To read or not to read?


The topic this week over at the Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Tuesday is’ Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read’.

This is a tough one.  I mean if I bought the book I pretty much want or expect to read it – at some point in my life anyway!  It’s more that sometimes the books on my TBR lose their sparkle a little as newer shiny books are released.  I’m going with 10 books that I was desperate to have – absolutely couldn’t wait.  Practically stood on the bookstore’s doorstep awaiting opening or had the book on order and sat looking for the postman everyday – yeah, you know that feeling.  So, these books, I wanted them badly, and I will still read them.  I just need to make the time and maybe add one into each reading month.  So not so much that I’m not sure I want to read as maybe I didn’t want to read them as desperately as I thought!

  1. Dr Sleep by Stephen King I actually bought this as soon as it came out – and in fact read The Shining (even though it’s not necessary) ahead of the release date.  Plus this has has some excellent reviews – I really will pick this up soon but have decided to wait for the dark nights.
  2. Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – I love The Secret History, I admit I wasn’t as keen on The Little Friend and I wonder if that’s why I”m delaying reading this – I do love this author’s writing style though so eventually….
  3. Books 2 and 3 from Game of Thrones by George RRMartin – I can’t face the rest in the series – it’s just so huge!!  I’m traumatised by how far behind I am.
  4. Malice by John Gwynne – bought this on kindle – looking forward to reading it, but, since them I’ve purchased a dozen others!  That’s one of the drawbacks of kindle (1) you don’t have a pile of books scowling disapprovingly at you and (2) as soon as you’ve made a few more purchases your earlier books get pushed off the page – let’s face it you always look on the first page of your menu – you very rarely scroll to the last pages!
  5. The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa – the first was a very good start to the series.  I seriously need to pick up No.2 – but, I could probably use a refresher on No.1 by now!
  6. Eternity by Elizabeth Miles – this is the third and final book in the series and as usual I’ve bought the book and not picked it up – I think I have a ‘thing’ about reading the last book in the series!
  7. The Descent by Alma Katsu – ditto No.6
  8. The Time Traveller’s Almanac by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer- this looks like an excellent book – and it’s huge!  But, fortunately I bought this on kindle so won’t have to carry it around.  An excellent collection of authors on here.
  9. Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish – I confess I bought this based on the cover – I’m such a cover tart.  It does look like a good series though.
  10. American Gods by Neil Gaiman – the biggest surprise.  I love Gaiman and I’ve owned this book for quite a while.  I’m partly scared to read it in case I don’t like it – which is utterly ridiculous!!  I think I’ve put Mr Gaiman on a pedestal!

How on earth will I ever find the time to fit these all in!  I need to focus…..


39 Responses to “To read or not to read?”

  1. Cathy746books

    I’m putting off The Goldfinch too. Maybe because it’s so big? Don’t delay anymore on American Gods, it’s fab!

    • lynnsbooks

      I know – I can’t believe how long I’ve owned American Gods and not read it!! I think it’s because it sounds so completely different from his other works. I just need to get over myself.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Cait

    I’ve only read one Neil Gaiman book, but I’ve just borrowed Good Omens out from the library and I’m quite excited for it. 😉 But I totally want to read American Gods, too!! I definitely understand being traumatised by how big GoT is though….omg. They are scarily big. I’m not sure I’ll ever get the courage to face them.
    Here’s my TTT!

    • lynnsbooks

      I know, sometimes I just look at the size of some of my books and just think ‘nah’! There’s definitely something to be said for splitting books – not quite as daunting (but then I’d probably just moan and say it should have been released as one book! Can’t win.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Michael

    Dr. Sleep and American Gods are definitely worth the time! And it’s worth wading through A Clash of Kings to get to the awesomeness that is Storm of Swords.

    • lynnsbooks

      I will definitely read Dr Sleep and American Gods – was thinking they might fit in for Carl’s RIP event. There’s definitely something to be said for getting into a series early on. Picking up Game of Thrones at this point just feels like a mammoth undertaking. Way of Kings and Words of Radiance on the other hand – I’ve read those and can’t wait for the next installment.
      Lynn 😀

      • Michael

        Well, if you decide to pick up Martin, be prepared to wait for the next installment! LOL

      • lynnsbooks

        I think I’m currently a long way away of having to ever wait for instalments! Which is probably a good thing 😀

  4. Nathan

    Let me help you out here. Read American Gods next because it is my very favorite book ever. Take the Dance of Cloak series and give it to the first unsuspecting person you can find then run before they figure it out.

    • lynnsbooks

      Ok. American Gods is a definite. Thanks
      Lynn 😀

  5. Lauren

    I mostly enjoyed books 2 and 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire, especially all the drama in book 3, but then I gave up on book 4. Way, way too bloated. I could barely make it through a chapter without dozing off! But give 2 and 3 a shot.

    I’m sorry to say that I found American Gods pretty boring. *watches nervously for angry fans* Don’t remember much about it now, and I felt it was a bit messy. I’ve enjoyed some of his short stories, but I’ve avoided his novels ever since.

    • lynnsbooks

      You’ll probably have to go into hiding now you’ve dissed American Gods – LOL. I’ve read plenty of other Gaiman books but this one always appears so completely different. I will read it as some point – if only to see what the mixed reactions are all about – it seems to be a love/hate book.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Jazmin Jade

    I feel the same way about a song of ice and fire!

    • lynnsbooks

      If you line all of these books up together I’m sure they’d fill a whole shelf by themselves! (I guess that’s a very lame statement though because any series could fill a full shelf if the shelf was small enough!!!) Anyway,…
      Lynn 😀

      • Grace

        Ditto on the rest of the series. I’ve read up to book 3, but they always make me pull all-nighters, and I feel daunted by the prospect of the next few books. I’ll get to them when the show catches up to book 4 though because I don’t want people spoiling the story for me.

      • lynnsbooks

        Yeah, even if you avoid the show everybody tweets about what’s happening!

  7. hlmorris85

    American Gods is definitely worth it. I’ve soured on Gaiman, but that one I have really good memories of. And GoT…book 3 is my absolute favorite, I definitely think its worth it to read up through there. After that…eh. I’m completely stuck in it now, and I almost resent that, because man does GRRM need an editor that will actually edit (if 4 & 5 had been one book as originally planned, it would have been MUCH MUCH stronger. They are just stuffed with so much filler).

    • lynnsbooks

      I will definitely read American Gods!! Game of Thrones – not sure I have the will to continue. I do think it’s good (well book 1 was!) it’s just such a huge undertaking. Maybe…
      Lynn 😀

  8. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I hear you about the big intimidating books. If I had to make a list like this, half the books would probably be the huge tomes that I desperately want to read, but haven’t gotten to it yet or have put it off because I’m just so not ready to invest myself in such a long book just yet! Malice is one of those 😛

    • lynnsbooks

      I know – and the second book after Malice is out. You see I buy the book but if I still haven’t read it and the second one comes out it kind of distracts me and makes me feel disastrously behind. If I read the book and feel like I’m keeping up then I don’t feel too bad – like Bloodsong – I just squooze it in before No.2.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Genki Jason

    My mother liked Dr Sleep a lot. She also read The Shining as prep for that book but I think she preferred the film.

    • lynnsbooks

      I love the film – having read the book I think the book is undoubtedly better – but the film is still brilliant.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Maija Reads

    I have those books, too – preordered, but still not read. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown especially is staring at me angrily…

    A Storm of Swords is, like, so good. It’s worth going through book 2 to get to it, and it’s even worth it even if you would never continue the series after that! I count it in the top 10 books that I’ve ever read. Yep. It’s just such a thrill ride, so much stuff happens, and I ended up talking aloud to the book while reading it! 😀

    • lynnsbooks

      Talking aloud to your book – I like it! I WILL eventually get round to it!
      Lynn 😀

  11. lipsyy

    haha here’s to being a book cover tart!

  12. anotherafterthought

    You have all the time in the world to catch up on ASOIAF! Did you see the interview where GRRM basically went beast mode raging (well, not really raging I guess) when people insinuated he’d die before finishing the series? Hilarious.

    joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts

    • lynnsbooks

      Well, you have to admit, the speed he’s writing these books there’s a possibility that we will have all passed away before the series concludes!!
      Lynn 😀

  13. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    American Gods is actually my least favorite Gaiman book (to counter Nathan’s love of it). I mean, its still really good, but there are some things about it that bugged me a little. Dance of Cloaks is a fun standard read. I have also had Malice for quite a while and for some reason have not yet read. Maybe we should make each other read it? It’s supposed to be really good. AND …. don’t worry about ASoIaF! DEFINITELY READ IT!!! It’s my favorite series, but its not exactly like its being published at a rate that will make it hard for you to “catch up”. 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      I love it that we can all love certain books and then totally differ over others. I have to read American Gods but the mixed reviews do put me off. I guess I will read George eventually as well.
      Yes, we should all do something so that we have to all pick up a certain book at the same, or similar, time – not like big pressure – maybe we should have a list of books that we all haven’t read then vote and the top 12 are listed one per month and we all read the same one that month – to be finished any time during that month?
      Lynn 😀

  14. Kathleen

    You’re not alone on “oh pretty cover I need to buy it!” dilemma.

    I bought Alma Katsu’s first 2 books but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I’ve also got Goldfinch in my list even though I haven’t read anything by the the author. The plot sounds really intriguing so it’s in my TBR.

    After reading Julie Kagawa’s Iron King, I’m not particularly keen on reading another book by her… yet. Maybe because i just finished the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning when I read Julie Kagawa so I was a little disappointed. Talon sounds intriguing though.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yes, I must finish the Alma Katsu books! I never got into the Iron Fey series by Kagawa – the first book was a DNF for me for some reason and it did put me off reading her immortal series but in actual fact the first one was quite good. I should definitely check out the second.
      Goldfinch – I need to set a solid time up to read that! It’s huge!!
      Lynn 😀

  15. Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

    Of those I’ve only read thru book three of Game of Thrones, The eternity Cure (I need to read the last I just recently purchased it) and American Gods which was a trip but great. So I can’t speak to the others.

    • lynnsbooks

      I must read American Gods – just finding the time is the problem! Game of Thrones will have to wait a while I think – most people seem to thinking I should continue at least to No.3/4 so we’ll see.
      Lynn 😀

      • Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

        nah GOT should totally wait. Well thats just cause I’m waiting for it to be completely ended to even pick it back up because i know it’ll require a reread of the first three i have read – tons of which I’ve forgotten already because its been over 6 years. But see its like what 5 or 6 years between book releases as it is. Too many years, too ridiculous. Hence I’ll wait til its done.

      • lynnsbooks

        It’s a cunning plan!! At the moment, I think my rate of reading GoT is slower than Mr Martin’s so I should be okay! Although damn – 5/6 years in between each one. It’s crazy.
        Lynn 😀

  16. Stefan's Bookshelf

    I am currently rereading American Gods. It has been ver 10 years since I read it and I must say that it is even better the second time.

    Happy reading!

    • lynnsbooks

      I WILL, absolutely WILL, read it. It’s just one of those books that you want to read, but also, don’t want to read – makes me come over all ‘Gollum ish’
      Lynn 😀

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