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Books I Put on Hold & Want to pick up again ❤

Books I Put on Hold

Hello fellow bookworms ❤ Do you ever get that feeling when you’re just not in the right mood to read this particular book? I never used to consider myself a mood reader, but in the previous years, my reading moods have become an important influence on my enjoyment of a book. Back in the day I didn’t put down a book I had planned to read and rigorously stuck to my TBR but now I give myself a bit more freedom. That’s why I’ve been putting books down more often (especially in 2020) because they just weren’t what I was looking for at that moment, but that I still want to read when the mood is right! I thought it would be nice to talk about 6 books that I put ‘on hold’ last year, why I wasn’t in the mood for them and why I’m still excited to read them someday. I’d love to hear if you’ve read and enjoyed them 🥰

Me trying to figure out what books I want to pick up again 

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The Bear and the Nightingale (Katherine Arden)

I wanted to read this as my last book of the year, especially as it has a wintery feeling to it, but it just didn’t work out. This is a dense and slow-paced Fantasy book, which I normally don’t mind, but it wasn’t the right book to end my year with. I was also in a contemplative mood with the end of my break approaching, so I wasn’t in the mood for a very whimsical fantasy book that also contains heavy content, I wasn’t really ready to emotionally handle. However, I still have heard such good things about this Trilogy, and it sounded fascinating with the Russian folklore and magic, so I hope to pick it up again! Not sure if it’ll happen this winter though

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A Court of Wings and Ruin (Sarah J. Maas)

➽ I picked this book up and put it down again for the third time now, it’s getting slightly embarrassing 😅 I have officially missed the perfect time to read this, I should have started this right after getting obsessed with ACOTAR and ACOMAF in 2018, as now I fail to muster up the excitement I had back then for the series. I got 100 pages into it and the story itself was okay, I just was out of this world for so long and missed that spark of love for the characters. It doesn’t help that the book is pretty long as well. I still want to read this (I got the hardcover and will not rest until I’ve finished it) but I have to think of a different way to approach this!

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Supernova (Marissa Meyer)

You might know that the Renegades Trilogy is one of my favorite series, the books are such a comfort to me and I adore the characters. That’s why I should have devoured this book, but series finales also bring their own set of expectations and pressure with them, so I was getting too upset with what was happening to my favorite characters. This was right at the beginning of the first lockdown, so maybe that’s why I was getting so anxious reading this, as the characters mean a lot to me. I put it down instead of forcing through and maybe being disappointed by it as a consequence. However, I love the books as I said, and want to finish this series, hopefully it’ll happen this year ❤

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Let’s Talk About Love (Claire Kann)

I loved Claire Kann’s second book If It Makes You Happy, it was a surprise favorite of 2019, so I was excited to get into her debut novel Let’s Talk About Love. I tried to read it in the summer like her last book, but sadly this didn’t work for me at the time. Once again, the summer was full of mixed emotions, so I wasn’t in the mood for a book with a cheesy romance, especially as there was a whole lot of insta-love involved. This doesn’t mean I never want to read this book, as I enjoy a wholesome romance and bought it with this in mind, yet it wasn’t what I needed this summer. I felt myself getting irritated with the characters and wanted to save this book for another occasion where I could truly appreciate it 🥰

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Graceling (Kristin Cashore)

I’ve had this classic backlist Fantasy series on my TBR for ages and was encouraged to pick it up for a Readathon. I tried reading it at the very end of the month and after getting stuck at it for a while, I wanted to push it into the next month as my first read. However, I realized Graceling wasn’t working for me at the moment and I didn’t get that spark that many people had loved about it. The book wasn’t as action-packed as I expected and includes a lot of journeys, so I wanted to put it on hold until I was more invested in this type of story and be truly engaged in the character’s lives, which is always most important to me! 🙏

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Station Eleven (Emily St. John Mandel)

This is another case of a book that’s very slow and character-driven, so I wasn’t up for reading it when my library hold came in. This was right when I was hurrying to organize my new flat and Master’s program so I didn’t have the mental capacity to deal with a slow book that banked on me getting invested in the characters. I’ve heard good things about this and I’m still hoping to read it, as it’s a post-apocalyptic book that focuses more on day to day life instead of a big action to save the world, which I find very intriguing! 😊

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Have you read any of the books on my list? Did you like reading them? Any books you’ve put on hold?

29 thoughts on “Books I Put on Hold & Want to pick up again ❤

    1. Very happy to hear that you loved Let’s Talk About Love, that makes me excited to give it another chance 🥰 I definitely need to read The Bear and the Nightingale this year, as I heard such good things about the Trilogy!

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  1. I totally feel this. Sometimes, when I’m in slumps, I’ll start books and then realize that they’re just not the right vibe, and put them down to pick back up later. Though I really don’t like having unfinished books laying around, so this is usually stressful! 😅 The Bear and the Nightingale sounds so good and I’ve heard great things, and so does Graceling! I hope you love all of these when you get to reading them! ♥

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    1. I also get uneasy having unfinished books on my shelves, so I try to avoid that, but sometimes the mood just isn’t right for a certain book 😅 I hope to like The Bear and the Nightingale as well as Graceling, as they are well-loved books! Thank you 🥰

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  2. Putting books on hold is something I definitely need to learn to do. It’s almost impossible for me to DNF a book because I am a completionist. It bugs me to no end when I don’t finish something. But, sometimes that puts me in a reading rut. “Putting it down for now” may be a good halfway between.

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    1. I feel you! I often try to power through once I have started a book but sometimes it’s simply not the right time or I’m not in the right mood to read it 😔 So putting it down for a now is easier, as I know I’ll pick up the book again when it’s the right time! 🙂

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  3. I relate to this so much! 😂 I’m usually the one who rather DNFs than putting something on hold, because I have so many books on my tbr, that if I don’t like something on the first try, I won’t pick it up again. Though this way I risk that I might not read an amazing book that I would have liked if I picked it up in another mood, but I can lvie with that. 😅
    I liked Let’s Talk About Love! Yeah, it was insta-love and the MC was childish sometimes, but I’d still recommend it!

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    1. I try not to put too many books on hold, only when I know it just wasn’t the right time or mood for a certain read! I’m so bad with DNF’ing, I rarely do it even though it might sometimes be better and free up time for amazing books I could love! 😅
      Happy to hear that you still liked Let’s Talk About Love, I’ll be reading it when I’m in the mood for some cheesy romance 🥰

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  4. I read Graceling back in 2013, and I really liked it. I’ve been intending to reread it for years but haven’t gotten around to it. I also read Let’s Talk About Love and I feel so bad that it was a miss for me. It was too cheesy for me, and I really only finished it for the ace rep (which I didn’t really resonate with as an ace myself).

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  5. Ahh Caro this is such a lovely post idea!! And I hope you get to pick up all of these soon. I wanted to come on here and scream at you to read one of them but I… haven’t read anything off your list ahaha. But I too started Supernova, didn’t get very far because it wasn’t the right time, but really need to get to it. Also SO PUMPED to read The Bear & The Nightingale as it sounds so up my alley. Lots of love to you xoxoxo

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    1. Thank you so much, Ruby!! 🥰 I was SO excited for Supernova but I read it at the wrong time and was afraid I wouldn’t love it as much as the two previous books. There was also much pressure as it’s one of my fave Trilogies 😅 I hope we both end up loving The Bear & The Nightingale!! 🙏❤

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  6. pls ignore me being super late to this post hehe

    i really hope supernova meets your expectations! i do find that finales can be super daunting, especially if you loved a series. it’s probably why it took me so long to pick up obsidio – the final installment in the illuminae files. i had the book in physical format and spent some good money in it, yet it took me a whole year to actually pick it up and read it, hahah.

    let’s talk about love doesn’t really have insta-love, so maybe it will work better for you. i did really like it, though it’s been a while since i read it.

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    1. Oh yes, I feel that pressure of reading a finale from a fave series so much. I was so stressed out about the characters and my own expectations tbh 😅 Did you end up liking Obsidio? I loved the whole series and read it back to back. That sometimes works well: just binge the entire series 😂

      Happy to hear that you liked Let’s Talk About Love! From what I read it was very cute and cheesy – something I wasn’t in the mood for at that time – so it’s perfect for when I want a romantic contemporary🥰

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  7. Ah Renegades! I really loved the first book in this series and… well, like any other book series, I haven’t continued with it just yet ahah. I’m looking forward to, though! 😀

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