of book that needs time to get going when it comes to pretty much everything. Worth it, but I know not everyone sees it that way 😀
    And The Dark Artifices really are bricks. Great post, and I hope you like the ones you end up reading!

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  2. This post was so fun to read! I know what you mean about not wanting to read a book but wanting to at the same time. Personally, I didn’t like Lady Midnight, I LOVED Strange the Dreamer (definitely heavy on the prose, but I found it all totally worth it) and I STRONGLY disliked Red Rising. Idk if any of my views will impact your tbr choices lol but that’s my two cents.

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 I have high hopes that I’ll like Strange the Dreamer as well and will be making my way through the Daughter of Smoke and Bone books first 🥰 I’m less sure about Lady Midnight and Red Rising, but we’ll see what I think about them when the time comes 😮

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  3. Never Let Me go was really excellent, though it’s one of the few books where I preferred the movie. I just thought that film was such a good format to depict the story, but the book is very well written.

    Strange the Dreamer is definitely slow, but a lot still happens! There’s just not a lot of high-stakes action until the second half of the book, but there’s tons going on in the first half, just mostly traveling and learning about the world.

    I just got Wayfarer in the mail yesterday, and as I only read Passenger a few months ago, I’m really trying to be better with series and read them close together, but it’s so hard!

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    1. I’ll definitely be reading the book first and then watch the movie again, because I didn’t see it in full, but I remember it being good as well 🙂

      I’m glad to hear there’s still a lot going on in Strange the Dreamer, that’s always important! 🙂 I also hope to read Wayfarer soon, because for me it has been much longer, I’m so bad at keeping up with Series 😅

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  4. omg this tag speaks to me so much!! I will def be taking up your tag invitation. I could probably put Red Rising for a couple of these categories; it’s so popular but I haven’t read it but I am also unsure if I’d like it.

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  5. I was adamant on not reading any more books by Clare, but after Lady Midnight’s publication, all the reviews and hype convinced me to buy the book… oh man, did I regret that decision. I ended up DNF-ing it, but I do hope you’ll like it more if you decide to pick it up one day. I *love* Kazuo Ishiguro so much – I read The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go by him, but I already own three other of his novels. They’re really quiet and slow, but also very powerful somehow. I hope you’ll enjoy NLMG. 🙂 I have Red Rising and Strange the Dreamer, and I’m so unsure about both of them, especially the latter. Great post! 🙂

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    1. Oh that doesn’t sound good! I’m giving Lady Midnight one last chance, after that I don’t think I’ll read any more books by Clare, I seem to have outgrown them, so we’ll see how my experience with this book goes 😮

      Thank you! I hope to get Never Let Me Go from my local library 🙂

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  6. Wayfarer was on my TBR for the longest time too. I realized that I wasn’t as interested in getting back to the world…?! Even though like you I enjoyed the first book. I’m seriously bad about sequels. I have to really love the first to read the next. Strange the Dreamer was slow and heavy, but Laini is super creative too. Happy reading Caro!! I hope you get to some of these. ❤️

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    1. Oh no! I do hope you get back to the world eventually, I have to reread the first book, because it has been so long, so I can read them back to back 🙂 I’m usually bad with Series too, so binge-reading helps 😄 Yees, I have heard a lot of great things about Laini Taylor! Thank you, happy reading to you too! 💕

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  7. same about Lady Midnight! everyone talks about it and it’s so popular, so I really do want to read that book series and find out for myself why it’s so famous, but i want to reread the entire Shadowhunter Chronicles before I do, and I DON’T REALLY WANT TO. I’M A LAZY PERSON OK.

    ahhh, I really enjoyed Strange the Dreamer! I definitely took a while to read it, but maybe that’s just because I was busy with school whilst reading it, and because it’s a little thick. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it so much, and I know that i’m the millionth person to say this, but LAINI TAYLOR’S WRITING OH GOSH IT’S BEAUTIFUL.

    Great tag!! I loved reading your answers so much, and I have so many books that I want to read but don’t want to read too hahaha

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    1. Oh rereading all the Shadowhunter Chronicles is an ambitious goal as there are so many and that always intimidates me as well 😅 I’ll just jump straight into it, though the hype is a bit daunting, I have seriously no idea if I’ll like it 👀

      Oh yes, I heard about Taylor’s writing and I’m SO excited to finally delve into it as well, because she seems to be such an incredible author 🥰 I’m also a fantasy lover and have high hopes for the world of Strange the Dreamer!

      Thank you! I feel this, soo many books so little time 😱

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  8. Ahh what a fun tag, I loved reading your answers, Caro (and thank you for tagging me!) 🙂 I really hope you’ll read Never Let Me Go at some point, I have read this one years ago, but stil have a pretty powerful memory of it, it was such a strong, poignant read, really. I would love to hear what you think of it 😀

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