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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books I'm not sure I want to read (for various reasons):



1. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson - This is a case of hype making me leery of an inevitable disappointment. I've been looking forward to this book for a long time, but some reviews I've seen recently from trusted sources have burst that bubble. I probably will still read it, just not any time soon. 
2. California by Edan Lepucki - Another recommended book with lots of hype, I thought the premise sounded great but many reviews claim it's very slow. I'll probably give it a try, but I'm not in a rush. 
3. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling - This is the kind of literary fiction I personally find unbearable, so as much as I love Rowling it'll never reach the top of the TBR pile. 
4. The Road by Cormac McCarthy - I started this but did not finish before it had to be returned to the library, I know enough about the ending that I don't feel the need to read the rest. 


5. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner - I didn't like The Maze Runner on a writing level but I am interested in the film. Maybe I'll give it another try.
6. The Selection by Kiera Cass - I feel I missed the window on trying this series before I felt dystopian burnout. 
7. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - The writing style seems like it would get on my nerves pretty quickly, though many people seem to love this series and some things I've heard about it are intriguing. It's a maybe.
8. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - I bought the e-book based on a  deal but I'm ambivalent about reading it. *shrugs*


9. Spell Bound By Rachel Hawkins - I really like this series and I'm just procrastinating on reading the conclusion.
10. Snuff by Terry Pratchett - This may very well be the last book Pratchett writes starring Commander Vimes of the City Watch, one of my very favorite characters, and I'm saving it for later (perpetually). 

6 comments:

Charlotte said...

Oh I loved The Casual Vacancy but I've seen it on a lot of lists today! Such a shame!

Kristin said...

Nice list. I feel the same way about Selection, Mara Dryer and Shatter Me. All 3 are on my TBR list but I have yet to request them from the library.
Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

JaimeLH said...

Maybe I won't write it off completely. I'm glad there are fans, it may be the case that I won't know if I like it until I read it.

Jazmen Greene said...

I bought a copy of The Selection so I'll be reading that because I've already purchased it. As for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, I loved it! Really loved it. It was mind twisty and dark, which was not my genre at all but I wound up loving it! I hope one day you'll give it a try.

Ula @ Blog of Erised said...

I loved TCV, I had no doubt in my mind when I bought it. I went into it eager and loved it, as did my mom who's not HP fan, has some weird Muggle feelings towards JKR... but she loved the book, and she's super picky, too!
Selection was a fail. I gave it 2 *. I dislike reality TV and this is just like it. Add barely any dystopia and love triangle, and nope. It reads really well but that's all.
Same for Shatter me. Overly romantic, barely dystopian, and so heavily purple prosey it was weird. I wanna finish but slowly.

Charlotte said...

I've read The Casual Vacancy and it was okay for me. It wasn't bad but didn't wow me either. I definitely understand why it will be a miss or hit for every type of readers. And I think that you've made a good decision for not reading it.


I actually liked the Maze Runner series but I am not so sure if my opinion would be the same if I'm going to do a re-read. I've also read Shatter Me and I really liked it. I just ignored the weirdo prose and exaggerated number of strike outs. The plots and the characters (except for the female MC) were really interesting.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I'm not certain about.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books I'm not sure I want to read (for various reasons):



1. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson - This is a case of hype making me leery of an inevitable disappointment. I've been looking forward to this book for a long time, but some reviews I've seen recently from trusted sources have burst that bubble. I probably will still read it, just not any time soon. 
2. California by Edan Lepucki - Another recommended book with lots of hype, I thought the premise sounded great but many reviews claim it's very slow. I'll probably give it a try, but I'm not in a rush. 
3. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling - This is the kind of literary fiction I personally find unbearable, so as much as I love Rowling it'll never reach the top of the TBR pile. 
4. The Road by Cormac McCarthy - I started this but did not finish before it had to be returned to the library, I know enough about the ending that I don't feel the need to read the rest. 


5. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner - I didn't like The Maze Runner on a writing level but I am interested in the film. Maybe I'll give it another try.
6. The Selection by Kiera Cass - I feel I missed the window on trying this series before I felt dystopian burnout. 
7. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - The writing style seems like it would get on my nerves pretty quickly, though many people seem to love this series and some things I've heard about it are intriguing. It's a maybe.
8. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - I bought the e-book based on a  deal but I'm ambivalent about reading it. *shrugs*


9. Spell Bound By Rachel Hawkins - I really like this series and I'm just procrastinating on reading the conclusion.
10. Snuff by Terry Pratchett - This may very well be the last book Pratchett writes starring Commander Vimes of the City Watch, one of my very favorite characters, and I'm saving it for later (perpetually). 

6 comments:

  1. Oh I loved The Casual Vacancy but I've seen it on a lot of lists today! Such a shame!

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  2. Nice list. I feel the same way about Selection, Mara Dryer and Shatter Me. All 3 are on my TBR list but I have yet to request them from the library.
    Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

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  3. Maybe I won't write it off completely. I'm glad there are fans, it may be the case that I won't know if I like it until I read it.

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  4. I bought a copy of The Selection so I'll be reading that because I've already purchased it. As for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, I loved it! Really loved it. It was mind twisty and dark, which was not my genre at all but I wound up loving it! I hope one day you'll give it a try.

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  5. Ula @ Blog of ErisedAugust 12, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    I loved TCV, I had no doubt in my mind when I bought it. I went into it eager and loved it, as did my mom who's not HP fan, has some weird Muggle feelings towards JKR... but she loved the book, and she's super picky, too!
    Selection was a fail. I gave it 2 *. I dislike reality TV and this is just like it. Add barely any dystopia and love triangle, and nope. It reads really well but that's all.
    Same for Shatter me. Overly romantic, barely dystopian, and so heavily purple prosey it was weird. I wanna finish but slowly.

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  6. I've read The Casual Vacancy and it was okay for me. It wasn't bad but didn't wow me either. I definitely understand why it will be a miss or hit for every type of readers. And I think that you've made a good decision for not reading it.


    I actually liked the Maze Runner series but I am not so sure if my opinion would be the same if I'm going to do a re-read. I've also read Shatter Me and I really liked it. I just ignored the weirdo prose and exaggerated number of strike outs. The plots and the characters (except for the female MC) were really interesting.

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