Top Ten Tuesday 9/10/19




Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.   You can find each week’s topic on her site.


This week’s theme is 10 books I’ve been avoiding (and why).  I’m not going to post covers, so sorry this will be a bit plain.


No particular order.  There seems to be a few themes that have kept me from reading these books/starting these series.   I hope no one judges or hates me since I know a lot of these are beloved books for bloggers.  I do own all of these.


The Cruel Prince     I worry a bit about the pacing on this.  I struggle with slow paced, flowing writing even though I like it.  I have this feeling that this is one of those books.


Stranger the Dreamer   The same reason as The Cruel Prince.


City of Bones    This series is huge and I’ll have to dedicate a lot of time to start it.  It’s overwhelming even though I know I’ll love it if I go by my thoughts on the TV show.


A Court of Thorns and Roses    This one is so popular and that always scares me a bit.  I tend to love books people hate and dislike books people love.


The Brilliant Death   I’m a bit worried about the pacing after reading The Lost Coast.  I liked that book, but it was slow for me.


Nevernight    This one is the expectations.  Most of the people I know love it and I’m terrified that I might not.  Plus, I struggle a bit with adult fantasy.


Circe   The writing style and it being adult again.  Mostly the same as Nevernight.


Odd & True   While I lied The Raven’s Tale, I struggled a bit with the pacing.  So now I’m worried to go back and read this one.


Six of Crows/Grisha   This is another that is so popular and everyone loves.  It worries me a bit, but my husband listened to them and loved them.  So I’m not quite as worried as I am for some of the others.


This last one is a tie.  Renegades (series) or Furyborn     These books are just huge.  Once I hit around 500 pages, I start to panic.  I have no idea why.  They’re just intimidating when I look at them.  And they’re freaking heavy.



Do you ever hesitate on books for the reasons I mentioned?  Did you do TTT this week?  If so, make sure you comment with your link so I can check out your post.







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I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

37 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday 9/10/19”

  1. Speaking as someone who didn’t like A Court of Thorns and Roses, I can say that I understand your hesitation. For me, it didn’t live up to the hype. I didn’t feel any compulsion to finish the series.

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      1. I felt like it didn’t really expand on the Beauty and the Beast story, though I’m aware that it takes a sharp departure in the following books (but I felt no real need to keep reading after the first story, so I don’t know). I also didn’t really care for any of the characters that much and I felt like a lot of the book was spent trying to show how awesome, kickass, super cool Feyre was, but to me it felt like Maas was trying to hard.

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  2. I totally agree about Nevernight. Well any books by Jay actually. I have loved the ones he has written with Amie Kaufman but I am scared to read the ones he wrote himself even though I really want to read them. Big books intimidate me as well.

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    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one intimidated by big books. I do love them, it’s just hard to start them. I did read Lifelike by Jay and loved it. So I think I’ll probably like Nevernight. I mostly worry about it being adult fantasy since I don’t really read them.

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  3. I’ve read most of the books in this list! I loved the Cruel Prince! It does have a slow pace but you’ll still enjoy reading the book. I also have same thoughts on Strange The Dreamer but I finally decided to give it a shot. It’s on my Fall TBR list. I struggled with Nevernight at the begininning, but I ended up loving it. I’ve read Circe and I didn’t love it. it was too slow for my taste. Trust me, you’ll six of Crows! It was amazing!

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  4. I will say that even though I liked Raven’s Tale a lot – it was completely different from Odd & True and another I read of hers. Not sure if it would be for you though because the pacing is still slower and it’s historical fiction – might not be your cup of tea… hey! that rhymed!

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    1. You make me laugh. I did like Raven’s Tale, but it was definitely slow for me. Odd & True still sounds good and I pre-ordered it. So I’ll eventually read it. I might get into the mood after reading another historical fiction.


  5. Nevernight is one of my favourite series! And I get pushing off strange the dreamer, I did as well, but I’m happy I finally picked it up!


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  6. Great TTT list and all your answers for why you’re avoiding these are so relatable. I actually had no idea that Nevernight was adult fantasy — I honestly thought it was YA, but now that I think about it, it does make sense 😅 I read it two weeks ago and it was AMAZING 😍 I hope you enjoy these when you eventually get to them!

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  7. Love your list, minding i read The Cruel Prince when i first got it in my Owlcrate… i was in a reading slump and decided why not read this one right now! Thank goodness i did. ACOTAR was good minding i am more loving ACOMAF way way better.

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  8. I can relate to SO many of these! Cruel Prince is one I’ve meant to read but just haven’t gotten to. Like you, I’m nervous about the pacing of Strange the Dreamer, so I haven’t managed to get to it, even though I own it (and picked up the second book for review, thinking that would force me to read the first—it didn’t.) And … almost every other book on your list too. The only one I’ve read is Nevernight, but I’ve been afraid to continue the series because I didn’t LOVE Nevernight the way many others did (I think a lot of it is because of the adult fantasy element, just like you said).

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    1. I’m glad to know I’m not alone on all of these. I hope you end up continuing the Nevernight series and like them. Sometimes I think it’s easier for book two since I know the world and characters. So I tend to like those even more at times.


  9. Honestly, because of the differences in the Shadowhunters television series and the Shadowhunter Chronicles book series I’m always a bit nervous about fans of one going into the other. A lot of things differ from the source material. So, be warned about that! Although, I’m sure you already knew that! Because, well, duh. Also, I love both so I am biased but I AM HOPEFUL THAT YOU ENJOY IT. I get a little overly hyped when someone mentions it. It is a commitment though, obviously, given how many books there are.

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