Today, I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish once again, for their weekly prompt: Top Ten Tuesday. I know I’ve been doing a lot of these posts lately, but A) I really love making lists and B) the recent prompts have been really, really awesome.
And I just used the word “really” three times in that last sentence… sorry. Anyway.
This time, the prompt is “top ten books you’re not sure you want to read.”
I know that feeling. People recommend a lot of books to me, and I find a lot on my own, and sometimes the stories sound great… except for some little thing. So yeah, they’re on my to-read list, but towards the bottom of it. I’m not completely sure whether or not I’ll enjoy them so other, more exciting books take top priority.
Without further ado – my list!
1. Carrie by Stephen King
It’s his first book and a horror classic, so I should try it, right? But even though it’s been eight months since I last read one of King’s novels (Misery), I still don’t feel quite ready for more gore and creepiness.
I’ve already tried to read this, actually… twice. And it was SO. DULL. I know the musical version is supposed to be excellent, but I just could not get into this book. So I set it aside for a while.
3. Insurgent and Allegiant by Veronica Roth
On one hand, I’d like to finish the Divergent series because I LOVED its depiction of dystopian Chicago – I’ve been to that city quite a few times, so I enjoyed Roth’s descriptions of what had changed.
On the other hand, a large chunk of the story seems to be devoted to a romantic subplot between Tris and Four… and their love story is just so mediocre. Ugh.
Also, I guess I’m just really tired of boy-meets-girl (and vice versa) stories. The last fourteen books I’ve read featured heterosexual love stories – even Geography Club, an LGBTQ+ book, included a pretty prominent boy/girl romance. I don’t know if I want to read Insurgent and Allegiant right away if they’re just more of the same. Where oh where are my fantastic dystopian series with queer lady characters?!
4. Paper Towns and Looking For Alaska by John Green
My friends keep telling me to read these books, telling me that I’ll enjoy them. Well, they said the same thing about The Fault in Our Stars and I HATED it with a passion. So I don’t know whether or not I want to bother with these two stories.
Also, I’ve heard that all of Green’s stories are pretty similar. How much more overwrought prose and how many more pretentious characters can I handle?
5. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
As mentioned above, I don’t like Green’s writing. I read a book that Levithan co-authored (Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn) and it wasn’t very good either. This probably isn’t the right co-author combination for me.
I’ve tried to read this and I really, really disliked the narration style – but everyone keeps insisting it’s the best book ever, so on the list it goes.
7. The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater
I love the (very few) books of hers that I’ve read thus far, so I’d like to read all of them. BUT I keep hearing that it’s not as good as some of her other books. I suppose I’ll read Lament and Ballad first, anyway.
8. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
In every review of this book I’ve ever seen, the reader either loved it or loathed it. So I’m a little hesitant to pick up this story because I don’t know how I’ll react to it.
9. The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld
Yet another book that I’ve already tried to read! I’m not sure whether I should continue with this series or move on in favor of better dystopians.
10. The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (AKA J.K. Rowling)
The Casual Vacancy, Rowling’s first non-Potter book, was horribly disappointing. On the other hand, I’ve heard many wonderful things about her latest works! And yet, I do love mysteries. I’M SO CONFLICTED ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT TO READ THESE BOOKS.
What do you think, readers of mine? I want your input! What are your opinions on the books listed above? Which ones should I read, and which should I ignore?